Flyers vs. Red Wings preview: Honoring Mark Howe with a three-game win streak?

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 13: 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe acknowledges the crowd prior to the Legends of Hockey game at the Air Canada Centre on November 13, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ceremony at 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center

TV: CSN Philly, FS Detroit
TICKETS: Starting at $52
WINGS BLOG: Winging It In Motown

PHILADELPHIA -- Mark Howe will join an elite class of Philadelphia Flyers legends this evening at the Wells Fargo Center when the organization raises his No. 2 to the rafters for the rest of history. Or until the aliens come and we're not allowed to play hockey anymore. One or the other. Either way, it's going to be a special night before the game, but the Flyers will try to set aside the emotion come puck drop and pull out their third-straight win.

It's been quite some time since the team has put together three-straight victories, of course, and against a team like the Detroit Red Wings, this would be a huge win. The Flyers are still depleted on defense, but the Red Wings aren't exactly a healthy team right now either: Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Jakub Kindl and Jimmy Howard are all among the wounded in Detroit. We get Joey MacDonald in the crease as a result.

Given that, our friends at Red Wings blog Winging It In Motown are expecting a hard-nosed battle tonight.

There's going to be a lot less puck possession and a lot more dump and chase. The Wings have to out-work the Flyers. Dig deep in the corners. Hit them every chance they get. It's going to have to be a grind it out affair. Detroit can't win this game in a shootout. It can't be 4-3 or 5-4. It's got to be about defense first. Protect your goalie, block shots, clear the front of the whatever you have to do to keep the puck from crossing your own goal line. Back to the basics.

Sounds a bit like how the Flyers won the game the other night against the Capitals. They didn't do it with skill, but by winning puck battles and fighting off scoring chances. Both teams are going to play that kind of game tonight, but with that much firepower out of the lineup for the Wings, the Flyers will be the more-skilled team on the ice.

Flyers Expected Lineup

Hartnell - Giroux - Jagr
Read - Briere - Simmonds
Voracek - Schenn - Talbot
Wellwood - Couturier - Rinaldo

Carle - Kubina
Coburn - Grossman
Gustafsson - Lilja

Red Wings Expected Lineup

Filppula - Zetterberg - Hudler
Miller - Helm - Franzen
Cleary - Abdekader - Conner
Mursak - Emmerton - Holmstrom

Kronwall - Stuart
Quincey - White
Smith - Janik

We're expecting Ilya Bryzgalov in goal for the Flyers yet again. Game thread around 5 p.m., and make sure you don't miss the ceremony this evening. It's going to be special.

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