The Philadelphia Flyers
look to turn around their month when they begin a four-game road trip tonight against the Winnipeg Jets
Just 3-5-1 in February, the Flyers arrived in Winnipeg on Monday after a 6-4 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins
on Saturday afternoon in which starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
allowed three goals on just 13 shots before exiting the game in the second period. Philadelphia has lost 10 of the past 11 meetings with the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, and the Jets have taken all three games this season. The Flyers continue their trip this week with visits to Edmonton and Calgary.
Philadelphia management has worked to retool the club's blue line over the past week, adding Nicklas Grossman
from Dallas and Tampa Bay's Pavel Kubina
in trades. Grossman had team-highs of eight hits and three blocked shots in his Philadelphia debut on Saturday.
The trades also allowed the club to return youngsters Marc-Andre Bourdon
and Erik Gustafsson
to the American Hockey League for further development.
"I think it adds depth, experience and size," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette
said of bringing aboard Grossman and Kubina.
Bryzgalov left the ice early and was taken for X-rays after being hit in the glove hand with a shot during the team's morning skate at MTS Centre. Laviolette would not indicate who would start in net for the Flyers, but CSNPilly.com quotes GM Paul Holmgren
as saying of Bryzgalov, "He is fine."
We had the Jets linup earlier
; here is the projected lineup for the Flyers:
- Claude Giroux
- Jakub Voracek
- Matt Read
- Jaromir Jagr
James van Riemsdyk
- Brayden Schenn
- Wayne Simmonds
- Sean Couturier
- Eric Wellwood
- Kimmo Timonen
- Pavel Kubina
- Nicklas Grossman
If Bryzgalov can't start in goal, backup Sergei Bobrovsky
would get the start.