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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs. Flyers, Preview and How to Watch

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 6:00pm ET
Place: Little Caesars Arena
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM
Flyers blog: Broad Street Hockey


So, we’re doing this all over again. After yesterday’s crazy matinee OT loss to the Flyers, the roller coaster cart is slowly climbing up the track for another thrill ride. While we look around at the ground receding and try to ignore the click-clacking of the chain pulling our car to the apex, there are a few items of note that could make this game a little different than yesterday’s affair.

First, the Flyers will likely seek retribution towards Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha for his cross-check to the back of Claude Giroux when Giroux was on his knees near the boards. It was a dangerous play, and definitely should have been a penalty, if not more. If the situation were reversed, Red Wings fans would be justifiably livid.

The fact that Mantha scored the tying goal yesterday with under 10 seconds left will only add to the animosity directed towards him. Judging by the quotes from Mantha and the team last time he broke his hand fighting (because we need to differentiate between the two times it’s already happened), I can easily see Mantha fighting again today. Obviously, I’m hoping this isn’t the case, but if it does happen, maybe just wrestle the Flyer to the ground rather than punching him in the head/helmet.

The other storyline to watch will be Filip Hronek re-entering the Red Wings lineup. After playing very well in Grand Rapids, Detroit called him up yesterday. As I wrote in the article about the roster move, it didn’t make sense unless they planned to play him. And they do:

Since it’s Helene, I’m a bit surprised she didn’t say that Nyquist should come out of the lineup for Hronek (she seems to dislike Nyquist, if you haven’t noticed).

We’ll have the projected lineups in the Gameday Update post this afternoon. Perhaps by then, we’ll know who comes out to make way for Hronek. Until then, make sure to get your prediction in below!