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Tuesday, March 9th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (35-17-12-6) at New Jersey Devils (35-20-11-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to further distance themselves from the New Jersey Devils tonight when the teams tangle at the Meadowlands.

With 88 points, the Flyers lead the Devils by five in the Atlantic Division race. Philly is tied with Ottawa for second in the Eastern Conference as a whole -- three behind Tampa Bay.

On Saturday, a night after a brawl-laden win over the Senators, Philadelphia dropped a 2-1 contest in Washington. Jeff Halpern finished with a goal and an assist to lead the Capitals.

Michal Handzus scored in the final minute for the injury-depleted Flyers, who had a two-game winning streak end. Sean Burke stopped 18 shots in net.

Philadelphia played with only five defenseman, as regulars Chris Therien and Joni Pitkanen sat due to injury, and Danny Markov served a one-game suspension stemming from Friday's match. John Slaney, Randy Jones and Freddy Meyer, all members of the team's AHL affiliate, played on the blueline Saturday, and winger Sami Kapanen spent much of the contest as a defenseman

The Flyers made some moves on Monday, shipping Therien to Dallas and obtaining veteran rearguard Vladimir Malakhov from the NY Rangers.

On the injury front, Philly could receive a boost tonight with the return of captain Keith Primeau, who has been out since February 12 with a concussion. He practiced on Monday and is questionable for tonight.

The Flyers will host Dallas on Thursday.

New Jersey, meanwhile, enters tonight sixth in the Eastern Conference -- two behind Boston and one ahead of Montreal. On Saturday, John Madden had a goal and an assist as the Devils managed a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.

Jamie Langenbrunner, Patrik Elias and Brian Rafalski also scored for the Devils, who have won two of their last three after a three-game losing skid.

Martin Brodeur did his part with 25 saves as New Jersey rebounded after a disappointing loss at Tampa on Friday night. The Devils gave up the tying goal late in regulation before allowing the game-winner moments later in overtime.

Jersey will host Chicago on Thursday.

The Devils are 2-1-1 against the Flyers this season, and 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings overall.

03/09 10:31:41 ET


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