Flyers Finish Season in Chicago

Jan 19, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is defended by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Cam York (45) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 19, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is defended by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Cam York (45) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Thankfully, the Philadelphia Flyers gave their hometown crowd one final win at the Wells Fargo Center. It was an exciting loss in overtime; something the Flyers have struggled with all season.

Now, the season is coming to a close. The Flyers will finish off the year with a contest against the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the worst teams in the NHL. Don’t underestimate them. The Blackhawks gave the Flyers a horrific drubbing back at WFC in January. They also dropped the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last game, 5-2 which is the game that probably, more than anything, kept the Pens from reaching the playoffs. My response to that is:

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Philadelphia Flyers

Record: 30-38-13 (73 points, 7th in Metro)

As I said in the last preview, some Flyers are still close to some milestones. Morgan Frost is one goal shy of 20 while Scott Laughton and Kevin Hayes are two away from 20 as well. This would be Laughton’s first time cracking 20 goals and Hayes’ first time since his first year in Philly. Hayes is also one point shy of tying his career high of 55. Laughton’s 43 points are also his career high.

Nicolas Deslauriers is three points away from not only tying his career high of 15 but also of reaching 100 career points. Travis Konecny is one goal away from cracking the 30 goal club. And if TK has a big game, he is four points away from tying his career high of 61 points. And while Joel Farabee’s goal numbers are down, he has set a career high with 39 points, leaving him one away from 40.

Finally, we come to Justin Braun. Many of you may wonder why is has he been playing so much lately. Well, there are two reasons. For one thing, many of the young guys have been sent back to the AHL to help the Phantoms on their playoff run. Likewise, Braun is just one point shy of reaching 200 career points. It may not be a lot of points for someone who has played 13 years, but it is something.

Flyers assistant coach Darryl Williams will get to man the bench tonight as coach. John Tortorella is still evaluating the team from up above. Rocky Thompson has gotten to helm the team recently. This is the first time that Williams has coached a team at the NHL level in a game.

Felix Sanstrom will get the start in net tonight. Tony DeAngelo, once again, is a healthy scratch.

Projected Lineup

Kevin Hayes — Noah Cates — Owen Tippett

Joel Farabee — Morgan Frost — Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk — Scott Laughton — Wade Allison

Nicolas Deslauriers — Tanner Laczynski — Brendan Lemieux

Ivan Provorov — Cam York

Travis Sanheim — Rasmus Ristolainen

Nick Seeler — Justin Braun

Felix Sandstrom

Chicago Blackhawks

Record: 26-49-6 (58 points, 8th in Central)

Chicago is tied with Anaheim for the second worst record in the league and is just one point above the Columbus Blue Jackets, who with a quirk in the schedule, have two games left to play.

Ten years ago, the Blackhawks were perennial contenders. They could always be counted on to make a deep run in the playoffs. As Flyers fans, we know all about that only too well. They last won the Stanley Cup in 2015.

Since then, they have fallen on hard times, much like the Flyers. They have missed the playoffs in four of the last five seasons and were knocked out in the first round in the two years following their last championship. The last time they made the playoffs was in 2020, when they won in the qualifying round in the bubble to get into the playoffs only to be knocked out in the first round by Vegas.

Much like the Flyers, this is a proud, historic team looking for answers on how to become relevant again. This will be the last home game of Jonathan Toews’s career in Chicago.

Projected Lineup

Tyler Johnson — Jonathan Toews — Jason Dickinson

Anders Bjork — Andreas Athanasiou — Buddy Robinson

Boris Katchouk — Jujhar Khaira — Joey Anderson

Austin Wagner — MacKenzie Entwistle — Reese Johnson

Caleb Jones — Seth Jones

Wyatt Kaiser — Connor Murphy

Andreas Englund — Nikita Zaitsev

Alex Stalock

Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen

Time: 8:30 PM

Where: United Center

Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia

 Radio: 97.5 FM

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