Chris Pronger's long-awaited return to the Flyers' lineup will be delayed at least two more days and possibly until the end of the week.

With his broken right hand in a brace, Pronger skated for 50 minutes before the Flyers' noon practice at the Skate Zone Friday morning but will not be in the lineup tonight when the club tries to even its first-round playoff series with the Buffalo Sabres.

Pronger did some light stickhandling, but his workout consisted mostly of skating with injured teammates Ian Laperriere and Oskars Bartulis. Pronger was not available to the media after his skate-around and general manager Paul Holmgren reiterated that his All-Star defenseman remained day-to-day and would be a game day decision tonight.

Pronger has not practiced with his teammates since re-injuring his right hand about two weeks ago while taking slapshots. He originally fractured his hand on Feb. 24 when he blocked a shot by Islanders defenseman Ty Wishart. The break was not discovered, however, until March 7 after Pronger played four more games.

He underwent surgery on March 14 and began shooting pucks less than 10 days later, hoping to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.

The fact that Pronger has not taken a shot in more than two weeks is a strong indication he is not close to returning to the Flyers, who have gone 6-5-6 during his latest trip to the sidelines, including a 1-0 loss to the Sabres in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.