Flyers Schedule: Chris Pronger Progressing, Likely Out Saturday Against Columbus Blue Jackets

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 15: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Los Angeles Kings on October 15, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Kings defeated the Flyers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Flyers will look to rebound from Thursday's shootout loss on Saturday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit Philadelphia.

As the Philadelphia Flyers ready for Saturday's home meeting against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., CSN-PH), their captain inches closer to a return.

Defensman Chris Pronger, named the 18th captain in franchise history this September, took part in team drills Friday for the first time since injuring his right eye Oct. 24 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is not expected to play Saturday, but it's possible Pronger returns Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning

"It depends on how he progresses" in the next several days, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Likely without Pronger, the Flyers will look to rebound from Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey on Saturday night when the Blue Jackets visit Philadelphia.

The Blue Jackets are last in the NHL with five points and have lost 11 of their 13 games. They have surrendered 44 goals and scored just 29, resulting in a league-worst -15 goal differential.

Philadelphia blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2 against New Jersey Thursday night, ruining a solid effort by Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 36 of 39 shots.

-- For more Flyers coverage, visit our team page, or our blog Broad Street Hockey

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