Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
9 hours ago

MacDonald (lower body) looked rusty in the first period of Monday's 4-3 preseason loss to the Bruins, according to John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

As noted by Boruk, the veteran committed an egregious turnover in the defensive zone and then kicked the puck away from allied goalie Brian Elliott when he was trying to cover. MacDonald missed the scoresheet over 18:38 of ice time and he was whistled for a delay of game penalty in the second period, but he reportedly improved as the game wore on.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
1 week ago

MacDonald (lower body) is ahead of schedule, as he's now aiming to return for the Oct. 4 road opener against the Golden Knights, Sam Carchidi of The Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

News broke on Sept. 9 that MacDonald would need roughly six weeks to overcome his lower-body injury, but the veteran defenseman is optimistic that his rehab won't take that long. "It feels pretty good skating. I think they're more concerned about getting hit at this point," MacDonald said. "After the next appointment with the doc, we'll see when I get the clearance for contact." A proficient shot blocker, MacDonald redirected 131 shots last season in only 66 games. He also posted six goals and 15 assists to complement a plus-8 rating over that span.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
2 weeks ago

MacDonald suffered a lower-body injury this offseason and will sit out approximately six weeks.

EDGE Analysis

MacDonald posted 21 points in 66 games last season, and he added two goals against the Penguins in the playoffs. The six-week absence brings him to mid-October and will hold him out for around eight games. The Flyers could have to play musical chairs on the blue line if Ivan Provorov (shoulder) isn't ready for the season opener, either.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
5 months ago

MacDonald potted six goals and dished out 15 assists while playing in 66 games in 2017-18, going plus-eight and averaging 19:51 of ice time.

EDGE Analysis

When Philadelphia originally traded for MacDonald back in 2013-14, this kind of production was likely what the front office was looking for, and MacDonald finally delivered. The 21-points were the most he's recorded in orange and black and it was also aided by a career high 7.3 shooting percentage, and his 131 blocked shots were second most on the team. The increase in scoring was especially remarkable since MacDonald was handed a career worst 39.6 offensive zone start percentage, but spending the majority of his ice time on the season with Ivan Provorov certainly helped as well. MacDonald will return to Philadelphia in 2017-18, and even with a youth movement on defense, he figures to play a key part of the blue next year once again.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
6 months ago

MacDonald dished out two assists and finished with a team-best plus-3 rating during Thursday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

MacDonald has a plus-9 rating over his past five games and this was his second multi-point effort in that stretch. Despite the recent hot streak, he has just 19 points in 59 appearances for the season, so MacDonald's value in most formats remains limited.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
6 months ago

MacDonald scored a goal and added an assist during Thursday's 5-3 loss to Columbus.

EDGE Analysis

This was just the second multi-point showing of the campaign for the veteran and it improved MacDonald to only six goals and 11 assists through 55 games. Also, while his two tallies and two helpers through his past five games might stand out, MacDonald hasn't been able to sustain a notable offensive run all season.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
7 months ago

MacDonald (upper body) is slated to return Wednesday versus the Penguins, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 31-year-old is spending a career-high 63.7 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the defensive zone this season, which is not an ideal fantasy setup. Simply put, we cannot see many fantasy owners deploying MacDonald, who has only 13 points in 50 games with his overall playing time fleeting.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
7 months ago

MacDonald (upper body) is day-to-day and won't play Sunday against the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

MacDonald has struggled on the Flyers' blue line lately, producing just one goal and a minus-6 rating over the last eight. He was log 18:50 of ice time Saturday against the Lightning, so it's unclear exactly when this injury was incurred. He'll eye a return Wednesday against the Penguins, but his absence will allow Johnny Oduya to make his Flyers debut Sunday.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
7 months ago

MacDonald blocked two shots through just 16:54 of ice time during Thursday's 4-1 loss to Carolina.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran entered Thursday's contest averaging 20:02 of ice time per game, so it was a little surprising to see his minutes drop significantly. However, the Flyers were trailing most of the night, and MacDonald's far from an offensive force. Fantasy owners can continue to ignore him in most settings.

Andrew MacDonald
D PHI
8 months ago

MacDonald scored his second goal of the season and blocked four shots through 21:31 of ice time during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win against Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran defenseman has been on an impressive offensive run of late with a goal and six assists through his past eight games. However, fantasy owners will definitely want to temper expectations because his recent outburst has him up to just 10 points -- two tallies -- for the campaign. It's also worth noting that MacDonald isn't receiving consistent power-play time and has just 47 shots through 33 games. Taking a flier on his scoring streak having legs is probably only worthwhile in deep formats that also include blocked shots, as he remains a strong contributor in that category with 72 for the year.