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Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers: Game Preview

January 28th, 2014 at 5:35 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Greetings from Arctic Base Camp:

To those of you who are suffering through this blast of Arctic air, you are not alone. Yours truly is already tired of cold weather.

But enough complaining about the cold, the Wings have a game tonight in Philadelphia.

What: Red Wings at Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When; 7:00 p.m. tonight

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Records: The Red Wings are 23-18-11; the Flyers are 25-22-6

Season Series: Tied 1-1

Last Meeting: The Flyers scored five unanswered goals to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win 6-3 at Joe Louis Arena (Yours truly was in attendance).

Projected Lineups:

Red Wings:

Forwards

Gustav NyquistJoakim AnderssonJustin Abdelkader
Tomas JurcoRiley SheahanTomas Tatar
Daniel ClearyDarren HelmDaniel Alfredsson
Drew MillerLuke GlendeningPatrick Eaves

 

Defensemen

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson
Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser
Brian LashoffBrendan Smith

 

Goaltenders

Jonas Gustavsson
Jimmy Howard

 

Flyers:

Forwards

Scott HartnellClaude GirouxJakub Voracek
Vincent LecavalierBrayden SchennWayne Simmonds
Steve DownieSean CouturierMatt Read
Michael RafflChris VandeVeldeAdam Hall

 

Defense

Kimmo TimonenBraydon Coburn
Nicklas GrossmannMark Streit
Luke SchennErik Gustafsson

 

Goaltenders

Steve Mason
Ray Emery

 

Red Wings Notes: The Wings will be without Pavel Datsyuk (upper body), Henrik Zetterberg (back), and Johan Franzen (post-concussion)…Jonas Gustavsson will start, but Jimmy Howard will serve as backup…This is the first game on the road for the Wings after taking seven out of ten points during a five-game homestand…Gustav Nyquist was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week after recording four goals in four games…Tomas Tatar scored twice against the Flyers in the last meeting

Flyers Notes: Expect Steve Mason to start in net for the Flyers, as Ray Emery was torched for five goals in the first meeting against the Wings…In their last 11 games, both Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have scored in every other game. They both recorded a point in a loss to the Bruins on Saturday…Sean Couturier scored twice in the last meeting

Prediction: The Wings have not won in Philadelphia since taking Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. Trying to do so without Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Franzen will be all but impossible.

Make It: Flyers 4, Red Wings 2

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Joakim Andersson, Jonas Gustavsson, NHL, Tomas Tatar

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