Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Expect Carter to play

Flyers forward Jeff Carter skated in today’s Flyers practice and said he will be a game-time decision for tomorrow night’s win-to-get-in matchup with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Expect Carter to play

Jeff Carter could return to the Flyers tomorrow night. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Jeff Carter could return to the Flyers tomorrow night. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Flyers forward Jeff Carter skated in today’s Flyers practice and said he will be a game-time decision for tomorrow night’s win-to-get-in matchup with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Carter said he felt “good” but did feel pain because “there is a screw in my foot,” and said he expects to feel pain for a few more weeks.

“I thought Jeff did fine during the practice,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “But I think we need to see how this responds tomorrow before we make any decisions. We’ll go from there.

“The way I understand it, if he’s in any pain we need to back him off. With the screw in place, I think the chances of him [injuring it worse] are slim. We want to see how he is tomorrow.”

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Holmgren has long said that Carter's availability will depend on his pain tolerance.

My two cents: Carter is a lock to play tomorrow night. He did not hesitate when skating, his conditioning level is close to where it was, and the injury is unlikely to have any future impact. Oh, yeah, and he is their leading scorer.

In hockey, if you can walk, you can play.

Look for Carter to play with Scott Hartnell and Arron Asham, most likely bumping Danny Briere back to the wing.

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