Oct 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at the  United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Since Ben Got That, He’s a Sociopath: Blackhawks 7, Flyers 4

Box Score


Natural Stat Trick

It seems like it’s an annual rite of passage for the Blackhawks to jump out to a huge lead early and then cough up a giant hairball at least once a year to an Eastern Conference team. Last year, you may recall this Sunday matinee nightmare against the Bruins. The Hawks almost lost a six goal lead in that one, giving up four straight goals to a listless Boston team. The end result was basically the same. Kane, Panarin and Anisimov combined for 11 points in both games. The only real difference was an empty net goal.

So they got this out of their system early this year. On to other things.

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Young Ones, Cold Ones: Flyers at Hawks Preview/Aerial Yoga

Radio-Flyer-Classic-Red-Wagon-lg vs. Hawk Wrestler

GAMETIME: 7:30pm Central

TV: CSN locally, NBCSN nationally

WOOTER ICE: Broad Street Hockey

Projected Lineups



POWER PLAY: Flyers – 0% (28th)  Hawks – 27.3% (12th)

PENALTY KILL: Flyers – 88.9% (10th)  Hawks – 46.1% (Dead Ass Last)

SCORE ADJUSTED POSSESSION: Flyers – 52.5% (8th)  Hawks – 47.9% (22nd)

TRENDS: Ghost Bear has seven shots on Saturday against Arizona, Mark Streit had an 83% CF% on Saturday

After battling through perhaps the two best teams in the West for the season’s first three games, the schedule lightens a bit this week for the Hawks. And it starts with a visit from Cold Ones, otherwise known as the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Flyera Q&A With Retired Rodeo Clown FGSB

We don’t know much about him. He’s just one of those creatures of the internet. We think he might used to have a blog about the Flyers, but if he did it’s only the roadmap to hit complete breakdown. Anyway, you can follow his descent into madness on Twitter @FlyGoalScoredBy.

It was actually a pretty quiet summer for the Flyers, who seem to have a plan? How are Flyers fans dealing with a rational and calculated front office for the first time?

We all are on a huge Hextall high.  We love the direction the team is headed in, albeit it a slower one than we are used to. Last year’s fun but brief playoff run was like playing with house money and this year is another one we approach with tempered expectations.  Our reward for this approach is a younger core, faster team and way more dynamic lines to enjoy.  The Flyers will Make Hockey Fun Again.™

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Flyers Spotlight: Jakub Voracek, Emphasis On “Check”

It’s a brave new world when the Philadelphia Flyers are acting in a prudent and careful fashion. Gone are the splashy, silly overpayments for goalies or defensemen that eventually turn to dust as soon as they throw on the orange and black. Hell, they even got really good goaltending last year from not one but two goalies. Ron Hextall has found himself a pretty spiffy young core, with Ghost Bear and Provorov at the back and Giroux, Schenn, Bellmare, Couturier, Weal up front.

But as we know in Chicago, it really only takes one or two bad contracts to put yourself in the corner with baby. And the Flyera (intentional) might have one with Jakub Voracek.

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