Philadelphia Flyers: Why Chris Pronger Doesn’t Need To Rush Back From His Injury

January 13th, 2011 by Andrew J. Kearney Leave a reply »
The Philadelphia Flyers are about ready to take fans on another run. Could this journey end the same way or differently? That's a question that's in everyone's minds at the moment, with only the Flyers capable of answering it over the next several months.

They've overcome their injuries but the core has been generally healthy. The latest injury to defensive rock Chris Pronger has really tested the team's will. To their own credit, they've answered the call admirably.

In Pronger's absence, the defense has stepped up even more.  Kimmo Timonen has assumed the role of defensive rock as the Flyers remain atop the Eastern Conference. In addition, Andrej Meszaros is having his best season yet with a +27 on the ice.  Even Oskars Bartulis, who was bullied in last year's playoffs, has been solid over the past four weeks.  

While the Flyers are getting less offensive production out of defensemen, they're making up for it with sound defensive play.  The Flyers' defensemen have scored just eight goals as a unit this season.  A lot of this is contributed to a different style in play; their forwards are crashing the net and doing more c ...

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