Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Players Who Need To Step Up in Chris Pronger's Absence

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Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Players Who Need To Step Up in Chris Pronger's Absence
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Last week, Flyers’ captain Chris Pronger had knee surgery and the procedure is expected to keep him sidelined for at least one month.

With the Flyers in the midst of a three-way struggle for control of the Atlantic Division, games in December and January are as crucial to playoff position as games in March and April.  The Flyers need to continue to win despite the absence of their biggest defenseman. 

Pronger fills a unique role as a leader, defender and special teams threat, and the Flyers will need all those roles filled by players already on the roster.

These five players must step up their game in the absence of Chris Pronger.

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