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The Flyers have been vulnerable as the Red Wings look to get back on track.

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (6-4-0, 3rd Atlantic Division) vs.

Philadelphia Flyers (4-5-1, 6th Metropolitan Division)

How To Watch/Listen/Read

Puck Drop: 8:00pm EST

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Flyers SB Nation Blog: Broad Street Hockey

The Red Wings got a much needed couple days off after a couple dismal games this past weekend. Some would say the Wings finally flew fell off the cliff after a six game winning streak, where their possession stats pointed to imminent doom.

A flat effort against Boston was followed by disaster the next day when the Panthers were able to chase Petr Mrazek with 4 goals on just 10 shots.

This will mark the fourth game without surprise early point leader Thomas Vanek. The Wings have struggled defensively this entire young season but the offensive spark of Vanek—mostly on the power play—seemed to bail them out. With him gone with a lower body injury, a sinkhole effect has opened up through the middle six. Whether it be on the second line with Nyquist or third line with Athanasiou, Vanek’s passing through the neutral zone and excellent work deep in the offensive zone made his linemates better.

The Flyers are a better team than the record after 10 games indicates. They have some very young but talented pieces.

Jake Voracek has reemerged as high-scoring winger following a disappointing 15-16 with 10 points in his first 10 games. Voracek’s linemate, Travis Konecy has come straight from Sarnia of the OHL, getting seven points in his first 10 career games.

Konecy is one of two rookies to watch in this Flyers lineup. The other is defenseman Ivan Provorov. A top 10 pick in the 2015 draft, Provorov made the Flyers out of camp and already has five points in 10 games. He’s fit right into the Flyers puck moving defense with last year’s rookie darling, Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Shultz and veteran Mark Streit.

Red Wings Projected Lineup, Injuries and Scratches

(Courtesey of Martin Frk’s no.1 fan, Mlive’s Ansar Khan)

Forwards

Nyquist-Nielsen-Larkin

Tatar-Zetterberg-Abdelkader

Athanasiou-Helm-Sheahan

Miller-Glendening-Ott

Defense

DeKeyser-Green

Ericsson-Marchenko

Smith-Ouellet

Starter

Petr Mrazek

Power Play

(No projections reported from practice, assume no significant changes)

Injuries, Scratches

Thomas Vanek (lower body, day to day), Ryan Sproul, Jimmy Howard (backup)

Blashill has put the top two lines in a blender hoping whatever smoothie comes out will work. Note Zetterberg and Abdelkader are officially back together which means a lot of work for Tatar.

Blashill has yet to name in official starter in net, but Mrazek took the starter’s net in practice. He also hinted the defensive pairings have not been finalized. We’ll have updates after the morning skate.

Flyers Projected Lineup, Injuries and Scratches

Forwards

Brayden Schenn-Claude Giroux-Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecy-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek

Roman Lyubimov-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde-Nick Cousins-Dale Weise

Defense

Shayne Gostisbehere-Nick Schultz

Ivan Provorov-Mark Streit

Radko Gudas-Brandon Manning

Power Play

Unit 1- Schenn-Giroux-Simmonds-Vorachek-Streit

Unit 2- Konecy-Couturier-Read-Provorov-Gostisbehere

Starter

Michal Neuvirth

Injuries and Scratches

Boyd Gordon (day-to-day, undisclosed injury), Michael Raffl (day-to-day, abdominal strain), Andrew MacDonald, Steve Mason (backup)

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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