Game Preview: Blue Jackets Metro Swing Continues Against Carter Hart and the Rejuvenated Flyers

By Paul Berthelot on December 22, 2018 at 7:05 am
Cam Atkinson faces off against Flyers goalie Calvin Pickard

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Blue Jackets at Flyers
Wells Fargo Center
1 p.m. ET (FOX Sports Ohio)

The Blue Jackets will have to find a way to get shots through Philadelphia Flyers rookie netminder Carter Hart to win this game.

Goal scoring was a slight problem for the Blue Jackets over their six-game homestand. Things won’t get any easier as they travel to the City of Brotherly Love. In only two NHL starts, the 20-year-old Hart has been great; he has a .944 save percentage and the Flyers have picked up two wins since Scott Gordon replaced Dave Hakstol behind the bench.

The Flyers have played much better in front of Hart, as well, making goals tough to come by for the Blue Jackets (who have their own offensive issues). 

PROJECTED LINES

Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson

Foligno – Wennberg – Duclair

Bjorkstrand – Jenner – Anderson

Hannikainen – Dubinsky – Nash

DEFENSEMEN

Murray – Jones

Werenski – Savard

Nutivaara – Harrington

GOALTENDER

Bobrovsky

  • The last time the Blue Jackets played a road game was it was earlier this month against these same Flyers. The Blue Jackets carried a 3-1 lead into the third period but let it slip away, before taking the game 4-3 in overtime. With the way the team has played of late, it’s not likely that if they have a late lead they will blow it again.
  • The Flyers have been a disaster this season...both on and off the ice. A team with high expectations coming off a playoff appearance has seen just about everything go wrong. A poor start has seen them fire their coach and GM. They currently sit third last in conference but have been rejuvenated playing in front of Hart. They want to climb back into the race, and a game with their divisional rivals the Blue Jackets is a great chance to do to so.  

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