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Tyler Bertuzzi to make NHL debut with Detroit; Matt Read moved to Philadelphia first line

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

RED WINGS (6-6-1) at FLYERS (6-6-1)

7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-D, NHL.TV

 
Red Wings team scope

Forward Tyler Bertuzzi, recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Monday, will make his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. "I'm really excited for tonight," he said. "Got a good skate this morning and got a feel of what it's going to be like tonight. I'm excited." Bertuzzi, the nephew of former NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, will start the game at left wing on a line with center Frans Nielsen and right wing Dylan Larkin. Coach Jeff Blashill hopes Bertuzzi can use his grit and strength to be a net-front presence. "Not that those guys can't take their turns there, but [Bertuzzi is] just a more natural guy there," Blashill said. "There's lot of forecheck pressure between the three of them. I think there's a combination of speed, skill and size and tenacity." The Red Wings have lost five straight (0-4-1) and they feel ending that is more important than the 12-game regular-season losing streak they have in Philadelphia; the last time Detroit won here was Jan. 25, 1997. "That streak is nothing to do with this team," Blashill said. "This team is trying to focus on trying to get better every day and win a hockey game tonight. … It means nothing to us."

 
Flyers team scope

Matt Read will start at left wing on the Philadelphia Flyers top line, alongside center Claude Giroux and right wing Wayne Simmonds. Read is tied for the Flyers lead with six goals but has one in his past eight games. He has bounced around the lineup but has played with Giroux and Simmonds at different times this season. "They play a quick, offense-first game," Read said. "You want to turn pucks over and you want the puck as much as you can out there. For them, you've got to make sure you're putting the puck in areas and making plays when you have the opportunity. At the same time you've got to play smart defensively and get the puck back as quick as you can and try to go back the other way with it." Michael Raffl had been in that spot, but coach Dave Hakstol said Read brought a different look to that line. "Michael Raffl is a straight-line power forward," Hakstol said. "[Read] is a very responsible player, but he's a guy that brings speed, pretty good structure and some playmaking." Simmonds said he's looking forward to having Read on his line again. "[Read] is a smart player, he's aware of his surroundings and he can put the puck in the back of the net," he said. "He's really smart and he brings some speed to our line."

 
Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist -- Darren Helm -- Andreas Athanasiou

Riley Sheahan -- Luke Glendening -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alexey Marchenko

Niklas Kronwall -- Brendan Smith

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Drew Miller, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet

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

 
Flyers projected lineup

Matt Read -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Michael Raffl -- Brayden Schenn -- Dale Weise

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Michael Del Zotto -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Ivan Provorov -- Mark Streit

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Nick Cousins, Nick Schultz

Injured: Scott Laughton (lower body), Andrew MacDonald (lower body), Boyd Gordon (upper body)

 
Status report

Howard will start consecutive games for the first time this season. He made 26 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, and is 2-2-0 with a 1.12 goals-against average and .965 save percentage. "Just go out there and play," Howard said. "That's all I'm going to concentrate on doing, giving these guys a chance to win." Zetterberg missed practice for a maintenance day Monday but will be in the lineup. The Red Wings have eight healthy defensemen and Blashill said he would decide on which six play closer to game time. … Mason will start in goal for the first time in five games. With Read on the top line, Schenn will remain at center, on a line with Raffl and Weise. "[Schenn] is a good fit [on the top line], he's done a good job there," Hakstol said. "But third [game] in a row he'll be up the middle, and he's done a very good job there."

 
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Abdelkader has goals in consecutive games after scoring once in his first nine. … Konecny has goals in two straight games.

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