The Philadelphia Flyers will hope to achieve a rare road win in Joe Louis Arena when they return to Detroit Wednesday night for their second battle against the Red Wings.
In the last 19 regular-season games in Detroit, the Flyers have won one game.
Detroit took the first meeting 5-2 back on Oct. 12. Both teams are in much different positions than where they started. The Flyers have climbed back into the division and the Red Wings are riding a four-game winning streak and are third in their division with a 14-7-7 record. The Flyers have not had an easy time as of late. The orange and black are 2-3 in their last five games, and the offense has sputtered a bit.
With an impotent offense the pass few games, the Flyers should consider themselves lucky tonight. Detroit’s first line – Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi – will all be out of the lineup, so the Flyers have a golden opportunity to snatch away a crucial two points. The Zetterberg-Datsyuk duo has combined for 23 goals and 30 assists this season.
Vincent Lecavalier is questionable for tonight’s game. The six-foot-four-inch forward missed his second day of practice with back spasms. Should Lecavalier miss tonight, expect Brayden Schenn to center Wayne Simmonds and Michael Raffl on the second line.
Steve Mason will get the start for the Flyers. In his last eight games, Mason has put together a 6-1-1 record with a 1.72 goals against average.
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