Flyers Notes: Flyers' Pronger misses second straight game with hand injury

Posted: March 13, 2011

Flyers Notes

Chris Pronger, sitting in general manager Paul Holmgren's suite, had a cast on his injured right hand as he watched the Flyers against Atlanta at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

No worries, Holmgren said, reiterating that an X-ray and an MRI were negative.

Holmgren said Pronger, 36, who missed his second straight game, remained day-to-day. He said he was hopeful the star defenseman could play Tuesday in Florida.

Pronger injured the hand blocking a shot against the New York Islanders on Feb. 24. He missed the next game, then played in four games before pain flared in the hand, making it difficult to grip a stick.

"There's just something going on in there that's inhibiting his strength [in the hand], but it continues to get better each day," Holmgren said.

Pronger will make the three-game road trip to South Florida, Atlanta, and Dallas.

"Chris wants to play," Holmgren said, "and when he feels like he can play, he'll play."

"The fact he's not in there, everybody gets concerned," coach Peter Laviolette said before the game. "He plays 22, 25 minutes a game and does a lot of things for us and plays in a lot of situations."

The team's quarterback on the power play, Pronger has four goals and 21 assists and is plus-7. He has missed 18 games because of injuries.

For the second straight game, Nick Boynton replaced Pronger and was paired with Matt Carle, who had a team-best plus-22 rating.

"We've been through it before," Carle said, referring to Pronger's absence. "We can show the depth of our 'D' corps. There's not a whole lot of adjustments that need to be made. I thought [Boynton] came in last game and played really well. He's a veteran guy in the league, and there's nothing new to him."

Same page?

Earlier last week, Pronger said the Flyers weren't on the same page.

Laviolette thought the team improved in that area with its 3-2 win in Toronto on Thursday, as the team played a complete 60 minutes for the first time in a while.

"We weren't playing well. I said it. We needed to play better," Laviolette said. "We weren't playing the style we needed to play, or doing the things we needed to do on the ice to be successful. We had one good period against Edmonton [Tuesday], then went to Toronto and played three of those periods. We were much better with the execution of our game and the energy of our game, and we're hoping to build off of it."

Laviolette would not comment on Pronger's scolding teammate Claude Giroux for his play after the win over Edmonton. Holmgren said Pronger's words were good for the team and Giroux.

"I want to talk about the game tonight," the coach said before the opening faceoff.

Breakaways

The Flyers entered the night without a shutout this season. There have been two seasons in their history when they failed to register a shutout - in 1981-82 (goalies: Pelle Lindbergh, Pete Peeters, and Rick St. Croix) and 1988-89 (Ron Hextall, Mark LaForest, Marc D'Amour, and Ken Wregget). - Sam Carchidi

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