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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.

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: