The Flyers take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks tonight… Last year they split the season series with each team winning on home ice… In fact, the Flyers have dominated the Blackhawks when they visit the Wells Fargo Center - they are currently riding an 11-game win streak on home ice against Chicago dating back to the 1996 season with their last regular-season loss at home coming on Nov. 9, 1996… Overall, the Flyers own an impressive .679 winning percentage and 40-16-11 record over the Blackhawks at home and 57-45-30 all-time mark against Chicago.
Tonight the Flyers honor Kimmo Timonen who retired after a 15-year NHL career, seven of which were played with the Flyers… He ranks third all-time among Flyers defensemen in points (270) with 38 goals and 232 assists in 519 games and won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s best defenseman five times in those six seasons… Acquired from the Nashville Predators, Timonen was a key part of the revival of the Flyers in 2007-08 that led to a 39-point turnaround from the 2006-07 season and a trip to the Eastern Conference Final
In total, he retires with four olympic medals (3-bronze; 1 silver), four all-star game selections, 1,108 NHL games played and a Stanley Cup championship in which he won in his last NHL game with tonight’s opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Claude Giroux plays in his 500th career NHL game tonight… The Flyers have had 10 different players record a point on the season with only two players (B. Schenn & RJ Umberger) having recorded more than one point… Following tonight’s game, the Flyers will have five days off until their next game - it is the longest stretch in between games of the entire season (excluding the holiday break in December and all-star break in January which are both five days)… Hawks rookie Artem Panarin has four points (2g-2a) in his first three NHL games… Chicago's roster has six undrafted players (Andrew Desjardins, Artemi Panarin, Kyle Baun, Ryan Garbutt, Trevor van Riemsdyk & Viktor Svedberg).
The Flyers have scored four goals in three games on the season and Brayden Schenn has two of them, including their only game-winning-goal - Schenn led the Flyers last season with six game-winning-goals… Schenn has now appeared in 211 consecutive games for the Flyers, giving him the second-longest active streak on the team (Voracek - 229)… After missing 28 of his first 34 games as a Flyer due to injury, Schenn has appeared in 261 of his last 262 games as a Flyer beginning on Dec. 27, 2011… Against the Blackhawks, Schenn has two assists in five career games played.
The 2007 No. 1 overall pick is tied for second in the NHL in scoring with six points (3g-3a) and shots (17) in three games… Prior to going down with injury, Kane led the NHL in scoring last year through 60+ games and finished the year with 64 points (27-37) in 61 games… He also tied for the league lead in the playoffs with 23 points (11g-12a) in 23 games en route to his third Stanley Cup… Against the Flyers, Kane scored two goals in two games of the season series last year and all-time he has seven points (3g-4a) in seven games.