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Bertuzzi likely to return for Detroit in first of back-to-back, home-and-home set against Philadelphia

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

RED WINGS (23-28-7) at FLYERS (26-24-7)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings begin a back-to-back, home-and-home set at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

They will play at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Sunday.

The Flyers are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games and have allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past 10. They are eight points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Red Wings, who are going for their third straight win, are 14 points behind the Penguins. They likely will have forward Tyler Bertuzzi in the lineup. He has missed seven games with an upper-body injury sustained in a game at the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 22.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, who will play his 300th NHL game, has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 11.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart is 8-1-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his past nine games and has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his past seven.


They said it

"Everything's going to still be there. It's if I can get up to pace quick. I think it's going to take a game or two, but I think it'll be good. I think the chemistry will be there." -- Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi on being reunited with linemates Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist


"Doesn't matter who we play every night, we play our game, we try to play at our best abilities and right now we are. We've got to keep the confidence. These are going to be two big games for us." -- Flyers forward Claude Giroux


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Gustav Nyquist

Thomas Vanek -- Luke Glendening -- Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm -- Michael Rasmussen -- Andreas Athanasiou

Justin Abdelkader -- Jacob de la Rose -- Christoffer Ehn

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Frans Nielsen (illness)


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl -- Phil Varone -- Justin Bailey

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Andrew MacDonald

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Carter Hart

Mike McKenna

Scratched: Philippe Myers, Mikhail Vorobyev, Cam Talbot

Injured: Brian Elliott (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body)


Status report

Nielsen didn't practice Friday and won't play because of a stomach virus. Coash Jeff Blashill said he expects him to play Sunday. ... Detroit assigned forward Martin Frk and defenseman Dennis Cholowski to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Thursday. ... The Flyers likely will stick with the same skaters they used in their 5-4 win at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. ... Talbot was acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday for goalie Anthony Stolarz.


Stat pack

Athanasiou has three goals in the past two games. ... Voracek has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during an eight-game point streak. … Couturier has 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in his past 15 games.

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