Two more Flyers hurt

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Two more Philadelphia Flyers are now banged up, joining all-star defenceman Chris Pronger in the infirmary.

Winger Danny Briere missed Sunday's shootout loss to the New York Rangers with lower-body soreness while centre Blair Betts was hurt during the second period and didn't return. Betts' injury was described as lower body.

It's likely Briere will be held out of Tuesday's game in Ottawa, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

"I don't think he is going to play the next game," Holmgren said. "We're going to hold him out another game just precautionary. I would expect him back on Friday."

Betts probably won't play in Ottawa either. Holmgren said the injury should only keep Betts out a few days.

Briere is second in team scoring with 32 goals and 31 assists while Betts has five goals and seven assists.

Williams on ice

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams did some skating and light shooting Sunday, just two weeks after having his shoulder dislocated.

Kings coach Terry Murray didn't expect to see Williams on the ice so soon but stopped short of saying the team's second-leading scorer is ahead of schedule.

"That was a surprise to me," Murray said on nhl.com. "Probably (we'll let) another week go by with the rehab and skating and we'll see where he's at. It will all come down to strength. Whenever that pops out, there's always rebuilding the muscles around the shoulders. Hopefully you never have to do anything else with it, but there's always a chance that you might have to."

Williams was originally expected to be out three to four weeks after being hurt March 21 against the Calgary Flames. He opted against having surgery, which would have ended his season, and will eventually try playing with a harness on the shoulder.

Schwartz succumbs

The hockey-playing older sister of St. Louis Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz died Sunday morning.

Mandi Schwartz, a 23-year-old from Wilcox, Sask., who played hockey at Yale University, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2008 and battled the disease for more than two years before passing away.

Jaden, a forward with the Canadian team at the 2011 world junior championships in Buffalo, was a first-round pick of the Blues in 2010 and recently finished his rookie season at Colorado College. Rylan Schwartz, another brother, also plays at Colorado College.

"From the entire St. Louis Blues organization, our thoughts and prayers are with the Schwartz family during this difficult time," Blues president John Davidson said in a statement.

No discipline?

Ottawa Senators winger Zack Smith isn't expected to get a call from the NHL's VP of discipline Colin Campbell about his actions Saturday night.

Smith should consider himself fortunate after he received a five-minute boarding major in the third period for a hit on Leafs' defenceman Matt Lashoff during the club's 4-2 loss to their archrivals.

Lashoff is fine and Smith knows he did wrong. A suspension likely isn't necessary.

"I didn't mean to hit the guy that way. It's unfortunate how it turned out," said Smith. "If I could do it again, I wouldn't have hit him that way.

"Was it a major? Sure, it was a major. But, at the same time, (Marek) Svatos gets a crosscheck to the head (from Jay Rosehill) and that's two minutes. I don't consider myself a dirty player. It's just unfortunate."

The Senators sent defencemen Andre Benoit and Patrick Wiercioch to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton on Sunday to suit up against the Albany River Rats. Both are expected back in Ottawa for Tuesday's game against Philly.

Sens heading east

The Ottawa Senators will take part in Kraft Hockeyville next fall for the second straight year.

Late Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada, Conception Bay South, Nfld., was chosen as next season's Kraft Hockeyville. The Senators will face the Atlanta Thrashers on Sept. 26 in Conception Bay, with $100,000 being donated to the community for rink upgrades.

Sens winger Colin Greening, a St. John's native, will be excited about playing in his home province.

Last fall, the Senators took on the Buffalo Sabres in the Hamilton suburb of Dundas.


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