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Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 12:30 EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Broad Street Hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets, 49-23-8, 106 points, 3rd Metro, 3rd East
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Philadelphia Flyers, 38-33-9, 85 points, 6th Metro, 11th East

Two games to go in the regular season, and the Blue Jackets are slumping in the record column. They’ve lost 5 in a row, by far their longest losing streak of the season. Ahead of the playoffs, they’re not getting the results fans would like to see. And yet, hope springs eternal. The team has won the corsi battle in each of the last 4 games, the last two in dominating fashion despite the losses that accompany them.

Yesterday, Torts hinted at rotating his defensemen in an effort to get players like Seth Jones, Jack Johnson, and David Savard some rest in advance of the playoff. Each of those guys will likely play huge minutes against the Penguins next week. Torts also noted that Zach Werenski is still day to day, and that Ryan Murray will likely not be ready for the start of the playoffs with his broken hand. Today also likely projects to be the last start of the regular season for goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

To get back on track, the Blue Jackets travel to visit the Flyers looking for a sweep of the season series. With an early afternoon start time, anything is possible. Regardless of whether the team wins or loses today, I hope to see the offense continue to play a north and south game as they did in Thursday night’s loss, and for the defensive structure to shape up and help to protect the goaltender from seeing too many odd man rushes.

Go Jackets.

Season Series

1/8/17 PHI 1 @ CBJ 2 (OT)
3/13/17 CBJ 5 @ PHI 3
3/25/17 PHI 0 @ CBJ 1
4/8/17 CBJ @ PHI

Stats Matchup

Philadelphia Columbus
2.56 (20) GPG 3.03 (6)
2.83 (20) GAPG 2.34 (2)
19.4% (14) PP% 19.8% (12)
80.2% (20) PK% 82.4% (10)
51.0% (9) EV Corsi % 50.4% (13)
98.1 (29) EV PDO 101.5 (3)
Wayne Simmonds, 30 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 34
Claude Giroux, 43 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 45
Jakub Voracek, 60 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 61
Wayne Simmonds, 122 PIM Leader Brandon Dubinsky, 91
24-11-4 Road / Home 21-11-7
6-3-1 Last 10 3-5-2

Probable Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Nick Foligno Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Scott Hartnell Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Sam Gagner
Markus Nutivaara Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Kyle Quincey Scott Harrington
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

Philadelphia Flyers

Travis Konecny Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek
Dale Weise Sean Couturier Brayden Schenn
Jordan Weal Valtteri Filppula Wayne Simmonds
Colin McDonald Michael Vecchione Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
IVan Provorov Andrew MacDonald
Michael Del Zotto Nick Schultz
Samuel Morin Shayne Gostisbehere
Anthony Stolarz
Steve Mason