Philadelphia Flyers: How Can They Withstand the Loss of Chris Pronger?

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Philadelphia Flyers: How Can They Withstand the Loss of Chris Pronger?
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The Flyers' Captain went down October 24 with an eye injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs

Fifteen goals in three games.  

The Philadelphia Flyers have given up five goals per game since losing captain Chris Pronger to an eye injury last Monday, Oct. 24 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  

Sure, that nine-spot the Winnipeg Jets put up skews the statistics a bit, but getting outscored 15-14 over a three-game span against teams not expected to factor in the playoff picture signals a glaring lack of consistency on defense. 

Shortly after Pronger's eye injury, it was speculated he would miss two to three weeks.  

Coming out of the weekend, there is still no set timetable for the captain's return, as his vision remains blurred and he has yet to be cleared for even a light workout on the ice.  

With Pronger's return in question, fans are quickly having flashbacks to last year's rudderless ship, and the problems that ensue when the Flyers are without Pronger.  

But Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes put an end to Philly's two-game slide and sent the Flyers into a much needed three-day break on a positive note. They are not scheduled to play until Wednesday in Buffalo against the Sabres, giving the "orange and black" some time to adjust to life on the ice without their top defenseman.  

To overcome playing without the last defenseman since Bobby Orr to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP (1972,) the Flyers must emphasize their other advantages to cover and compensate for that gaping 6'6" hole on the blue line.  

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