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Elliott starts third straight for Philadelphia; Savard to play 500th game with Columbus

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

BLUE JACKETS (5-3-2) at FLYERS (4-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers each will try for their third straight victory when they play at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Goalie Brian Elliott will start his third straight game for the Flyers, who play the first of back-to-back games; they play the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.

Joonas Korpisalo is expected to start his fourth straight game in goal for the Blue Jackets, who are 5-1-2 since losing their first two games of the season.

 

Players to watch

Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak. He is tied for the Columbus lead with six points (one goal, five assists) in 10 games.

Flyers forward Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 11 points (four goals, seven assists), and has at least one point in seven of eight games this season.

 

They said it

"We know if we play the style that we're playing right now we're going to give ourselves a great chance to win. We've played some really good hockey of late and I like what I see in this group. I think it's only going to get better." -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno

"I just tried to block a shot. Sometimes it hits you in a nice spot, sometimes it gets you worst. That's the game we play." -- Flyers forward Michael Raffl, who will play after injuring his right foot and leaving the game after blocking a shot in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Gustav Nyquist -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Alexandre Texier -- Riley Nash -- Emil Bemstrom

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Dean Kukan

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: Jakob Lilja, Scott Harrington

Injured: Markus Nutivaara (lower body), Brandon Dubinsky (wrist)

 

Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

Michael Raffl -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Samuel Morin, Tyler Pitlick

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)

 

Status report

The Blue Jackets did not have a morning skate. ... Nutivaara will miss his second straight game. ... Kukan, who has been scratched seven of the past eight games, is expected to play. ... Patrick took part in the Flyers morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey.

 

Stat pack

The Blue Jackets have played eight straight one-goal games. ... Savard will play his 500th NHL game. ... Lindblom has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games. ... Giroux has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past four games.

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