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Flyers injury news: Carcillo doubtful, Leighton nearing return

Tim Jackman, Michael Leighton

Philadelphia Flyers’ Michael Leighton, right, blocks a shot by New York Islanders’ Tim Jackman in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


There’s some good news and bad news injury-wise for the Philadelphia Flyers as they attempt to cut into Boston’s 3-1 series lead tonight. On one hand, it appears that Dan Carcillo might not be healthy enough to pester and pummel opponents in Game 5. The forward appeared to injury his knee in Game 4 against Boston. John McGourty of the reports that Carcillo was unable to participate in the team’s morning skate Sunday and therefore guesses that he might not be available tonight.

General Manager Paul Holmgren said Carcillo, who reportedly has a knee injury, has not been ruled out and that “he’s made progress” since being injured Friday. Holmgren nodded when asked if Carcillo could play, but did not reveal the nature of the injury.

In other Flyers news, it appears that once-surprise-starter Michael Leighton might make his way back into the team’s goalie rotation. Although Leighton had been practicing with the team for about a week, Sunday marked the first time that he played as the backup instead of Johan Backlund. Leighton is attempting to recover from a high-ankle sprain suffered on March 17.