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Flyers down two top forwards, captain vs. Rangers

by Adam Kimelman
PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers will be without two top forwards and their team captain when they head to New York for Saturday's game at the Rangers.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said forward James van Riemsdyk will be out for at least 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury, and neither forward Jaromir Jagr (lower body) nor defenseman Chris Pronger (virus) will accompany the team to New York.
Holmgren said van Riemsdyk was hurt during Wednesday's game against the Islanders.
"It happened in the third period the other night," Holmgren said. "He just went to pass the puck and had a little bit of an upper-body injury."
Holmgren would not clarify the injured area, but said it did not happen on a hit.


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Jagr left Wednesday's game during the second period after aggravating the lower-body injury -- reported by multiple media outlets to be a groin strain -- he first hurt Nov. 17 in a game against Phoenix. He had sat out the previous two games, but now with a five-day break after Saturday's game against the Rangers, the decision was made to hold Jagr out a bit longer.
"It's unfortunate for Jaromir and for us that he aggravated the same injury the last game," said Holmgren. "We'll take it a little slower this time. He did have a different treatment over the last couple days since the injury. We're shooting for next Friday (Dec. 2 in Anaheim), and if that's the case that's great, and if not we'll just wait."
Holmgren said he's eyeing the same return date for Pronger, who will miss his fourth straight game Saturday.
"The best-case scenario would be … Friday in Anaheim," Holmgren said. "Chris is feeling better, but he's still not feeling himself just quite yet."
The Flyers also will be without defenseman Andreas Lilja for at least six weeks due to a high ankle sprain suffered during the second period.
With Pronger already out, the Flyers were not carrying an extra defenseman, and Holmgren said the team likely will call up a blueliner from their American Hockey League team, the Adirondack Phantoms, prior to Saturday's game. Kevin Marshall, who made his NHL debut Monday against Carolina before being sent back down, could come back up.
Holmgren said they also could call up a forward to take van Riemsdyk's place. It could be Brayden Schenn, who was activated from injured reserve and sent to the AHL, and had an assist in his first game back since breaking his foot Oct. 26. Holmgren, however, said nothing had been decided on any roster moves.
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