The Columbus Blue Jackets (15-10-2) are in Philadelphia to face the Flyers (11-12-2) tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET.
Following a 9-6 loss to the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night, the Jackets are back at it tonight facing a Metropolitan Division foe in Philly. According to CBJ head coach John Tortorella, Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed eight goals on 26 shots against Calgary, will be right back in net against his former team.
The Flyers have been struggling of late, losing six of their last eight games and getting shutout three times during that stretch, although they won their last game on Saturday over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Claude Giroux enters tonight’s contest as Philly’s leading scorer with 30 points through 25 games played this season with 9 goals and 21 assists. The Jackets have one skater who’s reached that same scoring plateau: Cam Atkinson. After recording his second hat trick of the season on Tuesday, Atkinson now sits at 19 goals and 11 assists. Should he continue his torrid pace, he’d total 57 goals this year which would smash Rick Nash’s team record of 41 in 2003-04.
Offense hasn’t been an issue for the Jackets so far this year as they rank seventh in the National Hockey League averaging 3.56 goals per game. Tonight’s matchup is particularly juicy for the CBJ, as they’ll go up against the team that’s ranked third worst in goals allowed per game this year, giving up 3.52 GPG. The Flyers also feature the second worst penalty kill in the NHL, something that could yield positive results for the Blue Jackets this evening.
Although Tuesday’s game was wild and disappointing, the team didn’t get a whole lot of time to mull things over before flying to Philly for tonight’s matchup. In a game that figures to favor the Jackets offense on paper, the difference will have to be Bobrovsky bouncing back from his poor performance against the Flames. It should be interesting to see how the Jackets respond tonight in a game they should win…Only time will tell.