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Get your game notes: Flyers at Red Wings

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Red Wings will be without both Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk for the first time since the regular-season finale of the 2005-06 season (April 18, 2006). Since then, the Wings have the most wins in the NHL (regular-season and playoffs combined).

Detroit Red Wings 395
Pittsburgh Penguins 392
San Jose Sharks 384
Chicago Blackhawks 361
Vancouver Canucks 361

• When Red Wings winger Daniel Alfredsson scored an empty-net goal in Ottawa on Sunday, it not only marked his first career goal against the team with which he spent 17 seasons, it also meant he has at least one goal versus all 30 NHL teams. Thirty-two other active skaters have accomplished this feat, including two others on tonight’s teams’ rosters: Todd Bertuzzi and Vincent Lecavalier. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Flyers goaltender Steve Mason (26 regular-season games) and Wild goaltender Josh Harding (25) have the NHL’s two longest active streaks of holding their opponents to three or fewer goals. Among all NHL netminders, only Mason, Harding, Peter Budaj (17) and Ben Scrivens (16) have active streaks over 15.

• The Red Wings are one of only four NHL teams in the top-ten in both power-play (21.4%, 7th) and penalty-kill (86.9%, 2nd) efficiency. The others are Montreal, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

• Out of the 13 teams with 35 or more points this season, Detroit has the most home losses (10: four in regulation, three in overtime, three in the shootout). In fact, only Buffalo (12), the N.Y. Islanders (11), Florida (10) Ottawa (10) and Carolina (10) have as many home losses as the Wings.

• A win by the Red Wings would be career win #460 for coach Mike Babcock, which would push him into a tie for 21st on the all-time coaching wins with Paul Maurice, who led Carolina to the 2002 Stanley Cup vs. the Wings, and Hall of Famer Roger Neilson, who led the Flyers from 1998-2000.

• The Flyers’ 2.07 goals/game is the second fewest in the NHL this season, ahead of only Buffalo (1.61). They have been in the top ten in that category in each of the previous six seasons. Since the league expanded to 30 teams in 2000, the lowest the Flyers have finished is 23rd (2.60 goals/gm, 2006-2007).

• The Flyers lead the NHL in penalty minutes (447). Conversely, the Red Wings rank 27th, with 250. Opposing teams have committed 407 minutes worth of penalties against the Flyers, while Wings opponents have only been in the “sin bin” for 221.

• Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall brings a six-game point streak (two goals and seven assists-nine points) into tonight’s game, matching the longest streak of his career (Nov. 27-Dec. 9, 2007). The NHL’s Second Star of last week has multiple points in each of his last three games – all Red Wings wins – and now ranks 5th among NHL defensemen with 21 points (3-18-21).

• The Red Wings have lost their last 11 overtime games at Joe Louis Arena, dating back to their regular season finale in the 2011-12 season.

Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms

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With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.

After beating the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, the Canucks held on for the 2-1 victory in Arizona on Wednesday, despite being without Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), Alex Edler (broken fibula) and Derek Dorsett, who was scratched from the lineup due to illness, as per Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

It was only a few days ago, following a home loss to the Calgary Flames, that it felt like the Canucks’ playoff hopes were essentially dashed. They fielded their healthiest lineup in months and couldn’t score and couldn’t win.

Two quick wins later, they’re two points out of a Wild Card spot in the West, despite getting outshot in Arizona.

Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.

Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut

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A day after getting traded out of Toronto, Dion Phaneuf made his Ottawa Senators debut.

It ended with a 3-1 road loss for the Senators, and Phaneuf getting burned by Henrik Zetterberg on the eventual game winner early in the third period.

Zetterberg picked up the puck near the Ottawa blue line, beat Phaneuf to the outside, slipped the puck under the stick of the Sens’ newest blue liner and quickly roofed his shot on Craig Anderson.

“He made a real good play and you’ve got to give credit when credit is due,” Phaneuf told the Ottawa Sun.

“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”

Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.

Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.

DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.

Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins

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The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.

But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.

In the process, they held a red-hot Sidney Crosby off the score sheet, which has been a difficult, sometimes impossible task for opposing teams since about the middle of December. He entered this game with a seven-game scoring streak.

(In fact, New York held No. 87 to without a shot on goal in the entire game.)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout.

Kevin Hayes gave the Rangers the lead in the first period, before Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast put the game away in the third.

Pittsburgh remains in the second Wild Card spot in the East. The Rangers now move three points clear of the rival Islanders for second in the Metropolitan.

Video: Wideman hearing ‘a tricky case’ as NHLPA hopes to get 20-game suspension reduced

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There is no certain timeline for when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman might rule on Dennis Wideman‘s appeal, according to a report from hockey insider Darren Dreger on NBCSN, as the Calgary Flames defenseman hopes to get his 20-game ban for hitting linesman Don Henderson reduced.

“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.

“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”