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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have dropped four straight games, going 0-4-0, which is the longest losing skid in regulation of the season thus far… During the last five games the Flyers have nearly 50% of their goals on the power play (7-of-15), and are operating at 33.3% on the man advantage, while posting a PPG in four of those five contests… The Blue Jackets come into tonight having suffered 4-3 loss in a shootout last night at home against the Bruins… Columbus is 1-4-0 in the second of back-to-back games… They have dropped two straight games and 11 of their last 13 games… Four of the Blue Jackets six victories on the year have come by one-goal margins, including their last four victories.

This is the second of five meetings against the Blue Jackets and second on home ice… Columbus earned a 4-3 victory in the first meeting nine days ago on Nov. 14 when the Blue Jackets scored three of their four goals on the power-play… Since joining the Flyers in the same division last season, this is the sixth meeting against the Blue Jackets since Dec. 19, 2013 and the two teams will have met nine times by the end of this season over the last two years - compared to just 11 meetings in 12 years from 2000-01 to 2012-13… The Flyers are 5-2-1 in eight games at home against Columbus, but have dropped the last two… There are four former Blue Jackets on the Flyers roster (Voracek, Mason, Umberger & Schultz), and two former Flyers on Columbus’ roster (Hartnell & Bobrovsky)… Flyers assistant coach Gord Murphy spent time with Columbus as an assistant coach (2002-2010), while Blue Jackets assistant coach Craig Hartsburg served as Flyers assistant coach (1990-94 & 2002-04)… Columbus TV analyst Jody Shelley played for both the Blue Jackets AND Flyers during his NHL career.

Following tonight’s game, the Flyers will play seven of their next eight games on the road, and 15 of their next 20 games away from the Wells Fargo Center… Claude Giroux leads all NHL forwards in time-on-ice per-game at 21:42 and leads all NHL players in shots on goal (86)… Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno has seven goals and five multi-point games in nine contests during the month of November… Six of the seven Flyers victories this season have come when they are leading after the first period, going 6-0-1… Columbus has not won a game this season when they have trailed after two periods of play, going 0-7-0… The Flyers rank sixth in the NHL in average shots per-game (31.5)… The Flyers have had 94 man-games lost so far this season (including Pronger & Timonen), while the Blue Jackets have had 130 man-games lost due to injury.

It didn’t take Voracek too long to find the scoresheet again after being shut out by the Rangers on Wednesday night… Voracek posted his league-leading 27th point in the Flyers loss to Minnesota on Thursday, recording his 20th assist, which also leads the NHL… One streak that hasn’t stopped is his home-point streak - Voracek has recorded a point in all 10 games on home ice this year with 16 points (5g-11a) in that span, and dating back to last season - he recorded points in all three playoff games at home, and the final two regular season games bringing his Wells Fargo Center point streak to 15 straight games… Last time these two teams met, Voracek posted a goal and an assist to bring his career total against his former team to nine points (3g-6a) in six games. 

Johansen is off to the best start of his NHL career, posting 23 points through 19 games, which has moved him into a tie for fourth in the NHL’s scoring race… He posted a three-point night in last night’s shootout loss to the Bruins… He has 10 points (2g-8a) in nine games during the month of November, including a four-point game against the Flyers in which he posted four assists in their 4-3 win on Nov. 14… Overall against the Flyers, Johansen has six points (2g-4a) in six games… Johansen led the Blue Jackets last year in goals (33) and points (63).

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