|2014-14 NHL Season :: Game 27 of 82|
6th in Metropolitan
|Tuesday, Devember 9, 2014 :: 7:00 p.m. ET|
|Nationwide Arena :: Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|Get the Columbus perspective at The Cannon|
No early preview because of a communication breakdown within the ranks, but here's what you need to know:
- The Flyers won last Saturday in Los Angeles whoa! It was their first win in two weeks. That last win had come against the same Blue Jackets team that the Flyers will face tonight. After that tough past couple weeks that saw a lot of New York, Detroit, and California, the schedule lightens up substantially over the next couple of weeks. If this Flyers squad has any playoff ambitions, it's probably going to need to win a bunch of games in December.
- The lineup will remain the same as it did last game, which means no Luke Schenn or Vincent Lecavalier in for the Flyers.
- Two Flyers will be playing their first games in Columbus since coming to Philadelphia! Two! Steve Mason was, of course, with the Flyers for both of their games in Columbus last year, but he didn't start either of those games. He will get the nod in net tonight following an excellent game on Saturday in L.A.
- Meanwhile, R.J. Umberger is playing his first game in Columbus since that trade that brought him back here in June. R.J. looked like an actual good hockey player for what probably was the first time all season on the California trip, and you know he'll be amped to play his old team, so hopefully we can get something productive from him tonight.
- The Jackets still have a number of significant injuries, but they are slowly getting a bit healthier. In particular, they'll have the services of Noted Eminently Hateable Hockey Player Brandon Dubinsky tonight, for the first time this season. He was sidelined with an abdominal injury during that time.
- Still, this is a Columbus team that is a few men down and (barely) sitting below the Flyers in the standings. This is a winnable game.
- Sergei Bobrovsky, whoever that is, will be starting in net for Columbus. He's coming off a week where he was named the NHL's second star.
- Noted Former Philadelphia Hockey Player Scott Hartnell (/ducks) had been stuck in a cold streak, going ten games without any points before tallying an assist in each of the Jackets' previous two games. He didn't get on the scoreboard in either of these two teams' games in November -- he'll surely be looking to change that tonight.
CSN Philly. 7:00 p.m. ET start. Go Flyers.