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Matchup: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings
Venue: Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, MI
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FSD; Philadelphia- CSN-Philadelphia
Through the first four games of the season, The Detroit Red Wings (2-2-0, 4 points, 5th place Atlantic Division) have failed to garner any offense from players who are known for their offensive abilities. The Red Wings are only averaging two goals a game and have yet to score a powerplay goal. The lack of powerplay scoring means that for the Red Wings will be the last team in the NHL to score a powerplay goal for the second straight season.
If there is one team that has had worse offensive woes than the Red Wings it’s the Philadelphia Flyers (1-4-0, 2 points, 8th place Metropolitan Division). Through five games, the Flyers have only scored six goals and two of those have come with the man advantage. The lack of offense has already cost Philadelphia’s head coach his job after only three games and even after that, the team still has not been able to find an offensive groove. The Red Wings need to take advantage of a weak scoring Philadelphia team to break out of their own offensive struggles.
In order to try and get the offense kick started, the Red Wings have done some line shuffling. Justin Abdelkader will now be on the second line for the Red Wings while Daniel Alfredsson was demoted to the third line. Jordin Tootoo will also be making his season debut while Luke Glendening will be making his NHL debut on the fourth line tonight.
Starting in net for the Red Wings will once again be Jimmy Howard. Tonight’s game will be the fifth straight start for Howard this season. This will only be the second career game against the Flyers for Howard. In his only other start, Howard gave up three goals on 27 shots in a loss.
Philadelphia is expected to counter with Ray Emery in net. In his last start, Emery gave up four goals in a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens. The Red Wings have a chance to get to Emery for a few goals and come out of this game with the victory.