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Pronger out Tuesday, but nearing return

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 2:09 PM / NHL Insider

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Pronger out Tuesday, but nearing return
While Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will not play Tuesday night, he has been practicing and is expected to return to action soon.
PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Pronger was the first of the Flyers on the ice Tuesday morning. The towering defenseman sported a big smile and shortly into the quick pre-game workout you could tell that his surgically repaired right foot doesn't seem to be bothering him one bit.

Pronger will miss his 13th straight game Tuesday night since breaking his foot Dec. 15 at Montreal, but chances are he could be back in the lineup Thursday when the Flyers host Ottawa.

"I've got a doctor's appointment (Wednesday) and we'll see what happens," Pronger said. "You can go play a game whenever. Is it medically right to go do that? Am I going to risk hurting it if I do that? Maybe. I don't know. That's why we have doctors and we follow their protocol."

The Flyers have gone 8-4 without Pronger, who resumed skating last week. They're 9-4-1 without Pronger in the lineup this season.

"When you sit up top the game is a thousand times easier obviously, but the biggest thing I see is our ability to get scoring from all of our lines," Pronger said. "If either goalie goes in we feel just as comfortable and we look just as comfortable. I definitely like our team. I like the way we're coming together."

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