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September 29, 2005 - Primeau raising concern; Forsberg to sit out tonight

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Primeau raising concern; Forsberg to sit out tonight

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Peter Forsberg is out, Derian Hatcher is listed as probable, and Keith Primeau is unlikely to play for the Flyers in tonight's final home exhibition game, against New Jersey.

Primeau's badly bruised left shoulder is raising concern because the team captain has upper-back spasms and tightness around the shoulder blade. That's why he didn't practice yesterday, while the two other injured Flyers did.

Primeau tripped over goalie Robert Esche's stick Monday while going full-tilt to the net. He used his shoulder to prevent a serious head injury when he fell into the boards.

"There's still a lot of soreness and stiffness in my shoulder," Primeau said. "The way I slid into the boards, I bruised the back of my shoulder blade and muscles."

Yesterday, when he tried to practice, his upper back locked up.

Trainer Jim McCrossin said it was unlikely Primeau would play tonight.

Forsberg expects to receive medical clearance today to play tomorrow at New Jersey or Saturday at Washington (when the preseason ends), or perhaps in both games. He is recovering from surgery to remove an infected bursa sac in his right ankle.

"It's getting better and getting closer," he said. "We're going to try this with a little less padding" on the wound.

Hatcher, rehabilitating a partial ligament tear in his left knee, expects to play in his first preseason game tonight. He was given medical clearance yesterday by team orthopedist Peter DeLuca at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

"I feel good skating out there right now," Hatcher said.

He had no trouble planting his knee to battle along the boards yesterday and even fell without further injury.