The oft-injured centre has had no luck with his health for much of this season. His latest ailment is a right groin strain that knocked him out of Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders following the first period. “Well, it’s the same as usual, it’s a pulled right groin,” Forsberg said. “I don’t think I totally tore it off.
“It’s just frustrating. It goes on and on and on the same thing. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how long I’m going to be out.”
Forsberg logged 6:59 of ice time during 11 shifts in the opening frame. He didn’t record a shot but won four of 10 faceoffs.
This is just one of a series of injuries to hit the star player in his second season with the Flyers.
Forsberg has endured a season-long struggle to find a skate that will support his surgically repaired right ankle, and he recently recovered from a concussion.
“Obviously it all comes from the foot,” he said. “We got the boot to work a little better, but maybe it’s not 100 per cent.
“Maybe that’s why it’s pulling. I can’t say for sure.”
The ankle problem forced Forsberg, 33, to miss four straight games last month, but he returned to the starting lineup Dec. 16 at Washington. He found a good skate after working with foot experts at Temple University and officials from a hockey equipment company in Canada.
His return was short. Forsberg was taken out of the lineup in the second period against Washington after sustaining a concussion. That cost him three more games before he got back on the ice last Wednesday for a loss at Florida.
Forsberg went without a point against the Panthers but bounced back with consecutive three-assist efforts in Philadelphia’s previous two contests – both wins following the club’s franchise-record 10-game losing streak.