Flyers vs Blue Jackets Preview: It’s crunch time for the Orange & Black

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Philadelphia enters tonight’s game coming off a tough loss late in regulation against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday. The Flyers look to get back on track against a Columbus team right behind them in the standings.

Columbus enters tonight’s game coming off a 5-2 victory over the Canadiens on Monday. The Blue Jackets look to extend their winning streak to 6 games against struggling Flyers team.

Flyers Lineup (Projected 3/14)

Giroux – Couturier – Konecny

Lindblom – Patrick – Voracek

Raffl – Filppula – Simmonds

Lehtera – Laughton – Read

 

Provorov – Gostisbehere

Sanheim – MacDonald

Manning – Gudas

 

Starter – Mrazek

Backup – Lyon

 

Scratches

20 – Leier

22 – Weise

40 – Weal

 

Final Stretch
With the season ending on April 7th and the Flyers having to play 12 more games, its crunch time now. It is now or never for the Flyers who were pretty much locked into a playoff spot two weeks ago.

However, after struggling and hitting a wall, the Flyers are back in the battle to actually making the playoffs. With their recent slide, the teams below them have gained ground and gained ground quickly.

Tonight, the Flyers could go from 3rd in the division all the way to last wild card team with a loss.

The Flyers need a strong home stretch to assure themselves a spot in the playoffs and it starts tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

Lindblom Getting Closer
If there is one Flyer who deserves to get at least a point, its Oskar Lindblom. LIndblom, who is scoreless in his first 11 career NHL games, has been snake-bitten.

Lindblom has had multiple high quality scoring chances in those 11-games. However, he has gotten any to go in. Some are not his fault with the goalie making a tremendous save. But, others have been on himself for trying to be to finesse.

If the Flyers can get Lindblom going, this team will add another threat to an already loaded top 6. Something that will cause an issue come playoff time for teams trying to matchup against the Flyers.

 

Game 71 Columbus Blue Jackets Philadelphia PA NBCSports Philadelphia 7:00pm 

 

Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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