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Preview: Blue Jackets at Flyers

Columbus on five-game losing streak; Steve Mason could be playing final game with Philadelphia

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

BLUE JACKETS (49-23-8) at FLYERS (38-33-9)

12:30 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-O, NHL.TV

 
Blue Jackets team scope

The Columbus Blue Jackets will finish third in the Metropolitan Division and play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blue Jackets are 0-4-1 in their past five games, but coach John Tortorella said he isn't worried. "I think all coaches are trying to get their team tracking the right way and not into a lot of bad habits [heading into the playoffs]," he told the team website. "But what do you do if you don't? Let's say we still struggle, what do we do? … Whether we beat two teams 5-0 or lose 5-0, I don't think it's going to destroy us." The Blue Jackets end the regular season Sunday at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Flyers team scope

Goaltender Steve Mason could be playing his last game for the Philadelphia Flyers; he can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. In five seasons with the Flyers, he has 103 wins, third-most in their history behind Ron Hextall (240) and Bernie Parent (232). Mason is 25-21-8 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 57 games this season, 9-4-2 with a 2.09 GAA and .929 save percentage in his past 15 games. "I haven't really given it that much thought that it might be my last weekend here," Mason told the Philadelphia Inquirer after practice Friday. "I'm sure that it will hit me after the weekend is over. … It could be a sad weekend, I guess." Mason didn't close the door on returning. "We're going to obviously see what the organization has to say and play it by ear in the summertime," he said. "A lot can happen between now and [July 1]."

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Sam Gagner

Scott Hartnell -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Markus Nutivaara -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Kyle Quincey

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Lauri Korpikoski, Gabriel Carlsson

Injured: David Clarkson (back), Ryan Murray (hand), Lukas Sedlak (upper body), Zach Werenski (upper body)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Travis Konecny -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Dale Weise -- Sean Couturier -- Brayden Schenn

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

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Michael Del Zotto -- Nick Schultz

Steve Mason

Anthony Stolarz

Scratched: Mike Vecchione

Injured: Nick Cousins (upper body), Michael Raffl (lower body), Matt Read (upper body), Michal Neuvirth (upper body), Radko Gudas (upper body)

 

Status report

Carlsson, the No. 29 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, was called up from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Friday and could make his NHL debut during one of the final two games. He shoots left-handed, so if he plays it likely would be on that side of any pair. … Stolarz was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Raffl practiced Friday for the first time since being injured Feb. 28 but will not play either of the final two games. Lyubimov will play Friday after being a healthy scratch the past 12 games. Vecchione likely won't play. He was in Chicago on Friday as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which was won by Will Butcher of the University of Denver.

 

Who's hot

Weal has six points (four goals, two assists) during a five-game point streak.

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