Philadelphia Flyers (12-7-5, 29pts)
Columbus Blue Jackets (10-9-4, 24pts)
at Nationwide Arena | Columbus, OH
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 37gp (13-13-3-8)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 23-pts (8g-15a)
CBJ - Pierre-Luc Dubois: 17-pts (10g-7a)
1. ENTERING TONIGHT...
The Flyers are in the midst of a five games in eight day stretch which began on Monday, and have three games in four nights ahead of them beginning tonight to close out November... The Flyers are tied for the second-most points in the standings on the month (18), including T-1st in the Eastern Conference with a 7-2-4 record... The Blue Jackets have won their last four home games with three of the four decided by one goal... Columbus leads the NHL in one-goal games (16) and are T-2nd in the league for most wins by one goal (9).
2. METRO MAYHEM
The Flyers have earned points in their last five meetings against Metropolitan Division opponents (3-0-2) and have an overall mark of 5-2-2 - their best record against any other division... Tonight is the first game against a Metro opponent for the Blue Jackets since they last played the Flyers, suffering a 7-4 loss in which the Flyers scored five unanswered goals in the third period... The Jackets are 2-2-1 and 1-0-1 at home against the Metro... Claude Giroux leads the Flyers with 10 points (5g-5a) in 10 games against the Metro, while Boone Jenner (3g-1a) and Sonny Milano (1g-3a) lead the Blue Jackets with four points in five games.
3. THE HOUSE OF HORRORS
The Flyers make their first visit to the unfriendly confines of Nationwide Arena, where they have dropped 13 of their last 14 games, BUT have earned points in eight of the 14 games, going 1-6-7... The Flyers lone victory in that stretch came in overtime - they have not won in regulation since Dec. 13, 2005 (3-1), when rookie Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal and Robert Esche stopped 23 of 24 shots for the win... In 18 all-time visits to Columbus, 10 of those games have been decided past regulation play.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: James van Riemsdyk will play his 700th game in the NHL tonight - he has 450 points (232g-218a) in his previous 699 games, including 156 points (78g-78a) in 286 games as a Flyer... THAT: The Blue Jackets have scored the first goal in eight straight games entering tonight, and have all 10 of their wins when scoring first, going 10-2-1... THE OTHER: The Flyers rank 3rd in the NHL on the penalty kill entering tonight, operating at 85.7%, and have allowed just three goals on the PK in their last 12 games (29-for-32, 90.6%)... The Blue Jackets have been perfect on the PK in their last four games (10-for-10) and are 4th in the NHL on the PK since Nov. 2, allowing just two PPG on 25 opportunities (92%).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)
Voracek has goals in back to back games (2g-1a) playing on a line with Sean Couturier & Oskar Lindblom... Against his former team, Voracek has 22 points (7g-15a) in 26 games, including seven points (2g-5a) in his last five.
BLUE JACKETS (D: #8 - Zach Werenski)
He is currently riding a career-best seven-game point streak in which he has nine points (3g-6a)... It's the longest active streak in the NHL by a d-man and tied for the third-longest all season by a defenseman... A point in tonight's game gives him the longest streak by a defenseman in Blue Jackets history... Against the Flyers, he has seven points (2g-5a) in 11 games, including three straight games (1g-2a).