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Holmgren: Pronger could return to lineup Thursday

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It appears the Philadelphia Flyers will have their best defenseman back in the lineup Thursday night.

CSNPhilly.com reported Wednesday afternoon that Chris Pronger will be in the uniform when the Flyers face the Ottawa Senators at the Wells Fargo Center. The hulking blueliner has been out since Dec. 15, when he blocked a slap shot with his right foot. Surgery was required to repair the damage.

"Things went really good today and I know he's felt good the last few days, so I think there's a good chance he'll play (Thursday)," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said.

Pronger wouldn't confirm that he'd be available to play against the Sens, but sources told CSNPhilly.com that the 36-year-old will return. Despite missing the last 13 games, Pronger's Flyers are tied for the League lead with 65 points.

"There's no real time table," Pronger told the web site. "I think we've said that all along. It's really just how the X-ray was and the doctor checks it and kind of tries to manipulate it and see how it moves.

"I feel pretty good. Until you get out there and push it in game situations, you never really know. I would imagine we'll probably all sit down either after practice or (Thursday) morning."
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