The Columbus Blue Jackets visit the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are traveling to Philadelphia to take on Stinger’s arch rival Gritty and the Flyers tonight. The Flyers are off to a rough start which resulted in the firing of former general manager Ron Hextall, who has since been replaced by former Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.
Despite the Flyers slow start, they have a strong team on paper which shouldn’t be taken lightly. Led by captain Claude Giroux who currently has 30 points in the first 25 games of the season. The Columbus Blue Jackets counter with Cam Atkinson who has 30 in 26 games.
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Another key player for the Flyers is former Blue Jacket Jakub Voracek who’s off to a disappointing start by his standard, with only 20 points through 25 games.
As a whole, the Flyers are currently second last in the East, ahead of only the New Jersey Devils. It comes as a surprise considering their talent at forward and on defense, however their goaltending remains the biggest issue as it has for quite a while. With starting goaltender Brian Elliott injured at the moment, the Flyers are rolling with a tandem of Michal Neuvirth and Anthony Stolarz which hasn’t worked for them to this point.
Luckily for Flyers fans, Carter Hart is getting close to being ready for the NHL and is currently splitting time in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Lineup Projections (From DailyFaceoff.com)
Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson
Foligno – Jenner – Anderson
Dubinsky – Wennberg – Bjorkstrand
Hannikainen – Nash – Sedlak
Werenski – Jones
Murray – Nutivaara
Harrington – Savard
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
James van Reimsdyk – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl – Scott Laughton – Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom – Jori Lehtera – Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald
Travis Sanheim – Radko Gudas
The Blue Jackets face a test against the divisional rival Flyers despite their location in the standings. With Dave Hakstol fighting for his job as coach of the Flyers, they’ll be sure to put up a fight.