Minnesota (27-19-1) at Philadelphia (29-14-2)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Mon Feb 10, 2003
  • TV: FSM, Comc
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PHILADELPHIA (TICKER) —Struggling to score goals, the Philadelphia Flyers host the defensive-minded Minnesota Wild in the opener of a home-and-home series at the First Union Center on Monday.

Philadelphia has mustered only eight goals in its last seven games, but is 2-0-1 in its last three contests and is six points behind the New Jersey Devils for the lead in the Atlantic Division.

On Saturday, newly acquired Sami Kapanen scored a power-play goal 4:44 into the third period to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Kapanen, who had not scored since January 7, was acquired Friday from Carolina. He had just six goals in 43 games with the Hurricanes after posting five straight seasons with at least 20.

Minnesota had won consecutive games before Sunday’s 3-2 loss at New Jersey. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Pascal Dupuis each scored for the Wild, who generated only 21 shots on goal.

Wild All-Star left wing Marian Gaborik assisted on Bouchard’s goal and leads the team with 54 points. Gaborik has one assist in each of the last three games, but has not scored a goal since January 25.

Philadelphia is 2-0-1 all time against the Wild and the teams will meet again in Minnesota on Wednesday.

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