Series (Game 1 of 1)

Philadelphia leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, December 17th

Flyers 5

(19-8-4, 42 pts)

Blues 2

(6-19-4, 16 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 17, 2005

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
PHI 1 3 15
STL 0 2 02

M. Knuble (Flyers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Umberger (Flyers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

A. Downey (Blues - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Philadelphia (18-8-4) at St Louis (6-17-4) 8:00 pm EST

Philadelphia (18-8-4) at St Louis (6-17-4) 8:00 pm EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - The St. Louis Blues are going through a tough time with injuries but they won't get any sympathy from the Philadelphia Flyers.

One night after losing left wing Keith Tkachuk for at least a month, the Blues return home to take on the Flyers in an interconference matchup.

Tkachuk fractured a knuckle on his right hand in Friday's 5-1 loss to Chicago. Since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for more than a month, Tkachuk had recorded a point in seven straight games, including a goal in each of the last five contests.

Tkachuk, who has eight goals and seven assists in 10 games, is expected to miss four to six weeks. It is another major blow for the Blues, who also are without defensemen Matt Walker and Christian Backman and center Petr Cajanek - all of whom are on injured reserve.

St. Louis, which is last in the league with 16 points, received its only goal Friday from Dean McAmmond. The Blues, who went 0-for-7 with the man advantage, also lost rookie goaltender Curtis Sanford to a hip flexor in the second period.

However, the Flyers have plenty of injury problems of their own, including leading scorer Simon Gagne, captain Keith Primeau and defensemen Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen.

Goaltender Robert Esche returned from a groin injury earlier this week but apparently aggravated it in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Vancouver. Rookie centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter also left the game with injuries.

Michal Handzus and Sami Kapanen each had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which has won five of its last six vs. St. Louis, including a 7-2 win on December 30, 2003 in the lone meeting of the 2003-04 campaign.