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Three Things to Watch: Joel Quenneville turns back the clock when Blackhawks visit Flyers

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Three Things to Watch: Joel Quenneville turns back the clock when Blackhawks visit Flyers

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Will the scoring drought end?

Chicago is well aware of the team's struggling power play, which ranks 27th with a 13.6 percent success rate. The Blackhawks failed to score a goal in 18 consecutive man-advantages at one point before breaking that drought, coincidentally, against the Flyers in a 3-0 win last week and ended up scoring another one in the next game. Progress.

But as Joel Quenneville said Sunday: "The offense is dry right now," and he's talking about it as a whole.

If you take away the season-opening 10-goal performance, the Blackhawks would be second-to-last in the league with 2.36 goals per game. That puts everything into perspective when it comes to just how dry the offense really has been.

2. Coach Q turns back the clock.

One way to try sparking that offense is by rekindling some old magic. Quenneville didn't just go to his line blender this time. He actually went back into time and reunited Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the first line, a trio that had great success together during the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup run.

It also could be a move to help reignite Sharp, who hasn't had a point in nine straight games, and help spread the wealth around with Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov and Richard Panik serving as the new second line and Alex DeBrincat, Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman making up the third line.

The Blackhawks are looking for anything at this point.

3. Watch out for Philly's top line.

Going into the week, the Flyers had three players among the top 10 in the NHL's scoring race: Sean Couturier (18), Jakub Voracek (18) and Claude Giroux (17). Because their last game was on Saturday, they've slipped a little bit, but the point remains the same: Philadelphia has three dangerous offensive playmakers.

Oh yeah, did we mention they all play on the same line?

For a team struggling to score goals, the Blackhawks must be cognizant of preventing them when this trio is on the ice.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to answer your mailbag questions. Among the questions they tackle: What was your favorite moment from the Blackhawks’ past season and were you surprised that Joel Quenneville didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff? 

They also discuss re-signing Vinnie Hinostroza, backup goalie options for Corey Crawford and who do they like in the Jets-Predators second-round series?

Plus, Burish looks at the Penguins roster and sees some similarities to the Blackhawks’ situation and attempts to rebuild a Stanley Cup contender.

Listen to the full podcast right here:

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

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Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like: