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Monday, March 12th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (19-38-11) at Phoenix Coyotes (27-38-3), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams playing for pride meet tonight in the desert, as the Phoenix Coyotes host the Philadelphia Flyers at Jobing.com Arena.

The Flyers have an NHL-low 49 points, while Phoenix is third from the bottom in the entire league with 57 points. Philly will have its streak of 10 straight postseason appearances ended, while the Coyotes will miss the playoffs for the third straight campaign.

Philadelphia has picked up its play in March, going 3-1-1 so far this month. The Flyers are coming off Saturday afternoon's home victory over the Boston Bruins. Dimitry Afanasenkov scored a goal and added an assist to help lift the Flyers to the 4-1 triumph at the Wachovia Center.

Simon Gagne, Mike Richards and Scottie Upshall also tallied goals for the Flyers, while Martin Biron stopped 26-of-27 shots. Gagne suffered a groin injury in Saturday's victory and is expected to be sidelined for at least the Flyers' next two games.

Philadelphia opens a brief two-game road trip this evening and will close the set Tuesday in Dallas. The Flyers are just 12-19-4 as the visiting team this year, and have dropped four of their last five on the road.

While the Flyers have improved their play recently, Phoenix has dropped its last five contests. The most recent setback came Saturday against visiting Chicago, as Jeff Hamilton registered a five-point night and recorded a hat trick to lead the Blackhawks to a 7-5 victory.

Mathias Tjarnqvist had a goal and an assist for Phoenix. Bill Thomas, Mike Zigomanis, Jeff Taffe and Daniel Carcillo also tallied for the Coyotes, while Niko Kapanen had two assists and Derek Morris added three helpers.

Mikael Tellqvist started in net, but allowed five goals on 17 shots before he was replaced by Curtis Joseph, who stopped 12-of-14 shots the rest of the way.

Coyotes center Jeremy Roenick is suffering from a sore back and is questionable for this evening's game. Roenick played with Philadelphia from 2001-02 through the 2003-04 campaign and has yet to face his former team since being dealt to Los Angeles prior to last season.

This evening's test marks the third segment of a five-game homestand for the Coyotes, who are 14-16-2 as the host this year and have dropped six of their last seven at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes and Flyers are facing each other for the first time since a December 5, 2004 meeting in Philadelphia. The Orange & Black have won two straight and three of the last four meetings against Phoenix.

03/12 10:27:38 ET


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