They meet Monday for the first time in more than three years as two of the worst teams in the league.
After winning the Atlantic Division for the third time in four years last season, Philadelphia (19-38-11) has a league-low 19 wins this year. Its 49 points are also the fewest in the league, and it needs 10 more points to exceed the 1969-70 club's franchise-worst total of 58.
Phoenix's (27-38-3) 57 points are tied with Los Angeles for the fewest in the Western Conference. Although they have already surpassed the franchise low of 32 points set in by the 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets, the Coyotes still are 11 points shy of the 2003-04 team's 68 points - the fewest since the club's 1996 move to Phoenix.
The Flyers are 10-5-0 against the Coyotes since that move, but the teams haven't met since a 3-2 Philadelphia home victory on Dec. 5, 2003. The Flyers also won their last visit to Phoenix, 5-4 on Oct. 18, 2003.
Philadelphia defeated Boston 4-1 on Saturday, its second win in the last three games. The Flyers are looking to win consecutive contests for the first time since Feb. 10 and 12.
"Everyone is just buying into the program," said Scottie Upshall, who had a goal and an assist on Saturday. "We're going out and working hard and making simple plays. We're taking pride in being able to go out there and win games."
Simon Gagne scored his team-leading 37th goal 1:58 into the first period, but injured his left groin early in the third period. He will miss both this game and Philadelphia's visit to Dallas on Tuesday.
Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 26 shots against the Bruins, improving to 3-1-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average with the Flyers since being acquired from Buffalo on Feb. 27.
Philadelphia failed to score on all four of its power-play chances on Saturday, and is just 2-for-43 (4.7 percent) with the man advantage in its last 10 games. They also have only one goal in 22 power-play opportunities in their last five road games, losing four of those contests.
The Coyotes, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven home games while stopping just 66.7 percent (20-of-30) of their opponents' power-play chances in that span.
Phoenix dropped its fifth straight game overall on Saturday, 7-5 to Chicago, to fall to 2-11-1 in their last 14.
Mikael Tellqvist allowed five goals on 17 Blackhawks shots before being replaced by Curtis Joseph at the first intermission.
"We got beat bad, and it was awful," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who had a season-high seven-game point streak end in the loss. "We battled the whole game and kept coming back, but we did give up seven goals."
The Coyotes have fallen behind 4-0 in each of their last two games, and have allowed 21 total goals during their losing streak.
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