The Flyers and Red Wings both held optional skates Monday morning, so there's no real set way of knowing how each team will look when they hit the ice tonight here at the Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette
said he left it up to his players to decide if they wanted to skate this morning.
"It's a busy month," he said. "If you look at the amount of games we're playing, we're really trying to manage what we're doing here. The most important thing is the game tonight. If the guys feel like they need a break this morning, take the break."
Among those who stayed off the ice were forwards Jaromir Jagr
, Scott Hartnell
, Claude Giroux
and Danny Briere
. Also missing were defensemen Kimmo Timonen
and Andrej Meszaros
, both of whom are out indefinitely with lower-body injuries.
The injury-ravaged Red Wings only had 10 players on the ice, among them Johan Franzen
and Tomas Holmstrom
. Out tonight are forwards Pavel Datsyuk
(knee) and Todd Bertuzzi
(groin), defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom
(ankle), Jonathan Ericsson
(wrist) and Jakub Kindl
(upper body), and goalie Jimmy Howard
However, Laviolette said he doesn't expect much to change in the Wings' team game.
"I think anytime you take big pieces out of teams there's a difference," he said. "They still probably play with the same style that they've played with for years."
Babcock said he won't change anything about how he expects his team to play, regardless of who's in or out of the lineup.
"We try to do the same things," he said. "You're cognizant that you can't race to 10, you don't have the firepower. Different guys get different opportunities."
Here is what each team could look like when they take the ice tonight:
- Valtteri Filppula
- Jiri Hudler
- Darren Helm
- Drew Miller
- Justin Abdelkader
- Jan Mursak
- Cory Emmerton
- Chris Conner
- Brad Stuart
- Ian White
- Doug Janik
will start in goal, with Jordan Pearce
backing him up.
- Claude Giroux
- Jaromir Jagr
- Danny Briere
- Wayne Simmonds
- Brayden Schenn
- Jakub Voracek
- Sean Couturier
- Zac Rinaldo
Nicklas Grossmann - Braydon Coburn
- Pavel Kubina
- Erik Gustafsson
will start in goal for the ninth straight game, with Sergei Bobrovsky
backing him up.
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