Flight Plan 12.11.2011

The Philadelphia Flyers have now won five games in a row and are sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with 39 points and 101 goals scored, being the first team in the NHL to reach 100 goals this season. Peter Laviolette’s club has overcome a lot of criticism and adversity through these first 28 games to get to this point, but they may have to push forward without two more of their best players in Claude Giroux and Ilya Bryzgalov. Giroux is currently leading the NHL in scoring with 39 points, three points ahead of resurgent Toronto Maple Leafs winger …

Holmgren talks Pronger, Schenn

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers Q: What changed with Chris? “I think over the last few days he’s had some difficulties… a fairly persistent headache, just sluggish feeling – so we’re just trying to do the right thing here and get him checked out by the doctors in Pittsburgh and just see what we’re dealing with.  Is it a concussion?  I don’t know that we know that.  We want to get a better idea, obviously.” Q: There’s still no idea what it might have stemmed from?  The high stick? “I don’t know.  I looked yesterday and I think he played …

Pronger out indefinitely

Breaking news out of Flyers camp this afternoon… General manager Paul Holmgren said that defenseman Chris Pronger will be out of commission indefinitely. “While Chris’ knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms,” Holmgren revealed in a statement Friday morning. “Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out indefinitely.” The news didn’t get any better for youngster Brayden Schenn. “Brayden reported ‘not feeling himself’ on December 5th,” Holmgren added. “Our doctors believe he has a mild concussion. Brayden will be …

Hartnell Gets Game-Winner, Flyers Edge Pens, 3-2

The Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the last ten minutes of the game, but Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot got the last laugh against their former team as the Flyers produced enough offense in the first two periods to earn a 3-2 win in Philly tonight. Scott Hartnell tapped home his 13th goal of the season in the crease halfway through the game for his third game-winner of the season. Wayne Simmonds led the way with a goal and an assist, while Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves in his fourth straight win. The victory, coupled with Florida’s 2-0 win at Boston, propelled the Flyers into the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and …

RICE & MICE: Loose bodies in the knee

Chris Pronger had some “loose bodies” removed from his right knee on July 27, 2010, and he missed the first two games of the season and didn’t return to the lineup until October 11. Pronger had surgery on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 to clear out more “loose bodies” from his left knee and is projected to be out of the lineup for 4 weeks. The left knee was supposedly in better shape than the right knee; however it remains to be seen if the recovery time for the left knee will be less than half of what was needed for …