Flyers' Chris Pronger out for Game 1

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger's five-week absence from the lineup will stretch into the Stanley Cup playoffs. He will not be available for the series opener Thursday against Buffalo in Philadelphia.

Via the team's Twitter feed, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Pronger is considered day to day.

Pronger has been sidelined by an injury to his right hand that required surgery. Earlier this week he expressed confidence that he would be ready to play against the Sabres.

He skated and held a stick before practice Tuesday but didn't take any shots. He did some passing drills Wednesday, but still did not take shots.

He was not on the ice with his teammates during Thursday's morning skate.

The former NHL MVP suffered a small fracture in his hand in late February. He played a couple of games, then had surgery March 14.

He also missed time with a foot injury and was limited to just 50 games this season. The Flyers were 16-9-7 without him.

The defending Eastern Conference champions won the Atlantic Division and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.