PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers begin their march toward the playoffs in earnest Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets, and they'll have one of their top players back from injury.
The Flyers (29-14-5) are just three points behind the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers and begin a three-game homestand this week that continues Thursday night when the Nashville Predators visit.
Jaromir Jagr, who missed the Flyers' past two games because of a groin injury, will return to the Philadelphia lineup.
"It's always good to get guys back on the ice," coach Peter Laviolette said.
Jagr shooed away any notions that overtraining this past offseason would have caused his groin issues
"Compared to what we did in Russia, this is nothing for me," Jagr said, drawing laughs from the assembled media.
Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start for the Flyers. Winnipeg has taken both games against the Flyers this season. The Jets rolled up nine goals when the clubs last met in Philadelphia -- a 9-8 loss for the Flyers.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Philadelphia:
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Wayne Simmonds - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Tom Sestito - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek
Jody Shelley - Brayden Schenn - Ben Holmstrom
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Marc-Andre Bourdon - Matt Carle
Erik Gustafsson - Andrej Meszaros