After seeing their win streak snapped on Monday by the Los Angeles Kings, the Flyers will look to rebound tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit is coming off of a 6-3 win last night vs the Flyers’ Metropolitan division rival, the New York Islanders. Despite being out shot 37 to 22, the Red Wings were able to pull off the win with much better shot selection. Shockingly enough, the Red Wings sit just six points outside of a wild card spot and the third seed in the Atlantic division. I say shockingly because…well…on paper their team looks pretty bad!
We all know the Red Wings’ story by now, they gave way too much money to bottom six guys like Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, and their best defenseman at the moment most likely is Mike Green. Yes, that Mike Green. The guy who was an offensive juggernaut with the Washington Capitals for essentially his first three NHL seasons. Even with all of these poor decisions, they’ve still drafted relatively well and maintain within striking range in the East.
As for the Flyers, they are about to face a team on the second half of a back-to-back for the second time in the past three games. They were able to squeak out a 2-1 win vs. Dallas in the former, now let’s see what happens with the latter. Despite being on that six game win streak, the Flyers’ offense has grown cold since their 4-2 win vs. Toronto last Tuesday. With the Wings’ defense not being too much to write home about, this could be a nice jump starter for an offense that has only scored six goals in their past three games.