The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled goaltender Cal Petersen from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, while defenseman Victor Mete has been reassigned to the Phantoms.
Mete appeared in no games with the Flyers during his brief recall in the wake of Marc Staal’s upper-body injury as Louie Belpedio has filled in comfortably in his role.
Petersen’s recall comes on the heels of the injury Carter Hart suffered in Wednesday’s 5-2 home loss to Buffalo. Hart lasted ten minutes before leaving the game with what the Flyers designated as a “mid-body injury”.
Crossing Broad’s Anthony SanFilippo reported on Thursday morning that Hart could miss 4-6 weeks, though the Flyers are more hopeful it could only be 2-3 weeks. Regardless, Philadelphia will be without their top goalie for the foreseeable future.
As for Petersen, he has appeared in four games with Lehigh Valley this season after being waived by the Flyers on October 3rd, going 1-3-0 with an .884 save percentage and 3.76 goals against average to boot. In 2022-23, the Waterloo, Iowa native went 16-20-4 with a .904 SV%, 2.88 GAA, and 2 shutouts with the AHL’s Ontario Reign. He also skated in 10 games for the Los Angeles Kings, going 5-3-2 with an .868 SV% and 3.75 GAA before being waived.
In 101 career NHL contests, Petersen is 44-42-10 with a .905 SV%, 2.92 GAA, and 4 shutouts. After once being looked upon as the future of the Kings’ crease, he has struggled to regain his prior form.
Petersen was acquired by the Flyers in the three-team trade that saw Ivan Provorov shipped off to Columbus. The 29-year-old netminder was part of the package sent to Philadelphia that also included defensemen Sean Walker and Helge Grans, a 2023 first-round pick, and two second-round picks.
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