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Game Day Hub: Blue Jackets at Flyers

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets




Boone Jenner Post-Game

Todd Richards Post-Game

Matt Calvert goal

ANALYSIS: Pretty simple rule of thumb when going up against the NHL’s fourth-best power play…try to remain disciplined. The Blue Jackets gave the Flyers a grade-A chance in the second period with a 16-second 5-on-3 advantage, and though the two-man advantage didn't yield a goal, the ensuing power play saw Wayne Simmonds get a big goal for the Flyers. His goal gave Philadelphia a two-goal advantage through 40 minutes at Wells Fargo Center, and the Blue Jackets are now in the position of having to take chances and open things up in the third period to get back in the game. What was a 1-1 game midway through the first period has since been dominated by the Flyers and the second period was pretty much all Philadelphia, and it’s now up to the Blue Jackets to put together a big-time rally in the third.

ANALYSIS: The Blue Jackets did a lot of good things in the opening period, including playing at a pace that forced the Flyers to take three minor penalties and put the NHL's sixth-best power play on the job. Boone Jenner has a power play goal for the Blue Jackets, a goal that tied the game 1-1 just two minutes after Brayden Schenn opened the scoring early in the first period. One thing the Blue Jackets could do more of, though, is getting the puck in behind the Flyers' defense and making them play a full-ice game. That also makes the neutral zone extremely important, and after 20 minutes, Columbus did a solid job. Look for them to go harder after pucks in the second period and try to spend more time grinding the cycle low in the Philadelphia zone.

Boone Jenner's goal

UPDATE (4:45 P.M.): Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards just met the media before tonight's game at Wells Fargo Center. Here's a recap of his brief comments...

- Sergei Bobrovsky gets the start in goal, his second in as many nights.

- No other lineup changes for the Blue Jackets. That means Corey Tropp and Tim Erixon are healthy scratches and Kevin Connauton will play a second straight game on defense, likely paired with James Wisniewski.

The Blue Jackets arrived in Philadelphia late last night, on the heels of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena. What a wild game it was, too, with four total goals in the third period and a seven-round shootout to cap it off.

Obviously, the Blue Jackets would have preferred to pick up the second point but they had a great response after three unanswered goals by the Bruins. The game turned around on an early third period goal by Dennis Seidenberg, who seemed to surprise Sergei Bobrovsky with a slap shot from the neutral zone.

The Blue Jackets did NOT hold a morning skate at Wells Fargo Center today, so we don't yet have word of any lineup changes tonight. Only three players skated this morning: Corey Tropp, Tim Erixon and Curtis McElhinney.

Here are the lines the Blue Jackets used last night against Boston:





And the defense pairs:




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