It might only be a sore right knee, as Scottie Upshall put it leaving the Prudential Center after Sunday's shootout loss to the Devils, but it's going to be enough to keep the Flyers' winger out for up to 14 days.

According to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, Upshall suffered a sprained knee but did not require an MRI.

"The doctors examined him at the game and again [yesterday] morning. It's just a sprained knee," Holmgren said.

"He began rehab [yesterday] and did real well so maybe it will be more like 10 days.''

Holmgren said that as of yesterday, the Flyers had not called up a winger to fill Upshall's spot because Glen Metropolit, who missed the last two games with a sore back, is expected to be ready to play when the Flyers host Ottawa tonight. "He skated and has a real good shot at playing [tonight]," Holmgren said.

Upshall was bowled over by New Jersey center Bobby Holik in the second period and twisted his knee as he fell backward to the ice. He left the game and did not return.

All-Star possibilities

Unlike five of his teammates, Jeff Carter's name is not on the ballot for the All-Star Game. But the way he is scoring and the recognition he is starting to get is going to make it difficult for the league not to name him to the Eastern Conference team.

Yesterday Carter was named the league's second star of the week for his performance. The Flyers' high-scoring center notched four goals and three assists in four games.

As of yesterday, Carter was sixth in scoring and led the league in goals with 25. His scoring is complemented by his defensive ability. He was a plus-5 Saturday against Washington.

So, leaving him off the team will be hard to do once the official balloting is completed and the fill-in players are named by the league office.

"It would be great,'' Carter said about the possibility of playing in the All-Star Game, to be held Jan. 25 in Montreal.

"I haven't really thought too much about it. I mean, it would definitely be a big thrill for myself. You know there's a lot of great players in the league. To be chosen, if I do, it would be great.''

Among the Flyers on the fan ballot are goaltender Marty Biron, defenseman Kimmo Timonen and forwards Daniel Briere, Simon Gagne and Mike Richards.

Biron back, coach out

Marty Biron skated himself yesterday in preparation for a return to action against Ottawa tonight, but he might be without coach John Stevens.

Stevens was scheduled to accompany several of his players for a visit to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, but woke up suffering from the flu.

As for Biron, the Flyers' starting goalie was as sick as he has ever been and lost a lot of weight from his already-bony frame. He missed three games dealing with a persistent flu that is circulating through the team.

"I must have lost 8 to 9 pounds because when I weighed in Saturday I was 6 pounds underweight and that was after a full day of eating.

"For 3 days I only had like six bowls of soup. I don't remember the last time I was that sick. The only time I missed a game in my whole professional career, American League and NHL, was one game in the American League because of food poisoning.

"The only other games I missed was when I was holding out my second year in the NHL. I never missed another game for sickness or injury.''

Biron was back with the team Sunday but was the backup as Antero Niittymaki started his fourth game in a row.

Biron said Sunday he felt fine and will be available to play tonight. "My legs were a little wobbly [Saturday] after a 45-minute skate, but then I had a workout and felt a lot better and I feel a lot better now,'' he said. "I haven't seen a lot of pucks this week but physically I feel good now." *