NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Visit Detroit Red Wings

By Deanna Vasso
Flyers visit Red Wings
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The Philadelphia Flyers are struggling this season especially when it comes to their anemic offense, but they have yet another chance to change their fate on Saturday night when they travel to face off against the Detroit Red Wings.

Like their matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes, this will be the first time in a long time that the Flyers will see some hockey action against the Detroit team. The last two times they played each other was back in March 2012 which the Flyers lost, and a game in February before that which the Flyers won.

Splitting games from a few seasons ago does not really give the Flyers higher chances of winning this game, especially since the dynamic of both teams have changed a lot since.

The Red Wings are a pretty good team and have also always been a team that goes far in the playoffs. In previous years, the Red Wings were only a problem during the Stanley Cup since they played in the Western Conference, but this year they have been moved to the Eastern Conference due to realignment, and could pose as a huge threat to the Flyers’ record this season.

However, like the Flyers, the Red Wings are also struggling a bit early on this season. Detroit looks more prepared coming in being 2-2-0 when the Flyers are 1-4-0. The Flyers are also not looking at good odds since both Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier left Friday night’s game with lower body injuries.

Steve Mason, who has been pretty solid at stopping the puck, will likely be benched to give him a rest so Ray Emery will start in net. Mason got a bit shook up in Friday’s game, so it’s still questionable if he is okay.

It’s looks like there’s not a lot of light at the end of the tunnel for the Flyers going into this game, but that means that Claude Giroux needs to remember the “C” on his chest and help the rest of his team really step up this season.

Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for Rant Sports. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook or join her Google network.

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