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Philadelphia without injured defenseman Gostisbehere; Chicago aims to end three-game losing streak

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

FLYERS (6-5-1) at BLACKHAWKS (5-5-2)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to end a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at United Center on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks haven't lost four straight games in regulation since April 5-11, 2015. They'll have a new look to their forward lines, among them rookie Alex DeBrincat moving to left wing on the top line alongside center Jonathan Toews and right wing Richard Panik. DeBrincat had been playing right wing most of the season.

The Flyers will be without defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who will miss his second straight game because of an upper-body injury sustained against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Flyers center Sean Couturier is in the top 10 in the NHL in goals (nine, tied for fourth) and points (15, tied for sixth), in part because he's starting 47.37 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, his highest percentage in seven NHL seasons.

Blackhawks defenseman Cody Franson, who has played in three of the first 12 games, will skate with Duncan Keith on the first pair against the Flyers.

 

They said it

"Especially at this level, any time you make a mistake it's always in your head. You can't control certain things [like getting scratched or sent to the American Hockey League] and mentally you've got to be strong and ready to move forward from it." -- Flyers rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim, whose overtime turnover led to a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday

"For [DeBrincat], he's such a smart player with the puck. For him, the main thing is just to relax and use his speed, use his shiftiness the way a guy like [Kane] would. Just go out there and trust his instinct."-- Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on linemate Alex DeBrincat

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Travis Konecny -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Jordan Weal -- Jori Lehtera -- Dale Weise

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Brandon Manning -- Mark Alt

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Matt Read, Will O'Neill

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body), Nolan Patrick (upper body), Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body)

 
Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Brandon Saad -- Nick Schmaltz -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Artem Anisimov -- John Hayden

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- Ryan Hartman

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Jan Rutta -- Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny -- Connor Murphy

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body), Gustav Forsling (upper body)

 

Status report

The Flyers did not have a morning skate. … Patrick and Gostisbehere skated on their own Tuesday but are not on the two-game road trip, which concludes at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. … Rutta, a right-handed shot, was shifted to the left side against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday following Forsling's injury. Coach Joel Quenneville is confident that he saw enough to give Rutta a full game there.

 

Stat pack

Voracek has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games. … Kane has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 12 regular-season games against the Flyers.

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