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Flyers at Blue Jackets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Blue Jackets: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Updated: 1:55 p.m.

The Flyers are aiming to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

An old friend stands in the way Thursday night as the Flyers (3-3-0) visit the Blue Jackets (3-2-0).

Let's look at some notables before puck drop:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Nationwide Arena
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports App

• Mikhail Vorobyev will see the first healthy scratch of his NHL career. It certainly felt possible head coach Dave Hakstol would turn to 28-year-old Corban Knight after Vorobyev played just 8:04 Tuesday and was bumped down to the fourth line (see story).

Scott Laughton at third-line center between Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds sparked the second-period eruption Tuesday, resulting in the 21-year-old Vorobyev playing so little and as the fourth-unit left winger.

The rookie is a minus-3 with no points or shots in his last four games. Now, Knight will make his Flyers debut after beginning the year on season-opening injured reserve. He had a productive 2017-18 with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, putting up 14 goals, 23 assists and a plus-20 mark in 58 regular-season games.

• Sergei Bobrovsky has been a thorn in the Flyers' side ever since the organization traded him to the Blue Jackets during June 2012. Against his former team, Bobrovsky is 10-3-1 with a 1.91 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in 14 career matchups with the Flyers.

The 2018-19 season is a big one for the two-time Vezina Trophy winner as Bobrovsky can become an unrestricted free agent after the year and his future in Columbus is uncertain.

Last time out, the 30-year-old was lit up by eight goals Saturday against the Lightning, so you can presume he'll be pretty motivated and focused vs. the Flyers.

• The Flyers must start faster. They have yet to score the first goal of a game through six contests. They were the slower and sloppier team Tuesday against a winless Panthers group, which simply outplayed the Flyers in the opening frame.

Then, the Flyers flipped a switch in the second period and ripped off five goals. They definitely look like a sense-of-urgency type of team, a trait we've seen in years past.

The Blue Jackets have scored first in three games this season, winning all three times.

• The Flyers went 2-1-1 against Columbus last season. Three of the games were 2-1 decisions, while the other was a 5-3 win by the Blue Jackets. Provided some of the early trends of 2018-19, a low-scoring game doesn't feel likely (see story). Then again, the Flyers will have to get to Bobrovsky.

• Calvin Pickard gets the start in net for the Flyers. He has faced the Blue Jackets just once in his career, back on Jan. 16, 2016. He made 19 saves on 21 shots.

Projected lineup

Forwards
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Jordan Weal-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Wayne Simmonds
Dale Weise-Jori Lehtera-Corban Knight

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg-Christian Folin
Travis Sanheim-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Calvin Pickard
Brian Elliott

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