Edmonton (15-11-2) at Philadelphia (16-6-4) 7:00 pm EST
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The injury-riddled Philadelphia
Flyers will look for another boost from rookie goaltender Antero
Niittymaki when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Niittymaki recorded his first career shutout Tuesday as the
Flyers posted a 1-0 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames.
Filling in for injured starter Robert Esche, Niittymaki stopped
28 shots and made a phenomenal save in the last round of the
shootout to clinch the win for Philadelphia.
Primeau is on injured reserve after suffering a concussion,
Desjardins is sidelined for at least eight weeks with a shoulder
injury which will require surgery, and Pitkanen is out four to
six weeks with a sports hernia.
Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg is listed as day-to-day with a
strained groin, but team officials fear the star center has
suffered a tear. The five-time All-Star likely will not dress
for Thursday's matchup.
With their long list of injuries, the Flyers will be
hard-pressed to put together a competent lineup against an
Oilers squad which has won its last three road contests.
After squandering an early three-goal lead, Edmonton dropped a
5-4 overtime decision to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Fernando Pisani recorded two goals and an assist and Shawn
Horcoff supplied two assists for the Oilers, who have won six of
their last nine overall.