Gustafsson out 2 weeks with left knee sprain

Gustafsson out 2 weeks with left knee sprain

Can Flyers correct defensive issues in time for Wild?

December 22, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Erik Gustafsson has two goals and five assists in 20 games this season. (USA Today Images)

Andrej Meszaros has been trying for five games to figure out how to get back into the Flyers' lineup.

He might have found it accidentally on Sunday via injury.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that defenseman Erik Gustafsson will miss about two weeks with a sprained left knee.

That means either Meszaros or Hal Gill – or both via some kind of rotation – will get a chance to play during Gustafsson’s absence.

Gustafsson, 25, was injured late in Saturday’s dismal 6-3 loss to the Blue Jackets in Columbus after a leg-on-leg collision with Corey Tropp.

Tropp crossed over Gustafsson’s leg from behind, accidentally, as both players were shaken up, although Gustafsson took the brunt of it.

Ironically, Tropp is also the same player who seriously injured referee Dan O’Rourke in the first period, knocking him out of the game with a chest injury.

Gustafsson scored a critical goal last Thursday during the Flyers’ 5-4 comeback win over Columbus at Wells Fargo Center.

He had been paired with Luke Schenn on the blueline.