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Philadelphia seeks third win in four games; Werenski can set point streak by Columbus defenseman

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (12-7-5) at BLUE JACKETS (10-9-4)



The Game

Zach Werenski can set the Columbus Blue Jackets record for longest point streak by a defenseman when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday.

He has nine points (three goals, six assists) in a seven-game streak, tying Bryan Berard (Oct. 24-Nov. 4, 2005) and Jaroslav Spacek (Jan. 10-22, 2003).

The Blue Jackets are 4-0-1 in their past five games and have won four in a row at home.

The Flyers are 2-0-1 in their past three games following a four-game winless streak (0-2-2). They have at least one point in 11 of 13 games in November (7-2-4).


Players to watch

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has a goal in two straight games after a 12-game drought.

Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a four-game point streak.


They said it

"Obviously, to have a little more breathing room would be OK, but at the end of the day the important thing is to win." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault on 10 of 13 games in November being one-goal games 

"It will be a great chance for us to climb back into it and put ourselves where we expect to be." -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno on playing three of the next four and 10 of 15 against the Metropolitan Division


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Robert Hagg -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Shayne Gostisbehere

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Alexandre Texier -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Eric Robinson -- Alexander Wennberg -- Josh Anderson

Sonny Milano -- Nick Foligno -- Emil Bemstrom

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- David Savard

Vladislav Gavrikov -- Dean Kukan

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Riley Nash

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Kole Sherwood (oblique)


Status report

The Flyers did not hold a morning skate. … Merzlikins was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League and goalie Matiss Kivlenieks sent down on Wednesday.


Stat pack

Couturier has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 14 games. … Van Riemsdyk will play his 700th NHL game. … The Flyers have averaged 2.30 goals per game in their past 10 games, scoring two or fewer goals in regulation in eight of those games. … The Blue Jackets are 13-0-1 in their past 14 home games against the Flyers. Philadelphia has not won in regulation in Columbus since Dec. 13, 2005 (1-6-7). … Jenner has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. … Werenski is one assist from 100 in the NHL.

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