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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/19/13

Columbus Blue Jackets (14-16-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (15-15-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -163 / Columbus Blue Jackets +148 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds


The Philadelphia Flyers needed to rebound in a big way on Tuesday night in the second game of their back-to-back with the Washington Capitals. After blowing the game on Sunday the Flyers pushed back and used a four goal second period to take the Capitals down in the second game. Jakub Voracek tied the game at 1-1 but the Capitals would again regain the lead before Matt Read, Mark Streit, and Voracek would score to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead. Wayne Simmonds added a third period goal for the Flyers who will now enter their second consecutive home-and-home with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Steve Mason will certainly want to prove to his former team that he can be the No. 1 goaltender they had been seeking for so long. Mason had to watch last year as former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovksy went on to win the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender. Bobrovsky has been injured but you know he'd love to be playing in this one on Thursday night. Columbus had been playing better hockey before two consecutive one goal losses to the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets. The loss to St. Louis was tough because the Blue Jackets came out so strong in the first period and gave the game away over the final 40 minutes. Losing to Winnipeg on home ice is simply unacceptable and now the Blue Jackets need to make up for that loss on Monday. I still believe that the Blue Jackets are a better hockey club than they've shown up to this point but the problem is they can't just expect to go on a late season run like we saw during the lockout shortened season last year. In the weak Metropolitan Division this could be a huge home-and-home between two teams that very well could be battling for a playoff spot with one another come March. Philadelphia is playing much better hockey of late but it's still hard to look at them as a heavy favorite and feel comfortable. While the Blue Jackets are hard to trust as well I like the fact that the total is set at five in this one. Philadelphia has been putting the puck in the net a little more lately and the Blue Jackets should come with a heavy push in this one. 

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/19/13

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