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Flyers-Islanders Preview

Tuesday, 11.29.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Philadelphia Flyers will be without star center Peter Forsberg for a second straight game when they visit the New York Islanders in the back end of a home-and-home series.

An injured groin suffered during Philadelphia's 5-3 victory over Boston on Friday kept Forsberg out of the lineup in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders.

Although the injury has improved, Forsberg, tied for the NHL scoring lead with 39 points, will not play Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum, again leaving the Flyers without their best player.

"It definitely feels better than it did in the game and it shouldn't be too long," Forsberg said Monday. "It's just not good enough to go tomorrow."

Forsberg said he won't push too hard because he doesn't want to strain the groin again.

"If you pull it a second time, it can be 10 times worse," he said. "I'm going to take it carefully and hopefully I'll be fine for the weekend."

The Flyers, losers of five of seven, clearly aren't the same team without Forsberg, who has had a hand in 39 of the team's 91 goals this season. The line of Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble has accounted for 44 percent of Philadelphia's offense.

Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledges other players have to contribute more in Forsberg's absence, but he doesn't want to put too much pressure on a lineup with five rookies.

"There's no point stepping up if you're not comfortable doing it," Hitchcock said. "The stepping up means you have to show the work ethic."

Forsberg isn't the only forward Hitchcock's team will be missing Tuesday. Rugged right wing Turner Stevenson will also sit out with a strained muscle in his right hip. Ryan Ready was called up from the minors and will make his NHL debut Tuesday.

New York's Jason Blake was the best player on the ice for either team Saturday, recording a hat trick and helping the Islanders avoid a season-high third straight loss.

Backup Garth Snow made a rare start and stopped 34 shots against his former team. Snow, who plays sparingly behind Rick DiPietro, has won his last three starts, allowing eight goals.

"Any time you win on the road against a top team, it helps your confidence," Snow said.

Blake has been playing well for a while, registering five goals and four assists in his last six games. Also contributing on offense is forward Mark Parrish, who has five assists in his last two games.

Islanders center Oleg Kvasha left Saturday's game with an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 28): Flyers - 29 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Atlantic Division. Islanders - 25 points, 3rd place, 10 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Gagne, 21 goals; Forsberg, 31 assists and 39 points; Joni Pitkanen, 38 PIM. Islanders - Miroslav Satan, 12 goals; Alexei Zhitnik, 16 assists; Alexei Yashin, 26 points; Janne Niinimaa and Zhitnik, 48 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 28): Flyers - Power play: 21.2 percent (31 for 146), 7th in NHL. Penalty killing: 75.8 percent (107 for 141), 30th. Islanders - Power play: 16.7 percent (25 for 149), tied for 19th. Penalty killing: 83 percent (137 for 165), 13th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (8-4-2, 0 SO, 3.35 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (5-2-1, 3.46). Islanders - DiPietro (8-9-1, 3.31); Snow (4-2-0, 3.24).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: Saturday; Islanders, 4-2. At Philadelphia, Brad Lukowich gave New York the lead for good with his first goal of the season 4:43 into the third period.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 4-3-1 on the road; Islanders - 5-4-1 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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