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Friday, January 2nd (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (19-6-9-4) at Florida Panthers (12-16-9-2), 5 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Hoping that a recent swoon is behind them, the Philadelphia Flyers continue their current road trip today when they visit the Florida Panthers at the Office Depot Center.

Philly lost the first three portions of the trek (0-2-0-1), but is 1-0-1 in the last two. After a 2-2 tie in Dallas on Monday, Ken Hitchcock's club pounded St. Louis, 7-2, the following night.

Mark Recchi had two goals and assisted on two others, as the Flyers scored five times on the power play and rolled to their first win in 10 days. Jeremy Roenick added a pair of scores and an assist for the Flyers, who snapped a six-game winless streak on the road (0-2-3-1) and won for just the second time in their last 11 overall (2-3-3-3).

Donald Brashear, Tony Amonte and Joni Pitkanen also scored for Philadelphia, with Amonte adding an assist in the win. Robert Esche made 28 saves.

With 51 points, the Flyers are three ahead of the second-place New Jersey Devils in the Atlantic Division race. They trail Toronto by one for the Eastern Conference lead.

Philadelphia will resume its current venture Saturday in Tampa.

Florida, meanwhile, is 1-0-2 in the last three games, having skated to consecutive ties with Toronto and Tampa Bay. On Wednesday, Roberto Luongo made 40 saves for the Panthers and the Lightning's Nikolai Khabibulin countered with 30 in the deadlock.

Viktor Kozlov and Mike Van Ryn scored for the Panthers, who are 3-4-7-2 in their last 16 games. Kozlov has tallied in each of the last two tilts and has three points in the last three contests.

Florida, 3-0-3 in its last six at home, will host Columbus on Saturday.

The Flyers defeated the Panthers, 5-1, in Philly on October 29 and are 6-1-2 in the last nine meetings. Philadelphia has won six straight in South Florida, dating back to January 17, 2000.

01/02 10:33:49 ET


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