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Detroit trying to end five-game losing streak; Philadelphia 3-0-1 in past four

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (7-17-3) at FLYERS (13-7-5)

4 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-D, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to end their five-game losing streak and when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.

Detroit has lost five straight and is 0-5-2 in its past seven games following a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Goalie Jimmy Howard sustained a lower-body injury in the first period against the Maple Leafs and was relieved by Jonathan Bernier, who didn't start because of the flu but made 37 saves on 40 shots.

The Flyers are 3-0-1 in their past four games after a 3-2 win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. Brian Elliott made 28 saves to help Philadelphia win in regulation at Columbus for the first time since Dec. 13, 2005.


Players to watch

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has gone six games without a point and hasn't had a multipoint game since Oct. 29.

Flyers forward Travis Konecny has five assists in his past five games and leads Philadelphia with 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 25 games.


They said it

"It's embarrassing to get beat 6-0 in your own building. I know we are all proud to wear this jersey, but we have to start playing like we are proud. I don't know how much further rock bottom is, but it's got to be pretty close, so we've got to find a way to play a simple game and keep pushing forward." -- Red Wings forward Luke Glendening

"It feels like we haven't won in this building forever. They come out strong, and they're a big, heavy team. I remember a bunch of overtimes against them. We did a good job of closing it down late." -- Flyers forward Scott Laughton on winning in Columbus


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Filip Zadina -- Valtteri Filppula -- Darren Helm

Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Brendan Perlini -- Christoffer Ehn -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Jonathan Ericsson

Dylan McIlrath -- Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Calvin Pickard

Scratched : Justin Abdelkader, Alex Biega

Injured : Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Mike Green (upper body), Anthony Mantha (lower body), Jimmy Howard (lower body)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Robert Hagg -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Shayne Gostisbehere

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)


Status report

The Red Wings called up Pickard from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to replace Howard. … Gostisbehere will be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game.


Stat pack

The 54 shots allowed by the Red Wings in the loss to the Maple Leafs were the most since they allowed 61 against Toronto on Feb. 25, 1978. … The Flyers are 8-2-4 in November, including going 3-0-4 in games that end in a shootout.

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