New Jersey (35-15-4) at Philadelphia (30-16-2)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Feb 18, 2003
  • TV: FSNY, Comc
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PHILADELPHIA (TICKER) —The New Jersey Devils put an impressive streak on the line Tuesday night when they travel to the First Union Center to face the Philadelphia Flyers in a battle of the top teams in the Atlantic Division.

The Devils are the only team in the NHL that has not suffered consecutive regulation losses this season. But the Atlantic Division leaders are coming off Saturday’s brutal 4-1 home loss to Pittsburgh in which they surrendered four goals in the first period.

It was the first time New Jersey gave up that many goals in a period since the 2001-02 season opener. Martin Brodeur faced just 11 shots and was replaced by Corey Schwab to start the second period.

But Brodeur has owned the Flyers recently, allowing just one goal over the last four meetings, including three straight 1-0 victories. His shutout streak against Philadelphia reached 265 minutes, 3 seconds before Eric Chouinard scored with 1:58 remaining in New Jersey’s 5-1 home triumph on January 30.

One of just two goaltenders in NHL history to blank the Flyers in three consecutive games, Brodeur is 21-12-4 lifetime against them.

Despite struggling offensively, Philadelphia is just five points behind the first-place Devils.

With former All-Stars John LeClair and Simon Gagne injured, the Flyers have scored more than two goals just once in the last 11 games, going 3-5-2-1 during that stretch. But Philadelphia is coming off a pair of third-period comebacks, rallying for a 4-3 overtime triumph at St. Louis on Thursday and pulling out a 2-2 tie with Carolina on Saturday.

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