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Preview: Devils at Flyers
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers – After rebounding from back-to-back losses, the Devils visit Philadelphia's Wachovia Center where they hope to extend their winning streak over the red-hot Flyers (7 p.m., FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).

New Jersey has beaten its Atlantic Division rival in four straight games by a combined scored of 17-5 since dropping their first meeting of the season.

The Devils (27-17-3) have won 14 of their last 16 games against the Flyers, who have lost only once in regulation in their last 13 games (10-1-2).

Coach Brent Sutter's group enters Tuesday's game on the heels of Sunday's win that closed out a three-game homestand in Newark.

John Madden returned from an ankle injury to score twice in New Jersey's 3-2 victory over Toronto.

"He's great on faceoffs and in so many parts of the game," said goaltender Martin Brodeur, who made 34 saves. "We're happy to have him back."

Travis Zajac notched his 11th of the season with his sixth goal in the last eight games.

New Jersey won despite going 0-for-3 on the power play, and is now 0-for-15 with the man advantage over the last four games.

The club prepares to face a Philadelphia squad that's trying to win its fifth in a row – it's longest winning streak since a five-game run Oct. 10-20.

"They play a hard-nosed game when we face them, and for whatever reason we match that intensity," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said after his team won 3-0 in the last meeting on Jan. 4.

Brodeur made 36 saves in that game and earned his 40th win over the Flyers - his most against any opponent.

The Devils' goaltender, tied with San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov for the league lead with 25 wins, has been sharp lately, allowing two or fewer goals in eight straight starts and 11 of 12.

Philadelphia's Joffrey Lupul has missed the last seven games and is out indefinitely after sustaining a mild concussion and spinal cord contusion at Toronto on Jan. 5.

The Flyers, who opened a six-game homestand Sunday, have averaged 4.8 goals while winning seven of its last eight games without Lupul.

Philadelphia (26-15-5) has scored a power-play goal in each of those eight games, going 15-for-40 with the man advantage. They are converting a league-best 25.0 percent of their power-play chances this season.

Scott Hartnell, acquired in a June trade with Nashville, has been one of the keys to their recent surge, picking up 10 goals and four assists in his last seven games.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 04 '08 NJD 0 at PHI 3 R. Umberger
Mar 28 '08 PHI 4 at NJD 5 - SO J. Langenbrunner
Jan 22 '08 NJD 7 at PHI 3 P. Elias
Jan 04 '08 PHI 0 at NJD 3 P. Martin
Dec 16 '07 PHI 2 at NJD 4 A. Asham
Nov 17 '07 NJD 6 at PHI 2 P. Elias
Nov 08 '07 PHI 1 at NJD 4 D. Zubrus
Oct 18 '07 NJD 0 at PHI 4 M. Richards
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