BLUE JACKETS 5 | FLYERS 2
Curtis McElhinney Post Game
Brandon Dubinsky Post Game
Matt Calvert Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Matt Calvert Goal
Brandon Dubinsky Goal
ANALYSIS: Well, if the Blue Jackets wanted to bottle their first period, they'd like to quickly discard the second. The Flyers were skating, winning the races and dominated long stretches of play 5-on-5, and they got two big even strength goals late in the second period to draw this game into a 2-2 tie through 40 minutes. Curtis McElhinney was the sole reason the Blue Jackets held a 2-0 lead for as long as they did in the second, making several huge stops -- but none bigger than a point-blank robbery of Jake Voracek late in a Flyers power play. The Flyers scored on the next shift, though, as Wayne Simmonds scored against the Jackets (again) on a deflection high in the slot that McElhinney never saw. In the final minute of the period, the Jackets scrambled in their own zone, couldn't clear the puck, and a failed exit resulted in a Michael Del Zotto slap shot that pierced the top shelf to tie things up. The Flyers out-shot the Blue Jackets 19-6 in the second period and hold a 30-13 edge in that regard overall.
Curtis McElhinney Save
ANALYSIS: That was a rather ideal first period for the Blue Jackets, who take a 2-0 lead into the break after 20 minutes at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. They scored a pair of quick goals early on, taking a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game and getting another one less than two minutes later to build a two-goal cushion in the opening seven minutes. James Wisniewski opened the scoring on the power play, wasting only eight seconds of the man advantage before depositing an Alexander Wennberg stuff attempt on the rebound. Then it was Ryan Johansen getting his 21st of the season off David Savard shot that hit him in the shoulder and bounced behind Ray Emery. So far, so good for the Jackets' team game, too, as they've done a solid job defending and taking away the Flyers' time and space in the offensive zone. Shots are 11-7 favoring the Flyers.
James Wisniewski Goal
Ryan Johansen Goal
UPDATE (1:00 PM): The Blue Jackets have officially activated Brian Gibbons off injured reserve and assigned him to AHL Springfield. Gibbons has not played since December 18.
Scott Hartnell Pregame
Marko Dano Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (12:55 PM): Here are the lines from this morning's skate as reported by Blue Jackets' television analyst Jody Shelley...
UPDATE (12:25 PM): Jeff Rimer confirms that Nick Foligno is out tonight against the Flyers. He is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
UPDATE (12:05 PM): As of 12:00 PM, Brian Gibbons has cleared waivers and remains on the Blue Jackets roster.
UPDATE (11:55 AM): Our own Jeff Rimer confirms that Curtis McElhinney will get the call between the pipes for the Blue Jackets tonight, while Ray Emery appears set to go for the Flyers.
UPDATE (11:35 AM): According to Fox Sports Ohio's Dave Maetzold, Nick Foligno is not on the ice for the morning skate in Philadelphia. Foligno missed practice yesterday with what Todd Richards was calling a maintenance day.
We're in the City of Brotherly Love! But...
...There's no love lost between these two teams, as the Blue Jackets and Flyers will meet for the second time in five days and wrap up their season series at Wells Fargo Center tonight. The Jackets are 3-1-0 against the Flyers this season, including two straight overtime victories. Friday's win was even more satisfying for the Blue Jackets, as they emerged victorious for the first time this season when trailing entering the third period.
The Blue Jackets took a bit of a step backwards the following night with a 6-3 loss to the division-leading Islanders. The Flyers bounced back with a 2-1 win in Buffalo on Sunday night, and they now have points in nine straight games.
Have a steak and take a look at some pre-game notes:
- Nick Foligno and James Wisniewski both missed practice on Monday for maintenance days, and Todd Richards expects both to play on tonight. Dalton Prout did not skate again due to an upper body injury, and Richards said that Prout will not travel to Philadelphia with the team. Prout may rejoin the team later on the road trip that will include games in Pittsburgh, Montreal, and New York before it concludes on Sunday.
- Forward Brian Gibbons was a full participant in practice Monday for the Jackets and was placed on waivers at noon. Should he clear by noon on Tuesday, Gibbons will go to AHL Springfield and continue to work his way into NHL shape. Gibbons has not played since Dec. 18.
- The Jackets will play four games in six days on this trip, their busiest stretch in the schedule dating back to a four-in-six stint during which they traveled through California from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26 and played an Oct. 28 home game against the Senators.
- Richards said after practice on Monday he was not yet sure he would play in net against the Flyers. Anton Forsberg started the Jackets' last game against the Islanders and surrendered six goals.
- Goaltender Steve Mason remains out, while Kimmo Timonen continues to work his way back from a blood clot condition that has kept him out for the whole season. The hope last week was that Timonen, who's been skating on his own, might be ready to rejoin the team for Tuesday's morning skate to begin team activities. Timonen will certainly not be an option to play tonight, and is still likely a week-to-week proposition.