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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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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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