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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers faceoff tonight in Philadelphia at 7pm.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018; 7 pm est
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Broad Street Hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets; 30-25-5, 65 points, 5th Metropolitan, 8th West

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Philadelphia Flyers; 31-19-10, 72 points, 3rd Metropolitan, 6th West

Season Series

12/23/2017 - PHI (1) @ CBJ (2) - game faceoff - preview - recap
02/16/2018 - PHI (2) @ CBJ (1) - game faceoff - preview - recap
02/22/2018 - CBJ @ PHI
03/15/2018 - CBJ @ PHI

Stats

Philadelphia Columbus
3.00 (11) GPG 2.55 (28)
2.82 (13) GAPG 2.77(12)
21.6% (6) PP% 14.3% (31)
75.0% (28) PK% 76.1% (27)
49.55% (17) EV Corsi % 51.64% (8)
92.2 (12) EV PDO 92.3 (11)
Sean Courtier, 29 G Leader Josh Anderson, 17
Jakub Voracek, 55 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 32
Claude Giroux, 70 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 48
Radko Gudas, 66 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 46
15-9-6 Home / Road 13-14-3
7-1-2 Last 10 3-6-1

Tonight the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers face each other for the third time this season. Both previous meetings have ended with a score of 2-1. If it happens again, let’s hope the Jackets are on the two end of that score.

The Flyers are great at walking away with the extra point. If they are down in the third period, they will find any way possible to tie up the score and push the game into extra stanzas. The Jackets will need to run up the score as much as possible in the beginning and stay sharp the whole time to prevent a comeback from happening.

Jordan Weal, Jakub Voracek, and Oskar Lindblom are a few guys the Jackets will need to keep an eye on. All three tend to fall under the radar in games. The Jackets should do their best to smother them. However, double or triple-teaming those three is a bad idea. If they find an opening to pass the puck to someone who is unguarded they will find a way to get the puck on that player’s stick. The Jackets need to be hot and heavy on the man to man coverage.

Petr Mrazek is set to make his debut with the Flyers tonight. Good news, against the Blue Jackets he has a record of 1-3-1. Bad news, Mrazek has a bit of a chip on his shoulder right now. He wants to ensure the starting goaltender spot belongs to him and only him. Look for Mrazek to open up his bag of tricks tonight.

The Jackets need to maintain control of the puck as much as possible. They need to keep turnovers to a minimum and be smart with the puck.

People can spout off all they want about Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo when a game goes badly. The truth is the best teams are the ones who don’t have a goalie.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Josh Anderson
Markus Hannikainen Lukas Sedlak Zac Dalpe
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Ryan Murray
Scott Harrington David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Philadelphia Flyers
Claude Giroux Sean Courtier Travis Konecny
Jordan Weal Nolan Patrick Jackub Voracek
Oskar Lindlom Scott Laughton Michael Raffl
Jori Lehtera Valtteri Filppula Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning Radko Gudas
Petr Mrazek
Alex Lyon