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Flyers lines vs Red Wings: Expected lineups and how to watch

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Rasmus Ristolainen was dominant for the Philadelphia Flyers in their last meeting with the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo: AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers (18-11-3) will travel to Little Caesars Arena to face the Detroit Red Wings (15-13-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The Flyers had just faced this Red Wings team for the first time season less than a week ago, on Dec. 16. Philadelphia narrowly escaped with a 1-0 win, wherein Sam Ersson recorded his second shutout of the season. The Flyers’ nine-game point streak (7-0-2) was snapped on Thursday night, as they fell 4-2 in their rematch with the Nashville Predators. The loss was just Philadelphia’s second of the season after scoring the game’s first goal (15-2-0). Read all about it in our Flyers recap.

The Flyers did not hold a morning skate prior to Friday’s 7 p.m. puck drop against the Red Wings.

Flyers lines vs Red Wings, Dec. 22

Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Bobby Brink

Joel Farabee – Ryan Poehling – Cam Atkinson

Nick Deslauriers – Scott Laughton – Garnet Hathaway

Flyers defense

Cam York – Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler – Sean Walker

Egor Zamula – Rasmus Ristolainen

Flyers goaltending

Carter Hart finally makes his return from his mystery illness after backing up Sam Ersson on Thursday night. As a result, Ersson will now back up Hart against the Red Wings. Hart has not played in 13 days (Dec. 9) and before falling ill, he was 3-0-0 in his last three starts with a .958 save percentage.

Flyers preview

  • Philadelphia is 4-1-0 in their last five against Detroit, and 7-3-0 in their last 10
  • Carter Hart, Sam Ersson, and Cal Petersen are a combined 10-3-0 in their careers against the Red Wings, with three shutouts
    • Hart is 7-3-0 with a .924 save percentage with one shutout
  • The Flyers are 14-1-2 when they score three or more goals this season, and they are 27-15-10 all-time in the final game before the NHL’s holiday break
    • They are 6-2-1 in games before the holiday break since the 2013-14 season

Expected Red Wings lines vs Flyers

Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Larkin – Patrick Kane

Joe Veleno – J.T. Compher – Lucas Raymond

Michael Rasmussen – Andrew Copp – David Perron

Robby Fabbri – Christian Fischer – Daniel Sprong

Red Wings defense

Jake Walman – Moritz Seider

Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry

Olli Maata – Justin Holl

Red Wings goaltending

James Reimer is Friday’s confirmed starter for the Red Wings, with Michael Hutchinson backing him up. Alex Lyon is out injured, and Ville Husso was placed on injured reserve.

How to watch the Flyers game

Friday’s game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia +, and can be heard on 93.3 WMMR.

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