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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07: Mascot Gritty of the Philadelphia Flyers watches the game against the Ottawa Senators in the third period at Wells Fargo Center on December 7, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers won 4-3. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Down two defensemen, and with center David Krejci added to the injury report after leaving Thursday’s loss early, the Bruins are making their way to Lake Tahoe a bit undermanned.

But that’s nothing in comparison to the issues plaguing the Flyers ahead of Sunday’s contest.

Currently battling through some COVID issues, the Flyers confirmed Thursday that forwards Morgan Frost, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindbolm, and Jakub Voracek, along with defenseman Justin Braun, will all remain on the COVID list and not travel to Lake Tahoe.

That’s… uh… that’s a lot of talent off the board for Philly.

Losing Giroux, Voracek, Laughton, and Konecny takes away the Flyers’ No. 4, 5, 6, and 7 leading scorers in 2021. The loss of Laughton also hurts the Flyers’ penalty-killing depth, as he stands as the team’s nightly leader in shorthanded time on ice per game among forwards (2:06 per game), while Lindblom’s 1:42 per night ranks fourth among Philadelphia forwards.

It’s most definitely not the hand that the Flyers, who have dropped all four of their 2021 head-to-heads with the Bruins and been outscored 16-to-9 so far, wanted to be dealt.

But it has led to us this pivotal moment in league history: Let. Gritty. Play.

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JANUARY 25: Mascot Gritty of the Philadelphia Flyers participates in the mascot game prior to the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Bruins will enter Sunday’s game in the midst of their first point-less losing streak of the season, while the Flyers enter play with losses in three of their last four contests.