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The Philadelphia Flyers look to break a franchise-record 13-game home losing streak when they host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

The Flyers (13-33-8) are 0-9-4 at home since defeating Columbus 3-2 on Nov. 24. They have only three wins in 25 home games all season, while no other team in the NHL has fewer than 10 home victories.

"We've got to get a win for our fans," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

Philadelphia's latest home defeat was Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to Atlantic Division rival Pittsburgh. It was the Flyers' third straight home game in which they lost in a shootout or overtime.

Simon Gagne scored two power-play goals in the first period before Philadelphia gave up three consecutive goals, but Flyers winger Mike Knuble answered with two goals in the third, the last of which tied the game with 1:24 to play.

"I feel like we did a lot of really good things," Stevens told the team's official Web site. "I love the resiliency we showed; I loved the energy on our bench. When you push the game to overtime and you have the better opportunities in overtime, you are going to win a lot of hockey games."

The Flyers, who have the fewest wins and fewest points in the NHL, have lost only once in regulation over their last six games (2-1-3).

They now host a St. Louis team that is 5-1-1 in its last seven road games.

The Blues (22-25-8) won four straight overall from Jan. 16-Jan. 26 for their longest winning streak since the lockout, but have since lost four of six.

St. Louis, however, may have started changing its momentum on Thursday as it beat one of the Western Conference's top teams with a 1-0 victory over Detroit. The Blues snapped their Central Division rival's five-game win streak and handed the Red Wings their first shutout loss in 176 games, a streak dating back to Jan. 7, 2004.

"We got after them," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We were fairly relentless with our forecheck."

Manny Legace and Curtis Sanford combined to make 23 saves for the Red Wings. Sanford came on in the second period after Legace was involved in a collision in front of the goal.

"I'm just doing my job," said Sanford, who hadn't appeared in a game since Jan. 27. "I'm glad I got a chance to play and do something good for the team."

It's uncertain if Legace will be available for this contest.

St. Louis and Philadelphia are two of the NHL's four lowest-scoring teams. But the Flyers have shown some offensive punch lately with 14 goals over their last four games, going 4-for-12 on the power play.

The Blues, on the other hand, have just 15 goals in their last eight games, and have only two goals in their last 32 power-play chances.

This is the only meeting between these teams this season. The Blues have lost seven of their last eight games against the Flyers, and have lost four of five in Philadelphia since 1997.

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