NHL: PHILADELPHIA (7-3) at MONTREAL (6-5) <h3>Flyers, Canadiens continue climb up standings</h3> <div class="pre">Philadelphia (7-3-0) at Montreal (6-2-3) 7:30 pm EDT</div> MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Two teams near the top of the WesternConference standings face off on Thursday when the PhiladelphiaFlyers take on the Montreal Canadiens. After winning six of their first seven games, the Flyers, whoare leading the Atlantic Division, had lost back-to-backcontests before getting back on track with a 2-1 victory overthe Boston Bruins on Saturday. Defenseman Randy Jones was suspended for two games on Monday forhis violent hit during the game on Boston's Patrice Bergeron,who had to be carried off on a stretcher after hitting theboards head-first. Having Bergeron on the ice would not have helped much as Flyersgoaltender Martin Biron had one of his best games this season,making 38 saves - 31 in the final two periods. Biron, who was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres during lastseason, has posted a 7-2-0 record with a 1.78 goals-againstaverage in his first full campaign with Philadelphia. For his career, Biron is 12-6-0 with a 2.04 GAA and two shutoutsagainst the Canadiens. Montreal absorbed a 3-2 setback to the Atlanta Thrashers in itslast game on Tuesday, snapping a season-high four-game winningstreak. The Canadiens scored both of their goals on Tuesday with a manadvantage, and continue to dominate on the power play. Montrealranks first in the NHL in power-play percentage, finding theback of the net on 30.2 percent of its opportunities.