The Philadelphia Flyers are in Columbus for a meeting with the Blue Jackets before they go back home for Saturday. They recently downed the Panthers at home on Monday, so this is sandwich game for them on the road. With the win, the Flyers moved to 3-3-0 on the season.
It’s an average start for what is going to be a relatively average team in 2018-19. Their season started with a big win over the Golden Knights in Vegas, 5-2, and then they didn’t get their third win until Monday in a shootout against the Panthers.
The performance of Brian Elliott yet again got attention for all the wrong reasons, as he gave up 4 goals on 23 shots. Elliott was benched in favour of backup Calvin Pickard, who proceeded to allow a goal in on 3 shots. Much of the blame can’t go with the defence. Elliott only had to face 23 shots, but managed to make just 19 saves. He ultimately finished with a save percentage of 0.826.
The Flyers’ offence luckily came to the rescue, but Michael Hutchison was awful as well. The Florida netminder allowed 5 goals on 26 shots and then lost in the shootout. No Luongo means no help in net for the Panthers. If the Panthers have their starting goaltender in that game do the Flyers win? Or at least, an average goalie? Probably not. It wasn’t the best win for Philadelphia if you examine the game. The Blue Jackets have had a long break leading up to tonight. The last time they were on the ice was Saturday against the Lightning. It was an ugly game for them, as they took an 8-2 loss in Tampa. Get our free Flyers vs. Blue Jackets pick below.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick
While Brian Elliott hasn’t been hot to start the season, and really hasn’t been a dependable goaltender since he was in St. Louis, Sergei Bobrovsky goes into tonight with a 4.39 GAA and 0.86 save percentage. His previous start certainly skews those numbers up a lot, though. Bobrovsky got smashed for 8 goals against the Lightning in the 8-2 loss.
He likely should have been pulled before that came to fruition, but the Blue Jackets did have an extended layoff to get over that loss. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.20 goals per game and allowing 3.8 goals per game. Again, the 8 goals skewing that number up.
The Flyers have allowed at least 4 goals in four of their first six games, so their numbers are pretty consistent. They’ve given up an average of 4.17 goals per game. It’s been a combination of Elliott struggling and their defence playing lazy. They gave up 48 shots against the Sharks on the 9th, so that’s just a case of not playing defence.
Note that the Blue Jackets have hit the net over 30 times in every game this season to make for an average of 34 shots. The Flyers have been awful in Columbus with a record of 1-11 in their last twelve trips here. Overall, the Jackets are 15-5 in their previous twenty meetings. After getting plenty of time to shake off the terrible loss in Tampa, the Jackets likely bounce back at home.