NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Detroit 1 0 0 1
Philadelphia 2 1 3 6
1:00 PM PT2:00 PM MT3:00 PM CT4:00 PM ET21:00 GMT5:00 2:00 PM MST4:00 PM EST1:00 UAE (+1)16:00 ET19:00 BRT, November 29, 2019
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 18,566

Flyers aim to continue momentum against woeful Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers

  1. The Flyers have taken points in each of their last nine meetings with the Red Wings dating back to the 2016-17 season, their longest point streak against a single opponent since taking points in 18 straight meetings with the Hurricanes from December 2006 to February 2011.
  2. Detroit was blanked, 6-0, by Toronto on Wednesday for its seventh straight loss, the second-longest losing streak in the NHL this season behind the Wings' eight-gamer from October 12-27. The Red Wings have been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since January 2014; they have never been held scoreless in three straight games.
  3. Philadelphia won, 3-2, in Columbus on Wednesday, its fourth straight game taking points after losing its previous four. Each of the Flyers' last three games have been decided by one goal, as have 11 games overall this month -- that's the most in the NHL.
  4. Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves in relief of Jimmy Howard in Wednesday's loss, matching his season high. In doing so, Bernier became the first Wings goaltender to make 30+ saves in a game he did not start since Glen Hanlon had 30 saves on February 9, 1991.
  5. Sean Couturier has 10 points (3g, 7a) in his last seven games against the Red Wings, including two assists in each of his last two skates against Detroit. That's tied with his 10 points vs Tampa Bay for his most against any non-divisional opponent since 2016-17.
  6. The Flyers have a +10 goal differential on special teams this season, tied with the Panthers for third best in the NHL (Bruins, + 11; Canucks, +11). The Red Wings, on the other hand, have a -14 special teams goal differential, worst in the NHL.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be searching to maintain their positive momentum with a third straight victory when they host the reeling Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

The Flyers picked up a rare win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday - a 3-2 win that was just their second in 15 tries in that city.

Philadelphia, which has earned at least one point in 12 of the last 14 games thanks to a league-high eight shootouts, will attempt to extend the momentum against the Red Wings.

"It feels nice, coming back from an injury and everything that has kind of happened this year," said Scott Laughton, who scored one of the three goals and has looked fresh after returning from a 13-game injury absence with a broken finger. "It was my third game back, so I'm starting to get my legs underneath me and feeling better."

Goaltender Brian Elliott was superb with 28 saves, including several in the final frenetic minute as the Blue Jackets had an empty net. But after the game, Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault announced that second-year goaltender Carter Hart will start against Detroit.

Captain Claude Giroux scored what turned out to be the go-ahead goal and eventual game winner on the power play. The Flyers' power play struggled for a while as they missed on their first four attempts before Giroux connected.

"They were doing a good pressuring us and we really didn't have an answer," Giroux said. "We finally got our stuff together and started attacking a little quicker and were able to get one. It was huge."

Defenseman Robert Hagg also played arguably his best game of the season with three blocked shots and three hits. Hagg also single-handedly stopped a two-on-one with slightly less than 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Red Wings will enter this game at 7-17-3 for the worst record in the league.

Detroit was utterly throttled 6-0 at home by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

"If you look at the end of the first period, and our chances were fairly even," Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said. "Obviously we played terrible in the second. When you are chasing people around the rest of the game, it's frustrating. The third period is the third period. At that point, the game was over. At the end of the night, it's a loss. We have to move on."

Following the loss, which could be considered the Red Wings' most disheartening all season, the players were reflective on what transpired.

"We keep saying that we have to find it in this room," right wing Luke Glendening told the Detroit Free Press. "I'm sure you guys are tired of hearing it and we're tired of saying that we have to do it. I don't have a lot for you guys, I'm sorry. It's frustrating. I'm always proud to wear this jersey and it's something that I think everyone in this room is proud to wear, but we have to go out and prove we're proud to wear it every night.

"I don't know how much further rock bottom is, but it has to be pretty close. So we have to find a way to play a simple game and keep pushing forward."

The Red Wings, who are 3-9-2 on the road, are also 0-5-2 over their last seven games overall while being blanked in back-to-back games. Their defense scuffled all night against Toronto and allowed a season-high 26 shots on goal in the second period.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 28, 2019

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