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Saturday, November 22nd (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (8-9-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (8-6-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend their current winning streak to a season-high tying four games tonight, as they host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers began this season with six straight losses (0-3-3) before winning four in a row from October 24-30. The club then went on to lose four of its next five, but has again responded with three straight wins.

Philadelphia was in Buffalo on Friday night and left town with a 3-0 victory. Former Sabre Martin Biron made 40 saves against his old club for his first shutout of the season and 24th of his career, helping the Flyers post at least one point in a fifth straight game (4-0-1).

Biron, who played his first eight-plus seasons in Buffalo before being dealt to Philadelphia near the trade deadline in 2007, became the first Philadelphia goaltender to post a shutout in Buffalo since Tommy Soderstrom on December 27, 1993. Biron has a 1.58 goals against average in his last five starts (3-1-1).

Scott Hartnell scored his first goal in 10 games, while Jeff Carter added a pair of tallies to give him 13 on the season, tied for second in the NHL. Carter has four goals and his last four games but has never lit the lamp in two career games versus Phoenix.

Simon Gagne had an assist to stretch his points streak to six games, totaling three goals and six helpers on the run. Andrew Alberts, meanwhile, notched an assist for a fourth straight game.

The Flyers, who are 3-4-1 at home this year, will be without Daniel Briere for a fifth straight game tonight and he will miss his second contest in a row against a former club. Briere began his career in Phoenix in 1997 before being dealt to Buffalo during 2002-03 season. He stayed with Sabres through 2006-07 before joining the Flyers as a free agent.

The Coyotes have lost four in a row after last night's 5-2 loss in Carolina. Kevin Porter and Shane Doan each lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who had won three in a row before this slide.

Doan, playing in his 901st career game with the Phoenix franchise, netted his team-leading 11th goal and 19th point. He has points in three straight games and has notched four goals and three assists over his last six games.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves in his 11th straight start in net. Should he draw the starting assignment tonight as well, he will match his career-high of 12 straight starts set from November 17-December 13 of last year. Bryzgalov is 5-5-1 with a 2.27 GAA in his last 11 games.

The Coyotes, who opened a four-game road trip with last night's loss that dropped them to 3-6-0 on the road this year, will be without Derek Morris after he left Friday's game with an upper-body injury in the second period.

The Coyotes have won two straight over the Flyers, including last season's 3-2 win in Philadelphia on December 18. The Orange and Black have still won four of their last six at home versus Phoenix, though.

11/22 10:36:07 ET


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