After suffering a loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Flyers look to bounce back from their first defeat under John Stevens when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night (7:00 p.m., Versus, 610 WIP).
Stevens took over Oct. 22 after Ken Hitchcock was fired as coach and longtime general manager Bobby Clarke resigned. The Flyers beat Atlanta 3-2 in a shootout in Stevens' first game Thursday to end a five-game losing streak.
Philadelphia, however, lost in an 8-2 home rout by Pittsburgh on Saturday. Stevens kept the locker room closed for nearly 20 minutes after the game.
"We have to take ownership of this situation," Stevens told philadelphiaflyers.com. "It seems like we're sitting idle waiting for someone next to us to make a difference. We all have to take responsibility."
The Flyers are 2-7-1 and their five points are the fewest in the NHL. Philadelphia has been outscored 32-11 over the last seven games.
"There are a lot of things you want to make sure do not happen anymore, but on the positive side, there are 72 games left, and we do have a chance to pull this around," right wing Mike Knuble told the team's web site.
Antero Niittymaki stopped just five of nine shots Saturday before being pulled for Robert Esche. In eight games this season, Niittymaki is 2-5-1 with a 3.21 goals-against average.
The Flyers had no success against Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who recorded his first career hat trick.
Philadelphia should have a good chance to bounce back against the injury-plagued Blackhawks, losers of five straight and 11 of 12 to the Flyers. Chicago hasn't won in Philadelphia since Nov. 9, 1996, losing six straight road games in the series since then.
Chicago dropped its fourth in a row and was shut out for the second straight game Saturday, falling 3-0 to Anaheim. The Blackhawks are missing key forwards Martin Havlat, Michal Handzus and Tuomo Ruutu, as well as No. 1 goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, because of injuries.
Ruutu, who has been out all season after suffering a sprained left knee in the preseason, could return against the Flyers. Handzus, however, is done for the season after tearing his ACL in an Oct. 21 loss to St. Louis.
Havlat, the team's leading scorer who's out with a sprained right ankle, and Khabibulin, nursing a broken finger, won't play Monday.
Chicago has gone seven straight periods and 145 minutes, 10 seconds without scoring.
Brian Boucher has made two straight starts in place of Khabibulin and has allowed eight goals on 53 shots. He's 0-4-0 with a 4.29 GAA this season.
"I wasn't really extremely disappointed," coach Trent Yawney said after Saturday's defeat. "I saw some positives, but our consistency throughout the game has to get better."