During what has been a brutal stretch of games, the Philadelphia Flyers (19-20-7) will have yet another back-to-back situation this weekend. It starts with a matchup against the host Detroit Red Wings (19-17-8) on Saturday night.
This marks the ninth back-to-back set for the Flyers this season. They will play a total of 15 back-to-backs.
After a three-game losing streak, Detroit was back in the win column Thursday. Joe Veleno had the game-winning goal in the 3-2 victory. Tyler Bertuzzi left the game with a lower-body injury. He will not be available against Philadelphia.
“To be honest, I think they just outworked us and clearly, we lacked some energy there,” Frost said on what he felt went wrong. “I don’t know what the cause of that is, but they played harder. I don’t think we deserved to win.”
This is the first of three matchups between the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings. They’ll meet again March 5 and will finish up the season series March 25.
The last time these teams played was March 22 of last season. Oskar Sundqvist had two points in his Wings debut. Detroit would go on to win 6-3. Joel Farabee had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia.
In January, Detroit has lost six of nine games, while the Flyers have won six of eight games.
Flyers’ expected lines
van Riemsdyk – Frost – Tippett
Farabee – Cates – Konecny
Hayes – Laughton – Allison
Deslauriers – Brown – MacEwen
Provorov – York
Sanheim – DeAngelo
Seeler – Ristolainen
Red Wings’ expected lines
Kubalik – Larkin – Raymond
Rasmussen – Copp – Perron
Erne – Suter – Fabbri
Sundqvist – Veleno – Berggren
Walman – Seider
Chiarot – Hronek
Maatta – Oesterle
Dylan Larkin has two goals and six assists during a six game point streak. He leads Detroit with 15 goals and 41 points. … Scott Laughton has seven points in his last five games. He needs six more points to set a new career high. … Husso (15-10-5) has played well in his first season in Detroit. Along with three shutouts, he’s posted a 3.06 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Hart (13-14-6) has a 3.00 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
The Flyers are 2-5-1 in the first half of back-to-backs.
Philadelphia is 5-1-0 in its last six road games. The Flyers have an 9-9-6 record away from the Wells Fargo Center.
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