"Every day you feel better," Pronger said. "Come to practice [today] and see."
Pronger, who missed the Flyers' final 16 games after March 16 surgery on his right hand, has not been ruled out for tomorrow night's opening game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against Buffalo. There is still so much to be determined, as Pronger skated yesterday with a stick but did not handle a puck or take any shots.
"It's tough," Pronger said. "You'd like to be able to be out there prepping, going through all of the drills and preparing properly. I have my own path, I guess. We'll use it for what it is."
Earlier yesterday morning, Danny Briere went on a Buffalo radio station and said Pronger would not play in Game 1 and it was "very possible" he could miss the entire postseason.
"We were playing around," Briere said. "I have no clue. I don't know. I played in Buffalo and I've known them for a long time. I was just playing around."
Back home, general manager Paul Holmgren had little to offer on Pronger's status, other than that he may not need as much practice time as pessimists think in order to return to the lineup.
"He's going to continue to be day-to-day here," Holmgren said. "He's coming along nicely. He was better [yesterday] than he was [Monday]. He's played 1,185 games in the NHL or something like that and  playoff games. I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt."
Defenseman Matt Walker now is at the disposal of Peter Laviolette. "I'm happy that he cleared because he's played in the playoffs and has a lot of experience," Paul Holmgren said. "We're trying to get him up to speed with lots of hard work in practice." Walker has not played in the NHL since Jan. 18, undergoing three surgeries this season . . . Holmgren said he thought Danny Syvret would play if Chris Pronger could not, "depending on matchups," but added that Syvret played well in Buffalo last Friday. *