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Hart out 2-3 weeks for Flyers with lower abdominal strain


Carter Hart will be out 2-3 weeks for the Philadelphia Flyers because of a right lower abdominal strain.

The goalie was injured during practice Tuesday, when the Flyers were preparing for their game against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS).

“He came off the ice early,” coach Alain Vigneault said of Hart on Tuesday. “Still waiting to find out. Obviously, he felt a little something — I’m not exactly sure where — in the lower body region.”

Hart is 15-11-3 with a 2.61 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout in 32 games (29 starts) for Philadelphia this season, his second in the NHL. A second-round pick (No. 48) in the 2016 NHL Draft, he’s 31-24-4 with a 2.72 GAA and .912 save percentage in 63 games (59 starts).

Goalie Brian Elliott is expected to start against the Blues. Alex Lyon was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions Wednesday and will be the backup.

The Flyers have lost 107 man-games to injury and illness; forward Oskar Lindblom will miss the rest of the season because of Ewing’s sarcoma, forward Nolan Patrick has not played this season because of a migraine disorder, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is expected to be out three weeks because of a knee injury and defenseman Justin Braun is day to day with a groin injury. deputy managing editor Adam Kimelman contributed to this report

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