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Preview: Blue Jackets at Flyers

Columbus could be without captain Nick Foligno; Philadelphia looking to gain ground in wild-card race

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

BLUE JACKETS (43-18-6) at FLYERS (31-28-8)

7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, CSN-PH, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

Blue Jackets team scope

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno left the morning skate early Monday because of an illness and coach John Tortorella said Foligno will be a game-time decision. If Foligno can't play, Lauri Korpikoski will replace him. Tortorella said either way Korpikoski will skate in the pregame warmup. The Blue Jackets also will have forwards Matt Calvert and Josh Anderson in the lineup. Calvert had missed the past nine games because of an oblique muscle strain. Anderson missed the previous three games because of a lower-body injury. "It worked out that we could come back at the same time and reunite with [center William Karlsson]," Calvert said. "It's going to be fun. We're just going to come in and provide some energy and do our jobs, keep it simple. … Try to get pucks deep. Forechecking is our game and try to finish some hits. Make it hard on the other team. Hopefully chip in with a few along the way." The Blue Jackets can set a team record for wins (44) and points (93) in one season, and can pass the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division with a victory and a Penguins loss in regulation at the Calgary Flames on Monday.

 

Flyers team scope

The Philadelphia Flyers are six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference but remain confident. "We got 15 games left," forward Jakub Voracek said. "There's 30 points on the table. We have to make sure we win the right games and we win a lot of them. … We have to react very well today. We can't be down on ourselves and think about what happened Saturday." The Flyers lost 2-1 at the Boston Bruins on Saturday when Drew Stafford scored with 5.6 seconds remaining in the third period. "Can't think about it," Voracek said. "It's a tough loss but we've got a game tonight. You can't focus on what happened. … Big game tonight." Despite losing the final two games of their road trip, 4-2 at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and against the Bruins on Saturday, the players believe they're playing good hockey. "If this was the start of the year I think the way we've played these last four games, any team would be pretty happy with the way we're playing," forward Travis Konecny said. "Just not ending up on the right side of things. … We're definitely still sitting here with our confidence and we know we're playing good hockey. Just have to make sure we end up on the good side of things."

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Brandon Saad

Scott Hartnell -- Sam Gagner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Kyle Quincey -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Lauri Korpikoski

Injured: Ryan Murray (hand), Lukas Sedlak (oblique)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Jordan Weal -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jakub Voracek

Matt Read -- Sean Couturier -- Brayden Schenn

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Nick Schultz -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Michael Del Zotto -- Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Nick Cousins, Dale Weise

Injured: Michael Raffl (lower body), Brandon Manning (upper body)

 

Status report

Murray will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken hand, an injury he sustained in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Tortorella said he hopes to get Murray back on the ice as soon as possible. "The amount of time he's missed because of leg injuries, I don't think he can afford to be off the ice that amount of time because of a hand injury," he said. "I think we have to get his legs on the ice. Not on a bike, not on a treadmill [but] on the ice. And we're going to be really diligent there." ... Forward T.J. Tynan was sent to Cleveland of the American Hockey League. He had three shots on goal and was a minus-1 in his first three NHL games. … Manning won't play because of an upper-body injury and Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he is day to day. Schultz will play for the second time in the past 14 games.

 

Who's hot

Bjorkstrand has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games. … Foligno and Savard each have goals in two straight games. … Giroux has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak.

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