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Briere makes season debut for Flyers

Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 7:39 PM | Alain Poupart  - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla.Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere will be making his season debut Saturday night against the Florida Panthers.

Briere, who sustained a wrist injury while playing in Germany during the lockout, didn't sound optimistic after the morning skate about his chances of playing.

Briere said he feels comfortable in his ability to absord a hit and doesn't feel pain shooting the puck. The biggest problem, he says, is faceoffs.

The Flyers rank 24th in the league in faceoff percentage this season at 46.7.

"That, I can tell you, I'm not going to be able to be much help there," Briere said. "That's the big issue."

The Flyers, who are off to a 1-3 start, no doubt can use Briere's offensive skills, especially after losing Scott Hartnell to a foot injury for 4-8 weeks.

Briere admitted it's been tough having to watch the Flyers struggle at the start of the 2013 season.

"You feel a little responsible when the team is not getting the wins," he said. "You feel responsible for not being out there. It was good to finally get on the board last game, gave us a little breathing room for everyone around here."

Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg (groin) skated Saturday morning but was again scratched. Tomas Fleischmann (foot) returned to the lineup, while former first-round pick Quinton Howden (No. 25, 2010) made his NHL debut in place of Mike Santorelli, who was a healthy scratch.

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