Defenseman Chris Pronger continued to make progress Wednesday as he recovers from a broken right hand.
Pronger skated during pre-practice drills in Voorhees with assistant Joey Mullen and defenseman Oskars Bartulis. He also stickhandled for the first time in about two weeks. (Video of Pronger's workout is embedded below.)
The veteran did not take any shots - albeit tap-ins from in front of the net - and his status is still doubtful for Thursday's playoff opener game against visiting Buffalo. He did not take part in the regular practice.
It will be a game-day decision on whether Pronger plays, GM Paul Holmgren said.
Pronger has not played since a 4-1 win over Edmonton on March 8.
Oddly, captain Mike Richards was given a "maintenance day" and did not practice. Richards told CSN he had a head cold.
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My NHL playoff picks:
Washington over Rangers in five.
Comment: Caps too deep for Callahan-less Rangers.
Flyers over Buffalo in six.
Comment: But if Pronger isn't ready,Sabres will advance.
Pittsburgh over Tampa Bay in seven.
Comment: Goaltending the difference as Penguins survive.
Boston over Montreal in six.
Comment: Defense gives Bruins look of a conference finalist.
Vancouver over Chicago in six.
Comment: Payback time as Canucks oust champs.
San Jose over LA in six.
Comment: Not a choking situation, just that Sharks have dynamic power play.
Detroit over Phoenix in seven.
Comment: Injury-plagued Red Wings find a way.
Nashville over Anaheim in seven. Comment: Upset special as Rinne shows his worth,* * *
Give me your picks....
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