Flyers at Blackhawks, Game 57: Notes, Lineups, and How to Watch

Philadelphia Flyers v Chicago Blackhawks
Philadelphia Flyers v Chicago Blackhawks / Stacy Revere/GettyImages

With a two-game skid in hand, the Philadelphia Flyers will get their first taste of Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks.

This is the first of two meetings between the Flyers and Blackhawks. They will meet again at the end of March when Philadelphia will host Chicago. The two sides split the season series last year. The Hawks scored four unanswered goals to cruise to a 4-1 win on Jan 19. Travis Konecny scored twice as the Flyers recovered in overtime to take a 5-4 win in the season finale and final game of Jonathan Toews’ Blackhawks tenure.

Philadelphia Flyers

They call these types of matchups as trap games. The Blackhawks are the worst team in the league and have lost five of their last six games. The Flyers do come in with a two-game losing streak of their own. This is why John Tortorella talked about how this game scared him. 

The Flyers would love to see Sam Ersson bounce back from a tough outing in the Stadium Series. Whether it was the elements or any possible nerves, Ersson was not at his best against the Devils. He has bounced back from adversity plenty of times this season, so this should be no different. He has given up three or more goals in his last three games. Chicago averages just over two goals per game.

Travis Konecny has picked things up again, as he has 10 points in his last five games. He is on the cusp of his second straight 30-goal season after having never hit the mark in his career before last year. He carries a six-game point streak into the night (4G, 7A).

Flyers Projected Lineup

Owen Tippett - Sean Couturier - Cam Atkinson

Joel Farabee - Morgan Frost - Travis Konecny

Ryan Poehling - Noah Cates - Garnet Hathaway

Nic Deslauriers - Scott Laughton

Cam York - Jamie Drysdale 

Nick Seeler - Sean Walker

Egor Zamula - Travis Sanheim 

Marc Staal

Sam Ersson

Chicago Blackhawks 

It's no surprise the Blackhawks are at the bottom of the league. Look up and down their roster, and it is filled with young players. Nick Foligno is the only player born in the 1980s on their roster. Five players were born in the 2000s, with a few born a year or two prior. There is no shock that this team won 15 of their 56 games.

Despite missing time due to a broken jaw, Connor Bedard leads the Hawks in points (39) and is tied for the team lead in goals (17). He has six points in three games since rejoining the lineup and has scored in back-to-back games. It has been an impressive rookie season for the Hawks' number-one pick. They also seem to have a budding star in Philipp Kurashev as well. His next goal will not only be his 10th of the season, but it will be a career-high. He has already broken highs in assists (23)  and points (32). 

The Hawks will turn to Arvid Soderblom, making just his second start since Jan. 24. He has appeared in 21 games this season, coming off a loss to the Penguins in his last game. The numbers aren’t great for the rookie goaltender, as he has a 4.01 GAA and a .875 SV%.

Hawks Projected Lineup

Nick Foligno - Connor Bedard - Phillip Kurashev

Anthony Beauvillier - Jason Dickinson - Joey Anderson

Reese Johnson - Tyler Johnson - Taylor Raddysh

Colin Blackwell - MacKenzie Entwistle - Ryan Donato

Alex Vlasic - Seth Jones

Kevin Korchinski - Jaycob Megna

Jarred Tinordi - Isaak Phillips

Arvid Soderblom

When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen

Time:  7:30 PM

Where: United Center

Watch: TNT

Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

Live Stream: FuboTV

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