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Flyers Get Defensive As They Face The Jets

Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers (32-19-7) will leave all their baggage behind as they kick off a four game road trip tonight in Winnipeg when they take on the Jets (29-26-6). This road trip could not have come at a better time as the team welcomes two new defensive additions.  



Nicklas Grossman (from Dallas) and Pavel Kubina (from Tampa Bay) will get a chance to get to know there new teammates better during this road trip, which will help speed up the familiarity between the club and the new players. 


Anyone who has played in any type of sports tournament or competition knows that you become more familiar with someone when both parties are put in the same situation, like living on the road.


If this were a four game home stand for the Flyers, both Grossman and Kubina would be living out of a hotel while the rest of the Flyers get to rest in the comforts of their own homes.


However, being on the road will put everyone on the same level as they will meet up for meals as a team and bond during their down times.


The hope is that these two players steady the defensive play and clear the porch for the struggling Flyers goaltenders. While Grossman made his Flyers debut in the 6-4 matinee loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Kubina will make his tonight.


With the addition of Kubina the Flyers now have a legitimate right-handed shot from the point. Look for him to get some time on the power play tonight, eventually finding a home on the first unit for the stretch run.


Even though these two guys are here to help they are not magicians, this team will need get some kind of consistent goaltending if they’re going to have a chance at competing in the playoffs. 


The fact is the Flyers basically have a couple of weeks, not only to turn things around but also to get red hot.


How the team plays at the end of March will tell their playoff story. 


For proof, just look at the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants or Boston Bruins, all of whom started getting hot at the end of the season heading into the playoffs.


One could even point to the Flyers of 2009-10 season. 





This is the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season. The Flyers have not had much luck with the resurrected Winnipeg Jets franchise. 


The Jets will be looking for the sweep tonight as they won the previous three matchups finding the back of the net 17 times during that span.


The Flyers have not had back-to-back wins since January 10th and 12th.


Winnipeg will look to extend their current winning streak to four.


The Flyers are allowing 2.97 goals per game and are one of the leagues worst.


The Flyers are 2-5-1 in their last eight games and have surrendered at least four goals, five times during that span.


Ilya Bryzgalov's goals against average was 1.42 in his first six starts after the All-Star break.


Winnipeg has gone 5 for 39 on the power play over the last 14 games, but is 5 for 16 against the Flyers this season.


The Jets have won six straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings versus the Flyers



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