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Saturday's Philadelphia Flyers preview for their upcoming game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Philadelphia Flyers (16-10-3) will host Patrick Kane and the Detroit Red Wings (15-10-4) at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. With their latest win against the Washington Capitals, the Flyers have extended their season-long point streak to a whopping seven games. In addition, the Flyers have gone 11-3-2 since their disappointing loss to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 7, which is the best record in the NHL over that span. Philadelphia also recorded another comeback win after getting their first two of the year in back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the month. The Flyers have also gotten the best of the Red Wings lately, having gone 3-2-0 against Detroit in their last five meetings, and 7-3-0 in their last 10. These two teams will meet again on Friday, Dec. 22 in Detroit.

The Flyers will hold their morning skate at 10:30 am at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, N.J. prior to their 7 p.m. puck drop on Saturday.

Flyers lines vs Red Wings, Dec. 16

Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Bobby Brink

Joel Farabee – Scott Laughton – Cam Atkinson

Nick Deslauriers – Ryan Poehling – Garnet Hathaway

Flyers defense

Cam York – Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler – Sean Walker

Marc Staal – Rasmus Ristolainen

Flyers goalies

Carter Hart is dealing with (another) illness, and is not expected to recover in time for Saturday’s game against the Red Wings. As a result, Felix Sandstrom, who was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on an emergency basis on Thursday, will be recalled in the same manner on Saturday. This means that Sam Ersson will make a third consecutive start for Philadelphia. Head coach John Tortorella has been a little unpredictable with his defensemen, but I expect Marc Staal to remain in over Egor Zamula for at least one more game. Zamula would join Olle Lycksell as a healthy scratch.

Flyers preview

  • Travis Konecny is still one assist away from 200 in his NHL career.
  • Cam Atkinson leads the Philadelphia Flyers in career scoring against the Red Wings, with 17 goals, 13 assists, and 30 points in 38 games.
    • Surprisingly, Rasmus Ristolainen is second in that regard, with two goals, 18 assists, and 20 points in 30 games played.
  • Philadelphia has only allowed three power play goals since Nov. 11. The penalty kill has gone 45-for-48 during that time period.
  • Six of the Flyers’ last nine games have gone to overtime, and the team is 6-1-2 in those nine games. Philadelphia is fourth in the NHL in overtime and shootout wins, with five total.
  • With his goal, Joel Farabee is now on a four-game point streak. He leads the team in goals at even strength.

Expected Red Wings lines

Michael Rasmussen – J.T. Compher – Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat – Joe Veleno – Lucas Raymond

Robby Fabbri – Andrew Copp – Daniel Sprong

Klim Kostin – Austin Czarnik – Christian Fischer

Red Wings defense

Jake Walman – Moritz Seider

Shayne Gostisbehere – Olli Maata

Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry

Red Wings goaltending

Alex Lyon will start for the Red Wings, with Ville Husso presumably serving as the backup. With James Reimer also in the fold, Detroit is currently carrying three goaltenders.

How to watch the Flyers game

Saturday’s Flyers game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia, and can be heard via radio on 93.3 WMMR.

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