On Thursday night, we are checking out three playoff chasers in the Eastern Conference. How might they do and who will emerge victoriously?C
For Philadelphia interim head coach Scott Gordon, the message is simple to his team. If St. Louis and Carolina can assemble long winning streaks or extended periods of playing exceptional hockey to become playoff participants at the moment, why can’t the Flyers?
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Philadelphia is seven points behind the last two wild-card teams and on a small two-game unbeaten streak. However, it’s not like the Flyers have not put together a couple weeks or more of W’s. Last year Philly won 10 straight games and from the middle of last month to the beginning of February, the Flyers had an 8-game winning stretch. Having won 14 of 18 since Jan. 14th, this team’s confidence remains high with 19 contests remaining.
Since early January, Columbus has been Spike Lee at the Oscar’s, hot and cold. Lately, the Blue Jackets have been ordinary at 3-4 and with the Hurricanes on an 8-2 tear, Columbus has fallen to 5th place in the Metropolitan and for the moment, out of the playoffs.
This is one of eight remaining division games for the Jackets and they cannot afford many slips, having lost control of the situation. They will need to snag an earlier lead and contain Philly scorers.