WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Goalie Brian Elliott, who hasn’t played since Nov. 15 as he recovers from an apparent groin injury, could return to action during the Flyers' trip through Western Canada.
Coach Dave Hakstol didn’t rule out the possibility after the Flyers were trounced Sunday by host Winnipeg, 7-1. Elliott is on the five-game road swing.
“He’s getting closer,” said Hakstol, adding he didn’t know if Elliott would be ready during the trip. "... He’s obviously here for a reason. He’s working hard and doing everything he can do.”
In 14 games this season, Elliott is 6-7-1 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. He allowed two goals or fewer in his last seven appearances.
Center Sean Couturier, who has missed the last two games with an undisclosed lower-body injury, is day-to-day and may be able to play Wednesday in Calgary.
Phil Varone made his Flyers debut, replacing Jordan Weal at right wing on the fourth line. Varone played 9 minutes, 26 seconds; took three shots; and committed a high-sticking penalty.
In the two games goalie Michal Neuvirth has started this season, including Sunday’s, the Flyers have lost by a combined 13-2. He has a 6.14 goals-against average and .719 save percentage in those two outings.