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Blackhawks vs. Flyers preview: Chicago meets its 1st Eastern Conference opponent

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The Hawks face the Flyers for the first time in 2016-17 looking to earn their second straight victory.

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks get their first Eastern Conference matchup of the season Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s a chance to get back to .500 after stumbling to open the season, and hopefully we’ll see some of the big names start scoring goals, too.

The Hawks will be without Ryan Hartman once again for the game, so it looks like Jordin Tootoo will be on the fourth line next to Marcus Kruger and Dennis Rasmussen. Hartman said he’s looking to return Friday night, which would be a boost to a line that’ll likely be lacking offensively with its current setup.

But Kruger’s penalty-killing efforts might be a little easier on Tuesday, as the Flyers have gone scoreless on the power play so far this season. Chicago’s penalty kill has been a mess, to say the least, and it’s made it harder to gauge exactly where the team is at three games in.

Philadelphia is a pretty good team with loads of talent up front that should make this an entertaining game. The Flyers are 1-0-1 this season and currently rank 10th in 5-on-5 Corsi in the league. Michal Neuvirth is expected to start in goal, and while he’s bounce around in his career, he’s posted a solid .924 save percentage in 33 games since joining the Flyers last season.

For more on the Flyers, check out Broad Street Hockey.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Forwards
Tyler Motte - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Vincent Hinostroza - Nick Schmaltz - Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen - Marcus Kruger - Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen
Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling - Brian Campbell

Goalie
Corey Crawford

Flyers

Forwards
Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
Travis Konecny - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Matt Read - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Dale Weise
Roman Lyubimov - Boyd Gordon - Nick Cousins

Defensemen
Andrew MacDonald - Shayne Gostisbehere
Ivan Provorov - Mark Streit
Nick Schultz - Brandon Manning

Goalie
Michal Neuvirth

How to watch Blackhawks vs. Flyers

Location: United Center, Chicago
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSN, CSN Chicago
Live stream: NBC Sports