The Blackhawks are in Philadelphia tonight and Ian Mitchell appears to be back in the lineup in place of Isaak Phillips. As long as the Blackhawks have seven defensemen including the two youngsters, we’re likely going to see head coach Luke Richardson alternating 3-4 game stretches for them. It that ideal? Maybe not. Would I love to see them skate together for 4-5 in a row? Absolutely. But baby steps, folks. Baby steps until the trade deadline…
Puck Drop: 6:00 PM CT
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Tyler Johnson — Max Domi — Patrick Kane
Philipp Kurashev — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh
Andreas Athanasiou — Jason Dickinson — Sam Lafferty
Reese Johnson — MacKenzie Entwistle — Colin Blackwell
Jake McCabe — Seth Jones
Jack Johnson — Connor Murphy
Ian Mitchell — Caleb Jones
🥅 Petr Mrazek
James van Riemsdyk – Morgan Frost – Owen Tippett
Joel Farabee – Noah Cates – Travis Konecny
Kevin Hayes – Scott Laughton – Wade Allison
Nicolas Deslauriers – Patrick Brown – Zach MacEwen
Ivan Provorov – Cam York
Travis Sanheim – Tony Deangelo
Nick Seeler – Rasmus Ristolainen
🥅 Carter Hart
Jarred Tinordi and Jujhar Khaira are on IR. Alex Stalock is still in concussion protocol.
Sean Couturier, Cam Atkinson, Ryan Ellis and Tanner Laczynski are on IR.
What to Watch For
- The Flyers have been dealing with the blowback from defenseman Ivan Provorov opting to not participate in the pre-game skate on Pride Night for a couple days now. How does that impact the room? Does Torts healthy scratch him to make a point?
- The Blackhawks’ second line of Philipp Kurashev, Jonathan Toews and Taylor Raddysh has been the Blackhawks’ best for a few games. Kurashev played what might be the best game of his NHL career on Tuesday night.
- Seth Jones had a bad first period on Tuesday night. Be he rebounded and got better as the game progressed, ultimately scoring both the game-tying and overtime, game-winning goals. Does he have a little extra bounce in his step tonight after the heroics against Buffalo?
- Travis Konecny (13), former Blackhawks’ first-rounder Kevin Hayes (10) and Scott Laughton (9) have all been point-per-game players for the Flyers in eight January games.