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Hayes returns to Winnipeg with Philadelphia for first time since trade

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (17-10-5) at JETS (19-11-2)



The Game

Kevin Hayes will return to Bell MTS Place for the first time with the Philadelphia Flyers to play the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

The forward was traded to the Flyers by the Jets on June 3 for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and signed a seven-year contract with Philadelphia on June 19. He has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 32 games this season.

The Flyers play the second of a back to back after a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. They are 7-3-1 in their past 11 games but have lost two straight and three of four.

The Jets are 13-4-2 in their past 19 games and have won four in a row on home ice while outscoring opponents 17-7. 


Players to watch

Flyers goalie Brian Elliott is expected to start. He is 4-1-1 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in his past seven games (six starts) and 7-3-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .915 save percentage this season.

Jets center Mark Scheifele has eight points (five goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak and leads Winnipeg with eight multipoint games.


They said it

"Sometimes it's the best way. You don't have time to think too much about it and you step onto the ice and just go out and play. We don't have a lot of down time. We've got to get to Winnipeg. We're going to get to Winnipeg and play hard." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault on playing two games in less than 24 hours

"We're playing some really good teams. We've got [Philadelphia] coming in here and they've been playing really well, so this is going to be a great challenge. We'll take it one game at a time but we're going to have to stay really sharp." -- Jets forward Mathieu Perreault


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Joel Farabee

Carsen Twarynski -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Morgan Frost -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

David Kase -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Philippe Myers

Injured: Scott Laughton (groin), Tyler Pitlick (concussion), Travis Konecny (concussion), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma), Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Michael Raffl (broken finger)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Joona Luoto

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

Aube-Kubel and Twarynski were recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. ... Pitlick is in the NHL concussion protocol and Vigneault said he's not sure if Laughton is day to day or week to week. ... Konecny and Lindblom (long term) were placed on injured reserve. ... The Jets loaned forward David Gustafsson to Sweden on Friday for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.


Stat pack

Giroux leads the Flyers with 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 29 games against the Jets. … Connor has eight points (three goals, five assists) in five-game point streak, including two goals in Winnipeg's 5-2 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

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