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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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