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Thursday, November 6th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (4-4-3) at Ottawa Senators (5-5-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Flyers haven't had problems scoring goals this year, it's keeping other teams out of the net that has plagued them. Philadelphia, owner's of the top offense in the NHL, travel to Ottawa tonight to take on the Senators at Scotiabank Place.

The Flyers are tops in the league in scoring, averaging 3.91 goals per game. However, they rank 28th in the NHL in goals allowed, yielding 3.64 per game.

Philadelphia outscored its opponents 19-7 over a four-game winning streak before losing at home against Edmonton, 5-4, on Sunday. Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble registered a goal and assist each, with Knuble lighting the lamp for a fifth straight game.

Braydon Coburn and Jeff Carter added power-play goals in the loss.

Carter's goal extended his point streak to a career-best seven straight games. He has scored in six of his last seven games and has seven goals and three assists during his streak.

Martin Biron's up-and-down season continued on Sunday, as he allowed five goals on 28 shots. Biron is 3-4-1 with a 3.79 goals against average and .874 save percentage this year. He was tagged for at least four goals in each of his first three starts this season -- all losses -- but had given up only seven goals in winning his next three starts.

Biron has 13 wins in 28 career starts versus Ottawa, going 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA in two starts against them last year.

Philadelphia plays four of its next five on the road, where it is 2-1-2 this season.

Ottawa has won three of its last four, and saw forward Mike Fisher finally get it going on Tuesday. Fisher, who has posted 48 and 47 points, respectively, in his last two seasons, netted his first goal of the season last time out, a game-winner with 39.9 seconds left in overtime. That tally lifted the Senators to a 2-1 win over Washington.

Fisher also assisted on Dany Heatley's second-period goal for his first point of the season as well. Filip Kuba assisted on the game-winning marker -- his 13th assist of the season -- while Daniel Alfredsson posted two helpers.

Ottawa has netted just two goals a game in four of its last five contests, and ranks 20th in the NHL at 2.75 GPG. The club will play the second of back-to- back home games tonight and is 2-4-1 as the host this year.

The Sens won all four of their meetings with the Flyers in 2006-07, but dropped three of four against them last year. Ottawa has won four of its last five at home versus Philadelphia.

11/06 11:04:53 ET


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