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Briere seems likely to play Game 1

Danny Briere

Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere moves the puck up ice during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals with the Montreal Canadiens, Tuesday, May 18, 2010, in Philadelphia. Briere scored one of the Flyers’s goals in their 3-0 win. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)


Jonathan Toews. Check.

Daniel Sedin. Check.

Jeff Carter. Check.

And now Danny Briere has joined the list of star players that missed the last part of the regular season with an injury but are expected (at least by the media) to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Briere sat out the Flyers’ final three games with an upper-back contusion after getting blasted by Pittsburgh’s Joe Vitale on Apr. 1.

Today after practice, he wouldn’t commit to playing Wednesday in Pittsburgh. But it sure sounds like he’ll be out there.

“To be honest, I’m not allowed to speak on any injuries or the roster or if I’m going to play or not,” Briere said (with a smile) today.

“All I can tell you is – and you saw it – I’m practicing and working to get ready. That’s all I’m allowed to say at this point.”

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Asked if he has any limitations right now, Briere replied, “no,” while adding there has been a “big change” (translation: positive) in how he feels this week versus last week.

Briere practiced on a line between Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek.

Oh, and Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will play Wednesday.