Hey, have you heard? The Red Wings are in Philadelphia tonight. You know what else? They haven’t won there since 1997! I’m sure no one else has mentioned this.
It’s not just the ongoing 11-game losing streak, the Red Wings have always been bad in Philadelphia. Their .285 road winning percentage against the Flyers is their worst against any team. The only other sub-.300 road winning percentage they’ve got is a .294 at the old Omni against the Atlanta Flames.
The Red Wings have a losing record on the road against all of the teams of the 1967 Great Expansion. They’re at .311 in Pittsburgh, they went .397 against the Oakland/California/Cleveland franchise, they’re .429 visiting Los Angeles, they’re .457 in St. Louis, and they’re at .460 between Minnesota and Dallas.
For the record, the Detroit went 2-1 while visiting Philly during the only season of the Philadelphia Quakers’ existence, back when Detroit was still the Falcons.
Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal for the Red Wings and Xavier Ouellet swaps back in on the blue line, with Ryan Sproul coming out.
With Martin Frk re-claimed from the Carolina Hurricanes and immediately sent back down to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Wings don’t have any extra forwards to make changes up front if they wanted to.
Game time is 8:00 PM with NBCSN giving it the Rivalry Night treatment.