In their final road game before the break, the Philadelphia Flyers are off to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Red Wings.
This is the third and final meeting between Philadelphia and Detroit. They have played two very different games this season. The Flyers needed just a single goal, courtesy of Cam York, in a 1-0 win on Dec. 16. Sam Ersson made 33 saves to record the shutout. Less than a week later, the two teams exploded for a combined 13 goals. Detroit had a 5-1 lead after the first period. Philadelphia scored five of their own to take the lead. Dylan Larkin tied the game less than a minute later, as the Red Wings would later win in a shootout.
Amid a three-game losing streak, goals have not been hard to come by. The Flyers have scored 10 goals, but they have given up a combined 18 goals. They've been torched by star players like Nathan MacKinnon and Nikita Kucherov. Detroit averages 3.49 goals per game, so Philadelphia will need to be tight defensively.
Offensively, they have been led by the trio of Cam Atkinson, Joel Farabee, and Morgan Frost. Since breaking his 26-game goalless drought, Atkinson has a six-game point streak. He's scored five goals and tallied 10 points overall. With the monkey off his back, the veteran forward has benefitted from more ice time. The Flyers have been playing 11 forwards lately, and Atkinson is one of the players who is finding success.
Farabee has a new career high in points after registering an assist in the loss to Tampa Bay. He finds himself on a seven-game point streak in which he has five goals and 10 points as well. Farabee is four goals from a new high, while he is just two assists away from a high in assists. For Frost, he may need to request one-on-one meetings with John Tortorella every few weeks. While he hasn't scored in seven games, he has eight points. His playmaking abilities have been displayed as he's been more noticeable in that department.
Jamie Drysdale missed the morning skate, but he is expected to play against the Wings. The Flyers' morning skate lines showed them playing with 12 forwards and six defensemen, but that is subject to change. They have been skating 11/7 as of late.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Noah Cates -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee -- Morgan Frost -- Cam Atkinson
Tyson Foerster - Ryan Poehling - Olle Lycksell
Scott Laughton - Garnet Hathaway
Travis Sanheim - Cam York
Nick Seeler - Sean Walker
Jamie Drysdale - Rasmus Ristolainen
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit is 8-3-1 since the Flyers last saw them. They have alternated wins and losses in their last four games. The Wings are coming off a close 5-4 loss against the Stars as Dallas scored four unanswered goals in the second period.
Dylan Larkin remains hot during a nine-game point streak. He has six goals and 12 points. He leads the Red Wings with 19 goals and 43 points. Right behind him in both categories is Alex DeBrincat who has 18 goals and 42 points. DeBrincat had two points in the loss to the Stars after a three-game pointless streak. His goal also broke a 10-game drought in that regard.
Former Flyer Alex Lyon has gotten the bulk of the work since Ville Husso went down against The Ducks in mid-December. He will make his 12th start in the last 13 games. Lyon has 11 wins on the season to go along with his 2.67 GAA and .919 SV%. He has thrived in a starting role for Detroit after coming over from the Panthers. Lyon did give up the five goals to Dallas, the most he has given up in a game this season.
Red Wings Projected Lineup
Alex DeBrincat - J.T. Compher - Robby Fabbri
David Perron - Dylan Larkin - Lucas Raymond
Christian Fischer - Andrew Copp - Michael Rasmussen
Klim Kostin - Joe Veleno - Daniel Sprong
Jake Walman - Moritz Seider
Olli Maatta - Jeff Petry
Justin Holl - Shayne Gostisbehere
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Little Caesars Arena
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 93.3 WMMR
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