All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger
did not practice Sunday, leaving in question his availability for Game 3 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Buffalo Sabres
on Monday (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN).
Pronger has not played since March 8 due to a broken bone in his right hand. He has been skating for about two weeks, but away from the team, and his sessions have been almost exclusively limited to skating drills. He worked with a puck Wednesday but made only soft passes and light shots, and only touched the puck one time Friday, skating laterally with it along the blue line and then letting it roll of his stick.
Prior to the Flyers announcing Saturday that Pronger would miss Game 2, CSNPhilly.com reported Pronger would miss Game 2 and Game 3 -- if not more.
The club continues to list Pronger as day-to-day with his injury.
In other injury news, forward Andreas Nodl
played just 3:43 in Game 2 due to what the team called an upper-body injury. The team did not issue any other updates, but if Nodl can't play, the two most likely options to replace him for Game 3 are Nikolay Zherdev
and Jody Shelley
Zherdev brings a dynamic offensive element. He had been skating on a line with Claude Giroux
and Jeff Carter
for the final five regular-season games, but has been a healthy scratch in the first two playoff games, with James van Riemsdyk
playing very well in that spot.
Shelley brings a more physical element. Despite not playing in a month due to a broken orbital bone and still wearing a full cage to protect his face, he's been medically cleared to play.
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