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Tuesday, 11.29.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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