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Jagr returns to Flyers lineup vs. Ottawa

Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 29: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates during warm ups before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on December 29, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Flyers won 4-2. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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No. 68 is back.

According to CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio, Jaromir Jagr will return to the Flyers lineup tonight for the second game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series against Ottawa. Jagr injured his groin in the Winter Classic -- a 3-2 loss to the Rangers -- and has been out of action since, missing games against the Blackhawks and Senators (both of which were Flyer wins.)

This marks a pretty quick return for the 39-year-old. Jagr’s initial diagnosis was to be out 7-10 days -- meaning he’d miss four to six games -- yet he’s back after sitting out just two contests. It’s a definite sigh of relief for Philadelphia, a team that’s been ravaged by injuries this year.

There’s still no word on which Philly forward will be dropped from the lineup to make room for Jagr, though the likely candidates seem to be Zac Rinaldo (who played 6:43 yesterday) and Harry Zolnierczyk (who played 5:25).