Philadelphia Flyers leading goal scorer Jeff Carter will miss three to four weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
Carter suffered the injury off a shot from Atlanta's Clarke MacArthur in the first period of Sunday night's 3-1 Thrashers' win.
When he misses Tuesday night's game in Ottawa, Carter will end a streak of 286 consecutive games played. That's the third-longest in team history.
``Jeff's a tough kid, when he's able to come back and play, he will,'' general manager Paul Holmgren said. ``Other guys have to pick up their socks a little bit.''
Carter, who has 33 goals, is hopeful he can be back for the playoffs, which start next month.
``It's tough,'' Carter said. ``This is what you really play all year for, down the stretch run and into the playoffs.''