The Detroit Red Wings head to Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST.
It is hard to mention a game between the Wings and Flyers without mentioning the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals and Eric Lindros claiming Detroit was not Hockeytown and Philly was.
The Red Wings will be looking to rebound after an awful third period led to a 5-4 loss against the Panthers and with the young guns performing like they are it would be surprising if they did not respond tonight.
The Flyers are 1-3-1 in their past five games and allowed 11 goals against in their last two games combined. The Flyers are struggling and the Wings need a team to play in order to get their mojo back and the Flyers could be the team to help Detroit.
- The Red Wings have a 52-57-21 overall record against the Flyers and sport a wining percentage of only 32.5% in Philly.
- Since 2010, the Red Wings are 2-4-0 against the Flyers and tonight will be the last game between these two teams this season, unless they meet in the playoffs.
- Jimmy Howard has returned from injury and could receive the start tonight, but at the very least he will back-up Gustavsson.
- To make room for Howard on the roster, Petr Mrazek has been sent back down to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
- Neither Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk did not make the trip to Philly, which means the earliest they could return to action would be Friday against the Capitals.
- Gustav Nyquist was named the NHL’s second star of the week!
- Johan Franzen will continue to center the Red Wings’ top line, a job he did very well against the Panthers although the result of the game did not show it.
Prediction: The Red Wings have score 12 goals in their past three games and their goal output will not change tonight. 4-2 victory for Detroit.
UPDATE: Johan Franzen is out tonight.