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Game Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackes

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The CBJ have an immediate chance to respond to last night’s gut-punch of a loss

Philadelphia Flyers v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Last night was really great for two periods. Nationwide Arena was rocking and the Jackets were playing “good team” hockey against another good team. Then that third period happened. I was expecting Columbus to dominate the third period like they have of late. Instead they got thoroughly outplayed by the Rangers and gave up that awful turnover goal at the end that turned my stomach.

The good news: no time to wallow in that loss. If they want to avoid their first three game losing streak of the season, the time is NOW. This is the biggest stretch of adversity they’ve faced this season, and Nick Foligno knows they have to respond:

Here it is. No one feels good about this game. We haven't had this situation in a while, and so that's why I'm excited about how we're going to answer. If we've grown, we're going to see it.

Also good news? Sergei Bobrovsky back in net. Hopefully he’s well rested after a bad game on Thursday, and is ready to excel against his former team.

The Flyers ended a five game losing streak of their own by defeating Tampa Bay last night, 4-2. Michal Neuvirth started in goal last night, which means we’ll face our good friend Steve Mason today.

Here’s What You Need to Know:

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 6:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: CD 102.5 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Broad Street Hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets, 27-7-4, 58 points, 1st Metro, 1st East, 1st NHL

vs.

Philadelphia Flyers, 21-15-5, 47 points, 5th Metro, 6th East

Season Series

01/08/17 PHI @ CBJ
03/13/17 CBJ @ PHI
03/25/17 PHI @ CBJ
04/08/17 CBJ @ PHI

Stats

Philadelphia Columbus
2.88 (7) GPG 3.37 (3)
3.00 (26) GAPG 2.18 (3)
21.7% (9) PP% 27.2% (1)
81.3% (18) PK% 81.7% (15)
50.91% (12) EV Corsi % 50.21% (15)
98.3 (26) EV PDO 102.6 (3)
Wayne Simmonds, 17 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 19
Jakub Voracek, 26 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 26
Jakub Voracek, 39 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 39
Wayne Simmonds, 67 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 43
8-9-2 Home / Road 15-4-1
3-5-2 Last 10 8-2-0

Projected Lineups

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney
Michael Raffl Claude Giroux Matt Read
Jakub Voracek Sean Coutourier Travis Konecny
Wayne Simmonds Brayden Schenn Dale Weise
Chris Vandevelde Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Boyd Gordon
Michael Del Zotto Radko Gudas
Andrew MacDonald Ivan Provorov
Shayne Gstisbehere Nick Schultz
Steve Mason
Michal Neuvirth