Philadelphia Flyers (2018-19: 37-37-8, 82pts) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (2018-19: 36-34-12, 84pts)
at O2 Arena | Prague, Czech Republic
TIME: 2:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Season Series (2018-19): 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 140gp (63-47-30-0)
Leading Scorers (pre-season):
PHI: 5-pts, Giroux (1g-4a)
CHI: 5-pts, Kane (1g-4a)
1. AHOJ, TO JSEM JÁ (Hello, It's Me)
The Flyers kick off their 52nd season of play in the NHL, while the Blackhawks begin their 93rd season of play... This is the first game in Flyers history that they are playing a game in Europe, while it is the second for the Blackhawks, who played the Florida Panthers in 2010 and would later go on to win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years (defeating the Flyers in the Final that year)... The Flyers will have traveled 8,549 miles to & from Philadelphia to Lausanne/Prague during this trip, while the Blackhawks will have traveled 9,113 total air miles for their 10-day trip to & from Chicago to Berlin/Prague.
2. PŘEDSUDEK (Preseason)
The Flyers posted a 1-3-3 record in the preseason with four of the seven games decided by one goal, including the last three, which ended with the club's Global Series Challenge against Lausanne HC - a 4-3 loss in which the Flyers fell behind 4-0, but came within one goal in the third period... The Blackhawks went 3-3-1 in the preseason, playing their Global Series Challenge against Eisbaren Berlin - a 3-1 win... Claude Giroux led the Flyers in the preseason with five points (1g-4a) in four games, while Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks with the same stats.
3. DOMŮ, ALE OPRAVDU SILNICE (Home, but really the Road)
Despite it being a "home" game, the Flyers will start the regular season away from the Wells Fargo Center for the sixth straight season - they have earned victories in each of their last three season openers and earned points in four of those five games... This is the first of two meetings against the Blackhawks this season as the two clubs will wrap up their season series just three weeks from today when the Flyers visit Chicago on Oct. 24... The Flyers swept the season series last year with Chicago, outscoring them 7-1, and have earned three straight wins over the Blackhawks... With tonight technically being a home game for the Flyers, the club looks to extend their 15-game home winning streak against the Blackhawks, having not lost at home to Chicago since November 9, 1996.
4. TOTO, TOTO A OSTATNÍ (This, That & The Other)
THIS: The Flyers will have two players making their NHL debut tonight, both of which were 2016 draft picks of the Flyers, forwards Carsen Twarynski (3rd Rd: 82nd) & Connor Bunnaman (4th Rd: 109th) with Carter Hart (2nd Rd: 48th) the third member of the team from the 2016 Draft Class... THAT: The Blackhawks have one player, Dominik Kubalik, who will be making his NHL debut in his home country, but will have eight new players on their roster from the end of last season, compared to the Flyers, who have six new players from last season's roster, including Flyer debuts for off-season acquisitions Kevin Hayes, Justin Braun, Matt Niskanen and Tyler Pitlick... THE OTHER: Tonight's matchup in net will see Carter Hart make his first season opening start for the Flyers - Hart won his first season-opening game last season with the Phantoms, stopping 31 of 34 shots for his first pro win... Corey Crawford will get the start in net tonight - he has an overall record of 2-6-0 against the Flyers in his career.
5. HRÁČI SE DÍVAT (Players to Watch)
FLYERS (LW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)
You knew it had to be Jake - The native of Kladno will be playing in front of his native country's crowd... Voracek is 11th all-time in NHL scoring among Czech players with 639 points, including second among active NHL'ers, trailing only Boston's David Krejci (643 pts)... Voracek has posted 20 goals and at least 60 points in each of the last three seasons with the Flyers... He also has 23 points (6g-17a) in 30 career games against the Blackhawks, including six points in his last six games (1g-5a).
BLACKHAWKS (RW: #88 - Patrick Kane)
Kane is the active leading scorer among all US-born players, and also ranks 11th in all-time scoring among American-born players, with 938 points in 903 games... Entering his 13th year in the NHL, the former No. 1 overall pick in 2007 put up a career-best 110 points last season to finish third in the NHL's scoring race... Against the Flyers, he averages nearly a point per-game with 14 points (4g-10a) in 15 career games.