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Saturday, December 2nd (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (13-9-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (8-15-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to build on their most productive stretch of the season tonight when they welcome the New Jersey Devils to the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers have won two of their last three games, something they hadn't done all season. On Thursday, Antero Niittymaki made 39 saves and Mike Knuble scored in his third consecutive game as the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum.

Simon Gagne scored on a breakaway and Randy Robitaille also tallied for the Flyers, who bounced back from Wednesday's 3-2 home setback versus Nashville.

The Flyers posted their fifth win in the month of November, which is two more than they managed in October.

Philly will visit New Jersey on Friday.

The Devils, meanwhile, are happy to be back in the win column, but hope to cure their road woes tonight. Jersey lost the final four contests of a five- game road trip, but bounced back on Friday with a 5-2 home win over Pittsburgh. Patrik Elias scored a goal and added two assists to lead the effort.

Jamie Langenbrunner added a goal and an assist for the Devils, while Brian Rafalski had two helpers. Martin Brodeur turned aside 23 shots in the victory.

New Jersey improved to 9-1-1 at the Meadowlands, but is just 4-8-1 on the road this season.

Elias tied his season high with three points, but he rated in the plus for only the fifth time this season. His minus-13 rating for the campaign is worst on the team.

The Devils, who trail the first-place Rangers by two in the Atlantic Division race, will host Montreal on Wednesday.

Jersey edged Philly, 3-2, on October 14 at the Meadowlands and has won four straight meetings.

12/02 11:34:28 ET


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