Flyers v. Blue Jackets
Last Game: Win, 5-2 v. Capitals (Tue. Dec. 17th)
Streak: Won 1
- The Flyers have won their last seven games at the Wells Fargo Center.
- They are looking to go above .500 for the first time this season.
- Philadelphia has posted points in four of their last five games going 2-1-2 over that span.
- The Flyers 11 games against the Blue Jackets since their inception in 2000 is the fewest against any opponent in the NHL.
- In five career games against Columbus at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers are 4-0-1.
- The last time the Flyers played the Blue Jackets was on November 5th, 2011 when Philadelphia won 9-2 at the Wells Fargo Center - Steve Mason allowed seven of the goals for Columbus.
- Steve Downie is one assist away from 100 NHL assists.
- The Flyers are 8-for-68 (11.8%) on the power play at home this season.
- This will be the first time Mason faces his former team for the first time while Jakub Voracek faces them for the second time in his career.
Last Game: Loss, 3-2 v. Jets (Mon. Dec. 16th)
Streak: Lost 2
- The Blue Jackets have had tremendous success with puck control with only 190 giveaways this season which is the second-lowest in the league.
- Columbus has done a great job of holding on to leads since January 2012 as they are 36-0-1 when leading after two periods.
- The Blue Jackets will be a little short-handed tonight as Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky is out with a groin injury and Marian Gaborik, James Wisniewski, Derek MacKenzie, and Dalton Prout are all out tonight.
- Former-Flyer R.J. Umberger now plays for Columbus and was Mason's roommate when Mason was a Blue Jacket.
- Umberger is one power play goal away from second place in franchise history currently held by David Vyborny with 36.
4-4-1, 2.26 GAA, .926 SV%
McElhinney, 30, has gotten a lot of starts recently thanks to Bobrovsky's groin injury. In his last start last Tuesday, he allowed four goals on 34 shots in a 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils. His most recent appearance was last Thursday allowing one goal on 16 shots in one period of work against the Rangers. In one career start against the Flyers, McElhinney is 1-0-0 allowing just two goals on 42 shots.
12-9-4, 2.34 GAA, .924 SV%
Mason, 25, was great in goal on Tuesday against the Capitals allowing just two goals on 26 shots to help keep the Flyers in the game to get the 5-2 victory. Mason has allowed four goals in three of his last five starts but just three goals combined in the other two starts. He will play his first game against his former team with which he won the Calder Trophy with for the league's top rookie in 2009.