If Devils fans are looking for signs of hope today, Tom Gulitti is reporting that both Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will be out for Thursday's game at the Prudential Center against the Devils. Apparently both have right foot issues. Carter allegedly has a broken right foot and Gagne has a broken toe.
I guess that's going to happen when you have guys consistently blocking shots the way the Flyers have. Although apparently Carter's teammate Pronger was the one who did it.
I would say that many might think that the series just got a lot more interesting, but the Devils buried themselves in such a deep hole and the Flyers still have a great defense that I'm not sure it's going to make a lot of difference. Carter was invisible in this series until yesterday. I can't allow myself to think the Devils have a chance. If they happen to win tomorrow, then I'll allow myself to dream. But until then, I'll start thinking about baseball, the World Cup and the Tour de France.
Editor's Update: Jacques Lemaire wasn't exactly convinced right away that they'll be out (in terms of time), per Gulitti. He should be given the news elsewhere. From the comments to that very post; TSN reported that both players will have surgery - on Friday. From that, a big confirmation:
According the Flyers, Gagne could return to action in three weeks, while Carter is out indefinitely.
With the team announcement and the nature of their injuries, I think it's pretty safe to say both Gagne and Carter will be out for Game 5. Per Broad Street Hockey, it's understood that Ville Leino will be one of the replacements at forward. The other could be Riley Cote, David Laliberte, Andreas Nodl, or Jon Kalinski.
Editor's Update #2: Clarified the link to Lemaire's thoughts. Per the official Flyers' website, Gagne's out for three weeks. Gulitti reports that Carter is out for six weeks. Rich Chere has a transcript of the conference call with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren about the injuries.