Flyers center Peter Forsberg left Tuesday's game against Carolina with a mild left groin strain that also kept him off of the ice on Wednesday when the Flyers practiced at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone. He will miss at least one game when Philadelphia hosts the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at the Wachovia Center (7:00 p.m., CSN).
Forsberg updated his condition on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's nothing really bad. It should be fine in a couple of days, hopefully," said Forbserg. "It will be, no game tomorrow, let it heal up, and see how it goes. It's not as bad as the last one. It took two weeks for the last one and this one is not as bad so it shouldn't be that long."
He hopes he can return for Saturday's game in Pittsburgh, when the Flyers open up a home-and-home with the last place Penguins.
"I hope I can play Saturday, but it's so hard with these groins. You never know until you get out and skating again. You can walk around, but until you get out and skating and pushing it that is where you can really feel it. The plan is to maybe skate Friday if everything goes fine and see how I feel. I hope Saturday, but we'll see."
In practice on Wednesday, Hitchcock shifted Mike Knuble to a line with Mike Richards and Jon Sim, while Simon Gagne skated with Michal Handzus and Sami Kapanen.
"One of [the lines] we saw a lot of two years ago with Gagne and Handzus and Kapanen. The line that had success in training camp and early in exhibition games was the one with Richards, Sim and Knuble, so we'll how that works and that's what we'll go with [Thursday]," said Hitchcock.
Hitchcock also downplayed the injury to his team's leading scorer, as the Flyers have been dealing with injuries all season long yet still hold a seven-point lead over the New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division.
"We've gone through this all year. This isn't a big deal. This is a couple of games, or whatever," he said. "Other guys step up. We've done this all year and we know how to do this.
"I think more our focus is, we've lost a couple of points the last two games by not paying attention to detail at critical times. That's more our focus. Who is in and who is out of the lineup, that's not going to affect the way we play."
Therien Moving Up on All-Time List
Flyers defenseman Chris Therien will move into fourth place by himself if he plays in Thursday's game against the Boston Bruins. He is currently tied with Joe Watson with 746.
"It's quite an honor," said Therien. "To pass a guy like Joe Watson and guys here that were on those teams in the 70's and to be on a list or even in the presence of their names is quite an honor. It's a good achievement for me."
Therien has four assists and 32 penalty minutes is 40 games this season.