The word from Flyers practice Thursday was that defenseman Chris Pronger was ready to go in Game Five. That looked to be the case as Pronger went through the entire Flyers morning skate Friday, taking a regular turn with normal defense partner Matt Carle.

Pronger took a few slap shots for the first time in view of reporters and took several wrist shots. But as it turned out, he did not play and reported early Friday night that Pronger won't play in the series.

Pronger stayed on the ice well past the rest of his teammates, the first sign he would not play in the game. He lined up pucks in the faceoff circle and took several wrist shots in succession, fanning on one and grimacing in apparent pain on another. At the end of the group of pucks, he slapped the last one away in disgust.

"It's tough to say how he's feeling," Carle said. "Honestly, he's the only one who could answer that. It's been a long process for him, frustrating at times. You never know how he's doing for sure.

"He'd probably never tell you until the summertime anyways what he's thinking about how much pain it's inflicting or whether he feels anything at all."

As has been his custom in this series, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette would not give any insight into Pronger's status other than to say, "He looks good." Asked if he was preparing his lineup for Pronger to play, Laviolette said simply, "Next question."