Flyers Notes

BUFFALO - Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger continues to make progress as he rehabilitates his broken right foot, and no one is ruling out the possibility that he could return to the lineup next week.

"I'm not sure," general manager Paul Holmgren said Wednesday. "We'll see how it goes in practice."

After being examined Wednesday by orthopedic surgeon Steve Raikin, Pronger was "given the go-ahead to move his rehabilitation to the next level," Holmgren said.

Pronger, 36, will join the team Friday in Atlanta and take part in practice. He said he did not know when he would be able to return to game action.

Pronger suffered a broken foot while blocking a shot in Montreal on Dec. 15. At the time, it was estimated that he would miss four to six weeks.

"I'm excited to get back in the mix at practice, and obviously excited to try to get back in the lineup," said Pronger, who had foot surgery on Dec. 17. "But, again, I have to make sure everything is good with my foot before we even go down that avenue."

The Flyers have gone 6-3 in Pronger's absence.

Breakaways

Coach Peter Laviolette on the fact that Claude Giroux was the only player on the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers to be selected as an all-star: "I would have liked to have seen a couple more players get the nod." . . . Tuesday's win in Buffalo gave the Flyers a 9-8-3 record when they allow the game's first goal. Washington is the league's only other team above .500 (12-11-2) when surrendering the first goal. . . . The Flyers have eight players who have reached double figures in goals, a feat matched only by Detroit. The Penguins have just three players with 10 or more goals. . . . The Flyers are 4-2 in their last six road games.

- Sam Carchidi