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Flyers place Umberger and Streit on IR

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WINNIPEG, MB - NOVEMBER 7: Mark Streit #32 of the Philadelphia Flyers follows the play down the ice during first-period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on November 7, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Flyers defeated the Jets 3-0. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Flyers place Umberger and Streit on IR

Dhiren Mahiban
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The Philadelphia Flyers made a number of roster moves ahead of Saturday night's game in Carolina. R.J. Umberger and Mark Streit were placed on injured reserve while Taylor Leier and Shayne Gostisbehere were recalled from Lehigh Valley.

The Philadelphia Flyers received some bad news on the injury front on Saturday.

The club announced it has placed R.J. Umberger and Mark Streit on injured reserve.

Streit, who is second among Flyers blue liners in average ice time this season (22:45), is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to repair a pubic plate detachment.

The 37-year-old was placed on long-term injured reserve and is expected to be out six weeks. Streit was second only to Claude Giroux with nine points in 16 games this season.

According to CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio, Umberger is suffering from a left foot injury. The 33-year-old had four assists in 11 games.

In a corresponding move, the Flyers recalled forward Taylor Leier and defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere.

Leier has four goals and five assists in 14 AHL games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The 21-year-old will take the roster spot of Brayden Schenn, according to Panaccio, and play on a line with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Sam Gagner.

“Brayden has gotten off to a good start and things haven’t gone great over the last couple games,” said Flyers coach Dave Hakstol. “He’s just out for the night.”

Gostisbehere is currently fifth among all Phantoms and tied for third among all AHL defencemen in scoring with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists). The 22-year-old appeared in two games with the Flyers last season.

Hakstol is hoping a pair of rookies in the lineup will help jump start the Flyers, who have just one win in their last nine games.

"We want to try and capture it that way,” Hakstol said. “Taylor Leier is going to be playing his first game. He’ll have some nervous energy. He’s a real hard-working tenacious player. He’ll bring some energy and speed to our lineup.”

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Flyers place Umberger and Streit on IR