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GDT - Game #79: Red Wings at Flyers (12:30)

Early matinee on Easter Sunday.  Thanks Gary.  Philly is in dire straights, and will be a desperate team today.  Since the Olympic break, PHI have gone 6-9-3.  Their 82 pts, are tied with the NYR in a battle for the 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.

GDT is light due to family activities (no ellbee for me), here is hoping that Ozzie can find a few eggs in his basket.  Happy Easter.

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Standings:

5 x-NSH 80 46 28 6 98 7-2-1 Won 2
6 DET 78 41 23 14 96 8-0-2 OTL
7 LAK       78 44 27 7 95 4-4-2 OTL
8 COL 77 41 29 7 89 3-6-1 Lost 4

9 CGY 78 40 29 9 89 6-4-0 Won 3

DET:  78 GP,  41-23-14,  96 pts, (6 in Conf, 3 in Central), 218 GF, 207 GA, Last 10 8-0-2,  OTL

PHI:  78 GP,  38-34-6,  82 pts, (8 in Conf, 3 in Atlantic), 225 GF, 217 GA, Last 10 2-6-2,  Lost 2

DET on road: 17-13-8 (13th)
PHI at home:  16-20-3 (19th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .615 point% (8), 2.73 G/G (13), 2.54 GA/G (7),  0.93 5-5 F/A (21), 19.4 PP% (8), 83.6 PK% (10), 33.4 S/G (2), 29.7 SA/G (12), 51.3 FO% (7).

PHI:  .526 point% (21), 2.85 G/G (8), 2.74 GA/G (16), 0.97 5-5 F/A (18), 21.7 PP% (3), 82.5 PK% (14), 31.6 S/G (8), 28.7 SA/G (6), 50.2 FO% (13).


Goal Differential/Game:
DET = +0.19
PHI = +0.09

Misc:  The Red Wings will be looking for their first win in Philadelphia since January 25, 1997.

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 76 26 42 68 18 20:19
L Henrik Zetterberg 70 23 44 67 13 20:03
D Nicklas Lidstrom 78 9 39 48 23 25:26
R Todd Bertuzzi 78 18 25 43 -4 16:49
L Tomas Holmstrom 64 22 20 42 5 15:38
D Brian Rafalski 74 8 32 40 22 24:12
C Valtteri Filppula 51 11 24 35 0 18:09
R Dan Cleary 60 13 16 29 -7 17:27
C Kris Draper 77 7 15 22 -1 11:45
C Darren Helm 71 10 11 21 -6 14:34
R Patrick Eaves 61 11 9 20 -2 13:29
C Johan Franzen 23 10 10 20 2 18:40
D Niklas Kronwall 44 6 13 19 3 21:46
L Drew Miller 76 10 9 19 2 12:47
D Brad Stuart 78 3 15 18 -13 23:15
C Jason Williams 40 6 8 14 -7 13:49
D Jonathan Ericsson 58 4 9 13 -14 16:53
D Brett Lebda 62 1 7 8 -2 15:02
L Kirk Maltby 52 4 2 6 1 10:06
D Derek Meech 49 2 4 6 -12 11:54
L Justin Abdelkader 50 3 3 6 -11 10:35
D Doug Janik 13 0 2 2 -3 13:28
D Andreas Lilja 17 1 1 2 0 14:08
D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen 18 0 2 2 1 9:51
L Brad May 40 0 1 1 -5 6:58
C Mattias Ritola 5 0 0 0 0 11:41
D Jakub Kindl 3 0 0 0 -2 10:49

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Jimmy Howard 60, 34-15-10, 2.30, 0.923 #5 in GAA, #5 in save%
Chris Osgood 22,  7-8-4, 2.97, 0.890

PHI Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
C Jeff Carter 72 33 27 60 3 19:17
C Mike Richards 78 28 31 59 -4 20:18
D Chris Pronger 78 10 44 54 22 25:54
C Danny Briere 71 25 25 50 -3 16:31
L Scott Hartnell 77 14 30 44 -5 15:43
R Claude Giroux 78 14 30 44 -10 16:34
L Simon Gagne 54 17 22 39 -4 18:25
D Kimmo Timonen 78 5 31 36 -3 22:49
L James van Riemsdyk 74 15 20 35 -1 12:54
D Matt Carle 76 5 28 33 18 23:19
R Arron Asham 68 9 14 23 -2 10:03
L Dan Carcillo 72 11 9 20 4 11:17
D Braydon Coburn 77 5 14 19 -7 21:10
R Ian Laperriere 78 3 15 18 -1 12:37
C Blair Betts 59 8 10 18 8 12:43
C Darroll Powe 59 9 6 15 2 12:14
L Ville Leino 53 6 4 10 -8 13:14
D Oskars Bartulis 53 1 8 9 -12 13:58
D Danny Syvret 21 2 2 4 1 12:28
C Mika Pyorala 36 2 2 4 -3 13:35
D Lukas Krajicek 46 1 2 3 -14 17:27
R David Laliberte 11 2 1 3 1 7:47
D Ryan Parent 44 1 2 3 -13 14:58
L Jon Kalinski 10 0 2 2 -2 6:57
R Andreas Nodl 10 0 1 1 -2 8:55
L Riley Cote 15 0 0 0 0 3:01
C Jared Ross 3 0 0 0 -1 7:38

PHI Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Johan Backlund 1,  0-1-0,  3.00,  0.917
Michael Leighton 34,  17-9-2,  2.83, 0.905
Ray Emery 29,  16-11-1,  2.64,  0.905
Brian Boucher 29,  6-17-3,  2.88,  0896
Jeremy Duchesne 1,  0-0-0,  3.53,  0.750

Injury Report:
DET:
Dan Cleary (LW/RW) Groin (Day to day)
Kirk Maltby (RW/LW) Shoulder surgery (Early April)

PHI:
Mike Rathje (D) Groin (Remainder of season)
Michael Leighton (G) Left ankle injury (Remainder of season)
Ray Emery (G) Groin (Remainder of season)
Jeff Carter (C) Left foot injury (Mid-April)
Daniel Carcillo (LW/RW) Suspended ()
Johan Backlund (G) Groin (Early April)

HOT and NOT:
DET: Hot:
Brad Stuart (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (LW/RW) 5 pts in last 2 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 6 pts in last 3 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 9 pts in last 5 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Brian Rafalski (D) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (LW/RW) 1 pts in last 5 GP

PHI: Hot:
Chris Pronger (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
James van Riemsdyk (LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Claude Giroux (C/RW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Daniel Briere (C/W) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Arron Asham (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 4 GP

PHI: Not Hot:
Mike Richards (C) 1 pts in last 6 GP
Brian Boucher (G) 0-2-0, 3.56, .872 in last 2 GPI

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Khan(!):

Osgood will be back in goal Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised game against the Flyers, and Jimmy Howard will get a breather after starting 25 consecutive games.  It will be Osgood’s first start since Jan. 27—just his second in 42 games—so he might be a little rusty. . .

Asked what he expects from Osgood, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, “A win. Stop the puck and win, real simple.

“It’s not like he hasn’t been practicing. He’s going to go in and play well for us, and we’re going to rally around him.”

Babcock said Osgood also will start one of the final three games. Osgood’s last appearance was a 28-minute relief stint in a 6-3 loss to Vancouver on March 3. His last win was Dec. 12 in Nashville.

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Sam Carchidi,  Philadelphia Inquirer:

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen thinks the fading Flyers need to win all four of their remaining games to earn an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Sunday’s game against visiting Detroit may be the toughest.

The Red Wings, 10-0-2 in their last 12 games, are rolling. The Flyers, losers of seven of their last eight, are swooning.

Detroit will give veteran goalie Chris Osgood his first start since Jan. 27 - and just his third start in the last 43 games. Osgood (7-8-4, 2.97 goals-against average; .890 save percentage) has had a subpar year as the backup to Jimmy Howard, a strong rookie-of-the-year candidate.

Since the Olympic break, the Red Wings are 13-2-2 - and no one is looking forward to facing them in the playoffs.

The Flyers, 6-9-3 since the Olympic stoppage, have slipped into the East’s eighth and final playoff spot with 82 points. The Rangers, also with 82 points, are in ninth place by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Flyers and Rangers play a home-and-home series to close out the regular season.

On Friday, the Legion of Gloom outplayed Montreal but dropped a 1-0 decision because Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak was sensational, stopping all 35 shots. . .

Brian Boucher (6-17-3), who has a 2.88 goals-against average and .896 save percentage, will be in goal Sunday for the Flyers. He rebounded from a shaky performance against the Islanders - Thursday’s 6-4 loss - and played solidly against the Canadiens.

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