As expected, Chris Pronger will not play Game 1 Thursday against visiting Buffalo.
But in a minor surprise, it appears winger Nik Zherdev will be a healthy scratch.
Here are the expected lines:
* Danny Briere centering Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell.
* Claude Giroux centering Jeff Cater and Andreas Nodl.
* Mike Richards centering Kris Versteeg and James van Riemsdyk.
* Blair Betts centering Dan Carcillo and Darroll Powe.
Look for Danny Syvret to be paired with Sean O'Donnell on the third D pairing.
GM Paul Holmgren continued to say Pronger was day to day as he recovers from a broken right hand.
If the Flyers win Thursday, Pronger will probably sit out Saturday. If they lose Thursday, there will be urgency to put him into Saturday's lineup.
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