Flyers at Red Wings, Game 33: Notes, Lineups, and How to Watch

  • The Flyers have won the last four matchups against the Red Wings
  • They have shut out Detroit two games in a row, dating back to last season.
The Flyers only needed a single goal to defeat the Red Wings the last time these two teams faced.
The Flyers only needed a single goal to defeat the Red Wings the last time these two teams faced. / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

It was less than a week ago when the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings last met. They will do it again, this time at Little Caesars Arena.

The Red Wings will be hoping to avoid another shutout at the hands of the Flyers. Sam Ersson stopped all 32 shots that he saw for his second shutout of the season. The only goal needed in that game came from Cam York over six minutes into the first period. Detroit threw everything they could at the Flyers' young goaltender, and his teammates stepped up in front of him.

The two teams will meet one more time this season, but it won't come until Jan. 25.

Philadelphia Flyers

With Thursday's loss to the Nashville Predators, the Flyers' game win streak and nine-game point streak ended. Their only two losses in December have both been at the hands of the Predators. Forechecking was a big issue in the most recent loss, as John Tortorella wasn't happy with his team's play in that area of the game. They aren't a team that can succeed constantly in the transition game.

While there was plenty to not like about their effort, it was good news to see Morgan Frost back on the scoresheet. He has gotten consistent playing time with Noah Cates sidelined for a few weeks. It was Frost's fourth goal of the season and broke an eight-game goalless drought. It wasn't a skill play by any means, as the puck deflected off his skate behind the net and somehow made its way off Juuse Saros and in. Any goal can get a player going, though.

There is a strong chance that Carter Hart will be able to return to the net on Friday night. He has been sidelined recently with an undisclosed illness. Cal Petersen has been with the team, but it was Hart backing up Ersson last night. Barring any change, the Flyers should see Hart for the first time since Dec. 9. Sam Ersson's play has allowed Hart to focus on recovering and feeling better, but he will no doubt be ready to come back if that is the case.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Tyson Foerster - Sean - Couturier - Travis Konecny

Owen Tippett - Morgan Frost - Bobby Brink

Joel Farabee - Ryan Poehling - Cam Atkinson

Nicolas Deslauriers - Scott Laughton - Garnet Hathaway

Cam York - Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler - Sean Walker

Egor Zamula - Rasmus Ristolainen

Carter Hart

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings come in having lost six of their last seven games. They've lost two in a row since facing Philadelphia. Detroit almost completed the comeback against the Ducks after going down 4-0 in the second period. They would get as close as 4-3, however. Coming back from multi-goal deficits is never easy. Their matchup with the Jets wasn't as close. After tying the game at 1-1 in the second, Winnipeg scored three straight en route to a 5-2 victory.

The good news for Detroit is that recently injured captain Dylan Larkin has returned. He returned to action against the Ducks and has a point in each game. He would miss four games after a hit from behind by Mathieu Joseph. Larkin is now second in the team in points (27) and goals (11). David Perron also returns to the lineup after serving a six-game suspension. Alex DeBrincat has taken over as the team leader in each category with 11 goals and 28 points. Patrick Kane has played well in his first eight games, as he has five points in his last five games. He has had back-to-back multi-point outings.

Ville Husso, who entered in relief the last time these teams faced, was recently placed on injured reserve. Alex Lyon is out until at least after Christmas. So James Reimer will tend the next once again. He will want to be better after giving up five goals against Anaheim. He has not won a game since Oct. 22, a stretch of eight games.

Red Wings Projected Lineup

Alex DeBrincat - Dylan Larkin - Patrick Kane

Joe Veleno - J.T. Compher - Lucas Raymond

David Perron - Andrew Copp - Michael Rasmussen

Robby Fabbri - Christian Fischer - Daniel Sprong

Jake Walman - Moritz Seider

Ben Chiarot - Jeff Petry

Justin Holl - Shayne Gostisbehere

James Reimer

When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen

Time:  7:00 PM

 Where: Little Caesars Arena

Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia+

Radio: 93.3 WMMR

Live Stream: FuboTV

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