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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Hawks

Hart gets the call, Raffl sick and more lineup news from the morning skate

by @nhlflyers


* Carter Hart will again start, marking his third call between the pipes, and fourth in the last five games since returning from injury. He has allowed just three goals on his last 77 shots over the last two games.

* Defenseman Phil Myers is feeling better and is back in the lineup after missing one game with illness.

* Michael Raffl will not be in the lineup tonight, in fact he is not on the trip at all due to being the latest Flyer to be sick. Justin Bailey will take his spot in the lineup. Bailey has appeared in seven games since being acquired by the Flyers in mid-January.

* With the news breaking early... very early this morning that the Flyers will be one of four teams to make the trek to Europe for the NHL's Global Series, a pair of Flyers are especially excited as the team will take on tonight's opponent - the Blackhawks in the Czech Republic next October for the season opener.
VORACEK: "It's going to be something special for sure with family, friends and an NHL game in Prague. When I was growing up I dreamed of playing in the NHL, but I never thought it was possible to play an NHL game in Prague."
One player won't have to wait until October for a special homecoming. Forward Ryan Hartman returns not only to the team that drafted him and spent his rookie season, but grew up and played youth hockey in the Chicagoland area where his family has lived for generations.
HARTMAN: "I think more or less the first time you come back there's a little more anxiety. I think at some point it starts to feel like another building that you just have to make sure you're prepared for. Obviously there comes a little extra energy when you're playing an old team."
* Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton seems to have moved things around the lineup based off the morning skate. Rookie Carl Dahlstrom will be inserted into the defense, playing alongside Connor Murphy, with Slater Koekkoek coming out.
* Of particular note however is that a pair of stars will be playing on the same line. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
COLLITON: "We had a good stretch and won some games in a row with a balanced lineup and I just felt it was time to change again. I kind of had that feeling going into [last] game. It was the end of the first period when I flipped it and I just liked how it looked."
* An early season trade has paid dividends for the Blackhawks in acquiring third overall pick, Dylan Strome, who has produced nearly a point per-game pace with 44 points (14g-30a) in 48 games since coming to Chicago from Arizona.
STROME: "Obviously it's huge with only a couple points back and a game in-hand, so every point is massive. Unfortunately we couldn't get two last game but we'll take the one and move on, so hopefully we can get two here tonight."
* Goaltender Corey Crawford looks to get the call again tonight. He has been in net during the Blackhawks streak of six straight games with a point, posting a 5-0-1 record with a 1.74 GAA and .948 save percentage in that stretch.
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