It's the No. 1 question heading into the Sabres-Flyers series and no No. 2 is even close: When will Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger take the ice?

There was no firm answer after the Flyers' practice Tuesday in Voorhees, N.J., as the veteran skated on his own with the team's other injured players for about 50 minutes and did not take part in the regular workout. Pronger has not played since March 8 due to a broken hand.

The plot thickened even more Tuesday night as Flyers flagship radio station WIP reported Pronger will definitely miss the opener and may not play until Game Five or Six.

"Every day you feel better," Pronger told Philadelphia reporters after his workout. "Some days you have setbacks, other days you have steps forward. Just the nature of the beast."

Asked if he was confident he would play in the series, Pronger's response was "very." Asked if he would play in Game One, Pronger said, "I guess you'll have to wait to find out."

Pronger has not shot a puck in two weeks and is listed as day to day. He leads the Flyers in ice time at 22 minutes, 29 seconds. Last year, he averaged 29:03 during the playoffs and led all defensemen with 18 points.

Earlier Tuesday during a live interview on WGR Radio, Flyers center and former Sabre Daniel Briere said Pronger would miss Game One and maybe several more. Briere later told Flyers reporters he was kidding had "no clue" about Pronger's status.

"We'll prepare like he's going to be there," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said of Pronger. "We know what he brings and how they use him. We'll just be ready if he's there."