It’s Wednesday Night Rivalry Night in Philadelphia.
The Flyers saw their six-game winning streak come to an end against the Los Angeles Kings Monday evening, but they have the chance to get right back on track against a streaking Red Wings squad Wednesday night in Detroit.
It’s the first meeting between the two clubs this season, as the Flyers will look to close out their five-game homestand on a high.
The Wings are having a miserable season, but have earned points in four straight games (2-0-2), tying their best streak of the year.
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PUCK DROP: 8:00 P.M.
LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Brian Elliott is getting the call in net once again after a maintenance day Tuesday, marking his ninth consecutive start. Michal Neuvirth is close to returning from an unspecified injury, so it’ll be interesting to see how goalie starts are designated once he is back to full health. Elliott was sensational during the Flyers’ six-game winning streak, but he showed signs of fatigue against the Kings and might need some rest in the near-future.
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal – Nolan Patrick – Dale Weise
Taylor Leier – Scott Laughton – Travis Konecny
Ivan Provorov – Andrew MacDonald
Shayne Gostisbehere – Robert Hagg
Travis Sanheim – Radko Gudas
Detroit: Red Wings Line Combinations
Jimmy Howard is expected to start in goal after Petr Mrazek turned in an impressive performance against the Islanders last night.
Henrik Zetterberg had three assists in that 6-3 win over New York and is riding a four-game point streak with seven points (one goal) entering tonight.
Andreas Athanasiou – Dylan Larkin – Tomas Tatar
Justin Abdelkader – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Luke Glendening – Frans Nielsen – Darren Helm
Anthony Mantha – David Booth – Martin Frk
Danny DeKeyser – Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson – Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall – Nick Jensen
Three Storylines to Watch
Can Brian Elliott keep it up? He certainly looked like he was running out of gas against the Kings in Monday’s loss, getting burned for four goals in a shaky outing. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs against the Red Wings. He carried the Flyers during their winning streak and was named the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week. In the previous week, he was named the league’s No. 3 star. He’s showed what he’s capable of, but it’s certainly been a heavy slate. Neuvirth is likely to start one of the games on the upcoming road trip, meaning Elliott will get some much-needed rest.
Michael Raffl is always a player to watch when the Flyers play against the Red Wings. He has eight points (four goals) in 11 games against Detroit — his highest points per-game against any team in his career. After a slow start to the season, Raffl has picked up his production this month, racking up six points (three goals) in eight games during December. The Austrian forward is certainly one to keep an eye on tonight.
Wednesday Night Rivalry? The Flyers are on the national stage tonight for NBC’s Wednesday Night Rivalry. This marks the second time this season the Flyers will be getting viewed by a national audience. They fell 3-0 to the Blackhawks the first time around and will be looking to get into the win column tonight. They are 10-4-0 on Wednesday Night Rivalry over the past three seasons, so the big stage does appear to work in their favor. Be on the lookout for an inspired performance.
The puck drops at 8:00 PM.