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Articles from practice: Wings talk about the Philly hex

Updated at 5:03 PM: The Red Wings practiced at the Joe on Tuesday before leaving for Wednesday night's "Rivalry Night" game in Philadelphia, hoping to break the Flyers' 19-year home-ice jinx. It appears that the Wings will employ the same lineup they used during Sunday's game vs. Florida, and it appears that Petr Mrazek will start on Wednesday.

The Wings are aware of their winless streak in Philly, as well as their 0-and-2 record of late, as they told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

The Red Wings haven’t defeated the Flyers in Philadelphia in the regular season in nearly 20 years, losing 11 consecutive games (0-11-0). Their last regular-season win in Philadelphia was Jan. 25, 1997, defeating the Flyers 4-1 with Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Tomas Holmstrom and Kris Draper scoring goals, and Mike Vernon stopping 17 shots.

The Red Wings defeated Philadelphia twice, in Games 1 and 2, later that spring in the Stanley Cup Finals, helping the Red Wings gain a sweep in the series. But since then, it’s been a lot of losses.

“Just like the Cubbies not winning it (World Series) for so long, it’s just the way it has been,” Brendan Smith said. “We don’t think about it. We just go in there and try to play our game and hopefully we come out of there with two points.”

Insisting that last year's 1-and-2 record against the Flyers was of their own doing, not the "streak's" fault:

“A few times we had a chance but we just screwed it up at the end with a few mistakes,” said Tomas Tatar of recent games in Philadelphia. “I don’t know what it is. I feel like the building (Wells Fargo Center) is the same as any other, but we’re just getting bad bounces at the end of the game. If we focus on our game, we’ll do good things and good things will happen and we can win there for sure.”

The Flyers (4-5-1) have been inconsistent this season, prone to defensive mistakes. With another game in Philadelphia next Tuesday, the Red Wings get two quick chances to end the strange, lengthy streak.

“We know we haven’t won there in a while, but the good thing is we have a chance here and another chance next week,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “But we can’t focus on that, we have to focus on what we do. We haven’t been at our best the last two games and we want to get back to that.”

The Wings continued while speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan...

The Red Wings will get two tries in less than a week to win at Wells Fargo Center – Wednesday (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network exclusive) and next Tuesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

"To be honest, I don't pay much attention to it, I don't think anything of it," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We're trying to win a game tomorrow night."

The Red Wings have been outscored 48-20 in those 11 games. Their most recent victory in Philadelphia was in Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals. They haven't won there in the regular season since Jan. 25, 1997 (4-1).

"You guys keep reminding us, so it's hard to not think about it," Henrik Zetterberg said. "Obviously, we know what it is, we haven't won there in a while. Good thing is we have a chance tomorrow and we got another chance next week. But we can't really focus on that, we got to focus on what we do. We haven't been at our best the last two games and we want to get back to that."

Zetterberg doesn't know why it's been such a difficult place for his team.

"I think one of the reasons is we don't play there that often, when we were in the Western Conference," Zetterberg said. "They're playing us well. I thought we had some games that were close. We were up a few games and they came back and found a way to win."

The Flyers (4-5-1) have dropped two in a row at home (by 5-4 scores to Arizona and Pittsburgh) and are 2-3-0 there so far.

Khan also posted a video of Zetterberg's remarks...

The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a clip of Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen and Jeff Blashill's remarks...

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan posted separate clips of Zetterberg and Blashill's remarks:

 

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