Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Cheat Sheet: 12.11.13

After a 6-2 rout over the Dallas Stars last night, seek the Hawks (22-6-5) are back home tonight to take on the Philadelphia Flyers. In case you don’t remember, troche it was the Flyers that the Hawks beat in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals to become champs. There’s certainly been some bad blood between the two teams in the past, so tonight’s match up should be a great game.
 

What You Need to Know:

  • The Flyers won the last two meeting between the teams, most recently 5-4 on January 5, 2012. It’s been awhile since these teams have met.
  • The Flyers have struggled this season, dropping their last game 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout loss. The team is 13-14-3 on the season and have struggled offensively.

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  • Chicago has notoriously struggled on special teams the last two seasons. However, after last night’s penalty kill and power play dominance, things look to be picking up for the Hawks.
  • With goalie Corey Crawford out for several weeks with a lower body injury, Antti Raanta will get the start in net for the Hawks.

Players to Watch: The Flyers

  • Familiar face Ray Emery will likely start in goal for the Flyers. After helping the Hawks win the Cup last year, Emery is 3-5-0 for the Flyers this season with a 2.56 goals against average (GAA). He was recently embroiled in a bit of controversy after his ugly fight with Washington Capital’s goaltender Braden Holtby. FUN FACT: Emery was on the Flyers in 2010 when they lost to the Hawks.
  • Scott Hartnell: The left winger is only three points away from 500 career points. he could potentially hit this milestone against the Hawks.

Players to Watch: The Hawks

  • Patrick Sharp was awarded the championship belt last night after scoring two goals in the second period against the Stars – including a beautiful breakaway. He’s second on the team in points this season with 29.
  • Patrick Kane continues his ridiculous season- moving up to second place in the NHL points race (40). He recorded 3 last night; 2 assists and a the game winning goal in the 5-2 win over the Stars. The man is on fire right now, and shows no signs of slowing down. He also scored a pretty big goal against the Flyers two years ago… THE CUP WINNING GOAL!!! Here’s a refresher of that amazing moment. Literally, chills every time.

Your Takeaway Piece:

“Even with Corey Crawford out, the Hawks should be able to handle the Flyers with the way they’ve been playing. The penalty kill has looked good, and Kaner’s been unstoppable.”

What’s Next: 

Puck drops at 7pm at the United Center. The Game will be on WGN

About the author: Rachel Musnicki hails from the Chicago suburbs. A die-hard Chicago sports fan, she is known for her obsession with the Blackhawks. Rachel is finishing up her senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is working towards a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She previously interned with Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Rachel still dreams of being an Olympian, though is starting to realize she may never make it as a beach volleyball star. One of her favorite sports memories is going to a Stanley Cup Final Game in 2010 and watching the Blackhawks defeat the Flyers. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelMusnicki

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