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The Blue Jackets and Flyers begin the first of four regular-season meetings tonight at Nationwide Arena.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 7:00 ET
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Broad Street Hockey

Philadelphia Flyers, 15-13-7, 37 points, 8th Metropolitan, 11th East

vs.

Columbus Blue Jackets, 21-13-2, 44 points, 3rd Metropolitan, 4th East

Season Series

12/23/2017 PHI @ CBJ
2/16/2018 PHI @ CBJ
2/22/2018 CBJ @ PHI
3/15/2018 CBJ @ PHI

Stats

Philadelphia Columbus
2.80 (20) GPG 2.78 (22)
2.83 (T-12) GAPG 2.67 (7)
20.0% (T-14) PP% 11.5% (31)
76.6% (29) PK% 81.4% (15)
49.33% (20) EV Corsi % 51.57% (10)
101.0 (8) EV PDO 100.1 (17)
Sean Couturier, 16 G Leader Josh Anderson, 13
Jakub Voracek, 36 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 22
Jakub Voracek, 44 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 30
Radko Gudas, 57 PIM Leader Boom Jenner, 29
7-6-3 Road / Home 13-6-0
7-3-0 Last 10 4-5-1

Without getting a win, the Columbus Blue Jackets showed a lot of the nitty gritty goodness that you expect against a team like the Penguins Thursday night. Regardless of it being the trailing end of a back-to-back.

They'll need that same intensity against a Philadelphia Flyers team that is scrambling to get back into the thick of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers enter off a Friday night loss at the Sabres.

Rejoining the Blue Jackets on an emergency basis is Jordan Schroeder, likely for Alexander Wennberg who left the contest against Pittsburgh in the third period and did not return. Tyler Motte is also back with the big club as Sonny Milano headed back to Cleveland once again.

Who to Watch

Flyers captain Claude Giroux is scorching the scoresheet of late, with 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) over his last eight games. He had two assists in Buffalo on Friday night and carries a four-game point streak (seven assists) into play at Nationwide Arena.

Seth Jones also has the scoring touch, with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) over his past five games, and a current three-game point streak. Center Pierre-Luc Dubois has scored in each of the last two games.

Brian Elliott has been busy in the Flyers crease. He has started every game this month, a stretch of 10-consecutive, and 19 of 20 overall. For the month of December, Elliott has posted strong numbers (7-3, 2.11 GAA, .928 S%). Elliott is 1-0-3 against the Metropolitan Division.

Regular backup Michal Neuvirth has been sidelined with a leg injury. Alex Lyon was called up to serve as Elliott’s backup. The first game Lyon enters would be his NHL debut.

We will find out later if Sergei Bobrovsky or Joonas Korpisalo get the last start for the Jackets until Dec. 27.

Blue Jackets - Flyers Game Notes

Projected Lineups

Philadelphia Flyers
Claude Giroux Sean Couturier Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl Valtteri Filppula Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal Nolan Patrick Dale Weise
Jori Lehtera Scott Laughton Travis Konecny
Ivan Provorov Andrew MacDonald
Robert Hagg Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim Radko Gudas
Brian Elliott
Alex Lyon
Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner Nick Foligno Cam Atkinson
Tyler Motte Lukas Sedlak Oliver Bjorkstrand
Matt Calvert Jordan Schroeder Markus Hannikainen
Markus Nutivaara Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Scott Harrington Gabriel Carlsson
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo