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Thursday, November 15th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (10-7-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (11-6-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - An Atlantic Division showdown is on tap tonight in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Philadelphia Flyers welcome the rival New York Rangers to the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers have won two in a row and New York has been especially hot, winning three straight and seven of their last eight contests. Philadelphia is first in the Atlantic Division with 22 points and the Rangers are just one point back.

The Rangers beat Philadelphia in the opener of this season series on November 5, as they blanked the Flyers, 2-0, at Madison Square Garden. New York has taken three straight, six of seven and seven of the last nine meetings with the Flyers. The Rangers have also won four straight and eight of their last nine in Philly.

The Flyers were in action Monday night against the visiting New York Islanders and notched a close victory. Mike Richards' shorthanded goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner as Philadelphia remained perfect at home with a 3-2 win over the Isles.

Richards has three shorthanded goals this season and leads the Flyers in both goals (10) and points (20).

Scottie Upshall scored a pair of goals while Martin Biron stopped 24 shots for the Flyers, who are the only team in the league that is perfect at home, having won all six contests at the Wachovia Center.

It's the first time the Flyers have achieved the feat since the 1986-87 squad won the first eight of the season on home ice.

Philly is playing the third test of a four-game homestand tonight and will wrap up the residency with Saturday's matchup against New Jersey.

The Flyers will be without Simon Gagne once again tonight as the star winger continues to deal with a head injury. Gagne has experienced dizziness since absorbing a hit from Florida's Jay Bouwmeester on October 24. He missed four games after the original incident, but returned for Saturday's meeting with Pittsburgh only to see the symptoms return after a hit from Gary Roberts.

The Flyers are now saying Gagne has concussion-like symptoms and it is unclear when he will be able to return to the ice.

The 27-year-old Gagne has four goals and four assists in 10 games this season after posting 41 goals and 68 points last season.

11/15 10:53:23 ET


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