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Elliott back in goal for Philadelphia; Chicago hopes to prevent third straight loss

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (3-3-1) at BLACKHAWKS (2-3-2)



The Game

Goalie Brian Elliott will start his second consecutive game for the Philadelphia Flyers when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday.

Elliott made 33 saves in a 6-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, ending the Flyers' four-game losing streak (0-3-1).

Robin Lehner will start his second straight game for Chicago, which has lost its past two games (0-1-1). Lehner made 33 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Golden Knights at United Center on Tuesday.

The teams opened the season with a 4-3 Flyers victory against the Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Oct. 4.


Players to watch

Blackhawks center Kirby Dach, the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal Tuesday.

Flyers forward Travis Konecny has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his first seven games of the season and at least one point in six of the seven.


They said it

"It was good. I didn't get any shots the first 10 minutes, which can make it hard to get into a groove, but you have to stay patient and stay ready and the guys gave me a really good chance to win with all of that run support. You just want to play big back there and not give anything unreasonable up." -- Flyers goalie Brian Elliott on the Flyers' 6-2 win against the Golden Knights

"He's been good probably all three games he played, and I thought preseason he was strong too. So it's good. That's what we want, competition. And it's going to push both those guys to be better." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on goalie Robin Lehner


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

Michael Raffl -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Robert Hagg -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Samuel Morin, Tyler Pitlick

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Andrew Shaw

Dylan Strome -- Kirby Dach -- Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kubalik

Alexander Nylander -- Ryan Carpenter -- Drake Caggiula

Duncan Keith -- Calvin de Haan

Olli Maatta -- Brent Seabrook

Slater Koekkoek -- Erik Gustafsson

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Zack Smith, Dennis Gilbert

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)


Status report

The Flyers did not have a morning skate. … Gilbert was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Wednesday after the Blackhawks placed Murphy on long-term injured reserve.


Stat pack

Couturier has four points (one goal, three assists) during a four-game point streak. ... Kane has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.

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