Blackhawks look for season sweep over the Flyers

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.

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


F1Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
F2Brandon Saad - Artem Anisimov - Richard Panik
F3Alex Debrincat - Nick Schmaltz - Ryan Hartman
F4Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - John Hayden
D1Duncan Keith - Jan Rutta
D2Gustav Forsling - Brent Seabrook
D3Connor Murphy - Cody Franson
GoaltenderCorey Crawford


F1Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
F2Travis Konecny - Valtteri Filppula - Wayne Simmonds
F3Jordan Weal - Jori Lehtera - Dale Weise
F4Taylor Leier - Scott Laughton - Michael Raffl
D1Ivan Provorov - Robert Hagg
D2Brandon Manning - Shayne Gostisbehere
D3Travis Sanheim - Mark Alt
GoaltenderBrian Elliott

How to watch:

Start time: 6 pm CT

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV: NBC Sports Chicago