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Preview: Red Wings at Flyers

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek starts after being pulled Sunday, Michal Neuvirth in goal for Flyers

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

RED WINGS (6-4-0) at FLYERS (4-5-1)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV

 

Red Wings team scope

Petr Mrazek will be back in goal for the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. He was pulled from his last start, against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, after allowing four goals on 10 shots in a 5-2 loss. Mrazek said for him that game is in the distant past. "I think every goaltender in the League thinks that way," he said. "If you don't it's not good for the goalie. Don't look back. The season is long. You just go there and play." One way to lighten the load on the goaltending is to spend more time in the offensive zone. The Red Wings outshot the Panthers 36-24 on Sunday, but they've been outshot in seven of their 10 games. However, coach Jeff Blashill said his metric is chances created, which comes out on the positive side for the Red Wings. "What we concentrate the most on is chances, and chances are ones that we grade and evaluate ourselves," he said. "We want to make sure we're limiting Grade A chances-against and we're creating more chances-for than against. In the 10 games that we've played, we've outchanced the other team in five of those … so that's where our game's at and our record is reflective of that."

 

Flyers team scope

A nine-game point streak is enough to put a smile on anyone's face, and that includes Claude Giroux. The Philadelphia Flyers' captain had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 road win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, and with 12 points he's tied for second in the League in scoring, one point behind Artem Anisimov of the Chicago Blackhawks. Giroux had said last week that there were areas of his game he wasn't happy with and that he had been pressing. But he scored his first two goals of the season in the past three games and that's helped brighten his mood. "It's a little better," Giroux said. "There's room for improvement. Just look at details during a game. That's one thing I've been focusing on, just making sure that I look at little details defensively, offensively." Teammates have noticed Giroux a bit more relaxed the past few games. "I know [Giroux] is a guy that's going to critique his game harder than anyone else will critique his game," forward Wayne Simmonds said. "I think for him the key is to have fun and play looser."

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Justin Abdelkader

Andreas Athanasiou -- Darren Helm -- Riley Sheahan

Drew Miller -- Luke Glendening -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Brendan Smith -- Xavier Ouellet

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alexey Marchenko

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Ryan Sproul

Injured: Niklas Kronwall (knee), Tomas Jurco (back), Thomas Vanek (lower body)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Matt Read -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Chris VandeVelde -- Nick Cousins -- Dale Weise

Andrew MacDonald -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Ivan Provorov -- Mark Streit

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Steve Mason

Scratched: Nick Schultz

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body), Scott Laughton (lower body), Michael Raffl (upper body)

 

Status report

Ouellet will play in place of Sproul for the second straight game. "They're both good players [but] Ouellet brings a different skill set," Blashill said. "He was a pretty good partner to [Smith] last game so let's keep him in." Jurco, who has not played this season, took shifts as an extra defenseman during the morning skate. … VandeVelde will play after missing practice Tuesday to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter, Larkin. Del Zotto, Laughton and Raffl were full participants at the morning skate but none is expected to play Wednesday. Neuvirth will start in goal. "I thought [Neuvirth] was a huge part of us winning that hockey game in Carolina the other night," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "We got some great saves from him at key times. … I think he's earned this start by his performance, especially in that third period."

 

Who's hot

Smith had a goal and an assist against the Panthers on Sunday for his first points of the season. … Simmonds has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.

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