Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-2: 18pts) at Winnipeg Jets (10-4-3: 23pts)
at Bell MTS Centre | Winnipeg, Manitoba
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series (2016-17): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 15gp (9-4-2)
PHI: 21-PTS, Voracek (4g-17a)
WPG: 23-PTS, Wheeler (5g-18a)
1. SET ON THE JETS
The Flyers and Jets meet for the first time this season after splitting the season series last year with each team winning on their home ice… The Flyers loss at Winnipeg last March snapped a six-game winning streak vs. the Jets… The Flyers also received all seven goals from different players last season… In addition, the Flyers have won nine of their last 12 games against the Jets, while earning at least a point in 11 of their last 13 meetings, going 9-2-2.
2. CRUISING ALTITUDE
The Jets come into tonight's game winners of two straight, three of their last four and have earned at least a point in 10 of their last 11 contests, going 7-1-3… The Jets have also put up four goals or more in six of their last eight games and rank second in the NHL with 32 goals in those eight games since Oct. 28… At home, the Jets have gone unbeaten in regulation in the last month, posting a 4-0-1 mark and outscored the opposition, 24-12… What's also of note, look for the Jets to have a fast start as they rank second in the NHL for the most first period goals (26).
3. PK vs. PP
Tonight's game matches two teams on opposite hot streaks on special teams… The Flyers come in perfect on the penalty kill in their last three games, not allowing a goal on the opposition's last eight attempts and going perfect in four of their last five games… The Jets come in with the fourth best power play in the NHL at home (30.8%) and, overall, have scored a goal on the man advantage in five of their last six games, going 8-for-17 (47%) in that stretch.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers have a scoreless streak of 156:09 and are looking to avoid three consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history… They have only allowed four goals in the back-to-back shutout losses and two of those have come on empty-net goals … THAT: Jets forward, Patrik Laine, is currently riding a six-game point streak where he has five goals and seven points … THE OTHER: Both Brian Elliott (10-2-4) and Michal Neuvirth (7-3-1) have impressive records against the Jets, while the two Jets goaltenders, Connor Hellebuyck (0-1-0) and Steve Mason (1-1-0) have just one win against the Flyers in their career.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #28 - Claude Giroux)
Giroux led the Flyers in the season series last year with three points, all assists, and a +2 against the Jets… He currently has as four-game point streak against the Jets with seven points (3g-4a) in that span… Lifetime, he averages a point per-game against Winnipeg with 25 points (7g-18a) in 25 games… He also loves playing at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg - he has 11 assists and 12 points in eight games since the Jets return to Winnipeg in 2011-12.
JETS (C: #55 - Mark Scheifele)
Scheifele comes into tonight with 13 points (7g-6a) in his last eight games, recording seven of his 10 goals this season in that span… Against the Flyers, he recorded four points (2g-2a) in the season series last year and averages over a point per-game against the Flyers with nine points (2g-7a) in eight career games… Scheifele was the first draft pick (7th overall) of the Jets return to Winnipeg in 2011, taken one slot ahead of Flyers' Sean Couturier (8th overall).