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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Blackhawks

Flyers wrap up opening road trip in Chicago

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2015-16 Series: 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 134 gp (59-45-30-0)
Leading Scorers: PHI: Travis Konecny & Brandon Manning, 3pts (3a) | CHI: Richard Panik, 5pts, (4g-1a)
Power Play: (PHI: 0-for-6, 0.0%, T-24th) (CHI: 3-for-11, 27.3%, T-9th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 8-of-9, 88.9%, T-9th) (CHI: 6-of-13, 46.2%, 29th)

The Flyers conclude their opening road trip after earning three out of four possible points - tonight's game also kicks off a stretch in which the Flyers play eight games in a 13 day span, including two sets of back-to-backs, while five of the eight are on home ice… After starting the season with three games in four days, in which they dropped the first two of those games, the Blackhawks now play just four games in the next 11 days, three of which are at home.

Tonight's game could see up to eight rookies take the ice for the two teams combined with seven of the eight already appearing in at least two games… Flyers rookies Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov have appeared in both games, while Roman Lyubimov could play in his first NHL game tonight… For Chicago, four rookies have played in all three games: Tyler Motte, Nick Schmaltz, Vinnie Hinostroza & Gustav Forsling, while Ryan Hartman has played in two of the games, recording a goal and an assist.

Tonight's game features the Top 2 rookies from last season. Artemi Panarin took home the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year with 30 goals and 77 points in 80 games, which also ranked ninth among all NHL players… Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere finished second in Calder voting to Panarin after leading all rookie defensemen in goals (17), assists (29) and points (46) and also became first rookie in NHL history to record four OT goals in a season.

The Flyers come in having yet to scored on the man advantage this season in six total attempts, while the Blackhawks are tied for ninth in the NHL at 27.3 percent and went 2-for-3 on the man-advantage in their last outing… Chicago finished last season as the NHL's best power-play unit at home at 22.6 percent… On the penalty kill, the Flyers have allowed just one goal this season, raking in the NHL Top 10 at 88.9 percent, while the Blackhawks are second to last in the NHL (29th), allowing goals seven out of 13 times shorthanded for 46.2 percent kill rate.


FLYERS (D: #23 - Brandon Manning)
The 26-year-old defenseman is coming off his second career multi-point game after posting two assists in the Flyers 4-3 OT loss at Arizona… He has recorded points (assists) in each of the first two games of the season for the first point streak in his career… His three points are tied for the early lead on the team, while his eight hits also lead the team.

BLACKHAWKS (LW: #14 - Richard Panik)
Panik has scored in each of the first three Blackhawk games, including a Hat Trick against Nashville in his last game… The 25-year-old is playing on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Artemi Panarin… Since being acquired from Toronto on Jan. 3, 2016, he has 10 goals in 33 games, after recording just 19 goals in his first 151 games in the NHL with Toronto and Tampa Bay.

The Flyers earned their first-ever regular season win with a 2-1 victory at St. Louis. Team captain Lou Angotti and Ed Hoekstra scored second and third period goals to overcome an early one-goal deficit, while Doug Favell stops 34 of 35 shots.

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