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Laine tries to extend goal, point streaks for Winnipeg; Philadelphia seeks first win in six games

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

JETS (41-17-9) at FLYERS (34-23-11)

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

 

The Game

Patrik Laine will try to extend his goal and point streaks for the Winnipeg Jets against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Laine has scored eight goals during a four-game goal streak, and 20 points (14 goals, six assists) during a 10-game point streak. He is second in the NHL with 39 goals, one behind Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Winnipeg won't have center Mark Scheifele, who will miss a second straight game because of an upper-body injury. The Jets, who have won four in a row, are second in the Central Division with 91 points, six behind the first-place Nashville Predators and six ahead of the third-place Minnesota Wild.

The Flyers have lost five straight games (0-4-1) but can move into a tie with Washington for second place in the Metropolitan Division with a victory. They have 79 points, two fewer than the Capitals and three behind the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Paul Stastny has six points (two goals, four assists) in five games since being acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 26.

Flyers forward Claude Giroux has one goal and five assists during a five-game point streak. He has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in his past 15 games.

 

They said it

"I think there's been some good times and some good things that we like about our game. Still bunch of things we need to improve because the games are getting harder and harder, especially tomorrow. Have to play better defense and not give them anything easy." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine

"Guys are focused on what the next challenge is. Guys are focused on what's ahead. You get to this time of year, that's a really important thing and a real important trait to have. … We got our focus squarely on Winnipeg." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Paul Stastny -- Patrik Laine

Kyle Connor -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault -- Andrew Copp -- Jack Roslovic

Brandon Tanev -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey -- Tyler Myers

Joe Morrow -- Ben Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Marko Dano, Tucker Poolman

Injured: Shawn Matthias (upper body), Jacob Trouba (lower body), Adam Lowry (upper body), Steve Mason (lower body), Mark Scheifele (upper body), Dmitry Kulikov (lower body)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Nolan Patrick -- Jakub Voracek

Michael Raffl -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Jori Lehtera -- Scott Laughton -- Matt Read

Ivan Provorov -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Brandon Manning -- Andrew MacDonald 

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Petr Mrazek

Alex Lyon

Scratched: Jordan WealDale Weise, Taylor Leier

Injured: Brian Elliott (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body), Johnny Oduya (upper body), Robert Hagg (lower body)

Status report

Scheifele is considered day to day. Mason, who will miss his second consecutive game, had spent the previous five seasons with the Flyers before signing with the Jets last summer. Kulikov was injured during a 3-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Poolman was recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Saturday and could play. … Hagg is expected to miss two weeks and Oduya is considered day to day. Sanheim was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the AHL on Friday under emergency conditions and will play for the first time since Jan. 13.

Stat pack

Byfuglien has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and a plus-13 rating in his past 11 games. … Voracek has three goals in his past five games after scoring three times in his previous 11.

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