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Flyers Gameday: 1/21/23 @ DET; Phantoms Update

January 21, 2023, 8:00 PM ET [106 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Game 47 Preview: Flyers @ Red Wings

John Tortorella's Philadelphia Flyers (19-20-7) are in Motown on Saturday evening to take on Derek Lalonde's Detroit Red Wings (19-17-8). Game time at Little Caesars Arena is 7:00 p.m. ET.

This is the first of three meetings this season between the team, and the lone game in Detroit. The Flyers and Red Wings will rematch at the Wells Fargo Center on March 5 and the afternoon of March 25.

The Flyers are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games but are coming off a disappointing 4-1 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

The Red Wings are 2-2-1 in their last five games and 4-5-1 over their last 10 matches. The team enters this game coming off a 3-2 road win on Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights. The victory halted a three-game winless (0-2-1) stretch.

For an in-depth game preview including team trends and the keys to victory for Philadelphia, see today's Five Things on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

Projected lineups (confirmed)


86 Joel Farabee - 49 Noah Cates - 11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk - 48 Morgan Frost - 74 Owen Tippett
13 Kevin Hayes - 21 Scott Laughton - 57 Wade Allison
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 38 Patrick Brown - 17 Zack MacEwen

9 Ivan Provorov - 45 Cam York
6 Travis Sanheim - 77 Tony DeAngelo
24 Nick Seeler - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

79 Carter Hart
[32 Felix Sandström]
Extras: 61 Justin Braun (healthy), 20 Kieffer Bellows (healthy).


81 Dominik Kubalik - 71 Dylan Larkin - 23 Lucas Raymond
27 Michael Rassmussen - 18 Andrew Copp - 57 David Perron
73 Adam Erne - 24 Pius Suter - 14 Robby Fabbri
52 Jonatan Berggren - 90 Joe Veleno - 70 Oskar Sundqvist

96 Jake Walman - 53 Moritz Seider
8 Ben Chiarot - 17 Filip Hronek
2 Olli Määttä - 82 Jordan Oesterle

35 Ville Husso
[45 Magnus Hellberg]

Extras: 38 Robert Hägg, 28 Gustav Lindström, 59 Tyler Bertuzzi (day-to-day, lower body).


Phantoms Update: Jan. 21, 2023

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (19-14-5) are idle on Saturday evening. The game schedule will resume on Wednesday when Ian Laperriere's club hosts the Atlantic Division leading Hershey Bears (currently 25-8-5 this season) at the PPL Center.

On Friday, the Phantoms were outplayed for most of the first period by the host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but 15 saves by Samuel Ersson and a 5-on-3 penalty kill that lasted 1:55 enabled the Phantoms to get out of the first period trailing just 1-0.

In the second period, the Phantoms flipped the script dramatically. The Phantoms racked up not only a 19-5 shot on goal advantage but exploded for four unanswered goals (despite being unable to convert 1:36 worth of 5-on-3 power play time of their own into a goal midway through the period).

At 1:52 of the second period, a seeing-eye Wyatte Wylie goal (2nd of the season) from distance made it a 1-1 game. Phantoms captain Cal O'Reilly assisted on the goal: the 700th point of his future AHL Hall of Fame career. Adam Brooks also earned an assist on the goal.

Tyson Foerster notched back-to-back goals at 4:21 and 16:01 (12th and 13th of the season) to untie the score and open a 3-1 lead for the Phantoms. The first goal saw Foerster power the puck to the net and jam a second effort over the goal line. Jackson Cates and Max Willman earned the assists.

The latter one was a pure snipe, as Foerster took the puck away from Drake Caggiula along the half boards. Moving into the right circle, Foerster snapped a shot that beat Filip Lindberg (28 saves on 33 shots) over the glove. Elliot Desnoyers and Garrett Wilson received assists, as it was ruled that Caggiula never had clear possession of the puck and it went off his stick to Foerster. Moments earlier, Foerster rang a shot off the post.

There was nervous moment in the game when Foerster was stung by the puck on a shot he blocked. It took him quite a while to shake it off and hobble back to the bench. However, he stayed in the game.

The Phantoms opened a 4-1 lead at 17:12. On a back-door play, Olle Lycksell (team-leading 20th assist and 27th point in 27 games) made a perfect pass out of the corner to Brink at the far-side post. Brink had a tap-in for his fourth goal and fifth point since joining the Phantoms. Egor Zamula also received an assist.

In the third period, Nathan Legare and Jordy Bellerive (4th) traded off goals. As with the first Foerster tally, the assists were credited to Cates and Willman. The latter portion of the third period turned feisty.

The 5-foot-8 Brink dropped the gloves with Josh Maniscalo at 11:27 for Brink's first professional hockey fight. Things exploded after a Hayden Hodgson vs. Jamie Devane fight at 11:48 escalated into two additional fights involving Phantoms (Wilson, Brooks) and Pens (Sean Josling, Cory Andonovski) players.

Ersson, who was loaned by the Flyers back to the Phantoms on Wednesday, finished the game with 28 saves on 30 shots.

Phantoms Lineup

28 Olle Lycksell - 51 Artem Anisimov - 23 Bobby Brink
17 Garrett Wilson - 91 Elliot Desnoyers - 71 Tyson Foerster
24 Adam Brooks - 9 Cal O'Reilly - 42 Hayden Hodgson
20 Max Willman - 18 Jackson Cates - 15 Jordy Bellerive

4 Egor Zamula - 47 Louie Belpedio
37 Adam Ginning - 12 Ronnie Attard
44 Kevin Connauton - 29 Wyatte Wylie

30 Samuel Ersson
[35 Pat Nagle]

Scratches: 1 Troy Grosenick (injury), 3 Adam Karashik (healthy), 6 Linus Högberg (healthy),
13 Ryan Fitzgerald healthy), 14 Zayde Wisdom (healthy), 19 Isaac Ratcliffe (healthy, 9th straight game as a DND), 25 Cooper Marody (day-to-day injury).
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