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Hart out at least one more week for Flyers

Goalie recovering from abdominal muscle strain sustained Jan. 15 @NHLdotcom

Carter Hart will be out at least one more week for the Philadelphia Flyers because of a lower right abdominal muscle strain.

"While goaltender Carter Hart is feeling significantly better, he will not return to play for a minimum of seven days," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Thursday.

The goalie was injured during practice Jan. 15 and expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks. He is 15-11-3 with a 2.61 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout in 32 games (29 starts). 

The Flyers returned to practice Thursday from their NHL-mandated five-day break after the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend and had defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and forward Michael Raffl on the ice.

Gostisbehere had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Jan. 14 and was expected to need three weeks to recover.

Raffl missed the Flyers' final game before the break, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 21, with an upper-body injury sustained against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 18. 

Forward Connor Bunnaman and goalie Alex Lyon were recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League.

The Flyers have back-to-back games against the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, ATTSN-PT, NBCSP, NHL.TV) and the Colorado Avalanche at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

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