Leino leaves practice, downplays injury

Ville Leino, who had just started to round into form after off-season surgery to his left hip, left practice in Voorhees Friday after colliding with teammate Chris Pronger.

The Flyers' winger downplayed the injury.

Leino said he suffered a charley horse in his right thigh and that he hoped to play Saturday night against visiting Toronto.

"I got a little bit of his knee on my thigh....and I should be good to go," Leino said. "I just (injured) some muscles. I had some muscles that I didn't know.

"I hope it's good for (Saturday)."

Leino had been making steady progress from his surgery.

"This is the first week I've really felt comfortable, skating-wise," he said. "It's only going to get better, unless my thigh is going to slow me down."

Playing on a line with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell, Leino had an assist in the Flyers' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Thursday.

In last season's playoffs, Leino tied an NHL record for points by a rookie (21) in the post-season.

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