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Philadelphia looks to secure second 3-game win streak against struggling Blue Jackets

For three straight games, the Philadelphia Flyers’ competition have been in the midst of four-game, seven-game, and now five-game losing streaks, and the first two teams losing streaks were extended (re: 2-1 W over Senators, 5-1 W over Blues).

The Columbus Blue Jackets are hosting the Flyers without much firing power, ranking dead-last on the power play, and are 31st in goals for. They are also dead last in goals against, with only their penalty kill being in the middle of the pack at 17th in the league. Over their last 5 games, they have allowed 5.6 goals per game, and have scored a lowly 1.6 goals per game. Every time you think we have it bad in Philadelphia, remember Ohio exists.

The Flyers, on the other hand, are looking to earn their second three-game win streak just 13 games into the year. They have a 2-3-0 record over their last 5, but are quickly turning the page after dropping 3 straight to the Hurricanes (4-3 OTL), Rangers (1-0 OTL), and the Maple Leafs in Toronto by a 5-2 score.

Their goals per game, while better than the Blue Jackets, sit at a measly 2.4 goals per game, and have bizarrely allowed 2.4 goals per game. The difference maker has been in net, and it feels like we are already beginning to beat a dead horse by constantly going back to the fact that Carter Hart erases all of the Flyers’ sorrows and woes on the ice, producing astonishing numbers to the start of the season. However, it was Felix Sandström who stood tall in their last victory, stopping 27-28 shots to secure his first win of the season and his NHL career with a fancy .964 SV% to cap off the night.

Tonight, it’ll be Hart back in net dueling against Joonas Korpisalo, who’s only played one game this season, stopping 40 of 45 shots against Colorado in a 5-1 loss last game on November 5th.

PHI Record: 7-3-2, 16 pts, 4th in Metropolitan

CBJ Record: 3-9-0, 6 pts, 8th in Metropolitan

Last Game PHI: 11/6/22, 5-1 W vs. St. Louis

Last Game CBJ : 11/5/22, 5-1 L vs. Colorado

When: 7:00pm ET

Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH

PHI Goalie: Carter Hart (6-0-2, .946 SV%, 1.97 GAA, 0 SO)

CBJ Goalie: Joonas Korpisalo (0-1-0, .889 SV%, 5.01 GAA, 0 SO)

PHI Projected Lineup

#74 Owen Tippett – #13 Kevin Hayes – #11 Travis Konecny

#86 Joel Farabee – #21 Scott Laughton – #57 Wade Allison

#49 Noah Cates – #23 Lukáš Sedlák – #17 Zack MacEwen

#44 Nicolas Deslauriers – #48 Morgan Frost– #58 Tanner Laczynski

#9 Ivan Provorov – #77 Tony DeAngelo

#6 Travis Sanheim – #61 Justin Braun

#24 Nick Seeler – #55 Rasmus Ristolainen

#79 Carter Hart

#32 Felix Sandström

CBJ Projected Lineup

#13 Johnny Gaudreau – #38 Boone Jenner – #29 Patrik Laine

#14 Gustav Nyquist – #96 Jack Roslovic – #52 Emil Bemström

#50 Eric Robinson – #34 Cole Sillinger – #59 Yegor Chinakhov

#19 Liam Foudy – #16 Brendan Gaunce – #24 Mathieu Olivier

#8 Zach Werenski – #77 Nick Blankenburg

#4 Vladislav Gavrikov – #2 Andrew Peeke

#22 Jake Bean – #44 Erik Gudbranson

#70 Joonas Korpisalo

#90 Elvis Merzļikins

PHI Injuries: Cam Atkinson (lower-body), Sean Couturier (back), Patrick Brown (back), Bobby Brink (hip), Ryan Ellis (hip), Artem Anisimov (PTO, lower-body), James van Riemsdyk (finger),

Scratched: Egor Zamula, Kieffer Bellows

CBJ Injuries: Justin Danforth (torn labrum), Adam Boqvist (broken foot), Jakub Voracek (upper-body), Sean Kuraly (upper body), Kent Johnson (undisclosed)

Scratched: none

News and Notes

– The Blue Jackets are missing key players in Kent Johnson (6 points in 11 games), Jakub Voracek ( 5 points in 11 games),

–  A Flyers win would secure the teams second 3-game win streak in just 13 games into the season

–  Tonight marks John Tortorella’s first game against his former club after leading Columbus as head coach for 6 seasons.

–  Ivan Provorov’s next goal will be his 60th career NHL goal, and is 3 points shy from 200 points over his NHL career (462 GP).

–  Travis Sanheim’s next goal will be his 30th career NHL goal, and his next assist will mark his 90th career assist in the NHL (347 GP).

Broadcast Info: TV – NBC Sports Philadelphia, Radio – 97.5 The Fanatic

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