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BREAKING: Pronger out for season

The Flyers have announced that captain defenseman Chris Pronger will sit out the remainder of the 2011-2012 season with severe post concussion symptoms.

It was reported a week ago that Pronger had a concussion and would be out indefinitely.

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome," said general manager Paul Holmgren in a statement. "It is the recommendation of doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs. Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”

Holmgren also said Pronger will continue to receive treatment and that they are hopeful this won't affect Pronger's career.

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Projecting the 2011-12 Flyers: Regressing to the Mean at the 33% Mark

Before Tuesday’s game with Washington, the Flyers were on top of the Eastern Conference having played 33% of the season.

Sadly, injuries have hit the Flyers and the team will be running several AHL call-ups for at least the time being.

So far, these players have played well and the team has kept on winning. The goaltending seems to be a strength, as Ilya Bryzgalov seems to have found his way out of ‘the woods.’

Flyers On A Roll; Looking For Lucky 7 in Montreal

The Philadelphia Flyers (19-7-3) survived a huge test Tuesday night in Washington when they trounced the Capitals 5-1, doing so without their most recent injured star, Claude Giroux.

Tonight the Flyers will head to Montreal to face the Canadiens (13-11-7) for the third time this season.

They split their two previous matchups with both teams winning at home and the visiting managing just one goal.

Part I of '24/7'; This is gonna be good

Since 2008, the Winter Classic has proven to be one of the most anticipated events of the NHL calendar year.

However, a newer component to the Classic has emerged, one that may actually be just as exciting as the game itself.

HBO’s all-access series, “24/7” began it’s coverage of the Winter Classic last season when it filmed the build-up to the outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

This season’s series will do the same, except this time the focus will be upon the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers as the two teams gear-up for their outdoor event at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park on January 2.

The series made its premiere on Wednesday night and did not disappoint.

Making Due; Flyers Injuries Affect Titans

For fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, the beginning of the 2011-12 season has been bittersweet.

Coming into the year, many questioned whether the team was capable of producing enough offense to win games. There were also doubts about whether the team was going to be able to compete in the Eastern Conference.

To this point, those questions have been answered to the fans' delight.

Through 29 games, the team sits atop the Eastern Conference and holds a two-point lead over their closest competitor. They also lead the league in ‘goals for’ with a total of 106.

It’s been a pleasant surprise to see the team excelling at such a high level. Largely due to the stellar play of Claude Giroux and a laundry list of young players, the young guns movement in Philadelphia has been in full swing for the majority of the season.

Voracek steps up in Dominating Win

It may only be a single game, but Tuesday night’s dominating 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals will allow fans of the Philadelphia Flyers to rest easy for at least one night.

The team brought a five-game winning streak into the game. They also brought with them an injury list that included the league’s leading scorer in Claude Giroux and the team’s captain, Chris Pronger.

With the team’s best players on the sideline, the Flyers were going to need other players to step-up.

That wasn’t a problem on Tuesday night.

Thirteen different players registered a point for the Flyers, including goals from each of the team’s four lines.

While any player on the team could have been singled out as a standout, one of the more impressive performances came from Jakub Voracek.

Without their leading scorer, Flyers offense doesn't skip a beat

Nothing was going to stand in front of the Flyers tonight; not even the absence of the NHL's leading scorer.

With Claude Giroux back in Philadelphia nursing a concussion, the Flyers offense erupted in a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals on the road. It was the first Flyers win in Washington since the 2009 season.

Stepping into the centering role on the Flyers hottest line was eighth round draft pick Sean Couturier. Without Giroux, the top line didn't skip a beat when Scott Hartnell found twine for the sixth straight game, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.

Hartnell's tally was his 15th on the season, good for second on the Flyers.

But it was also a milestone goal for the 29-year-old left-winner. It was the 200th goal for Hartnell, who tossed a soft shot at the net that got through Washington goalie Thomas Vokoun's five-hole.

Giroux's Injury Hits Hard

The statement was deafening, as if a booming voice was speaking it over a loudspeaker.

"Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion"

Not feeling very good, gotten worse, out indefinitely?

Oof.

In a year where Claude Giroux was proving his superstar-like talent every night in the NHL, it’s stunning. With one hit, those who have grown accustomed to watching the Hearst, Ontairo native are now relegated to the waiting game.

Sound familiar?

It’s eerie timing in the wake of the latest news regarding Sidney Crosby. Crosby, the game’s ubermensch is out for as long as symptoms still remain. Sadly, the let down after what many thought would be his final, and maybe last, return seems to tell the tale of the future.

BREAKING: Giroux has concussion

As per the Flyers website, Claude Giroux has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.

According to general manager Paul Holmgren: "Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."

This is terrible news for the Flyers, who currently have Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn out indefinitely with concussion problems as well (Pronger also had knee surgery).

Giroux's concussion came as a freak accident in the Flyers 5-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. Giroux, who was down on the ice, was hit in the back of the head by Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds' knee collided with Giroux when he tried to avoid him on the ice.

Seems Like Old Times : Flyers To Face Old Nemesis

The Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3) and the Washington Capitals (15-12-1) will face off tonight for the second time this season.

In their first meeting, the Capitals scored three quick goals early in the third period stretching a slim one-goal lead to four, cruising to a 5-2 victory.

This time, the teams will meet in Washington, DC. It will be the first time the Flyers face Dale Hunter as an NHL head coach.