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Road Trip, Stop #3: Philadelphia Flyers Take on the Detroit Red Wings Tonight

December 4th, 2013 at 7:45 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Flyers are coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild Monday night and are looking to rebound in Detroit tonight as they take on the Red Wings at 8:00 p.m. Both the Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings are going to be without one of their top players tonight due to injury.

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INJURIES

The Flyers will be playing without Vinny Lecavalier again as he deals with back spasms. Lecavalier hurt his back in the third period of the Nashville Predators game, but continued to play the rest of the game and eventually scored the game-winning goal in the shootout. He sat out against the Wild on Monday night because of the back spasms. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said on Monday that he had hoped Lecavalier would be back in time for tonights game against the Red Wings. Lecavalier is listed as day-to-day.

The Red Wings will be playing without Henrik Zetterberg, one of their top scorers, due to a herniated disc in his back. Zetterberg is expected to miss at least two weeks and could possibly miss more than that. The Red Wings will also be without Pavel Datsyuk after he suffered a head injury a few games ago. The Red Wings have managed to win the four games they have played since Datsyuk got hurt. Between Zetterberg and Datsyuk, they have a combined 23 goals and 30 assists. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists while Datsyuk has 12 goals and 11 assists. Zetterburg is the team leader in points with 30 and Datsyuk is in second with 23 points.

JOE LOUIS ARENA IS NOT FRIENDLY TO THE FLYERS

Joe Louis Arena, the place the Red Wings call home, has not been a friendly building for the Flyers as they have struggled every time they have visited Detroit. The Flyers have played 19 games in Detroit since November 1989 have come away with only one win between then and now. The lost 16 of the games and tied twice. Yes, there were ties at one point in the NHL. One memory Flyers fans wish to forget was when Detroit swept the Flyers in the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals and that added another two losses at Joe Louis Arena. 

The Flyers played in Detroit once already this season back on October 12. The Flyers played well for the first two period before collapsing in the third period. Those third period collapses have been the normal thing for the Flyers this season, however, we haven't seen much of that recently. The Flyers lost to the Red Wings 5-2.

WHO IS STARTING BETWEEN THE PIPES TONIGHT?

Steve Mason will be getting the start tonight. Mason had Monday night's game against the Wild off after playing in back-to-back games over the weekend. Mason has been playing extremely well this season and has kept the Flyers in contention each game he is in net. 

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In the last eight games that Mason has started, he has posted a .946 save percentage and a 1.72 goals against average to back his 6-1-1 record. Mason is currently one of the leagues hotter goales and he is looking to help the Flyers rebound from their Monday night loss and get the win tonight. With the win tonight, it would put the Flyers at .500 for the season with a 13-13-2 record and give Mason a 10-8-2 record.


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Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Red Wings, Steve Mason, Vinny Lecavalier

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