The Flyers return home after earning five of eight points on their road trip, going 2-1-1, and now open up a three-game homestand in the span of six days… The Flyers own a 19-10-7 record on home ice, and have earned a point in eight of their last 10 home games, going 7-2-1… The Flyers sit in the eighth and final wild card position in the East, and are tied with but have a game in hand on Detroit, who plays the Buffalo Sabres tonight… The Flyers have four of their last eight games against teams sitting in playoff position, not including a head-to-head matchup with the Red Wings at Detroit on Apr. 6… Sean Couturier has a four game point streak with a goal and three assists in that span… He has also recorded a point in nine of his last 11 games, posting 10 points (1g-9a).
Facing off against the Jets marks the final Western Conference team the Flyers will face this season… They are 13-11-3 against the West but have 10 of the 13 victories against Central Division opponents, going 10-3-0, and have out-scored them 39-28, while also winning their last six meetings against the Central… Against the Jets, the Flyers shut the door in the first meeting at Winnipeg, 3-0 on Nov. 7, and posted two of the three goals on the power-play… The Flyers have won four straight against the Jets and have earned points in their last five games, going 4-0-1, with their last loss coming on Nov. 15, 2013… Since the Jets returned to Winnipeg, the Flyers own a 7-3-2 record in 12 meetings.
Winnipeg comes into tonight’s game after suffering a 3-2 loss at Buffalo in which they led 2-0… The Jets own a 12-14-4 record against the Eastern Conference and 7-7-1 record against the Metropolitan Division… They have not defeated an Eastern Conference team on the road since Nov. 4 at Toronto, going 0—6-2 since that point… Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring with 67 points and also has a four-game point streak with five points (1g-4a) and has notched at least a point in seven of his last eight games… Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec comes into tonight having earned wins in two consecutive games for the first time this season, stopping 62 of 63 shots for a 0.50 GAA and .984 save percentage.
Simmonds leads the Flyers in overall scoring with 25 goals, 15 of them coming at home, and is third on the team with 51 points… He is one of only two Flyers to have appeared in all 74 games this season (Raffl)… Simmonds also has eight points (2g-6a) in his last 11 games… The Flyers own a 16-2-1 record when Simmonds records a goal… Simmonds has five goals and nine points in 15 career games against the Jets, including a goal in the first meeting of the year.
Scheifele has points in three straight games, recording four points (1g-3a) and has been the hottest Jet player since the All-Star break, leading the team by recording 12 goals and 26 points in 26 games… Overall, he leads the Jets with 24 goals and a plus-minus rating of +16, while ranking second with 50 points in 64 games… Against the Flyers, Scheifele has three assists in five career meetings.