The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend their win streak to four when they visit the Detroit Red Wings tonight. The game is also the team’s second-to-last before the All-Star Break.
Along with the win streak, Philly has won eight of its last 10 climbing back into a playoff position. Travis Konecny has been leading the team lately, with two game-winners in the last five games and four points in the last three.
The Red Wings are outside of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference and played last night against the New Jersey Devils, winning in a 3-0 shutout by Petr Mrazek.
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Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Not that there was much of a hope, but Travis Sanheim won’t be suiting up for the Flyers any time soon as the team returned him to the Phantoms yesterday. Mark Alt was recalled to act as the seventh defenseman. Brian Elliott, winner of the Flyers’ last game, will start in net and the rest of the lineup will remain the same.
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Jake Voracek
Jordan Weal – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera – Scott Laughton – Tyrell Goulbourne
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas
Detroit: Red Wings Line Combinations
The Red Wings are much younger than they were the last time the Flyers played them this season. Tyler Bertuzzi has moved into the team’s top six and Joe Hicketts played the first game of his NHL career yesterday. The Wings will ride the hot hand in net, starting Mrazek for the second night in a row. Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Trevor Daley are all injured for Detroit. Due to those injuries, the team has been playing 11 forwards and seven defensemen of late.
Anthony Mantha – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Andreas Athanasiou
Tomas Tatar – Frans Nielsen – David Booth
Dominic Turgeon – Martin Frk
Danny DeKeyser – Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson – Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall – Joe Hicketts
Petr Mrazek / Jimmy Howard
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For whatever reason, the Flyers don’t often get to play an opponent that played the night before while they had the day off. That’s the case tonight, though, and Philly won’t have many more of them left this year with a busy schedule coming up after the All-Star break. The Flyers need to play hard from start to finish to wear out Detroit, especially with Mrazek playing again.
The Red Wings’ second line may be one of the fastest in the league with Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou, a duo The Flyers will have to be wary of. Logically, coach Dave Hakstol will want his top line against that one, but he may also want to keep his bottom two defensive pairings away from the Wings’ second line.
In the past three wins, Philadelphia has had nine power plays and haven’t scored once on the man advantage. They’ve had chances, specifically against the New Jersey Devils, but are getting enough even-strength (and penalty kill) offense to win games. That likely won’t last forever and need the power play to start contributing sooner rather than later.