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Sunday, January 2nd
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (23-10-5) at Detroit Red Wings (24-9-5), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Philadelphia Flyers will try to get back on
track defensively and also end a long winless streak in Detroit as they battle
the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
The Flyers have surrendered a total of 20 goals over their last four games and
the club was on the losing end in three of those contests. The lone win for
Philadelphia over that stretch, and during the club's five-game road trip,
came Thursday night in a 7-4 victory over Los Angeles.
One night after recording the win in LA, the Flyers were dealt a 5-2 loss in
"I don't like the way we played," Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said of
the loss to the Ducks. "The second period was nonchalant and flat for us."
The Flyers will now try to end the a lengthy losing streak in Detroit, where
Philadelphia has not recorded a victory since a 4-3 decision on November 4,
1988. Philly has lost 15 times and posted two ties in the Motor City since
then, giving the Flyers the longest current drought for one team in one city
in the NHL.
Philadelphia did recorded a 4-3 home win over Detroit in the lone meeting
between the clubs last season. That was the Flyers second win in the last
three encounters overall.
The Red Wings expect to test the shaky Flyers defense today. Detroit leads
the NHL with 131 goals this season and the Wings have scored 26 times while
posting a 4-1-1 record over their last six games.
However, the Red Wings, who lead the Western Conference with 53 points, had a
three-game winning streak halted in a recent loss against the visiting New
York Islanders. P.A. Parenteau scored the game-winner with 63 seconds left in
overtime to lift the Isles to a 4-3 win on New Year's Eve at Joe Louis Arena.
Parenteau banged home a cross-ice pass from John Tavares as the Islanders
found themselves on a power play during the extra period when a frustrated
Henrik Zetterberg was called for a holding penalty after missing a wide open
"We threw a lot of pucks at them, but we couldn't find that last goal,"
Tomas Tatar had a memorable NHL debut, scoring the game-tying goal for the Red
Wings with just nine seconds left in regulation. Johan Franzen and Valtteri
Filppula also scored in the loss, while Jimmy Howard surrendered four goals on
Despite the loss, Zetterberg and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom both
extended their respective point streaks to six games.
Friday's setback was the third loss in the last five home games for Detroit,
which still has a solid 13-4-4 record at the Joe this year.
Detroit is currently playing without key forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Dan Cleary
and Mike Modano and the club may not have winger Patrick Eaves in the lineup
again tonight either. Eaves recorded his first career hat trick Wednesday
night in a 7-3 win at Dallas, but sat out Friday's game with an upper-body
injury. He is questionable for tonight.
Philadelphia is currently dealing with a significant injury to star defenseman
Chris Pronger, who is out recovering from surgery to repair a broken right
foot. The Flyers could get some toughness back into the lineup tonight,
however, as forward Jody Shelley is eligible to return from a two-game
suspension for a post-whistle punch delivered to Vancouver's Andrew Alberts on
The Flyers fell to 1-2-0 on their five-game road trip with the loss to the
Ducks, but Philly is still 11-4-3 as the guest this season. They will complete
the swing Thursday in New Jersey, but the Flyers will return to Philadelphia
for just one game -- the finale of a home-and-home with the Devils -- before
heading out on another four-game trek.
Jason Blake and Lubomir Visnovsky both scored twice as Anaheim handled
Philadelphia at the Honda Center on New Year's Eve.
"We had breakdowns and they took advantage, which is a good testament to them
being ready," said Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn.
Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who had won five straight
before dropping three out of four. Andreas Nodl also scored in the loss and
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 22-of-27 shots for Philadelphia.
The Flyers have been carrying three goaltenders on their active roster and
it's unclear if Bobrovsky, Michael Leighton or Brian Boucher will be in net
01/02 11:00:24 ET