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Flyers game preview vs Blue Jackets: Expected lineups and goalies



Philadelphia Flyers game preview
The Philadelphia Flyers welcome Ivan Provorov back to the Wells Fargo Center for the second time this season. (Photo: AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers (19-13-5) seek to end their three-game losing streak when they return home to the Wells Fargo Center to host the Columbus Blue Jackets (12-19-8) at 7 p.m. on Thursday. This will be the third of four meetings between these two teams this season. Philadelphia had won the previous two games, 5-2 and 4-2, respectively. The Flyers are 4-0-1 in their last five against the Blue Jackets and 6-3-1 in their last 10. Carter Hart is 4-4-1 in his career against Columbus with a .901 save percentage.

The Flyers will not hold a morning skate prior to their 7 p.m. puck drop against the Blue Jackets.

Flyers lines vs Blue Jackets, Jan. 4

Joel Farabee – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Bobby Brink

Tyson Foerster – Ryan Poehling – Cam Atkinson

Nick Deslauriers OR Marc Staal, Scott Laughton – Garnet Hathaway

Flyers defense

Cam York – Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler – Sean Walker

Egor Zamula – Rasmus Ristolainen

Flyers goaltending

Carter Hart is expected to start against Columbus, with Sam Ersson backing him up.

Flyers preview

  • The Flyers are sixth in the NHL in shots-per-game, averaging 32.6.
  • Travis Konecny is on a five-game point streak (2G, 5A), which is his longest streak of the season.
    • Konecny has 16 points in his last 13 games.
  • Philadelphia is 15-2-3 when scoring three or more goals, and 16-3-1 when scoring the game’s first goal.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen will play in his 700th NHL game on Thursday.
  • Garnet Hathaway, after this game, will be five away from 500 in his NHL career.

Expected Blue Jackets lines

Johnny Gaudreau – Adam Fantilli – Jack Roslovic

Yegor Chinakhov – Dmitri Voronkov – Kirill Marchenko

Kent Johnson – Cole Sillinger – Emil Bemstrom

Alexandre Texier – Justin Danforth – Mathieu Olivier

Blue Jackets defense

Ivan Provorov – Damon Severson

Jake Bean – David Jiricek

Jake Christiansen – Erik Gudbranson

Blue Jackets goaltending

Daniil Tarasov is expected to start, with Spencer Martin backing him up.

How to watch the Flyers game

Thursday’s Flyers game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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