The Flyers have announced Chris Pronger
will travel with the team to Buffalo, but does that mean he'll practice with the team? Or the "Black Aces," the extra players every playoff team carries? What about his potential return to the lineup for Game 3 on Monday?
One thing is for sure -- the players have moved past worrying about whether Pronger plays or doesn't play.
"I don't think about it," said Scott Hartnell
. "He's around, he's working out. I don't know if he's skating before us or not. Until he's practicing with us for a few times we can't expect him back. He's definitely a presence, we miss him, but it's the farthest thing from our mind."
The other consideration could be an extra forward. Andreas Nodl
is listed as day to day, and if he can't go in Game 3, it could be either Nikolay Zherdev
or Jody Shelley
Zherdev could be the missing element for a power play that's gone 1-for-15 in the series, including 0-for-3 on 5-on-3 chances. However, he's spent most of the season as a healthy scratch. Shelley hasn't played in a month due to a broken orbital bone, but he's been cleared to play and on Sunday ditched the full cage he had been wearing for a visor.
Coach Peter Laviolette
, as per his usual, would not tip his hand as to which way he might be leaning with his lineup.
"All decisions are tough and they're not taken lightly," he said. "You try to do what's best for the team. Ultimately somebody goes and somebody doesn't. The people that don't, they want to play. They're proud guys and they want to play and I respect that."
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