Briere may return as Flyers aim for third straight win

Montreal (32-22-7) at Philadelphia (33-17-9), 7:00 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) — The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t in need
of a boost, but they may get one anyway.

Daniel Briere could return to the lineup Friday after a 35-game
absence when the Flyers face the Montreal Canadiens, seeking
their third consecutive victory.

Briere has missed 50 games this season due to a groin injury.
The 31-year-old center has recorded five goals and nine points
in nine contests on the campaign.

The Flyers, who went 2-4-3 with Briere in the lineup, have
hardly missed the former first-round pick of the Phoenix
Coyotes. Philadelphia, which has won five of its last six
contests, has climbed to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Jeff Carter, who is tied for second in the NHL with 36 goals
this season, collected a tally and an assist during Wednesday’s
2-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. Martin Biron made 34
saves to post his second shutout of the season and 25th career.

Jaroslav Halak is also coming off a 34-save blanking, leading
the Canadiens to a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on

Halak, who may displace Carey Price as the club’s starting
netminder, is 14-10-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average and .910
save percentage on the campaign.