Flyers vs Red Wings Prediction
To avoid their third straight loss coach Mike Babcock decided to tinker his lines a bit. And it should help against the banged-up Flyers. Detroit (2-2-0) fell 4-2 at home to Phoenix on Thursday, and Babcock opted to make changes a day later.
He was upset by lackadaisical defending by the Red Wings, who were outshot 38-30.
The coach moved Todd Bertuzzi to the top line and shifted Justin Abdelkader to the second line with center Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen. Veteran newcomer Daniel Alfredsson moved to the third line.
Babcock has credited Abdelkader’s play with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, but wants the winger to have an impact elsewhere.
The Red Wings will debut center Luke Glendening, a Michigan native who was recalled Friday from Grand Rapids. He will join a fourth line with Jordin Tootoo and Drew Miller. Also, Tootoo will make his season debut after being out with a sprained left shoulder.
Jimmy Howard has a 2.49 GAA while starting every game this season and is expected to be in goal again for Detroit even though backup Jonas Gustavsson has been activated from injured reserve.
Detroit is the only team in the NHL without a power-play goal, going 0 for 10.
At the other end of the ice the Flyers are already having trouble scoring early in the season and on top of that they will be without top forwards Scott Hartnell (even though he’s a 4th line player but the Flyers think he’s a 1st line guy) and Vincent LeCavalier.
Max Talbot scored his first goal of the season last night even though it went off his skate rather than his stick. Meanwhile captain Claude Giroux still remains with out a point in this young season.
Goaltender Steve Mason has faced Detroit more than any team, going 8-10-2 with a 2.84 goals-against average in 20 regular-season starts. If Ray Emery gets the call, he has posted a 1.67 GAA in winning all three career starts against the Red Wings.
The last five meetings between these teams have been decided by one goal, with Philadelphia winning three of them.
Between the Red Wings having to shuffle lines already and the Flyers not being able to score and injured, backing the under is the only logical thing to do in this game.
UNDER 5.5 ($100)
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