Unsurprisingly the Wings didn’t skate today after last night’s game:
Just 6 players on the ice for Red Wings this morning in Philadelphia - Xavier Ouellet, Luke Witkowski, David Booth, Martin Frk, and goalies Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) December 20, 2017
Meanwhile, the Flyers had a super-secret practice!
Flyers practicing at WFC today; closed to the public.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) December 20, 2017
Red Wings Lineup (Last Night)
Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Anthony Mantha - Martin Frk
Danny DeKeyser - Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen
Flyers Projected Lineup
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl - Valtteri Filppula - Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal - Nolan Patrick - Dale Weise
Taylor Leier - Scott Laughton - Travis Konecny
Ivan Provorov - Andrew MacDonald
Robert Hagg - Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim - Radko Gudas
Keys to the Game
The only thing that’s consistent is the lack of consistency
My prediction for this game is throwing my hands up and shrugging. We could be bad, they could be bad, we could both be so bad that the puck just sits in the middle and everyone waves at it like in fooseball when none of the rows of guys can reach the ball. We could show a flash of brilliance like we have in rare games this season. The Flyers goaltending could shut things down, or ours could. It’s anyone’s game.
Momentum? I hardly knew him!
Before the Flyers met the Kings, they were on a 6 game win streak...which came after a 10 game losing streak. Will their loss be a bump in the road or the beginning of another losing streak? If you ask Blashill, I’m sure he’d say that all we have to do is want to win really a lot, more than the Flyers, and decide losing is actually quite bad, and we will be victorious.
Well, we’re one step ahead of the Flyers in that we don’t have to worry about things like win streaks. We just kind of go from horrific loss, to regular loss, to almost win, to bad loss, to a win, to more regular losses. Insert #DepressedZetterberg faces where appropriate.
The mute button exists
I don’t want to listen to NBCSN intermission jabber, I really don’t. And neither do you, so remember you can just not listen.
Let’s Go Red Wings!
P.S. No more penalties Larkin, not that you actually did anything wrong, but we need you killing penalties not killing us with penalties.