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The Philadelphia Flyers have yet to win consecutive contests since having their six-game winning streak snapped.

The Flyers have a good chance of changing that Tuesday night, when they try for a seventh straight victory over the visiting New York Islanders.

Philadelphia (13-7-6) won 2-1 in overtime at Carolina on Saturday to improve to 9-1-3 since losing three in a row at the beginning of November.

"We've been playing good hockey and getting better and better," forward Jeff Carter told the Flyers' official Web site.

While the Flyers have been playing well overall, they haven't won consecutive games since a six-game win streak from Nov. 15-26. They should have a good chance against New York (10-15-2), which has lost three in a row overall and is 0-4-2 in its last six matchups with Philadelphia.

The Flyers have defeated the Islanders twice this season - once in Philadelphia and once in New York.

The Islanders are also 0-4-1 at the Wachovia Center since beating the Flyers 4-2 there on April 7, 2007.

New York will try to contain Philadelphia's Jeff Carter, who scored the game-winning goal Saturday - his 19th goal of the season overall. Carter was held scoreless in a 3-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 11, but had two goals in the Flyers' 3-2 overtime home win over the Islanders on Oct. 30.

Mike Richards scored his fifth goal in as many games Saturday for Philadelphia, which has gone to overtime in three consecutive games and four of its last five. The Flyers are 2-1-2 during that span.

"We just keep battling," Carter said. "It's definitely not a position we want to be in - one-goal games, overtimes and shootouts. We never give up."

Though backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki made 35 saves against Carolina to improve to 4-1-2, Martin Biron will likely be back in net Tuesday trying for his ninth consecutive victory over the Islanders.

Biron is 16-4-0 with a tie and a 1.87 lifetime GAA versus New York. The 16 wins are his most against any opponent.

The Islanders lost 4-2 at Toronto on Monday - their fifth defeat in six games. Mike Sillinger and Bill Guerin scored while Doug Weight added his third assist in as many games for the Islanders, who have been outscored 14-5 during their last three contests and have yielded 26 total goals in their last five losses.

"We're putting ourselves on our heels," coach Scott Gordon told the Islanders' official Web site. "We have to identify the areas of the game that we have to be better in."

New York goalie Joey MacDonald stopped 33 saves while making his 17th straight start, but fell to 10-12-2 on the season. He has struggled in his career against the Flyers, going 0-4-1 with a 3.56 GAA.

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