The Columbus Blue Jackets will try and bounce back from a tough loss on Saturday when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center. While the Jackets are comfortably in the postseason, the Flyers are falling further behind the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. With just 14 games remaining, Philadelphia trails Toronto by six points, but must also pass the NY Islanders and Tampa Bay. The Flyers have lost two straight, including a 2-1 defeat at Boston on Saturday that finished a 1-2-1 road trip. Wayne Simmonds leads the club with 28 goals despite scoring just once in his last five games, and is one shy of 200 for his career. Goalie Steve Mason has been keeping the Flyers in games lately, allowing fewer than three goals in four of his last five starts. Captain Claude Giroux recorded an assist Saturday to give him a point in three straight games. Giroux has appeared in 641 games and is nine away from passing John LeClair for 11th place on the franchise list. Right-winger Matt Read needs two assists to reach 100 for his career. The Flyers will face the Blue Jackets three more times this season beginning with tonight’s battle.
Columbus dropped a 5-3 decision to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday to remain three points behind Washington for the top spot in both the Metropolitan Division and the entire league entering Sunday. The loss, during which they squandered a 3-0 first-period lead, snapped the Blue Jackets’ three-game winning streak while leading scorer Cam Atkinson (57 points) failed to register a point for the first time in five games. Ryan Murray’s return from a two-game injury absence was short-lived, as the defenseman saw just 1 minute, 44 seconds of ice time Saturday before blocking a shot with his hand and leaving the game. Sam Gagner, who recorded eight goals and eight assists in 53 games with Philadelphia last season, set up a pair of goals against Buffalo to extend his point streak to five games. Gagner, who has three goals and four assists during the streak, is fifth on the team with 43 points – six shy of the career high he set during his 2007-08 rookie season with Edmonton. Captain Nick Foligno is second on the team with 24 goals and has scored in each of his last two games.
The Blue Jackets will be too much for Philly tonight. The Flyers are struggling and their postseason hopes are fading away. Columbus has won seven of the last eight meetings – make it eight of nine after tonight.
Pick:Blue Jackets -130
Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan.
Blue Jackets are 21-5 in their last 26 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
Blue Jackets are 12-5 in their last 17 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Blue Jackets are 14-6 in their last 20 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
Blue Jackets are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
Blue Jackets are 37-18 in their last 55 overall.
Blue Jackets are 111-236-8 in their last 355 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 Monday games.
Flyers are 9-2 in their last 11 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
Flyers are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Flyers are 21-43 in their last 64 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Flyers are 2-5 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Flyers are 2-5 in their last 7 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Flyers are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
Flyers are 2-5 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Flyers are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
Flyers are 2-7 in their last 9 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Flyers are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan.
Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 Monday games.
Under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 5-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 4-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 Monday games.
Over is 9-3-1 in Blue Jackets last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Under is 5-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall.
Over is 5-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
Over is 12-5-1 in Blue Jackets last 18 road games.
Under is 4-0 in Flyers last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Under is 3-0-2 in Flyers last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation.
Under is 8-1-2 in Flyers last 11 home games.
Under is 7-1 in Flyers last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 6-1-1 in Flyers last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 3-1-1 in Flyers last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation.
Over is 3-1-3 in Flyers last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Under is 3-1-2 in Flyers last 6 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 3-1-2 in Flyers last 6 Monday games.
Over is 3-1-2 in Flyers last 6 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Under is 8-3-4 in Flyers last 15 vs. Metropolitan.
Under is 8-3 in Flyers last 11 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 13-5-4 in Flyers last 22 overall.
Under is 17-8-6 in Flyers last 31 vs. Eastern Conference.
HEAD TO HEAD
Over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
Blue Jackets are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Home team is 16-5-1 in the last 22 meetings.
Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
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