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Flyers host Blue Jackets, seeking fifth consecutive win

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After dethroning the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday evening.

Philadelphia eked out a 4-3 overtime win over Vegas on Saturday via a Sean Couturier game-winning goal. It was a back-and-forth affair as Carter Hart stopped 29 of 32 en route to the victory and Owen Tippett, Tyson Foerster and Sean Walker each potted a goal as the Flyers won their fourth straight contest.

Quite the opposite for Columbus as they are currently on an eight-game losing skid after losing to the Washington Capitals on Saturday evening, 4-3.

If the Blue Jackets want to end their losing streak, they’ll have to get by Travis² (Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim).

Konecny leads the team in goals with 10 while Sanheim leads in assists (14) and total points (16). Sanheim added two assists to his totals yesterday against the Golden Knights.

A bright spot for Columbus is rookie Adam Fantilli.

The 2023 third-overall pick out of the University of Michigan sits fifth in points, nine, among all 2023-24 rookies. He sits behind Anaheim’s Pavel Mintyukov, New Jersey’s Luke Hughes, Arizona’s Logan Cooley and Chicago’s Connor Bedard.

These two squads last met on October 12 when the Flyers took a 4-2 victory in Columbus in their season opener. Travis Konecny scored twice while Cam Atkinson and Joel Farabee each potted a goal. Carter Hart stopped 31 of 33 in the win.

Tonight will be a homecoming return for one familiar face. Former 2015 seventh-overall pick Ivan Provorov will face the Flyers in Philadelphia for the first time since being dealt to Columbus over the summer. The Yaroslavl, Russia, native spent seven seasons in orange, recording 65 goals and 152 assists for 217 points. The Flyers received D Sean Walker and G Cal Petersen as well as draft picks in a three-team trade with Columbus and Los Angeles on June 6, 2023.

PHI Record: 9-7-1, 19 pts, 4th in Metropolitan

CBJ Record: 4-10-4, 12 pts, 8th in Metropolitan

When: 5:30pm ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Broadcast Info: NBC Sports Philadelphia+, 93.3 WMMR

Last Game PHI: 11/18/23, 4-3 W vs. Vegas

Last Game CBJ: 11/18/23, 4-3 L at Washington

PHI Goalie: Samuel Ersson (2-3-1, .855 SV%, 3.43 GAA, 0 SO)

CBJ Goalie: Spencer Martin (1-4-1, .905 SV%, 3.26 GAA, 0 SO)

PHI Projected Lineup

#71 Tyson Foerster – #14 Sean Couturier – #11 Travis Konecny

#74 Owen Tippett – #21 Scott Laughton – #89 Cam Atkinson

#86 Joel Farabee – #25 Ryan Poehling – #10 Bobby Brink

#44 Nicolas Deslauriers – #27 Noah Cates – #19 Garnet Hathaway

#8 Cam York – #6 Travis Sanheim

#24 Nick Seeler – #26 Sean Walker

#5 Egor Zamula – #37 Louie Belpedio

#33 Samuel Ersson

#79 Carter Hart

Scratches: #18 Marc Staal, #48 Morgan Frost

Injuries: #55 Rasmus Ristolainen

CBJ Projected Lineup

#1o Dmitri Voronkov – #11 Adam Fantilli – #86 Kirill Marchenko

#4 Cole Sillinger – #38 Boone Jenner – #59 Yegor Chinakhov

#13 Johnny Gaudreau – #29 Patrik Laine – #24 Mathieu Olivier

#42 Alexandre Texier – #7 Sean Kuraly – #17 Justin Danforth

#9 Ivan Provorov – #78 Damon Severson

#8 Zach Werenski – #44 Erik Gudbranson

#22 Jake Bean – #55 David Jiricek

#30 Spencer Martin

#90 Elvis Merzļikins

Scratches: #2 Andrew Peeke, #27 Adam Boqvist, #64 Trey Fix-Wolansky

Injuries: #40 Daniil Tarasov, #96 Jack Roslovic

News and Notes

– Former Flyer, now Blue Jacket, Ivan Provorov will make his first trip to Philadelphia since being traded during the offseason.

– The Flyers defeated Columbus on Oct. 12, 4-3, to kick off the 2023-24 season.

– Travis Konecny leads the 2023-24 Flyers with the most points all-time against Columbus: 12 goals, 15 assists, 27 points

– All time, the Flyers hold a 20-16-3-9 record against the Blue Jackets.

– With his overtime goal on Saturday, Sean Couturier became the seventh player in Flyers franchise history with five overtime goals joining Claude Giroux (11), Jakub Voracek (9), Shayne Gostisbehere (6), Simon Gagne (6), Eric Lindros (5) and John LeClair (5).

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