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Game 14: CBJ @ PHI

Energy is the name of the game tonight.  3rd game in 4 nights.  They need to be up on their skates against a woeful Blue Jackets team.  Keys of the game after the jump…

Columbus Blue Jackets (2-10-1 | 5 pts) vs Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-2 | 16 pts)

What to expect from the Blue Jackets:

RJ Umberger: Mr. Umberger is back.  He always will have a soft spot in my heart for his 10 goal explosion in the playoffs of 2008, especially his single-handed demolition of the scorching hot Canadiens.  He is as gritty as they come.  There is no doubt that he lays it all out there each and every night. He may not the most skilled player on the ice, but he will be the toughest to play against, especially tonight against his former team.

Ryan Johansen: I was thinking about writing about former Flyer Vaclav Prospal or going with the easy topic of Rick Nash, but instead opted for the young gun Ryan Johansen.  He was the 4th overall pick in the 2010 draft.  He has picked up the pace the past two games with goals in each.  You can also notice he has a more aggressive approach to his game with 5 points in his past 6 games, and it could be in correlation to the person that I’m going to talk about next.

James Wisniewski: He came back from his suspension and has been a rock for this team adding a little pop from the back-end. He has 18 blocks in the 5 games that he has been back and has chipped in 4 assists.  Save for the Maple Leafs game on Thursday, Columbus has been a tougher opponent to play against because of him.  They’ve beaten the Ducks and the Red Wings and were tied in the 3rd period in both their losses to Buffalo and Chicago.  So to say this team is going to be walk-over would be gross overstatement coupled with the fact the Flyers are banged up and missing parts.

Mr. Wisniewski can be an intimidating presence on the ice and in the locker room

Keys for the FLYERS tonight:

Voracek: Does he finally get on the the score column or does he prove to Columbus why he was traded? It’s all on him tonight and how he handles his excitement.  He needs to hone his aggressiveness and pot one to get the proverbial monkey off his back.

Simmonds:  Will the real Wayne Simmonds please stand up?  My fellow writer on this blog feels that he is still an offensive presence.  I respectfully disagree and see him being phased out into a defensive forward for the remainder of the season.  Prove me wrong Wayne. 

Bryzgalov: Will Bryzgalov eliminate any doubts we had of him a week ago with tonight’s performance?  I may be getting ahead of myself here since it is Columbus, but I would love to see him put in a strong performance to eliminate the rumblings of a goalie controversy.  He is the key to getting through this rough patch of injuries.  We paid him this money, so now is the time to earn it.

Party on Wayne…oops wrong Wayne

My BOLD predictions for tonight:

5-1 Flyers
-JvR scores first to kick off the scoring in his first game back from injury
-Giroux notches a 4 point night
-Simmonds (not Voracek) notches a goal and an assist


Continue the discussion with us on twitter (@marcs797 and @thevintern), email (theobbreakdown@gmail.com), or in the comments below

Lets Go Flyers!

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