FLYERS HEALTHY SCRATCH YANDLE, NHL’S IRON MAN

By Jenny Masters

Yandle has struggled this season: one goal and 15 assists in 67 games, playing to a minus-39 while skating 14 minutes, 20 seconds per game on average, which is his lowest average ice time since his rookie season with the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 2007-08.

Yandle remained in the lineup to break the NHL iron man record, and then remained there for 24 games after that.

But he was a healthy scratch for the Flyers last night, ending his NHL-record consecutive-games-played streak at 989 games.

Yandle, 35, broke the “iron man” record earlier this season, passing Doug Jarvis on Jan. 25 by playing in his 965th consecutive regular-season game at the New York Islanders. The defenseman’s streak began in his third NHL season, on March 26, 2009.

Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel will now have the longest active iron man streak at 968 consecutive games played, the second longest in NHL history.

Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo said it was an “organizational decision” to keep Yandle out of the lineup on Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers are 21-35-11 on the season, 31 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

“When you make a decision like this, it’s an organizational decision. It’s made in the best interest in what’s right for the Philadelphia Flyers, going forward,” Yeo said.

 

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