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Thursday, December 8th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (15-11-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (16-6-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers, coming off their first shootout win of the season, hope to remain on track tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the Wachovia Center.

On Tuesday, rookie Mike Richards scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Flyers over the Calgary Flames, 1-0, in a defensive contest.

Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves in the game, his first career shutout, and stopped all three Calgary shooters in the shootout to lead the injury-plagued Flyers, who have won three of their last four games.

Philly lost yet another regular on Tuesday, as defenseman Eric Desjardins suffered a right shoulder injury in the tilt. Desjardins is slated to undergo surgery next week and will miss 8-10 weeks of action.

Philadelphia, which is 11-3-2 at home, will host Minnesota on Saturday.

Edmonton, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Saturday the Oilers dropped a 5-4 overtime tilt to visiting Boston. David Tanabe scored with 30 seconds left in OT to lift the Bruins.

Fernando Pisani had two goals and an assist and Todd Harvey and Ryan Smyth each scored for the Oilers. Goaltender Jussi Markkanen made 21 saves in the defeat.

The Oilers placed forward Radek Dvorak on injured reserve Wednesday due to a groin strain. Dvorak did not accompany the club on the three-game road trip that begins this evening.

Edmonton, which is 9-7-0 on the road, will visit the Islanders on Saturday.

The Oilers are 2-0-1 (2 wins, 1 tie) in the last three meetings with the Flyers.

12/08 10:32:05 ET

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