Look for Biron to return against Boston

     ST. LOUIS _ So who is going to be the Flyers' starting goalie for the majority of the season's final few months?

     From here, it looks like Marty Biron.

    That said, steady Antero Niittymaki, who has not been playing like a backup. He has started four of the last five games, including tonight's 4-0 loss in St. Louis.

     Biron hasn't been been bad, but, for the most part, hasn't resembled the goalie who was sensational in the first two rounds of last year's playoffs.

    By the way, don't fault Niittymaki for tonight's loss. He actually played well, but the shorthanded defense _ Braydon Coburn and Randy Jones were sidelined by the flu _ didn't give him much support. St. Louis scored twice on the power play and was buzzing around the net all night.

    "He kept us in the hockey game," center Mike Richards said. "But we didn't execute well enough to win the hockey game."

    So does Niittymaki get the call Wednesday against the powerful Boston Bruins?

    Probably not, though coach John Stevens would not commit.

     The feeling here is that Stevens is trying to light a fire under Biron. Look for Biron to get the call Wednesday and try to get back into a rhythm that has been missing lately.

     "You want to get in there, but you have to be patient," Biron said. "The team's been having success and you have to understand."

     Biron has lost three straight, including Tuesday's 3-2 setback in Florida.

    "I felt like in Florida I was doing good, but at times, the reads didn't come as automatic as when you play a lot of games, and the positioning wasn't the way it was when you have played a lot of games," Biuron said. "I have to get back to that same form and same rhythm."

    _ Sam Carchidi