WILD CARD TRACKER
1. NYR: 90 pts, 13 games remaining
2. TOR: 76 pts, 15 games remaining
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3. NYI: 75 pts, 15 games remaining
4. TBL: 73 pts, 15 games remaining
5. PHI: 70 pts, 15 games remaining
6. FLA: 69 pts, 15 games remaining
1. GOOD TO BE HOME
The Flyers return home from their four-game road trip where they went 1-2-1… The Flyers have won two straight games at home and three of their last four contests at the Wells Fargo Center… They have also kept their opponent to two goals or less in seven of their last nine games on home ice… Overall, they have a 19-10-4 record at home with eight home games remaining in the regular season, seven of which are against Metropolitan Division opponents… Jakub Voracek averages over a point per-game on home ice, with 34 points (13g-21a) in 33 home games this year.
2. ROAD JACKETS
The Blue Jackets come into tonight, having dropped their last game, 5-3, at Buffalo when they lost a three-goal lead after the first period as the Sabres scored five unanswered for the win… Columbus hasn't lost back to back games since Feb. 3-4 and have dropped back to back games in regulation just three times this season… Columbus is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games, but have dropped three of their last four road games… The Blue Jackets have the second-most road wins in the Metropolitan Division, posting an 18-9-5 road record.
3. JUST A SECOND
This is just the second meeting of the year between the two Metropolitan Division rivals, with the Blue Jackets taking the first game at Columbus, 2-1, where Brayden Schenn scored the tying goal with 17 seconds remaining, but Nick Foligno scored halfway through overtime for the win… The two teams will now play each other three times in the final 15 games of the season, including twice at home… The last time these two teams met in Philly, the Flyers recorded a 6-0 win (Mar. 5)… Five of the last eight meetings between these teams have gone past regulation play with three decided in overtime and two in a shootout.
4. A BIT STREAKY
Former Flyer, Sam Gagner, enters tonight's game on a five-game point streak where he has recorded seven points (3g-4a), while Blue Jackets captain, Nick Foligno, has goals in two straight games, as does forward David Savard… Flyers captain, Claude Giroux, has points in each of his last three games, recording a goal and two assists, while Steve Mason has won his last two starts at home, posting a 0.48 GAA and .986 save percentage, and overall is 3-1-1 in his last five starts with a 1.56 GAA and .949 save percentage.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #40 - Jordan Weal)
Weal comes into tonight's game with three points in his last three games with two goals and an assist… He also has all four of his NHL points in his last six games (3g-1a)… Weal's ice time has grown since being recalled on Feb. 10 - In five games in February, Weal has averaged 12:48, compared to averaging 16:16 in five games in March… In his 10 games since being recalled, Weal has a plus-minus rating of +4.
BLUE JACKETS (G: #72 - Sergei Bobrovsky)
Bobrovsky is tied for the NHL lead in wins (36) and is tied for second with a .930 sv pct. and a 2.07 GAA… Lately, he has posted a 7-2-1 record with a 1.50 GAA and .952 save percentage, including three shutouts in his last 10 games played… He has earned 30 or more wins in three of the past four seasons… Against the Flyers, Bobrovsky has a 6-1-0 record to go along with a 1.69 GAA and .943 save percentage.
TODAY AT 50
On March 13, 1993… The Flyers hosted the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum with a blizzard raging outside. A crowd of roughly 2,000 Flyers fans braved the heavy snow and gale-force wind gusts to attend the game. Late in the first period, the elements forced their way indoors as the winds shattered a large window in the concourse of the northeast side of the build, sending glass flying. There were no serious injuries. At the conclusion of the first period, with the game tied at 1-1, the game was postponed. It was the first time in NHL history that a game was halted in progress due to weather.
Season Series: 0-0-1
All-Time Record: 24 gp (9-8-4-4)
PHI: 54pts, Voracek (17g-37a)
CBJ: 57pts, Atkinson (30g-27a)
(PHI: 47-for-229, 20.5%, 10th)
(CBJ: 40-for-185, 21.6%, 6th)
(PHI: 162-of-203, 79.8%, 22nd)
(CBJ: 147-for-178, 82.6%, 10th)