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For the Flyers recently, it has been good times against Chicago.

On Thursday night, the Flyers (3-3-1) will look to complete a regular-season sweep of the Blackhawks (2-3-2).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 8:30 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 8 p.m. ET
Where: United Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• If the Flyers can pick up a victory over the Blackhawks, they'll have won two straight games for the second time this month. The Flyers haven't won consecutive games twice in the month of October since 2015-16.

That's three seasons in a row without a winning streak of three games or more or a pair of two-game spurts during October.

It just shows you how up and down they've been in the season's opening month. The Flyers are 29-36-7 in October since 2013-14, constantly fighting to find early momentum.

They're trying to change that under a new head coach.

• The Flyers have won their last four meetings with the Blackhawks by a combined score of 14-5.

• Here are the NHL's points per game leaders so far:

1. David Pastrnak — 1.89
2. John Carlson — 1.82
3. Connor McDavid — 1.70
4. Leon Draisaitl — 1.60
5. Mika Zibanejad — 1.57
6. Brad Marchand — 1.56
7. Travis Konecny — 1.43

 

Konecny is off to the best start in his four-year career with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in seven games. Last season, it took him 20 games to reach 10 points.

• James van Riemsdyk is tied for 13th in the NHL with 35 shots. He is the only NHL player among the top 200 in shots without a point.

Projected lineup

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
Michael Raffl-Mikhail Vorobyev-Chris Stewart

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere-Robert Hagg

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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