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Thursday, November 1st (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (7-3-0) at Montreal Canadiens (6-2-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will continue their lengthy road trip this evening in Montreal, as the Canadiens host a matchup at the Bell Centre.

The Flyers are in the midst of a season-high eight-game trek and are 1-2 so far on the swing. After beginning the trip with losses at Florida and Tampa Bay, Philadelphia was able to notch Saturday's triumph in Boston.

Joffrey Lupul scored the decisive goal and Martin Biron made 38 saves as the Flyers edged the Bruins, 2-1, at TD Banknorth Garden. Mike Richards also had a goal and assisted on Lupul's tally.

However, the victory was marred by an injury to Boston forward Patrice Bergeron, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher late in the first period after being driven head-first into the glass by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones. Jones was suspended two games by the NHL for the illegal hit.

Philadelphia has already had three of its players suspended this season for violent infractions. Forward Steve Downie was given a 20-game suspension for his hit on Ottawa's Dean McAmmond in the preseason which left McAmmond with a concussion. Then, on October 12, forward Jesse Boulerice was hit with a 25- game ban for cross-checking Vancouver's Ryan Kesler in the face two days earlier.

On the injury front, the Flyers will have right wing Scottie Upshall in the lineup for the first time this season tonight. Upshall, who had been sidelined with a fractured left wrist sustained in a preseason game, is expected to wear a soft cast that won't hinder his ability to pass or shoot the puck.

The 24-year-old forward notched eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 32 games last season for the Flyers and Nashville Predators, and 13 of those points came in his 18 games with Philadelphia.

The Flyers will once again be without forward Simon Gagne, who has missed the last two games with dizziness. Also, defenseman Derian Hatcher is scheduled to undergo surgery today and will be sidelined for four weeks.

Montreal will try to get back on the right track tonight after having a four- game winning streak snapped Tuesday night against visiting Atlanta. Bryan Little and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored in the shootout, lifting the Thrashers over the Habs, 3-2.

Alex Kovalev tallied on the power play and also assisted on Christopher Higgins' goal on the man-advantage, while Carey Price stopped 31-of-33 shots for Montreal.

Tonight marks the second segment of a four-game homestand for the Canadiens, who are 2-1-2 as the host this season. Montreal will continue the residency Saturday night against the rival Maple Leafs.

Montreal has beaten Philly in two straight, three of four and six of the last nine meetings. The Flyers have also been handed a setback in three of their last four stops at the Bell Centre.

11/01 10:25:53 ET


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