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MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:11 PM ET


 JOHNSSON MIGHT BE ABLE TO GO

 Don't rule out an appearance from injured Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kim Johnsson tonight at the Wachovia Center.

 Johnsson skated for 15 minutes yesterday at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. Coach Ken Hitchcock said a decision about Johnsson would be made after the morning skate.

 "He has had two days of continued improvement," Hitchcock said of Johnsson, who is nursing a hairline fracture in his right hand. "We're hopeful. To see the swelling go down like it has is nice."

 Johnsson showed no concern about the possibility of having the healing injury targeted by the Leafs.

 "There's protection for that," he said.

 Should Johnsson not be able to play, forward Sami Kapanen will drop back to defence and line up with Marcus Ragnarsson.

 SCHEDULE WOES

 Hitchcock is not thrilled with the series schedule, which features two off days between Games 1 and 2, and Games 2 and 3.

 "That's a big advantage for Toronto," he said."They get to rest and have some of their guys heal."

 He dismissed the notion that the Leafs will be additionally fatigued because they are flying back to Toronto after the game tonight.

 "It's a 50-minute flight. That's nothing," he said.

 ANCIENT HISTORY

 The Flyers claim last year's playoff elimination of the Leafs and this year's regular-season domination are irrelevant.

 "This is a different team," forward Jeremy Roenick said. "I like their team. They brought in guys like Joe Nieuwendyk, Ron Francis, Brian Leetch, proven winners with poise.

 "The only difference from last year is, this is the second round. The price is higher and so is the adrenalin. There is more at stake."

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 FLYERS INJURIES

 ERIC DESJARDINS

 Arm, out for season

 KIM JOHNSSON

 Right hand, might play tonight


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