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Flyers-Red Wings preview: Philly hopes Part II has a different result



Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers
Goalie Carter Hart will try to bounce back from a subpar performance when the Philadelphia Flyers play the Red Wings Saturday afternoon.

Three days after the Philadelphia Flyers were thoroughly outplayed in a 6-3 home loss to the Red Wings, they get a chance to even the score.

Detroit (21-21-6), which is filled with up-and-coming young players, will host the Flyers (15-23-8) Saturday at noon.

The Flyers had won two straight before the All-Star break, then laid an egg Wednesday.

“We have to get back to the level we thought we were headed toward,” interim coach Mike Yeo said. “Let’s show that the last game is not who we are.”


The Flyers are trying to rebound from Wednesday’s listless performance, a game in which their power play was 0 for 5, making them 1 for 21 in their last seven games.

The Red Wings are fringe playoff contenders, and sweeping back-to-back games against the Flyers would help their cause. They are seven points behind Boston for the final wild-card spot, but the Bruins have three games in hand.

Flyers’ projected lineup

Line 1: Claude Giroux centering Oskar Lindblom and Cam Atkinson.

Line 2: Scott Laughton centering James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny.

Line 3: Connor Bunnaman centering Gerry Mayhew and Max Willman.

Line 4: Jackson Cates centering Isaac Ratcliffe and Zack MacEwen.

Defense: Ivan Provorov and Justin Braun; Travis Sanheim and Kevin Connauton; Keith Yandle and Nick Seeler.

Goalie:  Carter Hart.

Numbers Dept.

Both teams have struggled at both ends of the ice and are near the bottom of the offensive and defensive stats. The Flyers are 27th in goals scored and 25th in goals allowed, while Detroit is 22nd in offense and 26th in goals surrendered.

Who’s hot

Dylan Larkin, a 25-year-old center, has eight goals and 12 points over his last eight games for the Red Wings. He had a goal and an assist in Detroit’s win Wednesday.

Atkinson has five assists, seven points, and a plus-5 rating over his last six games.

Projected goalie matchup­­­

Hart is coming off a shaky performance Wednesday against the Red Wings, which snapped his two-game winning  streak. He has a 2.88 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Thomas Greiss (3.36, .894) will make his first appearance since Jan. 9 for Detroit.

How to watch

NBC Sports Philadelphia at noon.

How to bet

Money line (FanDuel)

Flyers: plus-130.

Red Wings: minus-156

Prediction: Red Wings 4, Flyers 2.

Prediction record: 11-4.

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