After a tough shut out loss at home, the Detroit Red Wings hope to bounce back in Philly, which is the first of four road games.
This is the second game of the three game series against the Flyers.
The first game was back in January at JLA. The Wings lost 2-1 in a shootout. After Niklas Kronwall scored in the second, the Flyers responded in the third with a goal from Claude Giroux.
Today’s game will feature a first for the Wings. Anthony Mantha has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins. For the Griffins so far this season he has played in 56 games, earning himself 45 points with 21 goals and 24 assists.
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The Wings sit in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers right behind us, looking to take our spot.
This game isn’t a game that the Wings can drop. It’s a win that can put more distance between us and them.
Wings injuries include day-to-day Pavel Datsyuk, who left with a lower-body injury during the Toronto game but returned, and Darren Helm, who was out with the flu after he played a phenomenal game against the Rangers. Kronwall will be out for 1-3 weeks with a knee sprain from the Rangers game.
Flyers injuries include day-to-day Andrew MacDonald (lower body) and Michal Neuvirth (stomach virus). Jakub Voracek (lower body) was given clearance from the doctors to start skating after he was out for the past seven games. He scored in the shootout win the last time Detroit played them.
The Flyers are 3-1 in their last four games as the Wings are 2-2.
Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot and this game can be the deciding factor to whether the Wings can keep the wild card spot or lose it.