The Philadelphia Flyers (29-14-5) host the Winnipeg Jets (22-22-6) tonight at 7:00 PM.
The Philadelphia Flyers have faced the Winnipeg Jets twice this season, and twice they lost. In 2 games the Flyers have allowed 15 goals against, while scoring 12 goals. Winnipeg won the 1st contest 9-8, and the 2nd 6-4.
The Winnipeg Jets have struggled mightily in the month of January. They've lost 9 of 12 including 4 of their last 5. Despite scoring 15 times the Flyers, goals have not been easy to come by lately for them. The Jets have scored only 20 goals in the 12 games played in January (1.67 goals per game). To put that in perspective, the Flyers have scored 20 goals in their last 6 games.
The Flyers have played fairly well of late. Their record over the last 7 games is 5-2-1. One player who is struggling to put the puck in the net is All Star Claude Giroux. Claude's last goal came during the Winter Classic, which was 12 games ago. He does, however, have 9 assists in those 11 goalless games since. Another Flyers All Star, Scott Hartnell on the other hand has 8 goals in the 11 games since the Classic.
Danny Briere (concussion), Jaromir Jagr (groin), and James VanRiemsdyk (concussion) all skated with the team, participating in a full practice (without the 'no contact' jersey) yesterday. Jagr said he was pain free after practice and continues to he feels the same today, so he will be in the lineup tonight. Danny Briere and James VanRiemsdyk remain out; nevertheless, it is a great sign for Philadelphia.
Briere spoke about his injury today saying, "He (Anton Volchenkov) hit me with an elbow to my cheek, just under my shield. I’ve always been pretty good at avoiding those kind of hits, being aware out there, but I never saw this coming. So he catches me high, then I took another hit and started to feel that something’s not right. Then late in the game I absolutely got crushed and I knew something was wrong. I just didn’t feel right."
Briere and JVR will likely remain out until at least the weekend.
Who to look out for:
Blake Wheeler had 5 points in the previous 2 games versus the Flyers, and leads his team in points with 33.
Scott Hartnell, who leads Philadelphia in goals with 25, has scored 3 goals and 2 assist for 5 points in the 2 games against Winnipeg this season.
Who's in goal:
The Flyers will start Ilya Bryzgalov (18-10-4, 2.99 GAA) in net against Ondrej Pavelec (16-17-6, 2.84 GAA) tonight.
Drop the Puck:
The Philadelphia Flyers face off against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at 7:00 PM.
(Thanks to ComcastSportsNet, Danny Briere, and the Flyers)