Eastern Conference showdown pits Columbus against Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flyers (22-37-11, seventh in the Metropolitan) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (33-32-6, sixth in the Metropolitan)
Columbus, Ohio; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia takes on Columbus in Eastern Conference action.
The Blue Jackets are 9-15-0 against the rest of their division. Columbus has scored 225 goals and ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.2 goals per game. Patrik Laine leads the team with 25.
The Flyers are 8-25-8 in Eastern Conference play. Philadelphia ranks 31st in the Eastern Conference with 30.7 shots per game and is averaging 2.6 goals.
The teams square off for the second game in a row.
TOP PERFORMERS: Laine leads the Blue Jackets with 25 goals and has 52 points. Jakub Voracek has two goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.
Cam Atkinson leads the Flyers with 50 points, scoring 23 goals and adding 27 assists. Joel Farabee has four goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 2-5-3, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.8 assists, four penalties and nine penalty minutes while giving up 3.8 goals per game with an .894 save percentage.
Flyers: 3-7-0, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.2 assists, three penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while allowing 3.6 goals per game with an .896 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo: out for season (hip).
Flyers: Nick Seeler: out (lower-body), Zack MacEwen: day to day (undisclosed).