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GAME: Philadelphia Flyers (27-8-6) at New Jersey Devils (19-18-5).

TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Philadelphia Flyers look to extend their road point streak to 15 contests when they continue their franchise-record 11-game trip against the New Jersey Devils.

Philadelphia, 7-0-1 on the trip and 12-0-2 in its last 14 road games, is two games from tying the franchise mark of 16 straight road games with a point set in 1979-80. The Flyers haven't lost in regulation away from home since a 5-2 defeat to Tampa Bay on Nov. 14.

Leading the Eastern Conference with 60 points, the Flyers are seven points ahead of the second-place New York Rangers and 17 in front of New Jersey in the Atlantic Division.

Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers in a 3-1 victory over Washington on Friday.

"We find a way to win every single game almost," Forsberg said. "It's the sign of a great team. Good teams find a way to win on the road and win close games."

Gagne's 29th goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie at 17:33 of the second period. The 25-year-old winger has six goals and 10 points in his last eight games.

"It's fun, what's going on right now," Gagne said. "The puck keeps going in."

Gagne has nine goals and 13 points in 24 games against the Devils in his career. He scored twice in a 5-2 win in the teams' first meeting this season on Oct. 7.

New Jersey has won a season high-tying three straight since the return of left wing Patrik Elias.

Elias, who missed the first 39 games with Hepatitis A, had an assist in a 3-0 win over Florida on Tuesday, then had four points in a 5-4 victory against Montreal on Thursday.

In the Devils' 3-2 win over Buffalo on Saturday, he assisted on Scott Gomez's eventual game-winner at 6:01 of the second period.

"We've beaten three hockey clubs and that's a positive," Gomez said. "We put ourselves in a position where we are looking up. Three games is nice, and hopefully we'll keep it going."

Gomez has a six-game point streak in which he has seven goals and seven assists. In 39 career games against the Flyers, he has six goals and 26 points.

Including the postseason, Philadelphia has won four straight in this series and is 9-1-0 in the last 10 meetings.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 8): Flyers - 60 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division. Devils - 43 points, 3rd place, 17 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Gagne, 29 goals; Forsberg, 42 assists and 56 points; Mike Knuble, 50 PIM. Devils - Brian Gionta, 23 goals and 42 points; Gomez, 23 assists; Colin White, 49 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Jan. 8): Flyers - Power play: 18.8 percent (48 for 256), 10th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.1 percent (197 for 246), 26th. Devils - Power play: 14.7 percent (38 for 258), 26th. Penalty killing: 82.2 percent (166 for 202), tied for 14th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Antero Niittymaki (16-4-4, 2 SO, 2.62 GAA); Jamie Storr (no appearances); Devils - Martin Brodeur (17-14-3, 1, 2.86); Scott Clemmensen (2-4-2, 3.83).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 30; Flyers, 2-1. At Philadelphia, Knuble and Patrick Sharp scored in the second period, and Robert Esche made 30 saves for the Flyers.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 14-3-3 on the road; Devils - 12-7-3 at home.

Associated Press
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