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newjerseydevils.com – With their grasp of the Atlantic Division secure for now, the Devils would like to improve their play away from home.
New Jersey looks to get back on track with a road recovery tonight when they face the Flyers in Philadelphia (7 p.m., VERSUS, WFAN 660 AM).
The Devils (47-22-3) missed a chance to move within one point of the Eastern Conference lead with Sunday's 4-1 loss at Boston. They trail the top-seeded Bruins by five points with 10 contests remaining.
"It's a big game, but we move forward," said New Jersey coach Brent Sutter, whose team is 3-5-0 on the road with one regulation win since taking seven in a row away from home.
Martin Brodeur allowed more than two goals for just the second time since returning from elbow surgery on Feb. 26. He finished with 26 saves and suffered his second loss in his last 11 starts.
"We made a couple of mistakes," said Brodeur. "Even though they were some lucky goals, it was still opportunities that we gave up that usually we don't do."
Andy Greene had the lone goal for the Devils, who seek to protect their one-point lead over Washington for second place in the East. The Capitals are in Toronto tonight to battle the Maple Leafs.
Zach Parise has three goals and five assists against Philadelphia this season and assisted on Greene's goal to extend his point streak to eight games. He has three goals and eight assists during that span.
New Jersey is 3-1-1 against the Flyers this season, including 1-0-1 at the Wachovia Center, where both games went to overtime.
The Devils won 3-0 at home over the Flyers on March 1 in the teams' most recent contest. Brodeur made 27 saves for his second shutout since returning from elbow surgery.
Brodeur is 15-4-2 with a 2.05 goals-against average this season, including 1-1-1 with a 2.61 GAA against the Flyers.
Philadelphia (39-22-10) won 3-1 at Pittsburgh on Sunday to move two points ahead of the Penguins for fourth place in the East and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers have three games in hand on Pittsburgh.
"It's the regular season; the playoffs are a different beast," said the Flyers' Martin Biron, who made 27 saves Sunday. "We were tight in the standings, so this was a big game."
The Flyers, who have won two straight since losing three of four, are nine points behind the division-leading Devils with 11 games remaining.
Philadelphia used a pair of power-play goals to help beat the Penguins. Simon Gagne scored his 29th and Scott Hartnell added to his career season with his 27th for the Flyers, who won 6-4 at Buffalo on Friday.
Gagne has three goals in his last four games, but just one in five against New Jersey this season. Hartnell, meanwhile, has three goals and one assist versus the Devils in 2008-09.
Biron is 24-15-5 with a 2.73 GAA and 2-1-1 with a 2.68 GAA against New Jersey this season, but has allowed six goals in his last two starts versus the Devils.
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