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.