January 8, 2017
Philadelphia Flyers 47 pts (21-15-5)
Columbus Blue Jackets 58 pts (27-7-4)
6 pm ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
PHI @ CBJ
CJB @ PHI
PHI @ CBJ
CJB @ PHI
Wayne Simmonds, 17
Cam Atkinson, 19
Jakub Voracek, 26
Alexander Wennberg, 26
Jakub Voracek, 39
Cam Atkinson, 39
After a nice win in Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon, the Flyers return to action in Columbus tonight. The Blue Jackets were in action as well on Saturday. After getting their 16-game winning snapped 5-0 by the Washington Capitals on Thursday, they blew a 4-1 lead in a 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers last night.
Since his benching in San Jose, rookie Travis Konecny responded with some great hockey. He was the most noticeable Flyer on the ice yesterday and has two goals and four points in his last five games.
With no morning skate today, we should expect the same lineup as we saw versus the Lightning with the only exception being Steve Mason getting the start in net. Former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky got the night off versus the Rangers so he will likely face the Flyers tonight.
Speaking of former Flyers, Sam Gagner has been a terrific addition to the Blue Jackets. After not being able to find a spot in the Flyers lineup last year, he has 14 goals and 30 points in 37 games this season. Not bad for a guy making $650,000 this season!
Stat of the day: The Flyers have lost eight straight games at the Nationwide Arena. This last time they won in Columbus, the Flyers got goals from Peter Forsberg, Jeff Carter and Sami Kapanen on December 13, 2005. Robert Esche made 23 saves in goal to pick up the win.
Probable Flyers Lineup
Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Matt Read
Travis Konecny - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Dale Weise - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds
Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Boyd Gordon
Ivan Provorov - Andrew MacDonald
Michael Del Zotto - Radko Gudas
Shayne Gostisbehere - Nick Schultz
Steve Mason (14-13-5, 2.82 GAA, .903 save %, 0 SO)
D-Mark Streit (shoulder) out
Probable Blue Jackets Lineup
Brandon Saad - Alexander Wennberg - Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert - William Karlsson - Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell - Lukas Sedlac - Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski - Seth Jones
Jack Johnson - David Savard
Ryan Murray - Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky (25-6-2, 2.03 GAA, .930 save %, 3 SO)
RW-David Clarkson (back) out