BLUE JACKETS VS. FLYERS
THURSDAY, 7 PM
GAME NOTES | PHOTO GALLERY
FINAL: BLUE JACKETS 5 | FLYERS 2
Nathan Horton...what a shot!
GOAL AUDIO: Nathan Horton
WATCH: Brandon Dubinsky with a rocket wrist shot to make it 4-2 Columbus.
GOAL AUDIO: Brandon Dubinsky
GOAL AUDIO: Matt Calvert PPG
INTERMISSION INTERVIEW: Matt Calvert
SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: Crazy middle frame between the Blue Jackets and the Flyers. Four goals were scored in the second period, two by the Blue Jackets and two by the Flyers, to keep Columbus on top headed to the third period. The Blue Jackets have not helped themselves in the discipline department, giving Philadelphia plenty of opportunities on the power play including a 5-on-3 late in the second period. Shots are 31-24 favoring the Jackets after 40 minutes and Ray Emery has had to be sharp in this one.
WATCH: Matt Calvert gives the Jackets a 3-2 lead with this power play goal.
WATCH: Derek MacKenzie with a tap-in on the door step to make it a 2-2 tie.
GOAL AUDIO: Derek MacKenzie
WATCH: First period highlights from Jackets-Flyers.
FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: A strong start for the Blue Jackets in the opening 20 minutes, but they'll be disappointed to not have grabbed another goal out of it. They had six minutes of power play time in the period, four of which came on a double-minor assessed to Scott Hartnell. They've racked up some shots on goal, though, out-shooting the Flyers by a 14-9 margin so far and spending a lot of time with the puck. Emery has made some strong saves, as well, including a point-blank stop on Matt Calvert late in the frame.
WATCH: Jack Johnson, unassisted, makes it 1-0 Columbus in the first period.
GOAL AUDIO: Jack Johnson
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WATCH: Mark Letestu previews tonight's game post-morning skate.
WATCH: Ryan Johansen after the morning skate today.
WATCH: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, straight off the ice post-AM skate, talks with Bob & Jody.
UPDATE (10:05 AM): Here's the expected Blue Jackets lineup tonight against the Flyers...
Foligno - Johansen - Umberger
Jenner - Anisimov - Horton
Calvert - Dubinsky - Atkinson
MacKenzie - Letestu - Tropp
Tyutin - Johnson
Murray - Wisniewski
Nikitin - Savard
UPDATE (10:00 AM): The Jackets are on the ice and the morning skate is underway. Are you watching our live stream above? You should be. It's tons of fun.
MORNING SKATE: The Blue Jackets continue a home-heavy stretch with a divisional game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets are slated for a 10 a.m. morning skate at Nationwide Arena, and we'll have game day coverage for you right here at Game Day Central. Also, look for lineup changes, thoughts on the match-up against the Flyers, storylines from the other side and an interview with coach Todd Richards. Stay tuned to this page for the latest!
The Blue Jackets are not planning any lineup changes for Thursday's game against the Flyers, but there may be decisions on the horizon. Blake Comeau took part in an optional skate Wednesday and may rejoin full practice next week, which could create a logjam at forward when he's ready and cleared to play.
Jack Skille was re-assigned to Springfield yesterday and the team recalled Cody Bass to serve as the extra forward. Richards said the team wants Skille, who was medically cleared to play this week, to play games and get back into shape rather than sit and watch games in Columbus.
Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start in goal for the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets and Flyers
have only been Metropolitan Division "rivals" for a few months, but it has not taken long for some anismosity to percolate between the two teams. When they meet Thursday night at Nationwide Arena
, they'll be playing their third of four meetings this season and by far their most important to date.
Columbus, which has won seven straight games (setting a new franchise record with a 5-3 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday) sits just three points back of the Flyers entering Thursday night's contest and the Blue Jackets have two games in hand on Philadelphia, which has played 51 games already.
The Flyers are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Carolina Hurricanes
last night, but have been playing well in their latest push that's got them in the top three of the division.
What to expect tonight, you might ask?
Both teams know the situation and it's pretty cut and dry: if you're not on a streak at this point of the season, chances are you're looking up at other teams who keep winning. The Blue Jackets' seven-game winning streak is currently the longest such streak in the NHL, but it hasn't guaranteed anything or given them a significant lead in the standings; the Blue Jackets hold the second Wild Card spot in the East as of Wednesday but several teams are in the chase, making every game and every point a near necessity.
That usually creates a desperate game, which usually equals exciting hockey. The Blue Jackets and Flyers have played two eventful games already this season and the third meeting should be a good one, as well.
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