Flyers @ BLackhawks
Last Game: Loss - SO, 5-4 @ Senators (Mon. Dec. 9th)
Streak: Lost 2
- The Flyers are 55-43-30 all-time against the Blackhawks.
- On his 36th birthday, defenseman Mark Streit is two points away from 300 in his NHL career while Scott Hartnell is three points from 500 NHL points.
- Philadelphia is coming off the first game they lost in which they scored four or more goals in Monday's shootout loss to the Senators.
- The Flyers have killed off 25-of-27 (92.6%) shorthanded opportunities over their last five games.
- Over their last 15 games, the Flyers have outscored opponents 45-34.
- Jake Voracek snapped a 12-game goalless streak and a seven-game pointless streak with his goal Monday against Ottawa.
- Nick Grossmann will be key to stopping the Blackhawks offense as he ranks third in the NHL in blocked shots with 78.
Last Game: Win, 6-2 @ Stars (Tue. Dec. 10th)
Streak: Won 2
- The Blackhawks are 27-17-19 all-time at home against the Flyers. Excluding the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, the last time Chicago beat the Flyers at home was December 26th, 2008.
- Tonight is the second game of a back-to-back and they posted a 10-1-1 record in back-to-backs last season.
- As a team the Blackhawks have collected at least one point in 27 of their 33 games.
- Chicago is coming off two straight 6-2 victories over the Stars and Panthers after losing three straight.
- The Blackhawks are first in goals per game at 3.6 and fifth in power play percentage at 22.9%. They've scored a power play goal in six straight games.
- Marian Hossa leads all Blackhawks with 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 41 career games against the Flyers.
3-5-0, 2.57 GAA, .908 SV%
Emery, 31, gets the start for the Flyers against his former team. Emery's last appearance came in relief of Steve Mason in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. He allowed one goal on eight shots in the third period. In three career starts against Chicago, Emery is 2-0-1 with a 1.99 GAA and a .929 SV%.
4-0-1, 2.14 GAA, .924 SV%
Raanta, 24, is coming off of a strong start last night against the Stars allowing just two goals on 29 shots in the 6-2 victory. The rookie could be seeing a lot more action in the coming weeks as starter Corey Crawford is expected to miss 2-3 weeks due to injury. Raanta has never faced the Flyers and Wednesday would only be his fifth start in the NHL.