Philadelphia Flyers (3-3-1, 7pts)
Chicago Blackhawks (2-3-2, 6pts)
at United Center | Chicago, IL
TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 141gp (64-47-30-0)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 10-pts (4g-6a)
CHI - Patrick Kane: 8-pts (3g-5a)
1. WHAT TIME IS IT?
The Flyers travel to play a game in their fifth different time zone (Central) in less than three weeks, since the start of the regular season on Oct. 4, against Chicago... On the other hand, the Blackhawks have been home for 19 days and enjoyed a seven-game homestand since returning from Prague, tonight being the final game of that homestand... Through all of that, each team has nearly identical records and points in the standings with the Flyers having seven points (3-3-1) and Blackhawks at six points (2-3-2).
2. ON NATIVE SOIL
Tonight marks the rematch of each club's opening night game in Prague for the NHL's Global Series on Oct. 4 when the Flyers took a 4-3 win... That game featured a pair of three-point nights as Travis Konecny posted two goals and an assist, while Patrick Kane posted a goal and two assists... The Flyers also own a four-game winning streak over the Blackhawks, outscoring them 14-5 in the process... The Flyers last loss came on Nov. 1, 2017 and they are 8-2-0 in their last 10 contests against Chicago.
3. DRAFT & DEVELOP
Tonight will see two of the youngest players in the NHL faceoff against each other in Chicago's Kirby Dach, the 18-year old forward taken 3rd overall in 2019, who was born in 2001 and Flyers' Joel Farabee, the 19-year old forward taken 14th overall in 2018, who was born in 2000... The Blackhawks have 10 players selected in the first round on the active roster tonight, including four players drafted in the Top 3 (Dach, Kane, Strome, Toews), while the Flyers have 13 players drafted in the first round, only one of which are Top 3 (van Riemsdyk)... Flyers forward Kevin Hayes was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 (24th overall).
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Ivan Provorov leads the Flyers in ice-time with 23:40 per-game, which is a full three minutes more than the next closest Flyer - Matt Niskanen (20:39)... THAT: Four of the five losses by Chicago have come by one goal with five of their seven games being decided by one-goal margins... THE OTHER: Flyers have scored at least one power-play goal in five of their first seven games, while the Blackhawks have allowed at least one power-play goal in five of their first seven contests.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier comes into tonight with a four-game point streak, recording a goal and three assists in that span... Against the Blackhawks, Couturier went scoreless in the Global Series, but has 11 points (5g-6a) in 13 career meetings, including five points (2g-3a) in his last four games at the United Center.
BLACKHAWKS (G: #40 - Robin Lehner)
Should he get the start, it will be the first time this season he has had two starts in-a-row... So far this season Lehner is unbeaten in regulation, posting a 1-0-2 record to go along with a 1.93 GAA and .943 save percentage, facing 33 shots or more in each game... He has a lifetime record of 4-6-0 against the Flyers, compared to Corey Crawford who is 2-7-0 lifetime against the Flyers.