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Slumping Flyers hope to continue home dominance of Red Wings

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers were unbeatable at home for two months, but have seen their recent struggles begin to impact their play at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers look to rebound on Tuesday night versus Detroit and avoid both a fifth straight setback overall and first loss at home to the Red Wings in over 14 years.

Philadelphia won 10 in a row at home during a span that began on Nov. 9 and ran through Jan. 8, ending three days later with a setback to Tampa Bay. That loss to the Lightning is part of a 1-3-1 slump at home that saw the Flyers get routed 6-1 by the visiting Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Steve Mason allowed four goals on 19 shots before getting lifted late in the second period. Ray Emery yielded a pair of goals on 14 shots in relief as Philadelphia matched a season high with a fourth loss in a row.

"It has to be the most embarrassing game I've been involved with," lamented Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who scored his club's lone goal. "We didn't win any battles. We didn't play as a team."

Philadelphia has matched the four-game skid it posted from Oct. 11-17 and has not lost five in a row since March 31-April 8, 2011.

However, the Flyers have won seven straight at home versus the Red Wings, who have not won in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997.

These new conference rivals split two meetings earlier this season in Detroit and Philadelphia has won four of the past six encounters overall.

Detroit sits eighth overall in the Eastern Conference with 57 points, one ahead of Philadelphia and Columbus.

The Red Wings are 3-1-1 in their past five games, but were denied a third straight win as they dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to the Florida Panthers despite twice leading by two goals in the third frame.

Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Daniel Alfredsson and Gustav Nyquist scored for the Red Wings, while Jonas Gustavsson made 33 saves in suffering his first setback in six decisions.

"It's hard to really put a finger on it," Sheahan said when asked of why they lost. "It's kind of just break downs here and there."

Detroit got forward Johan Franzen back in the lineup for the first time in a month because of a concussion, but Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch due a back injury. He missed 11 games in December with a back issue and is day-to- day, but did not travel to Philadelphia.

Forward Pavel Datsyuk missed his 10th straight game with a lower-body injury and center Joakim Andersson sat out his sixth in a row with a lower-body issue. However, Andersson could return tonight along with goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has been sidelined the last three games with a knee issue and was activated off injured reserve Monday.

Howard is 1-2-0 with a 3.78 goals against average in three career meetings with the Flyers, while Gustavsson is 0-2-1 with a 3.27 GAA in three encounters.

Mason has gone 9-10-2 with a 2.85 GAA in 21 lifetime matchups with the Red Wings and Emery is 3-1-0 against them with a 2.37 GAA.

Philadelphia could be without forward Scott Hartnell, who is battling a nagging foot injury and has 12 goals with 30 points in 49 games on the season.

01/28 11:56:17 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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