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What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 3: Decimated By Injuries

In sports, the phrase "injuries are part of the game" is used quite often. However, the popular phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Philadelphia Flyers during the shortened 2012-2013 regular season.

To put things into perspective, the Flyers lost 264 man games to injury or illness.

Some things were known heading into the season such the fact that defenseman Chris Pronger wouldn't see any action as he recovers from a concussion. The Flyers didn't have quite as much depth at the forward position as they did the season prior.

(Scott Hartnell. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Making Due With "Patchwork Defense"

“Patchwork” may not be the nicest word to use to describe Philadelphia’s defensive situation right now, but it is the most appropriate.

After last night’s 4-2 win at home over division rival New York, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was asked a question that was worded in a way which Laviolette had to point out.

"They probably wouldn’t like to be called that, if I was guessing," Laviolette said when asked about his “patchwork defense,” drawing some laughs from the reporters after the game.

He was quick to follow with praise for some of the guys stepping in at the most desperate of times.

(Pictured: Kimmo Timonen (left) and Luke Schenn (right) during warm-ups. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Huskins Has Concussion; Manning, Konan Recalled

The Flyers blue line suffered another casualty as this forgettable 2013 campaign winds down.

Recently acquired defenseman Kent Huskins suffered a concussion in yesterday's 7-3 win in Montreal. Montreal's Ryan White came in high on Huskins, connecting with the shoulder and leaving Huskins dazed on the ice.

Immediately after the hit, Kurtis Foster jumped in and wrestled White to the ice. White was hit with a five minute major for fighting and a match penalty for deliberate injury.

Bryzgalov Yanked In Jets Rout

The Flyers got their first look at Steve Mason, but it was under the circumstances they least wanted it to come under.

A second period melt down for starter Ilya Bryzgalov saw his night end abruptly. It also snapped the Flyers four-game winning streak with a 4-1 loss to the Jets, which also snapped Winnipeg's five-game skid.

The Flyers waltzed into the game three points out of a playoff spot. They were a point behind the Jets in the standings with two games in hand. They're now three points back and sit in 11th place currently with 10 games remaining.

Flyers 2013 NHL Deadline

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Lauridsen Happy With Debut

When three of the Flyers top defensemen go down in a week, it was expected some new, young faces would find the ice to attempt to make an impact.

For one Dane, it was an opportunity of a life time.

Oliver Lauridsen made his NHL debut in the Flyers 3-1 win over Boston. He played over 17 minutes, all even strength, and registered a shot on goal.

Lauridsen became only the eighth player from Denmark to wear an NHL jersey. He was the first to put on a Flyers uniform.

(Pictured: Oliver Lauridsen delivers a check to Jordan Caron. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Acquire D Kent Huskins From Detroit

The Flyers added a bit of depth to their depleted defensive corps this afternoon.

General manager Paul Holmgren made a move today, acquiring defenseman Kent Huskins from the Detroit Red Wings for a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Pre-Game: Detroit Hopes to Keep Rolling in Columbus

The Red Wings should be caught between fatigue and satisfaction after avenging their home opening loss last night against the St. Louis Blues, so this evening's matchup against the Columbus BlueJackets could be very interesting. With Detroit sitting in the middle of the conference, another win tonight would be extremely uplifting, bringing the Wings within 2 points of the Blues for 2nd in the Central. Can the Red Wings stave off exhaustion in the tail-end of this back-to-back, or will the BlueJackets seize on a rare opportunity to hand Detroit a defeat?

Preview: Wings Look to Ground Blackhawks

The Red Wings seem to have found life as they enter the 2nd week of play in the 2013 season, but now face a team with much different fortunes of late. The Blackhawks' perfect start to the season has been a talking point in the media, but is no reason to underestimate a Detroit squad that looks like it is finally getting its wings back--both figuratively and literally.

Blues Continue Their Battle for Tops in the West

 

The Blues' rise to the top of the Central Division, second in the Western Conference, and third overall in the whole of the NHL, all started with a win against the Blackhawks back in early November, and, coming into tonight's game against their central division rival's they hope to keep the momentum they have built up continuing.

 

Although the 'Hawks have gotten the better of them the last two outings, a 3 – 1 loss on the road and 5 – 2 loss at home, a win tonight would even the season's match up at two games a piece. T...