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Philadelphia 5-1-1 in past seven games; Athanasiou back in Detroit lineup

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (28-17-7) at RED WINGS (12-37-4)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, NBCSP+, NHL.TV


The Game

Andreas Athanasiou will play for the Detroit Red Wings against the Philadelphia Flyers at Little Caesars Arena on Monday after the forward missed 16 games with a lower-body injury.

Athanasiou replaces forward Filip Zadina (lower body), who is out 2-3 weeks. He'll try to help the Red Wings end an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1) during which they've been outscored 34-12.

The Flyers are coming off a 6-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, their fifth victory in seven games (5-1-1). Philadelphia is 8-0-2 against Detroit since the start of the 2016-17 season.


Players to watch

Flyers center Sean Couturier has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in his past 12 games.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has 13 points (four points, nine assists) in his past 13 games.


They said it

"This is the best time of the season because every game matters and you know you have to pick up your game. We need all of our players to elevate their games to let us perform at the level we need to reach." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

"We really wish we were adding players at this point. It would be great to have Andreas (Athanasiou) back on the second line and not lose Filip (Zadina) off the top line, but that's not how it worked out. It is nice to have Athanasiou coming back at a point where we can plug him to what (Zadina) has been doing." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Tyler Pitlick

Michael Raffl -- Connor Bunnaman -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Justin Braun

Brian Elliott

Alex Lyon

Scratched: None

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee), Carter Hart (abdominal strain)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Andreas Athanasiou

Brendan Perlini -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Adam Erne

Justin Abdelkader -- Christoffer Ehn -- Givani Smith

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Trevor Daley -- Alex Biega

Madison Bowey -- Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Jonathan Ericsson

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Filip Zadina (lower body), Mike Green (finger), Frans Nielsen (upper body)


Status report

Gostisbehere should return against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, Vigneault said. The defenseman has missed nine games. … Hart and Patrick are making progress but Vigneault doesn't have an exact timeline for the goalie and forward. … Nielsen said he is feeling better every day but isn't ready to return. He and fellow forward Mantha skated with the Red Wings on Monday.


Stat pack

Farabee's two goals against Colorado gave him his first multigoal game in the NHL. … Giroux needs three points for 800 in the NHL. … Green needs two points for 500 in the NHL, and one assist for 350.

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