Philadelphia Flyers (17-10-5, 39pts)
Winnipeg Jets (19-11-2, 40pts)
at Bell MTS Place | Winnipeg, Manitoba
TIME: 5:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 1-1-0
All-Time Record (as WPG): 25gp (11-5-0-3)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 28-pts (11g-17a)
WPG - Mark Scheifele: 32-pts (14g-18a)
1. AT IT AGAIN
Following a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, the Flyers play the second of a back-to-back in less than a 24-hour span... They are 2-2-2 in second games, but have earned points in the last four second games they have played (2-0-2), all of which were decided past regulation and came in November... Jake Voracek leads the Flyers with eight points (3g-5a) in second games, while Sean Couturier has recorded at least a point in five of the six second games (1g-6a).
2. SINCE NOV. 1
Both teams are among the NHL's best teams since the start of November with both team earning 28 points in the standings (PHI: 12-4-4 & WPG: 13-4-2) which is T-6th among all NHL teams since Nov. 1... Both teams are also in the Top 5 for fewest goals against since that date with the Flyers ranking 5th (50 GA), and the Jets at 2nd (43 GA)... Also since Nov. 1, Sean Couturier leads the team with 17 points (6g-11a) in 21 games and rookie defenseman Philippe Myers is a +14 which is T-3rd in the entire NHL... Kyle Connor leads the Jets with 23 points (9g-14a) in 19 games and is T-3rd in the NHL in even strength points (21).
In addition to Winnipeg being one of the best teams since Nov. 1, they've earned points in four of five games in December (3-1-1)... The Jets are coming off a regulation loss, 5-2, to Detroit, but they haven't lost back-to-back games, in any fashion, in two months (Oct. 13-15-17) when they lost three straight... The Jets are equally hot on home ice - they are on a four-game winning streak at home, and are 7-1-1 in their nine games at Bell MTS Place.
4. US & THEM
It's the first of two meetings against the Jets with the two teams not meeting again until Feb. 22... The Flyers have split the season series with the Jets in each of the last three years, with each team winning their game on home ice... In addition to dropping their last three at Winnipeg (0-2-1), the Flyers have dropped six of 10 visits to Bell MTS Place since they returned to the NHL in 2011, going 4-4-2.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #25 - James van Riemsdyk)
van Riemsdyk enters tonight's game with three goals and six points in his last eight games, which is tied for the team lead since Nov. 27... In 10 trips to Winnipeg, he has eight points (1g-7a), including four points (1g-3a) in his last three visits... Specifically as a member of the Flyers, JVR has five points (3g-2a) in five games against the Jets.
JETS (C: #55 - Mark Scheifele)
Scheifele leads the Jets in both goals (14) and points (32) and is currently riding a five-game point streak where he has five goals and eight points - all in the month of December... Against the Flyers, he averages over a point per-game with 13 points (3g-10a) in 11 games and also has a three-game point streak at home against the Flyers, recording seven points (2g-5a) in those three games.