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Blackhawks look for season sweep over the Flyers

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With the reunion of Toews, Kane, and Sharp on the top line, Chicago looks to end a 21 year regular-season losing streak in Philly.

Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks travel to Philadelphia Thursday night, looking for a season sweep over the Flyers. The Hawks met the Flyers just over a week ago, where they earned a 3-0 shutout at the United Center.

Despite winning their first meeting of the season against Philadelphia, Chicago will look to break a streak that’s seen them drop 13 straight regular season losses at the Wells Fargo Center. Yeah, that’s right. The Blackhawks haven’t won a regular season game in Philadelphia since November 9th, 1996. However, it’s hard to complain about the lack of regular season wins at Wells Fargo when you think about June 9th, 2010, am I right?

What can the Blackhawks do to break that trend? It’s no news now that Chicago’s offense has been lacking, even with the complete mashup of line changes we’ve seen this season. But, it looks like Joel Quenneville has turned to some old faces to hopefully ignite a spark. Get excited to see the reunion of Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane on the top line Thursday.

Also hoping to add some spark to Chicago’s game, Gustav Forsling is expected to make his return to the lineup against the Flyers, after missing the last three games with an upper body injury.

The Flyers will be without 2017 2nd overall draft pick Nolan Patrick, who has missed six consecutive games with an upper body injury.

The Blackhawks and Flyers enter Thursday’s game with an identical 7-6-2 record, for 16 points apiece, with Chicago sitting in sixth in the Central Division, and Philadelphia in sixth in the Metropolitan Division.

Corey Crawford is likely to get the start for the Blackhawks. Crawford has been outstanding for Chicago so far in this early season, with a league leading 1.77 goals against average, and .945 save percentage.

Brian Elliott is likely to get the nod for the Flyers. In his nine games started this season, Elliott has a 5-3-1 record, with a 3.11 goals against average, and .892 save percentage.

Projected Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
F2 Brandon Saad - Artem Anisimov - Richard Panik
F3 Alex Debrincat - Nick Schmaltz - Ryan Hartman
F4 Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - John Hayden
D1 Duncan Keith - Jan Rutta
D2 Gustav Forsling - Brent Seabrook
D3 Connor Murphy - Cody Franson
Goaltender Corey Crawford

Flyers

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
F2 Travis Konecny - Valtteri Filppula - Wayne Simmonds
F3 Jordan Weal - Jori Lehtera - Dale Weise
F4 Taylor Leier - Scott Laughton - Michael Raffl
D1 Ivan Provorov - Robert Hagg
D2 Brandon Manning - Shayne Gostisbehere
D3 Travis Sanheim - Mark Alt
Goaltender Brian Elliott

How to watch:

Start time: 6 pm CT

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV: NBC Sports Chicago