NEWARK, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers
defenseman Andrej Meszaros
has been ruled out for Game 4 of the team's Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the New Jersey Devils
on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).
Meszaros hasn't played since March 1, and is 6.5 weeks removed from March 21 back surgery to remove a disc fragment that was impinging on a nerve root. He's been skating with the team for more than a week, and Saturday went through what he said was his hardest day on the ice. He took part in the full morning skate Sunday, but prior to leaving the arena, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren
said Meszaros would not play.
The only Flyers missing from Sunday's practice were center Danny Briere
and defenseman Kimmo Timonen
, but that's a usual occurrence; both are healthy and will be in the lineup.
The Flyers didn't skate in line combinations for defense pairings, but with Meszaros out and rookie center Sean Couturier a game-time decision
but likely to play, here's how Philadelphia could look when they hit the Prudential Center ice:
- Danny Briere
- Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk
- Claude Giroux
- Wayne Simmonds
- Brayden Schenn
- Jaromir Jagr
- Sean Couturier
- Eric Wellwood
- Nicklas Grossmann
- Matt Carle
- Erik Gustafsson
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