Morning Skate: Red Wings at Flyers

Game 67

1p ET, Wells Fargo Center

Philadelphia, PA

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Flyer Blog: Broad Street Hockey

The Red Wing could really use a win these days. Sure they're 2-3-0 in the month of March, but it just feels like it's a lot worse. They stole a win from the Rangers to start things off and the only good win (if you can even call it that) came against the Oilers. So yeah... winning in convincing style would be real nice today.

Thankfully, Philly is a place that the Wings seem to always win. Oh wait. Just kidding. It's the exact opposite of that. According to our good pal Khan(!) over at MLive, the Wings are losers of 9 straight games in Philly and have been outscored 37-15. That's, uh, not very good. Detroit hasn't won in the City of Brotherly Love since Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. That was 18 years ago.


Let's think about that for a moment. What the hell was going on 18 years ago? Some of our readers quite possibly didn't exist. I was only 9-years-old. Dylan Larkin was only 1. Titanic became, at that time, the highest grossing movie of all-time. The first Harry Potter book debuted. Dennis Rodman kicked a cameraman. Bill Clinton was President. The Undertaker defeated Sycho Sid for the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania XIII. Tiger Woods was actually good at golf and became the youngest player to win The Masters. Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield's ear. Marv Albert bit a woman. El Nino (it's Spanish for The Nino) occured. Chris Farley died. Notorious B.I.G. was killed. Michigan football wasn't a joke. Ellen came out of the closet. Popular toys included Beanie Babies, Pokemon and Tamagotchis. Spice Girls and Hanson were a thing. MMMMMbop, yo.

So yeah... a lot of weird things happened in 1997. It's be cool if the Red Wings could just win so we don't have to wait another 18 years.

Get your sh*t together, gentlemen.

The Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)


Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Luke Glendening
Erik Cole Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Stephen Weiss


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Marek Zidlicky


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Tomas Jurco & Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Darren Helm (oblique), Alexey Marchenko (oblique) & Johan Franzen (concussion)


Brayden Schenn Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek
Matt Read Sean Couturier Wayne Simmonds
Ryan White Michael Raffl Zac Rinaldo
Chris VandeVelde Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Vincent Lecavalier


Nick Schultz Mark Streit
Nicklas Grossmann Andrew MacDonald
Carlo Colaiacovo Luke Schenn


Steve Mason
Ray Emery

28-27-14 (70 pts; 5th in East WC) Record 37-18-11 (85 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.54 (22nd in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.88 (8th in NHL)
2.75 (23rd) Goals Against Per Game 2.52 (12th)
22.0% (4th) Power Play % 25.2% (1st, bitches)
76.7% (28th) Penalty Kill % 81.7% (13th)
Wayne Simmonds (26 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (25 goals)
Jakub Voracek (67 points) Points Leader Pav & Hank tied at 56 points

  • The Red Wings are 49-59-21-0 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers.

  • Last 10 Games: Philadelphia 3-4-3, Detroit 5-4-1/

  • Howard is 2-2-0 all-time against the Flyers with a 3.29 GAA and .898 SV%. Today will be his first career start in Philly. It's the only city he's yet to play in./
Let's Go Red Wings.