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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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