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At the Rink: Blackhawks at Flyers

by Adam Kimelman

PHILADELPHIA -- It will be Ryan Garbutt's turn at left wing on the top line of the Chicago Blackhawks against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw started with center Jonathan Toews and right wing Marian Hossa in the first three games but coach Joel Quenneville hasn't liked the chemistry.

Now it's a chance for Garbutt, who was acquired from the Dallas Stars on July 12 as part of the Patrick Sharp trade.

"He's got speed, he's got some experience," Quenneville said. "And he's direct, pretty straight up and down his wing. The other guys are pretty handy with the puck as far as play recognition as well. Maybe he can generate something with his quickness going to the net or his speed off the rush."

Garbutt has nine shots on goal and a minus-1 rating in three games, and said nothing will change in how he approaches the game.

"Be physical and get in on the forecheck, things that I do no matter what line I'm playing on," he said. "Those are the things that allow me to move up and down the lineup. I can play on any line when I use my speed to my advantage."

Toews said he thinks Garbutt will be a good complement in part because of the similarities in their style of play.

"He's got a lot of skill with the puck," Toews said. "At the end of the day you know what to expect from him because he keeps it simple and makes the easy plays. I think I play the same way. We'll try to go out there and get on the same page and get some time in the offensive zone."

The Flyers are having top-line issues as well. Through three games Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl have combined for one point, a power-play assist for Giroux in a 7-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Oct. 10. Last season, Voracek and Giroux were top-10 scorers in the League and Raffl had 21 goals.

However, they feel they're playing well and creating chances. Voracek leads the Flyers with 12 shots on goal and Raffl is tied for second with 10. And Raffl (second, 56.72), Giroux (fourth, 55.07) and Voracek (fifth, 54.67) are among the Flyers' leaders in shot-attempts percentage at 5-on-5.

"I think we're creating a lot offensively, just the pucks aren't bouncing in right now," Raffl said. "There's no need to be worried about that. As long as you get scoring chances you're doing something right. Sooner or later they'll start bouncing in for you."

Flyers goalie Steve Mason took part in the morning skate but will miss his second straight game because of a personal issue. Mason did not speak to the media after practice, but his teammates said it was good to see him at the rink.

"It's great to have him back," defenseman Mark Streit said. "He went through a very rough time. I think it's good for him to be here, be around the guys, be back in the locker room and get back on the ice, and have different thoughts on his mind. Go out there and do what he loves to do."

Here are the projected lineups:


Ryan Garbutt - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell - Teuvo Teravainen - Viktor Tikhonov

Andrew Desjardins - Marcus Kruger - Andrew Shaw

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Viktor Svedberg - Brent Seabrook

Trevor Daley - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Kyle Baun, David Rundblad

Injured: Michal Rozsival (ankle)


Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Brayden Schenn - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds

Sam Gagner - Scott Laughton - Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Ryan White

Nick Schultz - Mark Streit

Michael Del Zotto - Brandon Manning

Evgeny Medvedev - Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Jason LaBarbera

Scratched: Luke Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Steve Mason

Injured: R.J. Umberger (upper body)

Status report: Toews said he was happy to be part of the Flyers honoring Kimmo Timonen before the game. Timonen was with the Flyers for eight seasons but was traded to the Blackhawks on Feb. 27 and helped them win the Stanley Cup. "We didn't spend a lot of time with him but it was meaningful time and we have great memories," he said. ... Simmonds and Gagner switched lines from the 1-0 win Monday against the Panthers, with Gagner moving to left wing. "I like what Sam did, brought a little offense to the game, played hard two ways," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "Those two have a little different element obviously. We just wanted to make that change for tonight."

Who's hot: Kane has three goals and three assists in three games. ... Brayden Schenn has two goals in three games.


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