Groin injury still nagging Flyers' Forsberg

Updated: April 17, 2006, 4:13 PM ET news services

Peter Forsberg is still feeling the effects of a nagging groin injury and his status for Tuesday's crucial regular-season finale is uncertain.

Peter Forsberg

After a pregame warm-up, Forsberg decided not to play in Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils as he tries to ready himself for the playoffs. With the Devils' 5-1 win over the Flyers, the Atlantic Division race between New Jersey, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers will come down to Tuesday's games.

Will Forsberg play Tuesday? He remains hopeful.

"I hope it is going to be fine before we start the playoffs," Forsberg told local reporters after the game. "Nothing major happened. That is all I can say. I hope I can play [tomorrow vs. the New York Islanders].

"My goal is to be ready for the playoffs," Forsberg added. "If that means I have to sit out next game, we'll see about that one."

With Forsberg, the former NHL MVP, in the lineup, the Flyers are 33-16-9. Without him, they're 11-10-2. Forsberg has 19 goals and 55 assists for 74 points in 58 games. He's gone out four separate times with groin injuries.

Forsberg missed the eight games before the Olympic break with a groin injury. But he played in the Torino Games, helping Sweden win its first gold medal since 1994. He has four goals and eight assists in 16 games since returning from the Olympics.

The Flyers have been decimated by injuries this season, losing six players -- former captain Keith Primeau, forward Sami Kapanen and defensemen Eric Desjardins, Joni Pitkanen, Kim Johnsson and Chris Therien -- for more than 20 games. Primeau (concussion), Johnsson (concussion symptoms) and Therien (head) remain out.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.