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Florida Panthers Monday Notebook: Jack Skille Has Shoulder Surgery ... Stephen Weiss, Sean Bergenheim Miss Practice, Should be OK for Flyers

Skille3BY GEORGE RICHARDS grichards@MiamiHerald.com

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Winger Jack Skille had shoulder surgery on Monday morning and will likely miss the rest of the season.

Skille, who had the procedure done at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, was originally hurt Dec. 16 and missed 20 of the next 22 games before returning Feb. 12.

Skille was knocked out a game March 9 at Pittsburgh when he collided with teammate Sean Bergenheim.

Weiss2-- Bergenheim and Stephen Weiss both missed Monday's practice but were expected to travel with the team to Philadelphia.

Coach Kevin Dineen said Bergenheim wasn't feeling well and Weiss “has a few bumps and bruises we'd like to heal up.''

Weiss was struck in the skate by a puck in Saturday's shootout win over Buffalo but remained in the game.

“It's nothing that will keep him out of the lineup,'' Dineen said.

() Scottie Upshall has been out since having sports hernia surgery on Feb. 2 but is close to returning to the lineup. Although he hasn't been cleared to play, Upshall has been practicing for the past week and traveled with the team for the upcoming two-game trip.

Dineen has been cautious with Upshall as he definitely played hurt before having surgery. 

Upshall2“He's getting close and he's excited and has been really enthusiastic at practice,'' Dineen said of Upshall, who scored just one goal with two assists in 17 games.

“We've already been down the line where his heart told him to come back and his body didn't respond. Next thing you know he is on the shelf for eight weeks. We want him 100 percent and he's not there yet.''

TUESDAY: PANTHERS AT FLYERS

When, Where: 7 p.m.; Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

WawaTV/Radio: FS Florida/WQAM-560

The series: Flyers lead 43-26-7

The game: Philadelphia, which beat the Panthers 5-0 on March 8, has won the first three games of the season series. The Flyers, led by red-hot goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, has won eight of their past 10 games including a 3-2 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday. This is the second game of a five-game homestand for the Flyers. 

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