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Patrick returns from injury to face hometown team; Laine looks to extend point-scoring streak to seven games

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

FLYERS (8-8-2) at JETS (10-4-3)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, NBCSP, NHL.TV


The Game

Philadelphia Flyers forward Nolan Patrick returns to the lineup on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.

Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft., was born in Winnipeg. He has missed the Flyers' past nine games because of an upper-body injury sustained against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 24. Patrick has three points (one goal, two assists) in nine games.  

Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Flyers, who are 3-5-2 in their past 10 games.

The Jets, who will try to win their third straight game, will have forward Mathieu Perreault back in the lineup after he missed 12 games because of a lower-body injury.

Connor Hellebuyck will start for Winnipeg. He has held opponents to two goals or fewer in nine of his 12 starts this season and is 9-1-2 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.32 goals-against average.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Sean Couturier has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.

Jets forward Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, has five goals and two assists during a six-game point streak.


They said it

"I think I need to move my feet a little more. I think a little bit too much out there. I was thinking [instead] of moving my feet and making plays. I think I can contribute a little more offensively, stay good defensively, keep improving on face-offs. Those are probably the main things." -- Flyers forward Nolan Patrick

"Just play my game, keep it simple early. But I'm a guy who likes to make plays so I want to do that, play hard, forecheck hard and just try to get that first (game) out of the way." -- Jets forward Mathieu Perreault


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Dale Weise -- Valtteri Filppula -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Brandon Manning 

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Matt Read, Jori Lehtera

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp - Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Matt Hendricks - Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot, Shawn Matthias

Injured: None


Status report

MacDonald skated on Thursday but will not play. ... Matthias will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season.


Stat pack

Voracek has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. Giroux has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. … Wheeler has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his past eight games. Scheifele has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) during that same stretch.

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