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Monday, December 8th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (16-3-6-1) at Montreal Canadiens (12-11-3-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens try to extend their unbeaten streak to six games tonight when they host the NHL-leading Philadelphia Flyers at Bell Centre.

Montreal is 3-0-2 in the last five games, including Saturday's 3-1 win over visiting Carolina in the back end of a home-and-home. Michael Ryder had a goal and an assist to lead the Habs to the triumph, after the two teams met Friday and played to a 1-1 tie in Raleigh.

Saku Koivu and Andreas Dackell also scored for the Canadiens, while Jose Theodore made 22 saves in the win.

Montreal, with 28 points, has escaped the basement in the Northeast Division and currently sits one ahead of Buffalo.

Montreal will be without one of its top defensemen, as Stephane Quintal was suspended for a match after trying to kick the Hurricanes' Bob Boughner while both players were being restrained by the linesmen after a fight.

The Canadiens, 7-6-2 on home ice, will visit the NY Rangers on Wednesday.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, is 2-0-1 since having its 12-game unbeaten streak halted a week ago in Ottawa. The Flyers opened a four-game road trip in Boston on Saturday and skated to a 1-1 tie with the Bruins at the FleetCenter.

Mark Recchi scored early in the second period to help the Flyers salvage a point and Jeff Hackett made 38 saves. Recchi's tally was his club-leading 12th of the season.

Philadelphia, which leads the NHL with 39 points, moved to 12-1-3 in the last 16 games. The Flyers currently hold a five-point lead over New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Philly, 4-3-4-1 on the road, will visit Columbus on Wednesday.

The Flyers won, 5-0, over the Canadiens on October 27 at the Wachovia Center and have won five straight meetings overall. Philadelphia has won four-in-a- row in Montreal.

12/08 10:17:30 ET


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