The Philadelphia Flyers are the hottest team in the NHL right now, riding a nine-game winning streak.
But the depth of their blue line will be tested further over the next few games with news that Mark Streit will miss two weeks with an upper-body injury, reportedly a sprained left shoulder suffered against the Red Wings on Sunday.
Streit normally quarterbacks the second-unit power play with Ivan Provorov as his understudy. Yet Streit had to work the first power play in Shayne Gostisbehere’s absence against the Red Wings.
Michael Del Zotto, who had been a healthy scratch twice last week before filling in for Gostisbehere on Sunday, is expected to stay in the lineup for Streit.
In 31 games this season, the 39-year-old Streit has five goals and 16 points.
The Flyers, looking for a 10th consecutive win, are on the road against the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.