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Philadelphia Flyers vs Chicago Blackhawks

WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.
WHERE: United Center.
KEY PLAYERS: Chicago has misplaced 5 of its final six video games, beating lowly Arizona for its solely win in that span. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was sad with Chicago’s depth stage at follow Tuesday and had the gamers skating laps on the finish of the session.
The Blackhawks are anticipated to make use of goalie Corey Crawford, who's 5-Four with a 2.12 goals-against common and .935 save share. Crawford, nevertheless, has struggled mightily in 4 profession video games towards the Flyers: a 1-Three file with a Three.51 GAA and .855 save share.
Flyers killer Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 12 factors, and Brandon Saad tops the Hawks with six objectives.
The Flyers, who're making an attempt to bounce again from a Four-Three additional time loss to worst-in-the-NHL Arizona,  have 4 gamers averaging greater than some extent per recreation: Jake Voracek (16 factors), the scorching Sean Couturier (15), Claude Giroux (14), and Shayne Gostisbehere (13). Couturier has eight factors, together with 5 objectives, in his final 4 video games. Courting to final season, he has 32 factors and a plus-28 score in his final 32 video games.
Gostisbehere and rookie heart Nolan Patrick will miss the sport due to obvious concussion-like signs.
The Flyers have misplaced three of their final 4 video games (1-2-1).

HEAD TO HEAD: That is the primary assembly between the groups this season; they will even play Nov. 9 on the Wells Fargo Middle. The Flyers have a 60-46-30 file within the all-time sequence, together with a 1-1 mark final season.

In Chicago’s 7-Four, early-season win over the Flyers on the United Middle final yr, Ivan Provorov was minus-5. He has rebounded and turn into the Flyers’ greatest defenseman. By far.

The Chicago Blackhawks enter tonight’s recreation having stopped 92.46 % of all pictures that they’ve confronted to this point this season (excluding empty-net objectives towards). That’s the third-best mark within the NHL. And if that wasn’t sufficient, the St. Louis Blues, the Flyers’ opponent on Thursday, have stopped 92.81 % of all pictures they’ve confronted, which is second-best within the league to this point. (Solely the L.A. Kings, at a ridiculous 93.99 %, are faring higher in web than the Blues are.
Chances are high, the Flyers will likely be getting every of those groups’ number-one goalies, and beating these guys will likely be no small activity. Chicago’s Corey Crawford (tonight’s confirmed starter) has been excellent for just a few years now and is robust but once more this yr, posting a .935 save share by way of his first 10 video games of the season. In the meantime, in St. Louis, Jake Allen is faring fairly properly for himself, as he’s stopped 92.1 % of all pictures he’s confronted within the first 10 video games of his personal season.
We’ve seen the Flyers attempt to push in direction of the high-danger areas of the ice extra within the first month of this season than we did at principally any level final season. After an assault that was heavy on level pictures final season — one wherein the crew’s shot-attempt charges tended to outpace its expected-goal charges — the Flyers appear to be making extra of an effort to get pictures from the slot and to make performs that get the puck there.
However absent a complete lot of high-end expertise, that’s not one thing crew’s going to have the ability to do each evening. Take Monday evening’s loss to Arizona, for instance. What number of instances, within the first 40 minutes of that recreation, did you end up eager to throw your distant at your tv as a result of the Flyers tried to power the puck to a person in a harmful space in entrance, solely to see that cross both get swallowed up by a Coyotes defender or miss its supposed goal? That’s the draw back of passing up the simple shot for an opportunity at a troublesome one: generally these passing lanes simply aren’t going to be there, and in the event you hold taking these dangers unsuccessfully it might begin to get ugly (to the tune of “13 pictures on objective in two intervals towards an Zero-11 crew”).
In opposition to a crew that has obtained actually horrendous goaltending to this point this season, the way in which that the Coyotes have, it’s honest to ask whether or not the Flyers possibly ought to have accomplished a bit extra “letting it rip”, as a result of with some groups and a few goalies it is smart to take these possibilities.
Tonight and tomorrow, although, the Flyers are strolling into the properties of two of the stingiest goaltenders within the NHL this season. Guys like Crawford and Allen simply don’t surrender straightforward objectives. By way of corsica.hockey, Crawford is but to surrender a single “low-danger” objective this whole season, whereas Allen has given up three, two of which got here at 5-on-5.
All of which is to say that the Flyers could also be well-served to, as soon as once more, take some cracks at making that further cross to the slot, irrespective of how properly it might (or, y’know, could not) have gone the final day out. And that begins tonight towards Chicago. In opposition to a goalie who’s been near-impossible to crack and a Blackhawks protection that in any other case has some query marks, it’s price a shot.
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