Report: Pronger to return to Flyers lineup on Thursday Staff

1/19/2011 6:34:47 PM

The top team in the Eastern Conference may get a lot better on Thursday.

According to, the Philadelphia Flyers will have defenceman Chris Pronger back in the lineup when they host the Ottawa Senators.

Pronger has been sidelined for 13 games with a broken foot but the Flyers didn't miss a beat, winning nine of those contests.

"We had a real tough stretch, too, with nine of 10 games on the road," Pronger told "The guys played really well in my absence. You look at our maturity this year from last year, how we handle things, nothing seems to faze us."

The veteran blueliner took advantage of his time out of the lineup to evaluate his team from a different perspective and he likes what he sees.

"If I was the opposing coach, I think I look at our team and it gives people nightmares with our matchups because we have three legit scoring lines and a fourth line that can chip in and play well defensively and give us a lot of energy," Pronger told "The blue line has three solid sets. We don't do a whole lot of matching up on defense. And the two goalies, we don't skip a beat whether it's one or the other."