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Monday, January 9th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (27-8-6) at New Jersey Devils (19-18-5), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - With their franchise-record 11-game road trip nearing a close, the Philadelphia Flyers seek their fourth consecutive win tonight when they visit the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.

Philly is 7-0-1 in the first eight portions of the mammoth venture. On Friday, Simon Gagne scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the Flyers past the Washington Capitals, 3-1, at the MCI Center.

Peter Forsberg also had a goal and an assist while Mike Rathje scored as well for the Flyers. Rookie goaltender Antero Niittymaki made 23 saves in the win.

Philadelphia's string of nine consecutive one-goal games was ended in the win.

Gagne, who had been the NHL's goal-scoring leader, fell behind Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk over the weekend. Kovalchuk tops the league with 32 goals while Gagne is second with 29.

Philadelphia is 12-0-2 in its last 14 road games overall, and 14-3-3 away from home for the season.

The Flyers lead the Atlantic Division by seven points over the second-place New York Rangers and are a point up on Ottawa in the overall Eastern Conference race.

Philly will visit Chicago on Wednesday.

New Jersey, meanwhile, has won three straight games since the 2005-06 debut of star winger Patrik Elias. On Saturday, Brian Rafalski tallied a goal and an assist and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves as the Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, at HSBC Arena.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Gomez both scored a goal and John Madden registered two assists for the Devils, who have won three in a row for just the second time this season.

Elias had an assist in the victory and has two goals and four helpers in the three games since his return. He missed the start of the season recovering from Hepatitis A.

The Devils, who are 12-7-3 on home ice, will host Vancouver on Friday.

Philadelphia is 2-0 against Jersey this season and has won five consecutive meetings.

01/09 10:21:28 ET

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