FLYERS (8-8-2) at JETS (10-4-3)
8 p.m. ET; TSN3, NBCSP, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot, Shawn Matthias
MacDonald skated on Thursday but will not play. ... Matthias will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
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.