Forsberg to miss 1-2 games with groin injury

Updated: November 28, 2005, 3:11 PM ET
Associated Press

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Although Philadelphia Flyers center Peter Forsberg's injured right groin is getting better, he will not play Tuesday night at the New York Islanders.

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Forsberg, the team's leading scorer, also figures to be sidelined for Wednesday's home game against New Jersey, coach Ken Hitchcock said. He's aiming for a return by Forsberg on Saturday in Nashville.

Forsberg, injured in a game at Boston on Friday, skated for about 10 minutes Monday and experienced some discomfort.

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

Forsberg said he won't push too hard because he doesn't want to strain it 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."

Going into Monday night's games, Forsberg was tied with the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr and Ottawa's Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson for the NHL scoring lead with 39 points.

The line with Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble has accounted for 44 percent of the Flyers' offense.

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."

In addition to Forsberg, the Flyers will be without right wing Turner Stevenson, sidelined by a strained muscle in his right hip. The Flyers called up rookie Ryan Ready from the their AHL affiliate to play at New York.

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