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January 13 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger continues to make progress as he rehabilitates his broken right foot, and no one is ruling out the possibility that he could return to the lineup next week.
“I’m not sure,” general manager Paul Holmgren said Wednesday. “We’ll see how it goes in practice.”
After being examined Wednesday by orthopedic surgeon Steve Raikin, Pronger was “given the go-ahead to move his rehabilitation to the next level,” Holmgren said.
Pronger, 36, will join the team Friday in Atlanta and take part in practice. He said he did not know when he would be able to return to game action.
Pronger suffered a broken foot while blocking a shot in Montreal on Dec. 15. At the time, it was estimated that he would miss four to six weeks.
“I’m excited to get back in the mix at practice, and obviously excited to try to get back in the lineup,” said Pronger, who had foot surgery on Dec. 17. “But, again, I have to make sure everything is good with my foot before we even go down that avenue.”
The Flyers have gone 6-3 in Pronger’s absence.”
January 13 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“So who was that masked man who helped the Flyers continue their road dominance with a 5-2 comeback win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday?
Yep. Sergei Bobrovsky, the onetime rookie-of-the-year front-runner who has slipped to No. 2 on the Flyers‘ depth chart at goalie.
After a shaky first period, Bobrovsky settled down and resembled the player who was the league’s rookie of the-month in November.
Bobrovsky made 38 saves – equaling a career best – and seemed to gather confidence as the game progressed.
The performance was much needed because Bobrovsky wasn’t as aggressive, or in control, in his previous five games, during which he had a 4.25 goals-against average.
It was just his fourth start in the last 13 games.
“It wasn’t difficult,” Bobrovsky insisted through a translator, referring to his inactivity in the last month. “I was just waiting for my opportunity to play so that when I do, I can perform well.”
January 13 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Quietly overlooked among the chatter of the Flyers tying Detroit on Tuesday night for the most double-digit goal scorers in the NHL is the fact that one line has carried them the past 2 weeks.
Yes, as they continue to lead the Eastern Conference, depth is the Flyers‘ biggest asset. They can attack the opposition in waves, including their fourth line.
But since the Flyers were shut out on Dec. 20 at home against the Florida Panthers, no team has been able to slow the trio of Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino – a line that could desperately use a catchy nickname.
Briere’s line, easily the Flyers‘ best combination since the “Legion of Doom,” with Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg, that skated from 1995-97, has accounted for 13 of the Flyers‘ last 20 goals. When Leino scored in the 5-2 win at Buffalo on Tuesday, it gave the Flyers eight double-figure scorers.
It’s no coincidence that the Flyers have won five of six games heading into tonight’s matchup in Boston.
“Maybe this is our time,” Hartnell said after Tuesday’s victory. “You know, I think every line or every person is streaky at times. Maybe this is our time to feel it around the net. Other times, we’re not getting the breaks. It’s fun right now.”
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