According to Sportsnet.ca, Chris Pronger will miss the Flyers’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins, tonight at the Consol Energy Center. However, the Flyers have yet to rule him anything but a game-time decision.
Pronger, who turns 36 on Oct. 10, is still in the process of fully recovering from knee surgery that has kept him out of all of training camp and the preseason. Only skating alone for much of that time, Pronger hit the ice for the first time with the team on Tuesday.
Pronger will be replaced by Oskars Bartulis, and Matt Walker will be the scratch.
Also expected to miss the contest is former Flyer and now Penguin Arron Asham. The 32-year-old played the last two seasons with the Flyers but jumped ship to the Atlantic Division rival as an unrestricted free agent. Asham injured his shoulder late in the preseason and has been placed on injured reserve, causing him to miss the contest against his former friends.
Andreas Nodl has been re-activated by the Flyers, but will likely stay at the 13th forward. Goaltender Michael Leighton was placed on LTIR and will miss at least 10 games.