Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up – Philadelphia Flyers (9-13-4) @ Columbus Blue Jackets (9-15-2) Road/Home records – 3-9-2 ————– 4-8-1 TV – CSN-PH, FS-O Puck drop – 7:00 p.m. ET Season series – 1-1 Last 10 – Flyers: 2-6-2 ———— Blue Jackets: 4-5-1 Projected starting goalies – Steve Mason vs Sergei Bobrovsky Projected lines for the Flyers via DailyFaceoff.com:
Michael Raffl – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn – Scott Laughton – Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger – Sean Couturier – Matt Read
Zac Rinaldo – Chris VandeVelde – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Nicklas Grossman – Mark Streit
Nick Schultz – Braydon Coburn
Michael Del Zotto – Andrew MacDonald Projected lines for the Blue Jackets:
Boone Jenner – Ryan Johansen – Jack Skille
Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Brian Gibbons – Nick Foligno – Scott Hartnell
Corey Tropp – Michael Chaput – Jared Boll
Jack Johnson – David Savard
Tim Erixon – James Wisniewski
Jordan Leopold – Dalton Prout
Injured: Artem Anisimov, Nathan Horton, Mark Letestu, Ryan Murray, Fedor Tyutin, Cody Goloubef.
– After missing the first 26 games of the year, Dubinsky will finally make his season debut. The Blue Jackets’ penalty kill has struggled a lot this year, so right off the hop he’ll help there. He’ll also eat some tough minutes allowing Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen to play lesser competition. On top of that, he’ll provide some much needed secondary scoring. He’s one of the most important players to this team and, though he won’t be in mid-season form right away, he’ll help them a lot.
– Any time the Flyers and Jackets meet up the Hartnell-Umberger trade is a story. I took to the number to better look at just how good Hartnell has been for Columbus, and how poorly Umberger has played in Philadelphia.
Sure, the Flyers took on a three-year contract in exchange for a five-year contract. But that’s about the only positive from that deal, and they get a significantly worse player as a result.
– Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed just five goals during this three-game win streak, and has posted a .945SV% or better in each start. You can bet he’ll look to continue his strong play against the team that traded him.
– On the other side of the coin, Steve Mason enters the season with a very respectable .918SV%. For the most part he’s been good this season and is one of the reasons – Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek the others – that the Flyers aren’t sitting near the bottom of the NHL.
– The Flyers aren’t a very good 5 on 5 team, and rely heavily on their power play to steal points and try to win games. If the Jackets stay disciplined and keep things at even-strength I like their chances. Recent posts Oilers asked about Johansen Milano, Collins invited to USA’s WJ selection camp Hotstove: biggest disappointment? Hotstove: biggest surprise this season? Are Sergei Bobrovsky’s contract demands unreasonable?