The Chicago Blackhawks are back on the ice to face the Philadelphia Flyers for NBCSN's Rivalry Night on Wednesday. The two teams aren't exactly rivals -- liberal use of the term "rivalry" by NBCSN, ya don't say!! -- but have some history from the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
The big event of the night will be the honoring of defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who retired this year after a midseason trade helped him win the Cup in Chicago. One of the best Flyers in recent memory, Timonen is a huge deal in Philadelphia and the franchise is celebrating his career with a ceremony prior to puck drop. It should be great to watch.
The Hawks enter the contest on a two-game winning streak after earning victories in both legs of a home-and-home against the New York Islanders. The defense bounced back nicely after an ugly start in the season-opener against the New York Rangers and the second line of Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov lit it up with some of the best hockey we've seen thus far.
Corey Crawford will be back in net for the game after getting Saturday off. With the Hawks playing a back-to-back, Scott Darling will likely start Thursday night against the Washington Capitals. Crawford is coming off a strong performance in the Hawks' 3-2 overtime win over the Isles last Friday.
Here are the lines from today's practice:
#Blackhawks lines: Garbutt-Toews-Hossa Panarin-Anisimov-Kane Bickell-Teravainen-Tikhonov Desjardins-Kruger-Shaw— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 14, 2015
The Flyers enter the game with a 1-1-1 record after shutting out the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 win on Monday. That came just two days after a 7-1 loss to Florida, however, so it's apparent that Philadelphia's longtime defensive woes haven't been figured out just yet. Philly has its usual high-powered offense, though, so the Hawks' defense should be ready for a challenge Wednesday night.
How to watch
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Online: NBCSN live stream