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September 27, 2005 - Primeau bruises shoulder in fall at practice

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Primeau bruises shoulder in fall at practice
Monday's enthusiasm at the Flyers' practice was tempered when Flyers captain Keith Primeau (pictured) left the ice about 10 minutes into the session with a bruised left shoulder. Primeau tripped and fell awkwardly, but Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said no X-rays appeared necessary.
"It's real sore right now," Primeau said.
McCrossin said that if Primeau's shoulder is still tender today, he will be held out of tonight's game and play on Thursday night.
"We're not going to take any risk with it," he said.
Sim ahead of Sharp? With five goals and three assists in his first three exhibition games, Jon Sim appears to have moved ahead of Patrick Sharp on the Flyers' depth chart at right wing.
Sim has found a spot on a line with rookie center Mike Richards (1 goal, 5 assists) and left wing Mike Knuble (1 goal, 3 assists), while Sharp is still looking for his first points on a line with Jeff Carter (no points) and Simon Gagne (3 goals).
Hitchcock said he'll move Carter to the right side on a line with Gagne and center Michal Handzus.
"I'm not worried," Sharp said. "I'm confident I can play here. It's still the preseason; it's just a matter of sorting things out and seeing where I fit in. I feel like I've been improving every day. I could have done more in the games but it's a process."

Loose pucks: OLN, the new cable television home of the NHL, will make the Oct. 5 season opener between the Flyers and New York Rangers available free of charge to all cable and satellite operators.

Viewers should check with their provider to find out how they can watch the game if they don't already get OLN as part of their channel lineup. After Oct. 5, viewers in systems where OLN is distributed will receive NHL games every Monday and Tuesday nights for a total of 58 regular-season games.

OLN will also broadcast the first three rounds of the playoffs and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. -- Chuck Gormley