The Flyers are currently riding a four-game winning streak and look to make it five in-a-row for the first time since Mar. 16-22, 2014… It is tied for the third longest current win streak in the NHL (WSH: 6, FLA 5, NYI 4)… During the streak, the Flyers have outscored the opposition, 14-7, and have climbed to within three points of the wild card position in the East… Michael Del Zotto has points in all four games of the streak with a goal and three assists, while Wayne Simmonds has a three-game goal-scoring streak and has six points (4g-2a) in those three games… The Flyers have also won two straight on home ice and have earned a point at the Wells Fargo Center in their last four games, going 2-0-2… Overall, the Flyers have points in 10 of their last 14 games, going 7-4-3.
This is the first of four meetings against the Blue Jackets and first of two games that will both take place this month in a span of 15 days… The Flyers will be looking to snap a three-game skid to Columbus, going 0-1-2 in that span, and have dropped seven of their last eight games against the Blue Jackets - They have a 2-5-2 record against the Blue Jackets since they joined the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division at the start of the 2013-14 season… The Flyers have six of their eight all-time wins against the Blue Jackets on home ice, going 6-3-1-0 at the Wells Fargo Center… Ryan Johansen averages nearly a point per game against the Flyers with nine points (3g-6a) in 10 games… Claude Giroux averages over a point-per-game with four goals and 14 points in 13 career games against the Blue Jackets.
Both teams enter tonight’s game playing the second of games on back-to-back nights… Columbus is 2-5-0 in the second game, while the Flyers are 2-2-0… The Flyers are a perfect 6-0-0 in games when Wayne Simmonds scores a goal… Claude Giroux has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games for nine points (3g-6a) in that span… Shayne Gostisbehere has recorded a point in seven of his 10 games this season and ranks fourth among all rookie defensemen with seven points (4g-3a)… He leads all rookie d-men with three power-play goals and five power-play points… Since his return to the lineup on Nov. 27, Evgeny Medvedev has points in three of four games (1g-2a)… The Blue Jackets come into tonight looking to snap a three-game winless skid - Prior to that, they won six of eight games, and have an overall mark of 10—9-1 with new head coach John Tortorella behind the bench… Ryan Johansen leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 19 points (6g-13a) in 25 games and also has points in five of his last seven games with six points (4g-2a) in that span.
Voracek has some impressive numbers against his former team - he averages over a point per-game with three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 10 games against the Blue Jackets, who drafted him at seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft… Lately, Voracek has six assists in his last six games and leads the Flyers in helpers this season (14)… He continues to be the Flyers current “Iron Man” leader with 252 consecutive games played, including three straight seasons of playing every game and missing only four games as a Flyer (316 of 320)… In fact, with both teams, he has appeared in 557 out of a possible 566 games played since his first NHL game on Oct. 10, 2008 with Columbus.
Should he get the start in net, it would be his eighth consecutive start for the former Flyer… After a rough start to the season, Bobrovsky is 8-4-1 with a 1.76 goals against average and .941 save percentage since the beginning of November, allowing two goals or less in 11 of those contests… The Blue Jackets have allowed just eight goals in the last five contests (1.60 a game) under Bobrovsky… He became the first goalie in Blue Jackets history to record 30 wins in back-to-back seasons last year… Against the Flyers, Bobrovsky has a 3-1-0 record with a 1.99 GAA and .935 save percentage.