Gagne sidelined; Caps eye revenge

  When the Flyers play the host Washington Capitals Tuesday, veteran left winger Simon Gagne is not expected to be in the lineup.

   Gagne missed practice Monday because of lower-body discomfort. He had an ultrasound _ results will be available Tuesday, the Flyers said _ to figure out why he has been having pain.

  GM Paul Holmgren said the Flyers want to learn if Gagne's problem is related to his off-season hip surgery _ or to a groin injury he suffered in the summer and re-aggravated at Team Canada workouts.

   Gagne is off to the worst start of his 10-year career _ one goal in nine games.

   In recent games, Gane has been on a line with Mike Richards and Arron Asham. In Monday's practice, Richards centered Scott Hartnell and Mika Pyorala.

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  In case you missed it, Anaheim sent former Flyer Luca Sbisa to Lethbridge of the Wetsern Hockey League. Acquired from the Flyers in the Chris Pronger deal, Sbisa was scoreless in eight games with the Ducks and was minus-1.

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 The Flyers' power play (11 for 44) has been clicking at a 25 percent rate, while the Caps are only 8 for 48 (16.7 percent). Both teams are among the NHL's elite in penalty killing _ the Flyers are at 85.4 percent, the Caps at 83.7 percent.

   Alex Ovechkin, the game's best all-around player, already has nine goals and eight assists for the 6-2-2 Capitals.

    The Flyers (5-3-1) scored a 6-5 overtime win over Washington on Oct. 6. In that game,Richards had a hat trick and Matt Carle equaled an NHL record for defensemen with four assists in one period.

    Richards, by the way, has ended his silent treatment of the media.