Philadelphia Flyers (6-5-1: 13pts) at Chicago Blackhawks (5-5-2: 12pts)
at United Center | Chicago, IL
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series (2016-17): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 136gp (60-46-30-0)
PHI: 16-PTS, Voracek (2g-14a)
CHI: 12-PTS, Kane (5g-7a)
1. BOUND TO TURN AROUND
After a hot start that included an opening night 10-1 win over the Penguins, the Blackhawks have hit a losing skid, dropping three straight and five of their last six games coming into tonight… The Flyers also come in after a hot start in which they went 4-2-0 - they are winless in three of their last four games, but have earned points in two straight games… Chicago is coming off a three-day break from games, while the Flyers are playing their fifth in a six games in 10 day span.
2. WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
The Flyers and Blackhawks meet for the first of two contests that will take place within a span of nine days (Nov. 9 at PHI)… The two clubs split the season series last year and despite the setback last year in Chicago, the Flyers have been fairly successful against the Blackhawks, winning four of their last five games and going 20-5-0 in their last 25 meetings dating back to December of 1997… The two teams have combined for four or more goals in their last seven meetings at the United Center, including four games in which they have combined for at least seven goals.
3. LINE DANCE
The Flyers top line of Claude Giroux (14) - Sean Couturier (15) - Jakub Voracek (16) has a combined 45 points through 12 games… Other than the two games in which the Flyers were shut out, the top line has produced a point in every game this season and multiple points in nine of 12 total games… In the last five games, the Flyers top line has accounted for nine of 15 goals scored (60%)… Voracek is fourth in the NHL's scoring race with 16 points, Couturier is T-4th in the NHL in goals scored (9) and Giroux has recorded a point in nine of 12 games so far, the most of any Flyer this season.
4. THE '06 CAPTAIN DRAFT
The Blackhawks and Flyers found their long-serving captains both from the 2006 NHL Draft… Jonathan Toews (3rd overall in 2006) was named the 34th captain of the Blackhawks prior to the 2008-09 season as a 20-year-old and has played 729 games all as a Blackhawk… Claude Giroux (22nd overall in 2006) was named the 19th captain of the Flyers prior to the 2012-13 season and has played 668 games all as a Flyer… Toews (3rd: 630pts) and Giroux (4th: 589pts) are each in the Top 5 of overall scoring among all players drafted in 2006, while Toews ranks second in goals (275) and Giroux ranks second in assists (403).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier is the hottest Flyer as of late, and one of the hottest players in the NHL, currently riding a four-game point streak in which he is averaging two points per-game with five goals and three assists… Couturier leads the Flyers with nine goals, which is T-4th in the NHL, while also recording 15 points, which is T-6th in the NHL… His 15 points in the month of October is the most successful month in his seven year NHL career.
BLACKHAWKS (RW: #88 - Patrick Kane)
The always dangerous Patrick Kane leads the Hawks in scoring with 12 points in 12 games (5g-7a)… He comes into tonight without a point in two straight games but he has not gone three straight games without recording a point in 109 games (since Mar. 9-14, 2016)… Against the Flyers, Kane averages over a point per-game with 13 points (4g-9a) in 11 games and has six points (1g-5a) in his last three meetings against the Flyers… Since entering the league in 2007-08, Kane ranks third among all NHL players with 764 points in 752 games.