GAME 68: BLUE JACKETS VS. FLYERS
WELLS FARGO CENTER, 7:00 P.M.
TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO
RADIO: 97.1 & BLUEJACKETS.COM
The Jackets are on the road for the second game in a row as they prepare to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time this season.
The Flyers (31-28-8) are coming off a four-game road trip that did not produce the results they were hoping for. Philadelphia earned just three of eight available points (1-2-1), and now currently sit six points out of the final Wild Card spot in the East. With 15 games left to play in the regular season, the Flyers are in a desperate race to get back to the post-season.
This week brings a brief respite at home for the Flyers with two games at the Wells Fargo Center, but both are against divisional opponents. First up it's the Jackets, and then the Flyers welcome interstate rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, two days later.
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Controlling momentum is key.
The Jackets let a three-goal lead slip away in Buffalo on Saturday. They allowed the Sabres to gain momentum off an early second period goal and the Jackets were never able to take the momentum back.
Video: Gagner on being unable to close Saturday night
For the Flyers, their last game had similar challenges. Saturday, tied 1-1, going into the third against Boston, Philadelphia elected to play more conservatively and ended up giving up the game winning goal with 5.6 seconds left in the game. The team that wants to win Monday's contest will need to learn from their last games and control play out of the gate and through all 60 minutes.
Keep it clean.
After a penalty-riddled affair in Buffalo, the Jackets will want to stay out of the box in Philadelphia. Flyers forwards Brayden Schenn (19-23-42) and Wayne Simmonds (28-18-46) share the league lead in power play goals (14). And Claude Giroux is tied for the lead in the NHL for power play points (27), and is second overall in power play assists (22).
Lineup changes for the Flyers.
Philadelphia showed some new look lines against the Bruins on Saturday. Travis Konecny moved from the fourth line to a line with Valtteri Filppula and Jakub Voracek; and Brayden Schenn joined Sean Courturier's line on the right side, with Matt Read on the left.
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Whenever the Jackets and the Flyers play one another, it's a possible opportunity for each team's starting goaltender to get a win over their former team. Sergei Bobrovsky joined the Jackets via trade from the Flyers in 2012, and Steve Mason left Columbus for Philadelphia in 2013.
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Bobrovsky has won the last six games he's played in against his former team and is 6-1-0 in seven starts. Mason is 3-3-3 in nine games against the Jackets.
Records are waiting to be broken.
The Jackets have tied the franchise record for wins (43) and they are one point away from tying the franchise record for points (93). A win in Philadelphia would mark a piece of history in what has been a successful campaign for Columbus to date.
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PROJECTED CBJ LINEUP:
Jenner - Dubinsky - Atkinson
Foligno - Wennberg - Saad
Hartnell - Gagner - Bjorkstrand
Korpikoski - Karlsson - Tynan
Werenski - Jones
Johnson - Savard
Quincey - Nutivaara