Tonight is the second of games on back-to-back nights for the Flyers, who are 1-4-1 in the previous six games in that scenario… They are 1-6-0 in the first game, after earning a 7-4 win in Toronto last night… Also with that victory, the Flyers have now earned points in the standings in seven of their last eight games, going 4-1-3… This is the fifth time, and fourth in December, that Winnipeg is hosting a team that played their second game in two days… The Flyers and Jets meet for the first of two times this season… The Flyers went 1-0-1 in the season series last year, with each team winning on home ice… The teams combined for just seven goals in the two games (PHI: 4, WPG: 3)… This is the second of the Flyers’ season-high eight-game road trip over the holiday break… The Jets play the last of their four-game homestand which began on Dec. 13.
The Jets are 4-1-1 in their last six games at home, including two straight victories… They are off to a hot December start, going 5-1-2, while also posting a record of 7-1-3 in their last 11 games… The Jets have won three straight and are unbeaten in regulation against Metropolitan Division opponents, going 6-0-2 this season, and have 10 of their 17 wins against the Eastern Conference (10-3-3)… Winnipeg is also 7-for-26 (26.9%) on the power play in their last six games overall, recording at least one PPG in five of those six games… The Jets are the second-most penalized team in the NHL, ranking 29th overall at 14.8 PIMS per-game… The Jets have scored first in 22 of their 33 games this year and have earned 13 of their 17 wins when doing so (13-5-4).
The Flyers have the NHL’s fifth-best power-play unit at 23.4%, but have not scored on the man-advantage in their last two games, while the Jets have the eighth-best penalty-killing unit in the NHL at 84.4%, but have given up a goal on the power play in five of their last seven games… The Jets’ goaltending tandem of Ondrej Pavelec & Michael Hutchinson have a combined goals against average of 2.17 so far this season, which ranks third in the NHL… Vincent Lecavalier has 73 career points (32g-41a) in 76 games against the Winnipeg franchise, dating back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers… Claude Giroux has recorded a point in eight of his last 10 games with 13 points (3g-10a)… Jets’ center Mathieu Perreault has a six-game point streak with six points (2g-4a)… The General Managers of each team (PHI: Ron Hextall; WPG: Kevin Cheveldayoff) both played their junior hockey for the local Winnipeg team, the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Jakub Voracek is now once again the NHL’s leading scorer at 42 points through 32 games… He also leads the NHL in assists (30)… Voracek is coming off a four-point outing in the last game, recording four assists in a 7-4 win at Toronto and has now recorded points in 25 of 32 games, as well as 13 games in which he has two points or more… Voracek has also recorded a point in every second game of a back-to-back scenario, posting one goal and eight assists for nine points in those six games… Against the Jets, Voracek has nine assists and 11 points in 13 career games.
The 21-year-old center has been one of the Jets hottest players as of late, recording three goals and four assists for seven points in his last four games… Scheifele is fifth on the team in scoring with 17 points (6g-11a) and his 11 assists are third on the team… Scheifele also has five of his six goals this season on home ice… He was Jets first draft pick since re-locating from Atlanta - He was taken 7th overall, one spot in front of Flyers forward Sean Couturier (8th overall) in 2011… He has played only two games against the Flyers in his career, recording one assist.