|4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 10, 2022
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio Attendance: 15,490
Blue Jackets aim to halt skid, face surprising Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets
- The road team won all three games between the Flyers and Blue Jackets last season, with Columbus winning twice in Philadelphia before the Flyers won in Ohio's capital city. The Flyers have won their last three road games against the Blue Jackets, after winning only three of their previous 18 games there (3-6-9).
- The Flyers beat the Blues, 5-1, in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The four-goal margin of victory was the Flyers' largest in any game since their 6-1 home-ice win against the Devils on December 14 last season.
- Carter Hart is 2-0-1 with a 0.98 GAA and .971 save percentage in his last three road games (at Nashville, N.Y. Rangers and Ottawa). In the process, he became the first goaltender in Flyers history to allow no more than one goal and make more than 30 saves in each of three consecutive road games.
- The Blue Jackets' 3-9-0 record is their worst mark through the first 12 games of a season since 2015-16 (2-10-0). All nine of their losses this season have been by at least a three-goal margin. No other NHL team has more than six such losses.
- The Blue Jackets have been outscored 28-8 during their current five-game losing streak. It's the third time in franchise history that Columbus was outscored by at least 20 goals over a five-game span. The previous two instances were in overlapping five-game segments in 2003 (22 goals: Feb. 15-23, 21 goals: Feb. 18-25).
- Boone Jenner had a season-high seven shots on goal and scored the Blue Jackets' only goal in their loss to Colorado on Saturday. Two other players have had seven shots on goal for Columbus in a game this season: Johnny Gaudreau (Oct. 20) and Patrik Laine (Nov. 4).
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Two teams that have gotten off to surprising starts this season meet Thursday when the Columbus Blue Jackets host the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Blue Jackets have lost nine of their first 12 games after signing star free-agent forward Johnny Gaudreau in the offseason. The move caught the hockey world by surprise and raised expectations.
Columbus has struggled out of the gate under second-year head coach Brad Larsen, losing five straight games -- including both contests to the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Global Series last weekend in Finland.
The Blue Jackets were outscored 11-4 in the two losses, including last Saturday's 5-1 setback in which the Avalanche scored three goals in under four minutes of the second period. Columbus was outshot 17-4 in the second period.
"We had some zone time, they did. Chances were right there," Larsen said. "We just completely lost ourselves in the second period, completely. Seven odd-man rushes. We're trying to cheat the game right now to get offense against their best players. It's a recipe for disaster."
"We just lost it," forward Patrik Laine said. "I don't know where, but we couldn't find it. The result, it's not what we're looking for. I don't think we're going to lose the last 71 games in a row. I feel like we have everything we need in that locker room to win games. Just have to figure out how to play a full 60. That's been the main issue this year."
And now the Blue Jackets are dealing with injuries.
Former Flyers star Jakub Voracek is out indefinitely after missing Saturday's game in Finland with an upper-body injury. Forwards Sean Kuraly (upper body) and Laine (illness) are day-to-day.
The Flyers, on the other hand, have been a pleasant surprise and appear re-energized under first-year coach John Tortorella, who is continuing his reputation of turning around programs with a demanding and intense style.
Philadelphia has secured at least a point in nine of its first 12 games (7-3-2) after recording wins over Ottawa last Saturday and St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Thursday will be a homecoming for 29-year-old center Lukas Sedlak, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft by Columbus. He played his first three NHL seasons with the Blue Jackets.
Sedlak scored a key goal in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Blues after it appeared St. Louis was establishing momentum. The goal was Sedlak's first since Feb. 18, 2019.
"We ended up sitting on our heels a little bit, and all teams do it when you have that lead," Tortorella said. "I just liked the way we responded after they scored their first one. Obviously, the fourth is a big goal, but then I thought we checked. We were smart. We just played a simple game blue line to blue line. I just liked the way we were as a team just trying to stay within our concept."
Felix Sandstrom made 27 saves for Philadelphia to earn his first NHL win in his ninth career game. Sandstrom found out hours before the game he would be starting after Carter Hart was scratched with an illness.
"I know how quick things can change," Sandstrom said. "I tried to prepare the same way either if I'm playing or not. So, it wasn't that big of a difference for me. I was fine."
--Field Level Media
Updated November 9, 2022