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Friday, March 30th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (21-44-11) at New Jersey Devils (45-24-8), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to get back into first place in the Atlantic Division tonight, when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to the Meadowlands.

The Devils, who have already clinched a berth in the postseason, were knocked out of the division's top spot as a result of Pittsburgh's win over Boston on Thursday. The Penguins hold a two-point lead over the Devils, who have 98 points and are now tied with Ottawa for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

New Jersey had won back-to-back contests before Wednesday's setback in Buffalo. Jochen Hecht scored a pair of goals to guide the Sabres past the Devils, 4-3, at HSBC Arena.

Zach Parise, Paul Martin and Scott Gomez all lit the lamp for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur finished with 19 stops in goal.

New Jersey begins an important three-game homestand tonight and is 22-10-5 as the host club this year. The Devils will also face Boston and Ottawa during the residency.

The Flyers, meanwhile, will try to play the spoiler role once again after dealing a blow to Carolina's postseason chances on Wednesday. Jeff Carter posted two goals and an assist to lead Philadelphia to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Hurricanes. It was just the second win in eight games for the team with the lowest point total in the NHL this year.

Simon Gagne had a pair of assists to help the Flyers halt a four-game skid. Mike Knuble notched a goal and two assists, while Derian Hatcher and Braydon Coburn also lit the lamp.

Martin Biron stopped 23 shots to earn the win in his first start since signing a two-year deal to remain with the club.

The Flyers have been better as the road team this season, but are still just 12-23-4 as the visitors for the year.

The Devils have taken five of six encounters with Philadelphia this year and 10 of the last 12 overall meetings. The Flyers have also been defeated in seven consecutive trips to New Jersey.

03/30 10:49:57 ET

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