Morning Skate: Will History Be Made?

Which Red Wings team is going to show up tonight?

We do know they will be wearing white again this evening as the team will be sporting special Lokomotiv memorial patches on their sweaters. The game used jerseys will be sold as a fundraiser. So will this team play like the road team that usually wears white? Or will they be so determined to win another home game it doesn't matter the sweater on their backs?

Standing in their way from reaching history is the Philadelphia Flyers. One of the two franchise that holds the record the Red Wings are going after. The 1975-76 Flyers and the 1929-30 Boston Bruins are the only two other teams to win 20 straight games at home. It will be no easy task if the Wings want to join that club.

Philly is in the second toughest division in the league. They're chasing the Rangers and trying to keep the Penguins from nipping at their heels. They're one of the deepest offensive teams in the league with one of the best players in Claude Giroux. They score so many goals because the defense and goaltending has struggled this season, especially with the loss of Chris Pronger. It doesn't necessarily mean this will be a high scoring affair. The Wings tend to make mediocre goalies look like Vezina winners at times. Ilya Bryzgalov or Sergei Bobrovsky could be in for a great night. We shall see.

History may be on the line tonight, but more importantly, there are two points on the line. The Blues and Canucks keeps winning and the Wings need to do the same. Every point matters. It's the race to the playoffs and the most important thing is collecting points.

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Broad Street Hockey is your SBNation Flyers' blog.

Puck drop is just after 7:30p ET on the NBC Sports Network.

The Expected Lineup

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Johan Franzen -- Pavel Datsyuk -- Todd Bertuzzi

Valtteri Filppula -- Henrik Zetterberg - Jiri Hudler

Justin Abdelkader -- Darren Helm -- Drew Miller

Jan Mursak -- Cory Emmerton -- Tomas Holmstrom

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Nicklas Lidstrom -- Ian White

Niklas Kronwall -- Brad Stuart

Jonathan Ericsson -- Mike Commodore/Jakub Kindl

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Joey MacDonald (starting)

Ty Conklin

Scratches: Mike Commodore or Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Patrick Eaves (jaw), Jimmy Howard (finger) and Danny Cleary (knee)

FLYERS HOW THEY MATCH UP RED WINGS
31-17-7 (69 pts; 4th in East) Record 37-17-2 (76 pts; 1st in NHL)
3.24 (2nd in NHL) Goals Per Game 3.05 (4th in NHL)
2.91 (23rd) Goals Against Per Game 2.34 (6th)
19.7% (5th) Power Play % 17.2% (16th)
81.8% (16th) Penalty Kill % 80.9% (21st)
Scott Hartnell (26 goals) Goal Leader Johan Franzen (21 goals)
Claude Giroux (62 points) Points Leader Pavel Datsyuk (55 points)

  • The Red Wings are 46-55-21-0 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Philadelphia Flyers franchise.
  • The Flyers are the NHL's best road team with an 18-8-2 record on foreign ice. This could be the Wings toughest challenge yet.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky has never faced the Wings. Meanwhile Bryzgalov is 8-8-5 all-time with 2.81 GAA and a .920 SV%. Joey MacDonald is 0-4-1 against the Flyers all-time with a 3.56 GAA and .877 SV%. If history is going to happen tonight. It'll happen for JoeyMac too.
  • The Flyers have lost four of their last five and have given up five goals or more in three of those losses. So expect a nice, close, low scoring game tonight.

PLAYER STATISTICS DURING 19-GAME HOME WIN STREAK

GOALS ASSISTS POINTS
Datsyuk 5 19 24
Filppula 7 13 20
Franzen 10
9 19
Hudler 4 11 15
Lidstrom 6 9 15
Zetterberg 6
9 15
Kronwall 7 7 14
White 2 12 14
Bertuzzi 5 8 13
Cleary 2 8 10
Miller 5 5 10
Helm 4 4 8
Holmstrom 5 3 8
Abdelkader
2 4
6
Kindl 1
4
5
Stuart
1 4 5
Emmerton 3 1 4
Ericsson 1 3 4
Conner 1 1 2
Brunnstrom 0 1 1
Eaves 0 1 1


Prediction: It's not an easy win and it's not a blowout. The Red Wings tie history with a 5-3 win. Pavel Datsyuk is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.

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