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Forsberg Remains Sidelined

Monday, 11.28.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Forsberg Remains Sidelined


Voorhees, NJ – Peter Forsberg will remain out of the lineup on Tuesday with a right groin strain after skating on his own on Monday morning at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone.

The Flyers center missed Saturday's loss against the New York Islanders and will miss the rematch at Nassau Coliseum. He is still on a day-to-day basis.

"You don't want to push it too hard because if you do then you're going to strain it again," said Forsberg. "I was just out there today skating a little bit and see how it felt and it was not good enough. If you pull your groin higher up, it usually takes a long time, but this is further down so it should not be that long and shouldn't be long-term at all."

Ken Hitchcock pulled Forsberg in the second intermission on Friday with the team en route to a 5-3 victory in Boston. The Flyers' head coach is taking every precaution with the superstar, who is currently tied for first in the league in scoring with 39 points. His 31 assists lead the NHL.

"You're hoping it doesn't get any worse and that's why we're protecting him right now," said Hitchcock. "He doesn't feel good enough to push off on the exercise machine, let alone skate on the ice so he's just not 100 percent and probably isn't even 80 percent."

Stevenson Also Out; Flyers Recall Ryan Ready

Turner Stevenson left the game early on Saturday with a hip flexor and will also be out of the lineup for Tuesday's game. To take his place on the roster, the Flyers on Monday recalled left wing Ryan Ready from the Phantoms. Ready will be making his NHL debut.


"Ready is a guy that we really like," said Hitchcock "Until he hurt his groin [in the preseason], he was vying for a spot on our hockey club. We really felt like he was going to make our club coming out of training camp. He's back playing with the Phantoms and has been arguably their best player since coming back and we want to give him every opportunity to play here."

Ready missed the first month and a half of the season with a groin injury and has played in the Phantoms' last two games, scoring one goal. Last season, in 72 games, Ready totaled seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points and 104 penalty minutes. In the AHL playoffs, he spent most of his time on the team's top line with Patrick Sharp and Jeff Carter in helping the Phantoms to the Calder Cup Championship.

Desjardins Comments on Accusations

There has been a stir in the NHL recently ever since Dick Pound, the chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said as many as one-third of the league's players may take performance-enhancing substances.

That comment did not sit well with the NHL or the NHLPA. Several players around the league commented on the accusation, and it bothered several members of the Flyers as well, including Eric Desjardins.

"If you want to go after something, you have to make sure you have facts. To put numbers on it is making people guilty before you get them on the stand," said Desjardins. "I don't think it's fair. It makes our league look bad. To come out with something like that…I think there's no reason."

Flyers Pass Season's Quarter-Point

With 22 games played, the Flyers have passed the regular season's quarter point with a 13-6-3 record. While the record is certainly respectable, the team still feels like it can dramatically improve, especially with the multitude of injuries.

"I don't think we've played one [game] with a healthy lineup," said Derian Hatcher. "That's tough, so you don't know what you have. Obviously Keith [Primeau] has been out and we don't know what his status is, so it's tough to make an evaluation."

"I think if you look at the team we have right now, we've seen some flashes of what the team can do," added Simon Gagne. "Right now, we're going through injuries and big guys are missing. It's a great challenge and maybe that is something that will help us be a better team in the end."

Esche to Start on Tuesday in Long Island

After Antero Niittymaki made consecutive starts against Boston and the Islanders, Robert Esche will be back in net on Tuesday.

"We'd like to see Esche play against the Islanders and the Devils, but we'll see how it goes," said Hitchcock.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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