At this point, as general manager Paul Homgren puts it, the Flyers have lost about a player a game to injury.

The latest victim is defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who will miss about a month - if not more - with a left shoulder injury suffered late in the second period of Thursday's 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. The affected area is the muscle around Meszaros' acromioclavicular (AC) joint, according to Holmgren.

This loss hurts. Meszaros has averaged over 18 minutes on the ice a night in this young 2013 season, and is one of the team's more versatile defensemen. Without him the D, though large and tough, is far less mobile.

Holmgren, however, is electing to remain optimistic. The Flyers simply have to "try to get [Meszaros' shoulder] stronger."

"As far as being snakebitten with injuries ... I'm not sure we're much different than a lot of teams that are in the league," he said. "We've just got to fight through it and take the approach that it's opportunities for other players. ... That's just the way it's going to be. We've got to deal with it on a day-to-day basis, and I think the coaches have done a good job of that to date. But hopefully we can break this stream of losing a guy a game, and stay healthy."