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WGD: GAME 34: RED WINGS @ FLYERS

The Red Wings walked away with a ‘W’ last night in Brooklyn despite being outshot 37-22 by the Islanders. Petr Mrazek was a surprise starter but stood tall in his return to the crease, turning away 34 of the 37 shots to record his third win of the season.

With Mrazek starting last night, Jimmy Howard is expected to go tonight as the Red Wings face a Flyers team that has won six of their last seven games. The Flyers are in the difficult Metropolitan Division and come in seventh in the division despite having a better record than the Red Wings.

THE RED WINGS

Detroit Red Wings lines via DailyFaceoff

The Red Wings are expected to go with the same 18 skaters as last night but the lines should look different than they were at puck-drop yesterday. Despite starting the game on the fourth line, Anthony Mantha eventually moved up to the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. Andreas Athanasiou stayed on the second line and should be back there tonight. This is as good as Red Wings fans can hope for a top-6 so expect Jeff Blashill to ruin that for us immediately.

Player To Watch:

Zetterberg comes into tonight on a four-game point streak, picking up one goal and six assists (seven points) over that span.

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THE FLYERS

Philadelphia Flyers lines via DailyFaceoff

The Flyers spent most of the season with a top line of Claude GirouxSean CouturierJakub Voracek, but recently swapped Voracek with Wayne Simmonds.

The trio of Giroux-Couturier-Simmonds has a 50.92 CorsiFor% but have only scored two even-strength goals in 94:25 TOI. Moving Voracek with former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula and Michael Raffl has seen their second line be a little more productive. The trio has a 46.94 CF% but has outscored their opposition 4-2 in 85:40 5v5 TOI.

Player to Watch:

Shayne Gostisbehere has three goals and three assists (six points) in his last seven games and has picked up 25 points (6G / 19A) in 30 contests—placing him among the most productive defensemen in the NHL.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Howard vs. Brian Elliott.

Howard is coming off of a good performance last Friday vs. the Maple Leafs, having stopped 25 of 26 shots in the 3-1 win. Howie has gone 2-1-2 with a 2.34 GAA and .911 SV% in his last five starts and is 4-3-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .921 SV% on the road this season.

Elliott allowed four goals on 25 shots in the Flyers loss to the Kings on Monday and tonight he will make his ninth consecutive start. In his previous eight outings Elliott has gone 6-2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .930 SV%. He has also gone 6-4-3 with a 2.67 GAA and .904 SV% on home ice.

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HOW TO WATCH

Puck-drop between the Red Wings and Flyers is at 8:00 p.m. ET at the Wells Fargo Center and can be seen on nationally on NBCSN.

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