Flyers Fly Back Home To Take On the Jets
The Flyers (5-3-1) are coming off an atrocious effort in Montreal last night which saw them surrender a lead and their momentum when they gave up a power play goal with 2.6 seconds left in the first period.
The win snapped a six game losing streak for the Habs and was their first home win of the season.
The Winnipeg Jets (2-5-1) have not played since Monday night when they lost 2-1 to the New York Rangers despite out shooting them 28-17. Fifteen minutes of penalties would do the Jets in as the Rangers capitalized twice scoring both their goals on the power play.
The Winnipeg Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers, are back in the NHL after a 15-year absence when the original Jets franchise relocated to Phoenix in 1996.
The last time the Flyers and Jets played was on March 22, 1996 in Winnipeg, a 4-1 Jets win. The Flyers are 18-6-0 at home versus the Jets and 29-16-2 all-time.
This is the first of four matchups for these two teams and marks the beginning of a seven game road trip for the Jets.
With the Flyers only managing one goal last night they slipped to fifth in the league in goals per game averaging 3.11. On the flip side of that, the Jets are allowing 3.25 goals per game, good for 28th in the league.
The Flyers have a clear advantage in terms of special teams.
The Jets are not having much success on the power play, scoring only 12.5% of the time. The Flyers are successful on the power play 25% of the time, fifth best in the league. The Jets are killing off penalties 77.1% of the time while the Flyers are successful 82.6% of the time.
For the Jets, Kyle Wellwood and Jim Slater lead the team in goals with three. Alexander Burmistrov leads the team in points with seven followed by Nik Antropov with six. Chris Thorburn leads the Jets in penalty minutes with nine.
Claude Giroux still leads the Flyers in goals with five and in points with ten. Jaromir Jagr is right behind him with three goals and eight points. Wayne Simmonds leads all Flyers in penalty minutes with 24.
In The Nets
Considering how poorly the team played last night and the fact that it is their second game in as many nights, the Flyers will look to Sergei Bobrovsky.
He has won both starts this season and has a 2.00 GAA and a .918 SV%. He has looked sharp all season and a strong performance from him tonight can put this team back on track.
Chris Mason started against the Rangers on Monday, so look for Ondrej Pavelec to get the start for the Jets. He is 1-3-1 with a 3.53 GAA and a .871 SV%.
The Flyers will definitely need to put forth and sustain a better effort than they did last night.
The team lacked cohessivness and motivation. They were getting beaten to loose pucks and displayed a timidness that spoke to their lack of comfort with one another.
The play in the defensive zone is inexcusable and needs to be fixed fast.
Not sure if the Flyers can replace one of Matt Walker or Andreas Lilja with these games being back to back. If they don't make a change tonight then look for one before their next game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
UPDATE: Erik Gustafsson, who was called up this afternoon, will be dress tonight in place of Matt Walker. Also, Zac Rinaldo will dress in place of Andreas Nodl.
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