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Monday, 01.14.2013 / 6:31 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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VOORHEES, N.J. – The voice emanating from down the hall was very familiar, but hadn’t been heard around here for quite some time.

It was refreshing to have it back though, even if it’s for just a short time.

A bearded and bespectacled Chris Pronger was back at the Skate Zone, and while his button-down shirt and slacks suggested he was all business, he still had time to crack a few jokes and bring a few smiles.

Pronger came down the hall and shook hands with several members of the media saying hello, but beyond that he wasn’t talking publicly.

But when his new protégé Luke Schenn was about to face a media scrum, Pronger, as is his style, yelled at the gathered scribes:

“Be gentle or feel the wrath,” he said.

Just like the good old days of 2010.

Once the kidding was over though, Pronger had work to do.

Already doing some video work for the team from his home in St. Louis – work of which general manager Paul Holmgren says Pronger “tells it like he sees it” – on Monday Pronger had a private tutoring session.

After Schenn was done chatting with the media, he met Pronger and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy in the assistant coaches offices to do video work with the young defenseman.

The meeting lasted more than an hour.

Even though he’s not skating, and he is probably in his final days as Flyers captain, it appears Pronger still can have a positive impact on the Flyers defense.

He will be back at Skate Zone on Tuesday.

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Danny Briere has a hairline fracture in his wrist. That’s the bad news.

The good news is Briere is further along in his recovery from the injury than the Flyers originally expected.

“The news on Danny today was somewhat positive,” Holmgren said. “The injury is further along than we anticipated. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and the next day. It probably changes my thoughts on him being out an extended period of time.”

The Flyers initially thought Briere would miss the first couple weeks of the season. Now that timetable appears to be shorter.

How short? It’s still hard to tell.

And while Holmgren wouldn’t say Briere wouldn’t practice at some point this week, meaning the Flyers forward could lace up the skates before the opener, he did feel that the chance of Briere playing the opening weekend were, “Iffy still.”

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The battle for jobs became a little clearer Monday.

Coach Peter Laviolette flipped some lines around, giving Eric Wellwood and Jody Shelley a chance on the fourth line with Zac Rinaldo and relegating Tye McGinn and Scott Laughton to the fifth line with Tom Sestito, who was there for a second day.

Laviolette also spoke well of Rinaldo after practice, suggesting he will likely have a spot in the starting lineup.

Until Briere returns, that means there are two spots up for grabs among five players. The lines tomorrow could provide more hints as to whom might have a leg up for those spots.

On the defensive side, the only switch Monday saw Bruno Gervais jump up to the third pair with Nick Grosmann and newly acquired Kurtis Foster drop down to the fourth pair with Andreas Lilja.

With the top five pretty much set in stone, it looks to be a battle between Foster and Gervais for the final starting spot with Lilja trailing behind them. Of course, this could be all moot if Erik Gustafsson returns strong from a foot injury in a couple weeks.

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For the second consecutive day, Laviolette put a major emphasis on special teams, spending the entire second part of practice working on both power play and penalty kill.

No changes were made to the lineups in those two units from Sunday.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 77 21 56 7 77
C. Giroux 76 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 76 9 37 -9 46
B. Schenn 77 16 25 -6 41
S. Couturier 77 13 18 2 31
M. Del Zotto 59 9 20 -6 29
M. Read 75 7 22 -6 29
M. Raffl 62 20 6 8 26
V. Lecavalier 53 8 11 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 16 17 11 .928 2.22
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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