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Pronger questionable for Saturday's game

by Adam Kimelman
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will join the team in Ottawa ahead of Saturday's game against the Senators, but his availability remains in question.

Pronger was hit by a shot on his right wrist with just less than seven minutes remaining in the third period of the game Thursday against the New York Islanders. (VIDEO ) He left the game and did not return. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Thursday following the game that X-rays showed no broken bones, but Pronger's hand was swollen Friday and he did not practice.

The team called up rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, and he will be available to play Saturday should Pronger not be able to go.

"It's just swollen," Holmgren told reporters Friday regarding Pronger. "He had trouble gripping his stick today."

If Pronger can't play Saturday, it would be the third different time he's been sidelined by injuries this season. He missed the first two games of the regular season while recovering from offseason knee surgery, and missed 5 weeks in December and January with a broken foot.

Pronger has 24 points and a plus-9 rating in 46 games, and his 22:28 of ice time per game leads the team.

Gustafsson, a 22-year-old native of Kvisselby, Sweden, was signed over the summer after three seasons at Northern Michigan University. In his first professional season, he leads the Phantoms with 28 assists and is tied for the team lead with 33 points.

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