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NHL on NBCSN: Flyers host Blackhawks on Rivalry Night

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight as the Philadelphia Flyers host the Chicago Blackhawks at Wells Fargo Center, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks are facing off tonight, which probably means that hockey fans will think of Michael Leighton for the first time in a long time.

Patrick Kane scored that fabled Stanley Cup-winning goal against Leighton many moons ago (OK, 2010), and neither player will be in the mix on Wednesday. Indeed, the two teams look quite different heading into this one, with Chris Pronger wearing business suits these days.

No doubt about it, these are two teams moving in different directions.

The Blackhawks are really getting their act together as the playoffs approach with a 9-2-1 mark in their last 11 contests, thanks in large part to strong play from Corey Crawford and Jonathan Toews. The Flyers, meanwhile, are fading into the offseason sunset. Philly’s mainly playing for pride (and perhaps head coach Craig Berube’s job).

Even with very different 2014-15 outlooks, there’s enough talent on the ice for this to be a spirited affair.

The Blackhawks tune up with the likes of Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and less familiar faces fully capable of lighting things up. The Flyers boast the one-two punch of Jakub Voracek + Claude Giroux, a premier power forward in Wayne Simmonds and the under-the-radar great work of Steve Mason.

In other words, the Flyers may have fallen far since Leighton allowed that odd overtime goal to Kane, but tonight’s game still has plenty of potential to entertain.

Video: Burrows leads Canucks past Flyers with two goals in 17 seconds

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Forward Alex Burrows (groin) returned to Vancouver’s lineup on Tuesday and he made his presence felt. With the Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers locked in a 1-1 tie early in the third period, Burrows found the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Then he provided the Canucks with an insurance marker. Seventeen seconds later.

“I’m lucky because the twins are such good players and were able to find me in shooting areas,” Burrows told the Vancouver Province. “That (Flyers) team is tough. They have two of the best players in the world (Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux) and they can make plays in the phone booth. We had to stick with it. Our start wasn’t as good as we wanted, but we want to play hard and play with passion.”

Burrows has 14 goals and 27 points in 57 contests this season. Although he obviously got some ice time with Daniel and Henrik Sedin last night, that hasn’t been his usual role in 2014-15. The Sedin twins have commonly played with Radim Vrbata, although lately they’ve been paired most frequently with Zack Kassian, but he wasn’t able to play Tuesday.

This was a key win for the Canucks as it allowed the squad to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack in the battle for a playoff spot:

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Video: Canucks pay tribute to Pat Quinn

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The Vancouver Canucks celebrated the life and legacy of Pat Quinn during their St. Patrick’s Day game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night.

The club’s anthem singer sang a rendition of “When Irish eyes are smiling”.

Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux along with Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin participated in a ceremonial face-off with Quinn’s family dropping the puck.

Prior to the in-arena tribute, the Canucks unveiled “Pat Quinn Way” outside Rogers Arena.

Wings’ slide continues in loss to Philly

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Brayden Schenn scored twice and added an assist while Wayne Simmonds had a goal and two helpers as the Philadelphia Flyers thumped the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The seven goals tied a season-high for the Flyers.

With the loss, Detroit has just one win in its last five and the Boston Bruins now trail them by just three points for third spot in the Atlantic Division.

Philly snaps a four-game losing skid with the win and trails Washington by 10 points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Zac Rinaldo had a goal and an assist while Nicklas Grossmann, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Matt Read had the goals for Philly.

Claude Giroux had two assists in the win. Steve Mason improved to 14-15-10 with a 31 save performance.

Justin Abdelkader and Erik Cole had the Wings goals while Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots in the loss.

Weekend losses have all-but sunk Flyers

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The Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff hopes were hanging on by a thread ahead of their weekend games against the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. After losing in overtime to the Bruins and 5-2 against the Devils, it would take a miracle for Philadelphia to make the postseason.

To put it into numbers, Philadelphia would need to go 13-1-1 the rest of the way to reach the 96-point mark. Even if the Flyers manage to pull off that amazing feat, they will only have a 58.4% chance of making the playoffs, according to Sports Club Stats.

“Everybody’s pretty frustrated,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux told CSN Philly after losing to New Jersey. “I think guys care a lot. We compete but maybe we don’t compete the right way. I think we need to stop thinking so much out there.”

It likely would be advantageous at this point if the Flyers didn’t think about the big picture. When things get this bleak, the old “take things one game at a time” cliche is at its most relevant.

Philadelphia will face Dallas on Tuesday in a contest between two teams that haven’t played each other since Oct. 18. When they met at that time, there was still plenty of room for optimism, but neither squad’s campaign has gone like they had hoped. Now its fair to say that they’re both desperate for these two points.