Injuries part of life in Philly

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:31 PM ET


 Another day, another shuffling of the Philadelphia lineup to deal with injuries. Ho hum.

 "I don't want to say you laugh it off," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "But you don't pay attention any more because you just assume it's going to happen, and it has happened to us all year."

 Hitchcock insists that Jeremy Roenick is likely to play tonight in Tampa with the Eastern Conference final tied 2-2.

 Roenick apparently has recovered from his latest concussion, reportedly his 10th.

 Still, Roenick seemed more subdued than usual yesterday, although he did laugh and agree when it was suggested that since his normal state is one of confusion and disorientation, diagnosis of a concussion is difficult.

 Roenick practised yesterday and will be evaluated today. The prognosis on defenceman Joni Pitkanen is not as optimistic.

 He didn't practise yesterday, but he did ride the bike without undue reaction, which is the first step toward being allowed to return from a concussion.

 However, he has to continue to improve today if he is allowed to be in the lineup.

 Should he not play, which seems likely, he'll be replaced by Dennis Seidenberg, who played half the season before suffering a broken leg.

 It's also possible that, if Pitkanen is healthy, Seidenberg will replace forward Patrick Sharp on the roster and Sami Kapanen will return to his normal forward position.

 Eric Desjardins, who had been ruled out for the season, has been working out by himself in the early mornings and there is speculation that he might return in the Stanley Cup final, should the Flyers get that far.

 Hitchcock says all this adversity might be helping his team.

 "We have learned to adjust and I think our guys have done a great job with it," he said.

 "I think, quite frankly, that is why our team plays so well late in series because we just keep going. We don't know any different. We just keep plowing ahead.

 "We did it in the New Jersey series, in the Toronto series, and we played a great game in Game 4."


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