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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Detroit Red Wings

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (12-13-2--26pts)

  Detroit Red Wings (14-7-7--35pts)
TV: NBC-SN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

This is the second of three games on the season against the Red Wings and last game at Detroit, who posted a 5-2 win on Oct. 12 in the first meeting… The Flyers got shut out for the third time this season in their last game (0-2 at MIN) - In the two previous games in which they have been shut out, then bounced back to win the very next game… The Red Wings come into tonight's game on a four-game winning streak in which they have out-scored the opposition, 18-4, having scored 15 of the 18 goals while at even strength… The Flyers have dropped three of their last four games on the road, but still have an 9-4-2 mark in their last 15 games… The Red Wings are unbeaten in regulation against the Metropolitan Division, going 5-0-3 so far this season and the Flyers own a 4-5-0 mark against all Atlantic Division opponents this season.

The last time these two teams met at Detroit more than once in the same season was 23 years ago during the 1989-90 season… The Flyers haven't had nearly the amount of success at home than it has at Detroit - The Flyers have won seven straight games when playing the Red Wings in Philly, but have lost nine of their last 10 games when playing in Joe Louis Arena… Overall, they are 37-13-11-0 at home & 19-35-10-0 at Detroit in their history… The Flyers have won only one time (Jan. 2, 2011) at Detroit in the last 24 years (since Nov. 4, 1988)… The Flyers own an all-time winning record against the Red Wings, going 56-48-21-0 in 125 meetings.

The Red Wings will likely be without their top 2 scorers - Henrik Zetterberg is out of the lineup (Herniated Disc in Back) and Pavel Datsyuk (Head)… The Flyers could be without their leading goal scorer, Vinny Lecavalier (Back Spasms - day-to-day)… The Flyers penalty kill has been perfect over the last three games, going 13-for-13 in that stretch, while the Red Wings PK has been perfect over their last four games, going 10-for-10…  The Red Wings have not lost in regulation in any one-goal game this season, going 7-0-7… Detroit has taken the fourth fewest penalty minutes in the NHL (8.9 per game).

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Steve Mason - (G) #35
Should Mason get the start, he will be looking for his 10th win of the year… He has a 9-8-2 record to go along with a 2.09 goals-against average and .934 save percentage… He has won his last two starts, stopping 59 of 62 shots he has faced, including all three players he has faced in a shootout… Since Nov. 9, Mason has appeared in eight games, going 6-1-1 and posting a 1.72 goals-against average and .945 save percentage… Against the Red Wings, Mason owns an 8-10-2 record with three shutouts and a 2.84 GAA in 20 appearances.
5. Player to watch RED WINGS: Nicklas Kronwall - (D) #55
Kronwall ranks second on the team in assists (18) and is tied for fourth in overall points (21) - his 18 assist also tie for fourth among all NHL defensemen… He is riding a six-game point streak in which he has nine points (2g-7a) in that span, including three-straight multi-point games… In six of those nine games, Kronwall has over 24 minutes of ice-time, including two 26-minutes contests… Kronwall factored into three of the Red Wings goals against the Flyers, posting a goal and two assists in their 5-2 win on Oct. 12… In seven career games against the Flyers, Kronwall has five points (2g-3a).

"We have to start bearing down and start hitting the net, take [the goaltender's eyes away] and start converting on those second and third opportunities."
- Wayne Simmonds
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