After a poor start, the Flyers' Marty Biron has steadied himself and is starting to resemble the goalie who was sensational in the first two rounds of last year's playoffs.

Biron stopped a season-high 41 shots in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Toronto and is 7-1-2 in his last 10 starts, with a 2.56 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

For the 31-year-old Biron, it is his best stretch of the season.

"But I think there's a lot more to come and there's a lot more that I want to get done," said Biron, who has allowed one regulation goal in each of the last four games. "So we'll just take it and keep a roll."

At today's practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, coach John Stevens will decide whether to stick with his sizzling goalie or allow backup Antero Niittymaki to return from a groin injury against visiting Pittsburgh tomorrow.

While the Flyers (23-10-9) are surging, Pittsburgh (20-19-4), the team that eliminated them in five games in last season's Eastern Conference finals, is reeling. The Penguins have lost seven of their last eight games.

The Flyers are 1-0-2 against the Penguins this season, including overtime and shoot-out losses in Pittsburgh and a 6-3 win at the Wachovia Center.

If the season ended today, the Penguins, seeded 10th, would not be in the playoffs.

Penguins coach Michel Therrien said he's not worried about his job security, and general manager Ray Shero recently gave him the dreaded vote of confidence.


Danny Briere (groin) will continue to practice today and the Flyers figure to make a decision on whether he will return to the lineup tomorrow. In order to fit Briere under the salary cap, roster moves will have to be made. One being considered: sending Luca Sbisa back to juniors. Sbisa, who will turn 19 on Jan. 30, played well (plus-one) against Toronto. . . . The Flyers have had nine sellouts in 21 games and are averaging 19,391 fans per game. Seating capacity: 19,537.

Defenseman Braydon Coburn played a game-high 27 minutes, 36 seconds against Toronto. Despite playing just 8:02, Darroll Powe led the Flyers with four hits. . . . The Flyers are 15-1-2 when leading after two periods. They are 17-6-6 against the East and 6-4-3 against the West. Overall, they are 19-4-6 in their last 29 games and 4-0-2 in their last six.