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March 31, 2004 - Two expected to play against Habs

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Two expected to play against Habs
Associated Press

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Captain Keith Primeau and veteran defenseman Eric Desjardins are expected to return Thursday night when the Philadelphia Flyers visit Montreal.

Primeau has been out with a concussion since Feb. 12, while Desjardins missed 10 weeks with a broken right arm.

"They both looked great in practice, they both got knocked on their butt a few times and felt fine," coach Ken Hitchcock said Wednesday. "Right now, unless there's something unforeseen, they will be in the lineup. Getting those two guys back, two of our experienced leaders, is going to do nothing but help us."

The Flyers have three games remaining and are tied with New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead with 98 points. The Devils have two games left to play.

Primeau is expected to start the Montreal game on a fourth line with Donald Brashear and Patrick Sharp. The presence of Desjardins should help a power play which has slumped of late, going 0-for-19 and five for the last 49.

In other injury news, John LeClair took Monday and Tuesday off to rest a sprained left wrist but practiced Wednesday and should be in the lineup for the Montreal game. Defenseman Vladimir Malakhov (broken jaw) practiced Wednesday and could be back in the lineup in time for Friday's home game against Ottawa.