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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 1, 2017
United Center, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 21,524

Skidding Blackhawks take on inconsistent Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks

  1. The Flyers lost to the Coyotes, 4-3 in overtime, as they drop to 1-2-1 in their last four games. It was their second overtime game of the season -- they beat the Ducks in Anaheim, 3-2, on October 7. Last season, the Flyers were 7-5 in games that ended in overtime.
  2. The Blackhawks fell to the Avalanche, 6-3, in Colorado on Saturday, their third consecutive loss. It also drops them to 1-4-1 in their last 6, after opening the season 4-1-1. Chicago only allowed six or more goals twice last season, and hadn't done so since March 25.
  3. Since Chicago beat the Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup, Philly has had the upper hand on the Hawks, going 3-6-1 against them since then. The total goals in those games are close -- 31 for the Flyers, 29 for the Blackhawks -- but only three have been decided by one goal, and five have been decided by at least three.
  4. Sean Couturier scored twice in the third period against Arizona, including the game-tying goal with 15 seconds left. He now has nine goals in 12 games this season, just six shy of his career-high 15, which he got when he played in all 82 games in 2014-15.
  5. Ryan Hartman scored in the loss to Colorado, giving him four goals and six assists in 12 games this season, good for 0.83 points per game. Last year as a rookie, he had 31 points in 76 games (0.41 points per game), which led all Chicago rookies.
  6. The Flyers have excelled in the 2nd period this season, scoring 16 goals and allowing 10. Their +6 differential is tied for third in the NHL. Meanwhile, Chicago has struggled with the long change, scoring 9 and allowing 13. That -4 differential is tied for sixth-worst in the league.

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville apparently saw enough. With Chicago in the midst of a three-game losing streak, he commanded a longer-than-usual practice on Tuesday and cursed at his players afterward because he thought their effort was lacking.

The Blackhawks will try to bounce back Wednesday when they face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center.

Chicago (5-5-2) started the season on a high note but has been outscored 12-6 during the past week while dropping games against the Vegas Golden Knights, Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks are 1-5-0 in their past six contests.

"I didn't like the last part of our practice," Quenneville said to the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday. "The intensity and the pace went down to a tough-to-watch (level). It was just, let's go."

Philadelphia (6-5-1) also is searching for more consistency after an up-and-down start to the season. The Flyers are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the previously winless Arizona Coyotes, and they are 1-2-1 in their past four.

Injuries to defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald have placed the Flyers in a difficult spot. Four of the team's seven active blue-liners are rookies.

"I've played with a few of them as a partner (in the AHL), so the familiarity certainly makes it easier," said defenseman Will O'Neill, who joined the team on Tuesday.

Philadelphia has been forced to turn to its depth on offense, as well. Rookie forward Nolan Patrick has a head injury, and he did not make the road trip.

Chicago likely will turn to goaltender Corey Crawford for his 11th start of the season. The 32-year-old is 5-4-0 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in his first 10 contests.

The Flyers have had Crawford's number. In four career games against Philadelphia, Crawford is 1-3-0 with a 3.51 GAA and an uncharacteristically low .855 save percentage.

Veteran goaltender Brian Elliott is expected to start for Philadelphia. Also 32 years old, Elliott has posted a 5-2-1 record with a 3.23 GAA and a .884 save percentage in his first season with the Flyers.

Elliott is familiar with the Blackhawks from his tenure with the St. Louis Blues. In 18 career games against Chicago, he is 7-8-1 with a 2.50 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 13 career points (four goals, nine assists) in 11 games against Philadelphia. Artem Anisimov scored two goals in two games against the Flyers last season.

One of the Flyers' hottest players is Sean Couturier, who scored two goals in the most recent game against the Coyotes. He leads the team with nine goals this season and is on pace to top his season high of 15, which he set during the 2014-15 campaign with Philadelphia.

Blackhawks players hope to post a win against the Flyers -- and put punishing practices behind them.

"Those are never fun," Chicago defenseman Cody Franson said to the Sun-Times. "But you know what, it's great. Losing is not acceptable here.

"It's amazing to me how calm and level-headed our room has stayed through adversity like this. This is kind of the first time I've experienced something like that. Usually, there's a ton of panic."

Updated November 1, 2017

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