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Saturday, 11.26.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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A mild groin strain is not expected to keep Peter Forsberg out of the lineup when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Islanders.

Forsberg suffered the injury Friday after scoring two goals and adding an assist in the Flyers' 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

"It's not serious, but we're not taking any chances," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said after the win. "If he feels pretty good, he should be able to play."

Forsberg, a key free-agent acquisition from the Colorado Avalanche, leads the Flyers in assists and points this season. In 14 home games, the five-time All Star center has five goals and 23 assists, leading the Flyers to a 10-2-2 mark at the Wachovia Center.

He has just one assist in two games against New York this season. In 16 career games against the Islanders, Forsberg has six goals and 14 assists, with half his assists coming on the power play.

Linemate Simon Gagne scored his 21st goal, tying him with Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers for the league lead. Gagne has 16 goals this season on home ice.

In two games against the Islanders this season, Gagne has taken 16 shots, but has scored just one goal.

Philadelphia is looking for its second straight home win after a three-game losing streak there.

New York fell back to .500 after a 6-2 loss Friday to the Ottawa Senators.

"They outskated and outworked us," said Islanders forward Mark Parrish. "We didn't win the one-on-one battles in front of our net or in front of their net."

Parrish assisted on both New York goals for his first multi-point game since a two-goal effort Oct. 20 against the Rangers.

Alexei Yashin, who scored in the loss to Ottawa, enters this contest on a three-game points streak against Philadelphia, recording a goal and two assists in that span.

The Islanders have lost both games against the Flyers this season and are just 3-8-2 in Philadelphia since Oct. 26. 2002.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 25): Islanders - 23 points, 4th place, 10 PB, Atlantic Division. Flyers - 29 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Miroslav Satan, 12 goals; Alexei Zhitnik, 15 assists; Yashin, 25 points; Zhitnik and Janne Niinimaa, 48 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 21 goals; Forsberg, 31 assists and 39 points; Joni Pitkanen, 38 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 25): Islanders - Power play: 16.5 percent (24 for 145), 21st in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.7 percent (134 for 162), 10th. Flyers - Power play: 21.6 percent (31 for 143), 6th. Penalty killing: 75.9 percent (104 for 137), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders - Rick DiPietro (8-9-1, 0 SO, 3.31 GAA); Garth Snow (3-2-0, 0, 3.53). Flyers - Robert Esche (8-4-2, 0, 3.35); Antero Niittymaki (5-1-1, 0, 3.52).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 10; Flyers, 3-2. At Philadelphia, Patrick Sharp scored twice and the Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit en route to their fifth win in a row.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 6-7-0 on the road; Flyers - 9-2-2 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 52 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 52 8 34 -3 42
W. Simmonds 52 19 16 -7 35
B. Schenn 50 14 15 -2 29
S. Gostisbehere 34 9 19 3 28
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 50 4 9 -10 13
M. Raffl 52 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 14 7 .915 2.70
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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