Philadelphia Flyers: December 18 Preview vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
The Philadelphia Flyers saw some success on the ice earlier this week when they defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2. They will try to bank off of their momentum on Thursday night as they are at home again, hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Flyers and the Blue Jackets are pretty evenly-matched as both of them are not doing that great this season. The Flyers have won only one game more than the Jackets, so it is not as if they will be in completely better shape than their opponents. One of the good things is that they will be taking on the Blue Jackets on home ice, which is good news because the Flyers have won seven consecutive games at home.
The game will be huge for Flyers goalie Steve Mason as he’ll face the team who traded him away. Craig Berube will be sure to give Mason the start to pit him against his former team. He won’t go up against Sergei Bobrovsky since he is currently on the IR with a groin injury, but it will still be a big game for Mason.
The Blue Jackets have a lot of players injured, so the holes in the lineup could be a big help for the Flyers’ struggling offense. However, they will need to be on the lookout for Ryan Johansen. Johansen is on a hot streak with seven assists and four goals in the last nine games. He’ll be sure to be hounding Mason as much as he possibly can during the game.
As for the Flyers, they will look towards their top line of Claude Giroux, Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek for a strong offense.
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