Briere returning as Stevens aims for milestone

   It looks as if forward Danny Briere will be in the lineup Thursday as John Stevens tries to reach a coaching milestone.

   Stevens will be trying to win his 100th career game wen the Flyers host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. About 450 tickets remain.

   After today's practice in Voorhees, Stevens _ who has a 99-90-32 record in two-plus seasons _ said there was a "good chance" Briere will return to the lineup Thursday. He re-injured his groin last Thursday in a 5-1 loss to Calgary and has played in just 12 games this season.

   Goalie Marty Biron, who has been sharp in recent action, will make his third straight start tomorrow.

   The Flyers also said Randy Cote's upper-body injury was minor and that they expect him to play tomorrow.