Lauridsen gets first taste of NHL action, Coburn out with shoulder separation

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It’s “D” for “decimated” rather than for defense as the Flyers continue their five-game homestand.

On Friday, ahead of a huge matchup against the Boston Bruins, the club recalled defenseman Oliver Lauridsen from the Adirondack Phantoms.

“He’s a big guy that can skate,” Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said to a Flyers insider. “I called down there [to Adirondack] and the reports on him are good. I really liked the game he had [when the Phantoms played] here. He was physical.”

The 6-foot-6 native of Denmark, taken by the Flyers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, will get to see his first NHL action on Saturday as Braydon Coburn is expected to be out for an indefinite period.

Coburn departed after the second period of Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders. He was diagnosed with a separated left shoulder and did not practice on Friday, then was placed on injured reserve.

Back to Lauridsen, who, according to the Post Star, was on the exercise bike when the news of his call-up was announced. It was reported that Andreas Lilja emphatically told the 24-year-old to stop what he was doing and get in a car down to Philly.

In his third season ans second full campaign with the Phantoms, Lauridsen has totaled one goal and six points with 77 penalty minutes in 59 games.

One other injury note: defenseman Andrej Meszaros will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, which will squash any hopes of his returning this season. The surgery will take place April 2 — one day before the trade deadline.