Series (Game 1 of 1)

Edmonton leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, December 8th

Oilers 3

(16-11-2, 34 pts)

Flyers 2

(16-7-4, 36 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 8, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
EDM 1 2 03
PHI 0 1 12

E. Moreau (Oilers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Kapanen (Flyers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Stoll (Oilers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Edmonton (15-11-2) at Philadelphia (16-6-4) 7:00 pm EST

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.

The Flyers will need another big performance from Niittymaki to offset their slumping offense, which will be without captain Keith Primeau and defensemen Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen.

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.