The Flyers look to bounce back after a 4-0 shutout loss to the Oilers on Thursday and own a favorable record of 11-9-2 in games following a regulation loss this season… The Flyers have not lost two straight regulation games on home ice since Jan. 19-25, but also have not lost back-to-back games in the schedule that have come at home, since Nov. 10-12… This is the fifth of a season-high six-game homestand which will wrap up on Monday vs. Tampa Bay… The Flyers are 3-1-0 on the homestand after facing four consecutive Western Conference teams… They will now play the next five games against the Eastern Conference which they hold an 18-13-8 record… Seven of the next eight Flyers games are against opponents currently holding a playoff spot.
The Blue Jackets are 27—23-8 under head coach John Tortorella, who took over on Oct. 21 this season after Columbus started out with seven straight losses to begin the season… Columbus comes into tonight having won four of their last six games, going 4-1-1, while scoring an average of 5.25 goals per-game in each of the four victories, including six goals in three of the wins… They have earned points in the standings in 14 of their last 17 games, going 10-3-4… The Blue Jackets have also earned points in seven of their last nine road games, going 5-2-2… Four of their last five road games have been decided by one goal, and all four by the score of 2-1… This is the first time the Flyers face Columbus since they acquired defenseman Seth Jones from Nashville in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.
This is the third of four meetings between the two teams and first since Dec. 19 at Columbus… They play each other twice in the next 17 days… The Flyers dropped both games in the season series and are currently on a five-game losing skid to the Blue Jackets, three of which have gone past regulation play (0-2-3)… The Flyers have just one win in their last ten games against Columbus dating back to December of 2013 (1-6-3)… Shayne Gostisbehere leads the Flyers in scoring in the season series, having played two career games against Columbus, producing two assists and a +2 rating… Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno leads the series with two goals and is tied for the lead with four points (Scott Hartnell)… Former Blue Jacket Steve Mason started both games for the Flyers this year, stopping 65 of 71 shots.
Giroux was held scoreless in Thursday’s shut out loss to the Oilers - he has not gone scoreless in two consecutive games since the first two games of the New Year, Jan. 2-5… He has seven assists and eight points in his last five games, and averages over a point-per-game with 15 points (3g-12a) in his last 13 games since the start of February… Over the course of his career, Giroux has the most points in the month of March (88) than any other month of the season, including this year’s monthly totals… Against Columbus, Giroux has 14 points (4g-10) in 15 career games, but is scoreless in the first two games of the season series this year.
The former Flyer leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 43 points in 63 games… His 21 goals are tied for third on the team and it is the third straight season he has reached the 20-goal mark and ninth time in his last 11 years that he has recorded at least 20 goals… Hartnell has four points with a goal and three assists in two games of the season series against the Flyers this year and since being traded by the Flyers he has posted eight points (2g-6a) in seven games against Philadelphia… Hartnell is also one goal shy of 300 career goals in the NHL.