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As Ellis gets further evaluation, Seeler 'prepared to play at any time's notice' originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

With eight tough games left on their November slate, the Flyers push onward sans Ryan Ellis.

Set to miss their top-pair defenseman for more time, the Flyers (7-4-2) open a three-game homestand Tuesday when they welcome the Flames (8-3-4).

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

• In his return to the lineup last Saturday, Ellis suffered a reinjury with his nagging lower-body issue that held him out for three weeks. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and is considered week to week as he undergoes further evaluation.

Ellis' injury appears to be to the hip/groin area. The 30-year-old blueliner missed nine games before returning in the Flyers' 5-2 loss to the Stars.

Is surgery a possibility for Ellis?

"I don't know," Alain Vigneault said Tuesday after the Flyers' optional morning skate. "We're in the evaluation process here. He's seeing a doctor today and he's seeing one tomorrow. Until we get some results here off their findings, I won't have anything for you for a couple of days."

Vigneault was asked if Ellis perhaps rushed back to play.

"I don't think so," the Flyers' head coach said. "He was cleared by our medical staff, he wanted to play. These are things that happen sometimes; it's unfortunate, but now we have to deal with it and we'll see what happens."

• The Flyers will deal with it by turning right back to seventh defenseman Nick Seeler.

Seeler has been solid, having played 11 games already. He has qualities that teams value in their depth on the back end: good skater and plays the body when the time calls for it.

"I've really liked this young man, a young man that basically didn't play hockey last year and comes here this year with a real strong training camp, caught our attention with his skating ability, the fact that he comes in and plays hard," Vigneault said. "For us, when I was looking at the competition that was going through camp for that seventh spot, he definitely caught our attention. And like I mentioned at training camp, your seventh defenseman is going to play 50, 60 games just by how things unfold during a season. He's been good for us."

Seeler was drafted in 2011 by Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr when the two were with the Wild. The 28-year-old didn't play in 2020-21, which led to an uncertain offseason. The Flyers signed him to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

"That was difficult and challenging, but my mindset and perspective on just hockey in general and being able to just trust in that process and rely on my faith has been huge," Seeler said Tuesday. "Relying on that has helped me a ton and just controlling what I can has been really important to me. I've had a ton of support along the way, which has helped, too.

"Just trusting in the plan for me. Being that depth guy, you need to stay ready and be prepared to play at any time's notice. This is one of those instances and that's part of my job — just to be ready and I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

• The combined record of the seven clubs the Flyers play over their final eight games in November is 57-24-15.

The Flyers face the two-time defending champion Lightning twice, while the Islanders are the lowliest team they'll face in that stretch from a points-percentage standpoint. New York is 5-5-2 and has made the final four of the playoffs the past two seasons, losing to Tampa Bay each time.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-James van Riemsdyk

Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Cam Atkinson

Derick Brassard-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny

Nate Thompson-Patrick Brown-Zack MacEwen

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle-Nick Seeler

Goalies

Carter Hart

Martin Jones

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