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10/24 Game Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

The Chicago Blackhawks' Kirby Dach, right, receives a hug from teammate Olli Maatta (6) after Dach scored a goal in the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. The Golden Knights won, 2-1, in a shootout. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks' Kirby Dach, right, receives a hug from teammate Olli Maatta (6) after Dach scored a goal in the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. The Golden Knights won, 2-1, in a shootout. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) /
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Tonight at 7:30 the Chicago Blackhawks will welcome their last opponent to the UC for their 7 game homestand. The Philadelphia Flyers will come to down eager to win their second straight game.

Tonight’s game against the Flyers will be very interesting. There are a lot of stories to follow for Blackhawks fans right now. Whether it be the play of Jonathan Toews, or what the Blackhawks will do with Connor Murphy now out with an injury. Chicago needs to have a statement type win against the Flyers tonight.

The Chicago Blackhawks will have Robin Lehner in net tonight vs the Flyers. This will be the first time all season Lehner will start back to back games, and it will be important with a tough Flyers team coming to town. The Chicago Blackhawks last played against the Vegas Golden Knights, they lost 2-1 in OT on Tuesday, while the Flyers, on the other hand, beat them 6-2 on Monday.

The Flyers have been led by players like Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom, who have 10 and 6 points respectively. The Flyers have a young team, and they have the speed to outplay anyone they face. Philadelphia has also been a great power-play team so far this season. They have a PP percentage of 27.59%, which is about 7% above the league average.

Chicago is not going to want to take any unnecessary penalties, I am looking at you Andrew Shaw. Here were the lines this morning at the Blackhawks morning skate.

The best line out of all 4 lines this season has been the Saad Kampf Kubalik line. Let’s hope Collitan comes to his senses and moves the two wingers up with Jonathan Toews sometimes soon.

With Murphy on longtime injury reserved Koekkoek will most likely see some action tonight unless of course, they go with Brendan Perlini on the blue line. Playing time is playing time right?

Dennis Gilbert, who was recalled from Rockford after Murphy went down, seems to be going through some kind of injury. Although he won’t be playing tonight he can still make a difference in the coming weeks.

Alex Nylander has 6 points through the first 7 games of the season, it will be interesting to see if he can make a difference on the goal sheet yet again. Nylander has been finding a way to get a goal, while doing not much else on the ice after that. He is finding himself playing power-play minutes now, so keep your eye on him.

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 14: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on October 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 14: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on October 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

The Blackhawks are coming to the end of a long homestand, without much to show for it. Getting a win tonight is necessary for their confidence moving forward. Let’s go out and win Chicago!

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Date: 10/24/19
Time: 7:30 PM Central
Where:  United Center
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: 720 AM
Live Streaming: ESPN+

ESPN+ has a free 7-day trial that includes live streaming for this game on all your smart devices! Besides NHL games, ESPN+ features a selection of live games from MLB, MLS, Serie A, FA Cup, and EFL. Get in on the action with Live UFC Fight Nights, 30+ Top Rank Boxing cards, Grand Slam tennis from Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open.

If you are interested in the betting odds for tonight’s game check out the Action Network! Things seem to be split pretty evenly so far between the two teams, but the Action Network will track it through the periods as well.

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