A pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Columbus Blue Jackets rumble with the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Blue Jackets enter this game off a 2-1 home win over the Devils, while the Flyers are off a 2-1 home win over the Predators.
Blue Jackets Eek Win Against The Devils
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a rough stretch that saw them go 1-4, but they have bounced back to win three of their last four games. The Jackets have now moved to within two points of the first-place Capitals in the Metro Division after eeking out a 2-1 home win over the Devils. The offense had been no issues for Columbus through much of the first part of the season, but that has not been the case of late as the Blue Jackets come in having scored a total of 10 goals over their last six games. The offense has to be particularly concerning after they scored just two goals on a New Jersey team that has allowed over 4.00 gpg on the road. Scoring in the win was Nick Foligno, which was his 9th of the year and Cam Atkinson, which was his 20th.
Grabbing the win over the Devils was Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 14-11 with a 2.78 GAA and a .908 save percentage, while out on the road, he has gone 6-4 with a 3.03 GAA and a .903 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 12-4 with a 2.04 GAA against the Flyers. The Blue Jackets enter this contest ranked 10th in the league in scoring at 3.24 gpg and 21st in goals allowed at 3.09 gpg.
Flyers Grab Nice Home Win Against The Preds
The Philadelphia Flyers have had a rough go of it this season and they will most likely miss the postseason, but they do come in off a nice 2-1 home win over the Predators. Philadelphia has now won their last two games in a row, after losing their previous four in a row. Carter Hart has been in the crease for both wins, which were his first two career start. He is off to a nice start and has a 1.50 GAA in those two games. Hart was 9-5-1 with a 3.05 GAA and a .901 save percentage for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this year. We may see Michal Neuvirth, who has gone 0-2 with a 6.17 GAA and a .719 save percentage on the year. In his career, he has gone 3-2 with a 1.36 GAA against the Preds.
The Flyers are now in 7th place in the Metro Division with a 14-19 record and they are 11 points out of first in the division. It has not been a good year for the Flyers at all and they hope that a confidence-building win over the Preds will help them get back on the right track. Scoring in the win was Jakub Voracek, which was his 9th of the year and Claude Giroux, whose 12th of the year was the game-winner at the 8:33 mark of the 2nd period. The Flyers enter this game ranked 19th in the league in scoring at 2.94 gpg and 28th in goals allowed at 3.61 gpg.
- 2-7 in their last 9 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 4-9 in their last 13 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 6-2 in their last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 17-5 their last 22 games in this serie