Flyers at Red Wings
The Philadelphia Flyers have been surging toward the upper echelon of the Metropolitan Division and look to continue their ascent when they visit the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Philadelphia has climbed within two points of second place in the Metropolitan after winning seven of its last eight games, including Sunday’s 2-1 overtime triumph on the road against division-leading Washington.
Travis Konecny has been turning it up offensively, recording four goals – including the winner versus the Capitals – and six assists over 12 contests since being placed on the Flyers’ top line. Detroit avoided a third straight setback on Monday, posting a 3-0 victory at New Jersey behind a 37-save performance by Petr Mrazek and a goal and an assist from Dylan Larkin. The 21-year-old Larkin leads the Red Wings with 38 points but had recorded only two in his previous five games. Detroit is beginning a three-game stretch at home, where it has been outscored 12-5 while losing its last three.
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ABOUT THE FLYERS (23-16-8): Sean Couturier leads the team with a career-high 26 goals – 11 more than his previous best – and is four away from 100 in the NHL. Joining Couturier and captain Claude Giroux has done wonders for Konecny, as he recorded only 10 points in 35 games before being placed on their line. Jakub Voracek is in the midst of a four-game point drought but still leads the league with 45 assists.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (19-20-7): Joe Hicketts made his NHL debut on Monday, posting a plus-1 rating in 15 minutes, 13 seconds of ice time. The 21-year-old defenseman was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Sunday and was in the lineup in place of Trevor Daley, who is battling a lower-body injury and will not play against the Flyers. Andreas Athanasiou has recorded three two-point performances over his last three contests after notching a pair of assists versus the Devils.
1. The Flyers recalled Mark Alt from Lehigh Valley on Monday and loaned fellow D Travis Sanheim to the AHL club.
2. Mrazek has posted a shutout in each of his last two starts, but is expected to be back on the bench Tuesday in favor of G Jimmy Howard.
3. Philadelphia has gone 15-5-1 since enduring a 10-game slide (0-5-5).