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Morning Skate: Detroit Red Wings vs Philadelphia Flyers

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Drew Hallowell

7:00p ET, Wells Fargo Center

The City of Brotherly Love, Pennsylvania

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Flyers Blogs: Broad Street Hockey

I think I have finally came down from the thriller of a game against Pittsburgh on Thursday. That was awesome. I mean, we should not have won, but damn that was cool as hell. Next up on the chopping-block are the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers are a team who aren't the greatest of teams, but for some reason they win games off of unicorns and fairy dust. I guess that's what you get when you turn away superstars like Dan Cleary., Detroit has been absolutely abysmal against this team when they play in Philly's barn. So I think we're due for a win there.

We've seen the top-line on our team dominate as of late, and in order to win this game, I think it's time we start having some scoring from the bottom-nine players. Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan are well overdue to fire up. Philadelphia is one of those teams who has a lot of depth down the middle, and third line center Sean Couturier is known to dominate that competition. Is this game winnable? Yes it is.. But Philly shouldn't be written off. Claude Giroux is one of the better players in the world, and his line with Jakub Voracek has a lot of potency. I like this matchup a lot because of how thin Philly is on their blue-line. Corsi-superstar Andrew MacDonald is scratched, so that kinda sucks.. But if you compare our defense to their defense, you can see that Detroit is a bit better off. I'm looking for Niklas Kronwall to continue his hot-streak, and become a driving force for this team on all 200 feet of the ice, and Jonas Gustavsson to come out and make some big saves. I'll tell you this much, it's a 7pm puck drop.. So I'm weary of one of those classic Detroit slow-starts. Come out hungry. You sent Pittsburgh home devastated, let's hang these dummies up by their ugly orange jerseys in their own house after giving them a big ol' swirly.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Tomas Jurco Darren Helm Andrej Nestrasil
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jonas Gustavsson (starting)
Jimmy Howard


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss & Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Johan Franzen (leg, groin, or something)

Forwards

Michael Raffl Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek
Braden Schenn Pierre-Édouard Bellemare Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger Sean Couturier Matt Read
Blair Jones Chris VandeVelde Jason Akeson


Defensemen

Nicklas Grossmann Mark Streit
Michael Del Zotto Luke Schenn
Nick Schultz Mark Alt


Goaltenders

Ray Emery (Starting)
Steve Mason

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 13-38-11 all-time in the regular season on the road against the Flyers.
  • Since 1997, Detroit has been outscored in Philadelphia 33-13.
  • Henrik Zetterberg 16 career regular season points against the Flyers.

LGRW