Flyers-Blue Jackets: Game 70 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

As the final weeks of the season progress, there are plenty of changes to come with the Flyers lineup. Players will be given a chance to experience new roles and there will be experimentation done with some new faces to come in.

For the last few games, everything has remained relatively similar of late, but the Flyers will get one face back in the lineup on Tuesday night as they open up a home-and-home with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Columbus Blue Jackets GP G A P
Cam Atkinson 69 23 27 50 Patrick Laine 51 25 27 52
Travis Konecny 66 12 31 43 Jake Voracek 67 5 46 51
Joel Farabee 51 16 17 33 Oliver Bjorkstrand 68 24 26 50
James van Riemsdyk 69 17 13 30 Boone Jenner 59 23 21 44
Scott Laughton 54 11 17 28 Zach Werenski 61 11 32 43

Players To Watch 4-5

Scott Laughton returns to the lineup for the first time since March 10 when he suffered a head injury against the Panthers. Laughton has been one of the team's leaders throughout the season and figures to be looked upon in that role for the remainder of the season.
 
Jake Voracek has been among the Columbus leaders in points and certainly leads the way with 46 assists. He's got four points in his last five games and looks to continue a stretch where he has produced eight points in the last nine games. 
 
Goalie Matchup 4-5

Carter Hart gets back in net for the Flyers. Hart was on the hook for the loss on Saturday, allowing six goals on 28 shots against Toronto. Hart has allowed four goals or more in seven of his last nine starts.   

Elvis Merzlikins gets the start for Columbus. Merzlikins was in goal on Monday night in Boston, taking an overtime loss despite making 34 saves on 37 shots. Merzlikins has not won a game since March 16. 

Projected Lineups

Flyers Line Combos 4-5

Flyers Scratches: Nick Seeler (injury), Zack MacEwen (injury), Hayden Hodgson (healthy), Kevin Connauton (healthy)

 
Opponent Line Combos 4-5
 
Blue Jackets Scratches: Alexandre Texier (injury), Boone Jenner (injury), Joonas Korpisalo (injury), Yegor Chinakhov (injury), Gabriel Carlsson (healthy), Dean Kukan (healthy), Gavin Bayreuther (healthy) 
 
Lineup Notes
  • Flyers: The Flyers get Scott Laughton back in the lineup and Hayden Hodgson will come out. Keith Yandle also comes back into the lineup for Kevin Connauton. No other changes are being made.
  • Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets will use the same lineup as on Monday night in Boston.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (32nd), Blue Jackets (25th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (24th), Blue Jackets (20th)
  • Recent History vs. Blue Jackets
    • Jan. 20, 2022 – Blue Jackets 2, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Blue Jackets
    • Travis Konecny – 16 GP, 6 G, 12 A, 18 P
    • Kevin Hayes – 22 GP, 8 G, 12 A, 20 P
    • James van Riemsdyk – 24 GP, 10 G, 9 A, 19 P
    • Carter Hart – 3 GP, 1-2-0, 2.39 GAA, .909 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network