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Saturday, 11.26.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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