Flyers (6-5-1) @ Blackhawks (5-5-2)
The Flyers were not happy with their effort against the Coyotes and are looking to prove themselves against a dangerous Blackhawks team. Flyers are still battling a couple of injuries and will enter the game without Shayne Gostisbehere and Nolan Patrick, who remain day-to-day with upper-body injuries. Dale Weise will return to the lineup in place of Matt Read on the third line.
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Puck Drop: 8:00 P.M.
LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Flyers struggled to create chances for most of the game versus Arizona and they will need to improve in all areas if they want to have a chance to get two points. Dale Weise will return to the lineup, replacing Matt Read on the third line. Other than that, the line combinations look to be the same as they have been for most of the year.
Couturier’s line has been one of the league’s best so far and will need to be so once again. Couturier has scored a team-leading 5 goals and 8 points in his last 4 games and is playing the best hockey of his young career. Brian Elliott will start in net.
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Weal – Filppula – Simmonds
Weise – Lehterä – Konecny
Leier – Laughton – Raffl
Provorov – Hägg
Sanheim – Gudas
Manning – Alt
Chicago: Blackhawks Line Combinations
Chicago may not be the powerhouse they once were, but they are still a dangerous team. The Flyers will face off against a desperate Blackhawks squad trying to break their current slump having lost 5 out of their last 6 games. They’ve also struggled on the powerplay, only scoring twice in their last 34 tries. Chicago needs their big guns (Toews, Kane, Saad, Keith) to lead the way.
DeBrincat – Toews – Panik
Saad – Schmaltz – Kane
Sharp – Anisimov – Hayden
Bouma – Wingels – Hartman
Keith – Franson
Rutta – Seabrook
Kempny – Murphy
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
1. Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have been dominant to start the season, as they’ve combined for 45 points in just 12 games. Flyers need the first line to continue to lead the way with Patrick and Gostisbehere injured.
2. Ivan Provorov played a career high 28:07 against the Coyotes and assisted on all the Flyers’ goals. With Gostisbehere and MacDonald out with injuries, the young Russian will be relied upon more than ever. The Flyers need him to play at his very best for them to have a chance tonight.
3. Flyers are ranked 23rd on the penalty kill and the Blackhawks are ranked 28th on the power play, but it’s safe to say neither team should be ranked this low on special teams. No matter what the numbers say, the Flyers will need to shut down a dangerous power play that could go off at any given moment. Special teams will be key tonight.
The puck drops at 8:00PM.