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(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers begin life under a new regime tonight when they host the Atlanta Thrashers at the Wachovia Center.

On Sunday the team held a press conference announcing that head coach Ken Hitchcock had been fired and general manager Bob Clarke resigned. The bombshells came on the heels of a five-game losing streak that has landed the Flyers in the NHL basement with a 1-6-1 record.

Former Philadelphia Phantoms head coach and Flyers assistant John Stevens was promoted to replace Hitchcock permanently and assistant general manager Paul Holmgren was named interim GM.

Stevens, who led the Phantoms to the 2005 Calder Cup with some of the younger players on the Philadelphia roster, will attempt to get the Flyers in the win column for only the second time this season. Philly had not dropped five consecutive games in regulation since 2002, from March 28 to April 4.

The franchise record for a losing streak is six games, set on three occasions -- the last time from January 25 through February 5, 1994.

The Flyers last played on Friday, as they finished a four-game road trip with a 3-2 loss in Florida. Olli Jokinen's late second period power-play goal and Mike Van Ryn's two assists lifted the Panthers.

Simon Gagne scored two goals in the loss, while Antero Niittymaki finished with 23 saves.

Philadelphia was without Peter Forsberg due to a wrist injury, and the star center is questionable for tonight.

The Flyers will host Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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