Gagne's return will balance Flyers' lines

Simon Gagne plans to return to the ice tonight since suffering a broken bone in his foot on April 20. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

   Left winger Simon Gagne, sidelined since April 20 with a broken bone in his right foot, plans to play Friday night in the Flyers' win-or-go-home contest against Boston.

   The Bruins lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal, three games to none.

   Gagne, who had an MRI Thursday afternoon that showed the bone was healing nicely, is expected to play on a line with Mike Richards and Dan Carcillo. He will probably also spend time on the team's struggling power play _ which is 0 for 8 over the last two games _ but not on the penalty kill.

   Getting Gagne back should knock Scott Hartnell (0 goals in the last 20 games) off the Richards line, and give the Flyers more balance on their four units. Jarred Ross will probably be a healthy scratch.

  Here's an educated guess on how the lines will look Friday night:





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    Prediction: Flyers 4, Bruins 2 _ and Southwest Airlines, whose prices to the Boston area are nearly five times cheaper than US Airways', gets swamped by media requests for flights back to Beantown.

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