NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Philadelphia 0 0 2 2
Detroit 0 0 1 1
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 21, 2023
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Wings, Flyers meet as both clubs cling to playoff hopes

Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings

  1. Philadelphia and Detroit are meeting for the first time this season. The Red Wings won all three games they played against the Flyers last season. It was the first time they beat the Flyers more than once in a season since 1993-94 (2-0-0) and their first three-win season versus Philadelphia since 1972-73 (3-1-1).
  2. The Flyers, who lost 4-1 to Chicago on Thursday, are 8-19-6 with no more than one day of rest between games this season and 11-1-1 with two or more days of rest.
  3. Morgan Frost scored the Flyers' only goal in their loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday. Frost tallied six points in his first 27 games this season (three goals, three assists) but he's third on the team with 16 points in 18 games since then (seven goals, nine assists).
  4. The Red Wings have scored 23 goals over their last six games, with at least three in each game. It's their longest streak of three-goal games this season. The Red Wings have not had a longer such streak since their eight-game run in 2014-15.
  5. Dominik Kubalik, who signed with the Red Wings as a free agent last summer, is tied for second on the team with 32 points this season. Kubalik has scored 10 of his 14 goals for the Red Wings in road games, but 14 of his 18 assists have come in Detroit.
  6. Ville Husso stopped 33 of the Golden Knights' 35 shots on goal in his win against Vegas on Thursday. Husso is 15-2-5 (one ND) in the 23 games in which he faced 35 or more shots on goal during his three seasons in the NHL (including 4-0-2 in such games this season).

The Detroit Red Wings snapped a three-game losing streak on Thursday but couldn't exhale until the final buzzer.

They'll look to build off that game, and perhaps make it less dramatic, when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Detroit claimed a 3-2 road win at Vegas to end its skid. The Red Wings scored two second-period goals to take a 3-1 lead. The Golden Knights scored with 43 seconds left and continued to pressure the net before time expired.

The Red Wings went 1-1-1 on their three-game road trip, losing at Colorado 6-3 and Arizona 4-3 in a shootout. The Red Wings also had a 3-1 third-period lead against the Coyotes but couldn't hold it.

"We've had some ups and downs, we've had some tough emotional losses, so to fight back and get a win here (in Vegas), it ended up a fairly good road trip," Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said in a postgame TV interview.

Detroit got off to a good start as Dylan Larkin set up Lucas Raymond for the first goal less than three minutes into the contest.

Domanik Kubalik scored on a power play early in the second period and Joe Veleno cushioned the lead by scoring midway through the period. Veleno ended a personal 10-game goalless streak.

"It feels great in here after a win," Veleno said. "We really wanted this one bad. I think the boys earned it. We worked hard (Thursday) and we didn't take any time off. We hung in there and battled right to the end."

The Red Wings helped their cause by not taking any penalties.

"We were good from start to finish and we got a result," Lalonde said. "Something like this will certainly build some confidence."

The Red Wings will be facing the Flyers for the first time in their three-game season series, and both teams are trying desperately to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Detroit entered Friday's play sixth in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers are seventh of eight teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Philadelphia is coming off a 4-1 home loss to Chicago on Thursday.

The Flyers outshot the Blackhawks 38-29 and didn't commit a penalty but still couldn't generate enough quality chances.

"I just thought we looked flat and disjointed," coach John Tortorella said. "It's one of those games. I didn't like much about it at all."

Chicago took a two-goal lead early in the third period and added an empty-netter for the final margin.

"I just never felt comfortable in the game as far as the amount of forechecking we needed to do," Tortorella said.

Philadelphia scored the only goal of the first period, Morgan Frost's 10th of the season off a feed by Nick Seeler.

"I've been told to shoot the puck a little more, so that's what I did there," Frost said.

The Flyers had won eight of their previous 10 games before Thursday's outing. Philadelphia will be playing the front end of a back-to-back. It will host Winnipeg on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 20, 2023

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