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Struggling Red Wings host slumping Flyers

by Mike Battaglino /

FLYERS (1-4-0) at RED WINGS (2-2-0)


Season series: This is the first meeting between the teams since March 6, 2012, a game won by the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. The Philadelphia Flyers won the other game that season, 4-3 on Feb. 12. Now Eastern Conference opponents, they play again in December and January.

Big story: After winning coach Craig Berube's debut on Tuesday, Philadelphia lost to the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 Friday. Detroit has lost two in a row since winning its first two.

Team Scope:

Flyers: Philadelphia has one goal in each of its four losses, and scored two in its only victory. The Flyers now are without forwards Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier, each out at least a week with an injury sustained Friday.

"They're obviously huge for our team," captain Claude Giroux said. "It's time for guys to step up, and myself also. I know we have our chances, but at the end of the day we've just got to put the puck in the net. It doesn't have to be pretty."

The Flyers have taken 67 shots on goal in two games under Berube, but only three have gone in.

"The chances are there, like I said," Giroux said. "We're going to the net, we're creating our own chances. When you see that, I think confidence goes up. We're playing a big team tomorrow. They'll be rested and ready for us. We'll have to be on the same game plan again."

Ray Emery could be in goal for the Flyers after Steve Mason played three in a row. With Hartnell and Lecavalier both out of the lineup, the Flyers called up forward Tye McGinn and Michael Raffl from their AHL affiliate.

Red Wings: After a 4-2 home loss to the Coyotes on Thursday, Detroit coach Mike Babcock shook things up at practice Friday, including the addition of forward Luke Glendening, a former player at the University of Michigan who likely will make his NHL debut.

Glendening, called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, would center a line with Drew Miller and Jordin Tootoo (making his season debut after sitting out with a shoulder injury).

"[Luke is] a right-hand shot, ideally he'll learn to win faceoffs at our level, he'll learn to be a good penalty killer," Babcock told the Red Wings' website. "He might end up having to play on the wing for us one day because we have [Joakim] Andersson and [Darren] Helm down the middle, but we're going to give him an opportunity to help us."

Cory Emmerton was sent to Grand Rapids. According to the website, other changes included Todd Bertuzzi moving up to the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader moving down to the second line with Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen, and Daniel Alfredsson dropping to the third line with Andersson and Daniel Cleary.

"It can be good," Abdelkader said. "Hopefully we can get playing here, get everyone going. Sometimes it's good to change things up."

Who's hot: Flyers forward Sean Couturier has an assist in back-to-back games and has won 57.5 percent of his faceoffs. … Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson has five points in his past eight regular-season games; he has a goal and an assist this season.

Injury report: Hartnell (upper body) left in the first period Friday; Lecavalier (lower body) did not play the third. Each will have an MRI exam Saturday. … Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) was activated from injured reserve. Helm (groin) and forward Patrick Eaves (ankle) are out.

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