Forsberg to miss 1-2 games with groin injury

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.

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

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.