No news on Gagne; Caps preview tonight

Simon Gagne had an ultrasound test done on his hip and groin area in Philadelphia on Monday. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

WASHINGTON – For now, there is no update on Flyers winger Simon Gagne.

Gagne did not practice on Monday after only skating in one shift in the third period of Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Gagne had an ultrasound test done on his hip and groin area in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon but Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said that no information was available about test results on Monday night.

A Flyers spokesman told the Daily News on Tuesday morning that Holmgren is hoping to have more information by 2 p.m. this afternoon.

An area newspaper is reporting that Gagne will need to be put on injured reserve to undergo surgery for a sports hernia but Holmgren refuted that claim on Monday night.

As of this posting (11:30 a.m. Tuesday), the Flyers have not called up anyone from Adirondack to take Gagne’s place. Riley Cote, who has been a healthy scratch, will likely fill his spot.

As for the game, you can bet that when the Capitals take the ice Tuesday, they will want blood.

The Flyers took the first game of the season series back on Oct. 6, in thrilling 6-5 fashion during their home opener at the Wachovia Center. Flyers captain Mike Richards netted a hat trick that game but has been relatively quiet since.

The Flyers tried to keep Alex Ovechkin off the board but he still managed to score twice.

Tuesday (7 p.m. on Versus) is a different story. The Capitals have found a way to win. They carry a 4-game win streak into the Verizon Center, though this will be their first of four games in six nights. Washington fought through overtime last game against the Islanders and bested Nashville in a shootout last week to pick up the extra points.

The Flyers did not have a morning skate today in Washington.

The Caps, meanwhile, look like they will be healthy tonight for the first time in a while. Alex Semin skated in the Caps’ morning workout, meaning he could be back for the first time after missing two games with the flu. Defenseman Mike Green, who left Caps practice early on Monday with general soreness, was also on the ice.

Ovechkin, meanwhile, was not. He took the morning off. The Washington Post is reporting that the two-time MVP will play tonight.

Stat Watch:

-Alex Ovechkin has 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in 10 games. That's good, but it's actually not tops in the league. Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar leads the league in both points (21) and goals (10).

-Goaltenders Semyon Varlamov and Jose Theodore have almost split the time in net. Theodore has the better stats (2.55 GAA w/ .914 save percentage) but Varlamov has the better record (4-0-0). The Post says Theodore will start in net tonight.

Here are a few other factoids:

-San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle has more points (12) than anyone on the Flyers.

-The Flyers power play is worse on the road than at home. That is normal. They are operating at a 9-for-34 clip (26.5-percent) at home and have only converted 2-of-10 (20-percent) away from the Wachovia Center. The same should be true for the penalty kill, right? It’s not. The Flyers PK is actually better on the road (16-for-18, 87.5-percent) than it is at home (25-for-29, 84-percent). It’s also important to note that the Flyers are more disciplined on the road.

-The Flyers have scored the first goal of the game in seven of their nine contests, while also out-shooting their opponent in seven of their first nine games of the season as well.

- Jeff Carter’s iron-man streak is now at 223 consecutive regular season games played.

- Defenseman Danny Syvret has recorded an assist in two of his last three games, while forward Darroll Powe has recorded a goal in two of his last three games.

-The Flyers' record when:
* scoring first: 5-1-1
* leading after 1st period: 1-1-1
* leading after 2nd period: 4-0-1
* out shooting opponent: 4-2-1
* one goal games: 2-1-1
* at home: 3-2-1
* on the road: 2-1-0

Check back for an update on Gagne later this afternoon.

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