What better team to do it against that the defending Stanley Cup Champs the Chicago Blackhawks?
The Hawks have been hot as of late, winning their past two games in dominating fashion. Chicago has scored 12 goals over their past two games, defeating the Dallas Stars 6-2 Tuesday night, and edging the Florida Panthers by the same score two nights earlier.
The Flyers have lost their past two games.
The Hawks are currently sitting atop league standings with a staggering 22-6-5 record on the season. The Flyers sit 24th overall with 13-14-3 record on the year.
Emery Returns to Chicago
Ray Emery returns to the Windy City for the first time since being traded to the Flyers during the off-season. Before he was with the Hawks, Emery posted a 2-0-1 record against them in his career, meaning he is yet to lose to the Blackhawks in regulation. Steve Mason has gotten the bulk of the starts this season in Philly, but Emery will get a chance Wednesday to stick it to his former team. Razor is 3-5-1 on the season with a .908 save percentage and 2.56 GAA.
Nothing but talent in Chicago
The offense has been booming in Chicago like never before and the Flyers will need to find a way to shut it down on Wednesday. The Hawks currently have five players who are in the top 50 for league scoring. That compares to the Flyers, who have no players amongst the top 50 league scorers.
Patrick Kane is leading the way with a whopping 40 points in 33 games for the Hawks. He has built off a remarkable Stanley Cup performance and is second overall in league scoring this season. He has at least a point in six straight games and has points in 18 of his last 19 games. Johnathan Toews is always dangerous and is having another great season, collecting 28 points on the season.
You may mostly hear about Kane and Toews, but Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith have been almost as valuable to their team this season. Keith is having a Norris caliber season, putting up 27 points to go alongside a remarkable plus-15 rating on the year.
Patrick Sharp, meanwhile, has 14 goals and 29 points on the season. He always seems to fly under the radar, but is one of the best snipers in the league.
Claude Giroux: The Blackhawk Killer?
Giroux has seven points in four career games against Chicago. He needs to get going, and this could be the game to do so. Giroux is pointless in his last two games and has 20 in 30 games on the season. Maybe somebody should show him this video?
Philly Knows How to Beat Chicago
Despite this seeming miss-match, the Flyers have had some great success against the Hawks in the past. The Flyers own a record of 18-4-3 in their last 25 games against the Blackhawks, dating back to the 1992-93 season. This will be their first time playing in Chicago since 2010-2011 though. Despite that, the Flyers have won three of their past four games on the road against the Blackhawks.
A True Test
This game is huge for Philly. There is no way to put it. The Hawks have been super dangerous this season and are unbeaten in regulation against the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are playing their second half of a back-to-back though and could be tired. The Flyers need to take advantage early, as the Hawks are a perfect 12-0-0 when leading after the first period.
Stanley Cup Finals 2010: Never forget
Even though here are only four players remaining on the Flyers active roster that played in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks (Hartnell, Giroux, Coburn & Timonen, the Flyers haven’t forgotten about 2010 and always need to use that as motivation when they take on the Hawks.
Tha game closes out a six-game roadtrip for the Flyers.
It could get ugly, but I bet we see a lot of goals. I mean a lot.
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