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Flyers hope for Forsberg's return in showdown vs. Ducks

Nov 15, 2006 - 4:41 PM Philadelphia (3-12-2) at Anaheim (13-1-4) 10:00 pm EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - The Philadelphia Flyers could use all the help they could get as they prepare to face the top team in the Western Conference.

The Flyers are hoping Peter Forsberg will be available to play when they look for just their second road win in nine games Wednesday against the red-hot Anaheim Ducks.

The 2003 Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner, Forsberg has missed the last two games for Philadelphia with a sprained right ankle and was fitted for a special brace on Monday. The 33-year-old Swede is tied for second on the team with nine points.

Playing the second of a four-game road trip, the Flyers tied a franchise record with their sixth straight loss with Monday's 3-2 defeat against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Randy Robitaille and Geoff Sanderson each scored their fourth goals of the campaign.

Off to one of the worst starts in team history, Philadelphia has been outscored, 26-9, during its skid, and has the worst road record in the East.

Anaheim recently set an NHL record for points in consecutive games to start a season (16) before suffering its first regulation loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday.

However, the Ducks bounced back in the opener of a five-game homestand with Sunday's 3-2 triumph over the Minnesota Wild. Dustin Penner, Corey Perry and Scott Niedermayer scored for Anaheim, which raised its home record to 8-0-3.

The teams have not faced each other since Anaheim posted a 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia on October 22, 2003. Rob Niedermayer netted the game-winner for the Ducks.

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