Taking a cautious approach, the Flyers decided not to play defenseman

Randy Jones

last night against visiting Colorado.

Jones, who has not been in the lineup this year after undergoing hip surgery, said he is eager to return.

"We have the luxury of having six [other] healthy defensemen right now," Flyers coach John Stevens said before the game. "He's been medically cleared, but he's had a limited amount of time in practice with us. It's been so long since he played that we'd like to give him a little more time on the ice before we insert him into the lineup."

Goalie Marty Biron also sat out last night's game. Biron has the flu, and he was replaced by Antero Niittymaki. Scott Munroe (2.32 goals-against average) was recalled from the Phantoms to be last night's backup goalie.

Jones may play tomorrow in Montreal.

"We'll see how he progresses and see how we get through the next day," Stevens said. "Marty is sick and we want to make sure we don't get anyone else sick and then come up with a game plan" for tomorrow.

Biron called in with the flu yesterday morning and didn't attend the morning skate.

"We didn't want to bring him in around the guys and have it spread through the whole locker room," Stevens said.

Good sport

Flyers winger

Scott Hartnell

turned an infamous play - he threw his glove at Tampa Bay's

Ryan Malone

as he went in on a breakaway, giving the player a penalty shot in the closing seconds of a Dec. 2 game - into a positive as he helped the Phantoms collect 838 pairs of gloves during Sunday's 2-1 win over visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Hartnell signed autographs and greeted fans for an hour before the game, and was on the ice to trigger the throwing of the gloves - known as the Scott Hartnell Glove and Mitten Toss - during the first intermission.  The gloves will be donated to Operation Warm for use during the winter.

Breakaways

The Flyers entered last night second in the NHL in their power-play success (26.4 percent) and seventh in their penalty kill (84.5 percent).

. . . Mike Richards

had 14 power-play points entering last night, while

Simon Gagne

had a league-best seven shorthanded points. . . .The Flyers were a staggering 25 for 72 on the power play at home, an NHL-best 34.7 percent success rate.

- Sam Carchidi