Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, March 6, 2012: Fan Preview

The Detroit Red Wings are hurting. Not in the fact two points can be the deciding factor between first place in the Western Conference and fourth, but the fact six players will likely be unavailable for the game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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The Red Wings called up three players from AHL Grand Rapids for the game due to the influx of regular players out. Doug Janik, Chris Conner, and Jordan Pearce will all dress for the game.

Detroit will be without leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, and goaltender Jimmy Howard, among others.

"The reality is that you go through lots of things through the year," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "You've got to suck it up and get back to it."

Red Wings fans can only hope the call-ups and the remainder of the team can step up their game while reserve goaltender Joey MacDonald mans the pipes. With so much on the line with only a month remaining, they don't have much choice.

The matchup…

The Detroit Red Wings will take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. EST.

The standings…

Detroit comes into the game having last their last game and with a 43-20-3 record. They are 16-16-1 on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.

Philadelphia enters the contest with a 36-21-7 record and a two game winning streak. They are 15-10-5 on home ice and have won five of their last 10 games.

The season series…

The season series currently stands at 1-0 in favor of the Red Wings.

Where to watch…

The game can be watched live nationwide with NHL Center Ice or—

In Detroit: FS-D

In Philadelphia: CS-P

The season statistic leaders…

Detroit: Joey MacDonald 1.69 GAA, Johan Franzen 24 G, Pavel Datsyuk 43 A, Pavel Datsyuk 59 P.

Philadelphia: Ilya Bryzgalov 2.72 GAA, Scott Hartnell 31 G, Claude Giroux 52 A, Claude Giroux 75 P.

Injuries to note…

Detroit: Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), Jimmy Howard (groin), Todd Bertuzzi (groin), Jakub Kindl (upper body), and Jonathan Ericsson (wrist).

Philadelphia: Kimmo Timonen (lower body), Andrej Meszaros (lower body), and James van Riemsdyk (foot).

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Updated Monday, Mar 5, 2012