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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Flyers host Blue Jackets with crucial playoff positioning on the line

Thursday, 04.3.2014 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Flyers host Blue Jackets with crucial playoff positioning on the line




The Flyers and Blue Jackets come in as the third and fourth seed in the Metropolitan Division with the Flyers owning a four-point lead over Columbus having played the same amount of games… Columbus holds the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Toronto with two games in hand… The Flyers remain three points behind the NY Rangers for second-place and home-ice advantage in the First Round of the playoffs, but own two games in hand over the Rangers… Despite going 1-2-2 in their last five games, the Flyers have earned points in their last three games going 1-0-2… The Blue Jackets have earned points in three of their last four games, going 2-1-1… Columbus has also gone 4-1-0 in their last five road games, while the Flyers have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven games at the Wells Fargo Center.




The Flyers wrap up their first season series with the Blue Jackets since being in the same Division… They are 1-2-0 in the previous three meetings and, since taking the first meeting, 5-4 on Dec. 19, the Flyers have dropped two straight to Columbus…  The three games have seen a combined 25 goals scored (CBJ: 15, PHI: 10) and of the 25 goals, only four have come on special teams (CBJ: 2ppg-1shg, PHI: 1ppg)… Of Columbus' 15 goals, 13 have been scored by a different player, while eight different players have scored the 10 Flyers goals… Claude Giroux leads the Flyers with five points (2g-3a) and a +4 rating in three games, while six different Blue Jackets lead Columbus with three points in the season series… The Flyers are unbeaten in regulation at home against the Blues Jackets in franchise history, going 5-0-1-0.




Tonight is Vincent Lecavalier's 1,100th game in the NHL… Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell have both averaged a point-per-game recently with Voracek posting seven points (3g-4a) in his last seven games and Hartnell recording eight points (4g-4a) in his last eight games… Tuesday's game was the fourth time the Flyers have been shutout this year and first time since Dec. 2 - in all three previous games they have been shut out this season, they've responded with a win… Brandon Dubinsky has recorded 25 of his 45 points (9g-16a) in 28 Metropolitan Division games this season… Columbus has scored four of their last 10 goals on the power play and gone 4-for-11 (36.3%) on the man-advantage in their last four games…  The Blue Jackets are 9-5-1 in their last 15 road games and have set a franchise-record 18 road games this season… Today is Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent's 69th birthday.
 




Today is the one-year anniversary of Steve Mason being traded to the Flyers… Mason comes into tonight's game on a three-day rest, having last dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins on Sunday afternoon… Despite the loss, Mason went 8-2-2 during the month of March with a 2.48 GAA and .917 save percentage, stopping 330 of 360 shots, and also went 6-1-1 at home… Mason is just two wins shy of tying his career-high in wins, 33 set in his rookie season as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and is four games shy of his 300th game played in the NHL… Mason earned the Flyers only win against the Blue Jackets this season back on Dec. 19.
Bobrovsky comes into tonight with a 7-4-2 record, 2.20 GAA and .926 save percentage in his last 14 starts… He owns an overall record of 27-19-5 with a 2.47 GAA and .919 save percentage… Bobrovsky is one win shy of tying his career mark of 28 set in his rookie season with the Flyers in 2010-11… He owns 20 of his 27 victories against Eastern Conference opponents… He has faced his former team only once, earning a 5-2 win on Jan. 23… Bobrovsky represented Russia for the first time in his career at the 2014 Olympics, going 1-0-1 with a 1.15 GAA and .952 save percentage. 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 75 21 53 7 74
C. Giroux 74 22 46 1 68
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 75 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 75 13 17 1 30
M. Read 73 7 22 -7 29
M. Del Zotto 57 9 19 -5 28
M. Raffl 60 19 6 6 25
V. Lecavalier 51 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 10 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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