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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets vs. Flyers

Jackets look to stop skid against Flyers

by Craig Merz @BlueJacketsNHL /

During the course of an 82-game NHL season there will be peaks and valleys with the key to success being that the high moments last longer than the lows.

For the Blue Jackets, a 9-6 loss to the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday after taking a 4-1 lead is not indicative of the way the team has played of late, said coach John Tortorella.

"We've got to be real careful in situations like that how you go about your business after," he said. "I think we've improved of late. I'm not looking at the full year. I think we've made a really good improvement of late as far as scoring chances against and goals against us."

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He made it clear to the media Wednesday that he'll never accept given up nine goals, but he understands that the NHL is going through a transformation where offense is king and rallies are the norm.

Six of the 10 wins on Tuesday around the league were the results of comebacks and two - the other being Tampa Bay defeating the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in a shootout after trailing 5-3 - were multi-goal comebacks.

There have been 187 comeback victories (in 425 games) in 2018-19, the most at this stage of a season in league history and up 10 percent over last season (170 in 425 games), according to the NHL.

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"We're up 3-1. We score in minute into the second it's 4-1, and then I really don't know what happens there," Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said. "I could not tell you. I could not explain it, but they found momentum and seemed to score on every chance they got."

Tortorella said the combination some bad bounces, opportunistic Calgary and a soft goal by Sergei Bobrovsky on the Flames' third score contributed to the meltdown.

"We've played some really good hockey. Last night we had some good minutes," Tortorella said. "It's just turned into a situation where it was one of the crazy games around our goal as far as where the pucks going.

"The chances were 16-13 us throughout the game; 13 chances and nine goals. Quite honestly, I can't blame Bob on a lot of them because it was such a crazy game in front of him with deflections, off (defenseman Ryan Murray's) skate, and some crazy stuff happening."

Bobrovsky allowed eight goals on 26 shots before being lifted for Joonas Korpisalo the final 13:31.

"We need to be very careful in grading Bob in that game," Tortorella said. "There's a lot of (stuff) going on in that game."

Jones agreed that it was a team failure.

"Anytime you give up nine goals, anytime you give up four goals, I'm frustrated," he said. "Even if we find way to win, you're still frustrated with the puck going into the net.

"Anytime there's nine goals scored it's not always the goalie's fault. You can't always blame the goalie. You can't blame the forwards for not reloading. It's our job as defensemen at the end of the day to keep the puck out of the net."

The mantra after the Calgary game was that it was an aberration and the Blue Jackets, with Bobrovsky in net, will hit the reset button vs. the Flyers.

"That game was a fluke," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "You're going to see the real Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow in the way we're going to play. We have to."

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"Cam't" be stopped

Cam Atkinson not only set a Blue Jackets record with his sixth hat trick vs. the Flames to break a tie with Rick Nash, he also extended his NHL-career best point streak to 11 games, second-longest in Columbus history. Ryan Johansen had a 13-game streak from Dec. 18, 2014 to Jan. 17, 2015.

Atkinson has 19 points (13 goals, six assists) during the streak and his goal total ties him for fifth in the NHL with Nathan McKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) and David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins). Winnipeg's Patrik Laine leads with 21 going into Wednesday's games.

Roster report

Anthony Duclair may return to the lineup after being a scratch the past three games. That would mean Oliver Bjorkstrand would sit. … Defenseman Dean Kukan was loaned to Cleveland of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes. He has played six games for the Blue Jackets, the last was 12 games ago on Nov. 6.

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Brandon Dubinsky -- Alexander Wennberg -- Anthony Duclair

Lukas Sedlak -- Riley Nash -- Markus Hannikainen

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

David Savard -- Scott Harrington

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: F Oliver Bjorkstrand

Injured:  None

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