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Report: Chris Pronger and Jeff Carter probably won’t play another game in first round

Apr 22, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

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In the span of one day, Chris Pronger‘s prospects went from “probably coming back in Game 5″ to “won’t play tonight” to “don’t expect him back until the second round, at the earliest.” That final prediction comes via the latest update from CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio, who reports that Pronger and Jeff Carter aren’t likely to play another game in the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round series against the Buffalo Sabres.

For Pronger, it seems like’s more about being effective than actually being able to make an appearance. He obviously plays a confrontational, sometimes bullying style of hockey, so few would shed a tear if the Sabres targeted the hulking defenseman’s surgically repaired right hand. Even if something nefarious didn’t happen, he was seen wincing when he took slap shots, a sign that he wouldn’t be able to use that functional part of his game.

It doesn’t sound too great for Carter’s comeback hopes, either. Panaccio reports that Carter is suffering from a severely sprained MCL ligament in his injured right knee after colliding with Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. The goal-scoring forward was seen wearing a brace today.

Now, it’s important to note that this information comes from anonymous sources. Still, if this is indeed the case, an already challenging series becomes that much more foreboding for the Flyers. Naturally, we’ll keep you updated, as both players’ injury situations are fluid … to say the least.

  1. tommytd - Apr 22, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Chrissy Pronger is a MORON!

  2. emperor83 - Apr 22, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    That pretty much means they’re done for the year, because there is no second round for the Flyers.

  3. emperor83 - Apr 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    looks like this series is gonna be over in 6… GO SABRES!

  4. diesel55 - Apr 22, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    The Sabres suck. Ryam Miller can only carry a bad team so far. They’ll win this series because Pronger’s out then get knocked out. Every years there’s a team like this and its always the same trend.

    • emperor83 - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:26 AM

      hmmm… the team to rack up the most points in the Eastern Conference since 1/1/11 (60) “sucks”. Up is down, black is white and diesel55 isn’t a complete retard. How much of this is true? Umm, none…

      • diesel55 - Apr 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        “Diet Choke” The official soft drink of the Buffalo Sabres!!! Who’s the retard now…

  5. emperor83 - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Truth is, Pronger wouldn’t have made much of a difference.

  6. jimeejohnson - Apr 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Wouldn’t count the Flyers out.

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