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12-23-2008, 10:09 AM
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Injury update:
  • Tonight's goalie choice has yet to be made.
  • Briere may play at LA or at Anaheim
  • Sbisa is playing tonight
  • Metro is questionable for tonight and Kukkonen could play

The Flyers are banged up on the front line. Center Danny Briere is out until early January with a groin injury, and center Glen Metropolit has missed the last two games with a slightly strained lower back.

Holmgren, whose team hosts Ottawa tonight, said he would not know until today if the Flyers would recall a player (Andreas Nodl?) from the Phantoms to replace Upshall.

"It depends on Metro," he said.

Metropolit has been improving and may be able to play tonight. If he cannot, there's also a chance the Flyers will dress defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and move him to the front line.

Holmgren said Briere was "coming along nicely" and would join the club in Vancouver on Dec. 30. He is not expected to be able to play until Jan. 2 (in Anaheim) or Jan. 3 (in Los Angeles).

Before Briere returns, the Flyers will have to clear about $2 million to fit him under the $56.7 million salary cap.

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