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Blue Jackets aim for season sweep of Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets

  1. Columbus has won all three games over Philadelphia this season, averaging 4.67 goals in those games. Columbus is 12-0-1 in their last 13 home games against the Flyers dating back to December 2008.
  2. The Blue Jackets trailed the Penguins, 2-0, after the first period before losing, 5-2, on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets are 6-17-0 (.261) when trailing after the first period, 25th in the NHL. They are 20-4-0 (.833) when leading after one period, tied for 10th in the NHL.
  3. The Flyers beat the Sabres, 5-2, on Tuesday. They've scored at least five goals five times in February, tied for fourth most in the NHL, and have averaged 3.50 goals in February, also tied for fourth in the NHL.
  4. Cam Atkinson scored his 35th goal of the season on Tuesday, tying his career-high goal total, set in 2016-17. He has scored a goal in three consecutive games, and now has at least a three-game goal streak in every month since November -- it only extended beyond three games once (November, seven straight).
  5. Jakub Voracek scored his sixth goal of February last time out, giving him more goals than he combined for over the last two months (five in December and January). He has netted a goal in two straight entering tonight -- his last three-game goal streak was in December 2016.
  6. Oskar Lindblom scored the Flyers' first goal of the game on Tuesday -- he has four goals in his last six games, which leads the team over that span. He is tied for seventh on the team in goals this season (12).

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to continue their dominance against one Keystone State representative after losing for the seventh straight time against the other.

The Blue Jackets bid for a four-game season sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet in Columbus, Ohio.

Cam Atkinson scored in his third straight game during Tuesday's 5-2 setback to Pittsburgh to boost his goal total to a career high-tying 35, with four of those coming in three victories over Philadelphia. Atkinson tallied twice in a 6-3 home win against the Flyers on Oct. 18 and a 4-3 triumph in Philadelphia on Dec. 22.

Atkinson isn't the only Blue Jackets' star to fluster the Flyers.

Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 89 of 98 shots to win all three encounters against Philadelphia, where he began his NHL career. The two-time Vezina Trophy recipient owns a sparkling 13-3-1 mark against the Flyers with two shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 17 meetings.

Bobrovsky, however, followed back-to-back shutouts by yielding four goals on 26 shots against the Penguins. The setback put Columbus one point behind Pittsburgh for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Atkinson's team-leading eighth power-play goal and Oliver Bjorkstrand's second tally in three games were all the Blue Jackets could muster on Tuesday, much to the chagrin of coach John Tortorella.

"Throughout the game I don't think we developed enough offense. Certainly the first period we didn't develop any forechecking," Tortorella said. "I don't think we gave them much, but we certainly didn't develop enough forechecking, which leads to us not developing enough offense."

Philadelphia has been doing quite well with its offense of late, having totaled nine goals in victories over Pittsburgh and Buffalo to improve to 14-3-1 in its last 18 contests.

Captain Claude Giroux collected a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Penguins before repeating the feat three nights later in a 5-2 victory vs. the Sabres. Giroux has scored a goal and set up four others against the Blue Jackets this season.

Pending unrestricted free agent Brian Elliott, who is manning the crease in place of injured rookie Carter Hart, made 40 saves against the Penguins in his first start since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 15. Elliott followed that up with 34 stops versus the Sabres.

"I feel good enough," the 33-year-old Elliott said.

"Getting a couple wins definitely helps. If you're not winning those, you're probably not feeling as good about your game, things like that. We've had some goal support these last couple ones for me. That helps."

James van Riemsdyk, who joined Jakub Voracek and Giroux in scoring in each of the last two games, praised Elliott for the way he has stepped up after considerable time off.

"It can't be easy for a lot of those goalies, to be honest," van Riemsdyk said. "It's been tough. Some of them dealing with injuries and different things like that, and different people coming in and out ...

"So he's a good pro and he works at it and he has a good mindset. I think it allows him to have consistent success and be ready to go when his number is called."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 27, 2019

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