Dec 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) checks Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray (27) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Blue Jackets, 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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Fourteen points remain up for grabs for the Philadelphia Flyers. Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the orange and black will face the Columbus Blue Jackets in a big Metropolitian Division game.

The Blue Jackets trail the Flyers by four points in the division. They hold the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference by a single point over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers are 1-2 against the Blue Jackets this season, with their only win coming in a 5-4 thriller on Dec. 19. Despite their struggles this season, the Flyers are 5-0-1 all-time against the Blue Jackets at home. 

Thursday night will be the first time all season where Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky BOBROVSKY will face one another. Mason has made only one start – a win – against his former club this season and it seems only fitting that Bobrovsky and Mason would square off one year removed from the trade that brought Mason to Philadelphia.

Bobrovsky’s and Mason’s numbers are nearly identical this season. Mason is 31-17-7, Bobrovksy is 27-19-5. Mason has a 2.53 goals against average, Borovsky’s goals against is 2.47. Mason’s save percentage is .916, Bobrovsky’s is .919.

Jakub Voracek also has seven points – two goals, five assists – in four games against his former club.

With two evenly matched goaltenders, and both teams in great need of two points, Thursday night should be an all out battle.

Columbus has accumulated points in six of their last ten games, going 4-4-2. The Flyers have lost their last two games in a shootout, but are 6-2-2 in their previous ten games. The Blue Jackets have a 79.9 percent chance of making the playoffs going into Thursday night. Depending on the outcome, their chances could decrease by 9.9 percent or increase by 10.1 percent. Expect the Blue Jackets to come out strong. They may not be the most talented team in the National Hockey League, but they do many of the little things right.

 

Scoreboard watch:

New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche

The Rangers are three points ahead of the Flyers in the division standings. Ryan McDonagh will not play tonight because of an “upper-body injury.” He is day-to-day.

 

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