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Flyers' Carter cleared to skate

by John McGourty /
Philadelphia Flyers center Jeff Carter, who suffered a fracture in his left foot March 21, has been cleared to skate after an MRI Wednesday morning at Jefferson Center City Imaging in Philadelphia.

Carter will practice with the Flyers on Thursday and could play Friday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, the first of a season-ending home-and-home series that could determine the playoff fates of both teams. They conclude their seasons Sunday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

"Jeff had his MRI this morning and he is healing up nicely," Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told the team's Web site. "He completed his off-ice rehab and conditioning today and will practice with the team (Thursday)."

The Rangers enter Wednesday in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the seventh-place Flyers. The Rangers trail the eighth-place Boston Bruins by three points. If the Rangers lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, it would clinch a playoff spot for the Flyers.

Carter, who was second in the League with 46 goals last season, leads the Flyers with 33 goals this season and is tied with captain Mike Richards with a team-leading 60 points. The Flyers went 3-4-1 during his eight-game absence.

Coach Peter Laviolette said Monday he might put Carter on the wing on a line centered by Danny Briere. In Tuesday's win in Toronto, Briere centered a line with Simon Gagne and Scott Hartnell.
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