Hawks look to keep momentum against Flyers

After a convincing 4-1 home win against the Red Wings on Sunday, the Hawks are looking to keep their newfound momentum as they travel to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers.  This is the two team’s second and final meeting of the season, after the Hawks dominated the Flyers in a 7-2 win in December.  

 

The Hawks continue to struggle with consistency, but their game against the Red Wings marked the first time they looked to put together a solid, 60-minute effort since the outdoor game against Pittsburgh.  Some of the success might have come from the return of Marian Hossa, who had a goal and two assists in the last game and helped spark a team who is looking to find themselves again before the playoffs.  While St. Louis is starting to pull away in the Central division, a win against the Flyers will move the Hawks into second-place currently occupied by the Colorado Avalanche as they try to earn home ice for the playoffs.

 

The Flyers are coming off two straight wins against the Pittsburgh in a home-and-home series over the weekend, and they look to earn a victory against the Blackhawks as well.  The Flyers are currently sitting second in the Metropolitan division, but with only 3 points separating them from the first wild card spot, every point is crucial during the final stretch.

 

Who’s Hot: Hossa scored 3 points in his return, while Jonathan Toews has five goals in the last five games....For the Fyers, Wayne Simmonds scored two power play goals in their last game against them, ranking him third in the league for PPG.

 

Injury Report: Brandon Saad will not make the trip for the Hawks after sustaining an upper body injury in Sunday’s victory, and Nikolai Khabibulin (surgery) is still out....the Flyers will have a healthy roster.

 

Game info: 6:30 p.m. CT, CSN-CH, CSN-PH, NBCSN, TSN-2

 

Location: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 W. Broad St, Philadelphia

 

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