NHL on NBCSN: Red Wings look to end 11-game losing streak in Philadelphia

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2016-17 campaign tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Detroit Red Wings at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.

Last week, the Red Wings were riding high, as they rattled off six consecutive wins. Despite that run of success, captain Henrik Zetterberg warned his team that they were making too mistakes and relying on their goalie too much.

Not only is the winning streak over, but they lost back-to-back games to Boston (1-0) and Florida (5-2) over the weekend.

Trips to Philadelphia haven’t been much fun for the Wings over the last few years.

As the Detroit News points out, the team has dropped 11 straight games in Philly. Their last regular season win there came on Jan. 25 1997 (yes, you read that correctly).

It’s important to remember that when the Red Wings were in the Western Conference, they hardly played in Philadelphia, but 11 straight losses are 11 straight 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.”

The Flyers are coming off a 4-3 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, but they’ve had a disappointing start to the year.

“We’ve let some points slide away,” GM Ron Hextall said, per CSN Philly. “Our defensive blunders have hurt us. But we’ve had a tough schedule. That certainly plays into it. I think we’ve been mediocre.

“We’re making the errors and it ends up in our net. It will sort itself out, and part of it is we have to be better consistently for 60 minutes.”

As inconsistent as the team’s been, they’ve received steady contributions from their top offensive players.

Claude Giroux enters tonight’s action on a nine-game point streak. He’s accumulated two goals and 12 points this season. Wayne Simmonds has a four-game point streak and has 11 points in 10 games overall, while Jakub Voracek has 10 points in 10 contests.

These two teams will face-off, again, in Philadelphia in less than a week.

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.