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Carter closer, but don’t expect him back just yet

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The Philadelphia Flyers are getting closer to getting their leading scorer (from the regular season, at least) back, as Jeff Carter took part in his first full practice with the team. From the AP report:

Holmgren was encouraged after watching Carter skate Thursday during practice before Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference final series against Montreal, which the Flyers lead 2-0. Holmgren says he’s “not at that point yet” to provide a timetable for Carter’s return because the player isn’t in game shape.

While there’s also the issue of Carter attempting to get back in game shape, there were also reports that Carter was seen grimacing several times during drills at the practice. So while he’s closer to returning, it appears as if he’s still a few games away from making it back to the ice during a game.

Having Carter back will make the Flyers a much more dangerous team than they’ve become, as a number of secondary scorers have stepped up on offense to provide the production that Carter would have provided. As the playoffs have progressed, the Flyers have become a suddenly deep and confident team and have been able to overcome a number of injuries.

So while it looks as if the Flyers might be on their way to an appearance in the Cup finals, with Carter back they might actually have a chance at beating whichever Western Conference team they face.