Chris Pronger likely out until playoffs

Updated: April 1, 2011, 3:05 PM ET
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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger suffered a minor setback in his recovery from surgery on his right hand and is unlikely to return before the playoffs, general manager Paul Holmgren said Tuesday.

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"We probably pushed it a little bit too quickly in rehab," Holmgren said after the Flyers' 1-0 loss to the Thrashers. "I would classify it as a minor setback. We were kind of hoping that he would be able to play some games here at the end of the regular season, but that's probably more than likely out of the equation."

The team is still confident that Pronger will be at 100 percent for the playoffs, but Holmgren said they will not rush his return.

"Obviously, the playoffs are more important right now. ... We will monitor on a daily basis," Holmgren said. "He hasn't done much in terms of rehab on his hand in the last few days and continues to do his off-ice conditioning. We will take it a day at a time here."

Pronger had a pin surgically inserted into his broken hand March 14. He originally was expected to miss three to four weeks, but at the beginning of his recovery, there was hope he could return earlier.

"Chris wants to play," Holmgren said, "Maybe we got the cart a little bit ahead of the horse there."

Pronger has four goals and 25 points in 50 games this season. The Flyers' lead in the Eastern Conference has shrunk to one point after going 6-5-4 in March.