Philadelphia Flyers (5-7-1--11pts)
Winnipeg Jets (5-5-1--11pts)
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1. AGAINST THE JETS
This is the first of three meetings against the Jets this season and first of two meetings at Winnipeg… The Flyers went 1-2-1 last season against the Jets with their only victory coming here in Winnipeg in OT (5-4 on Feb. 21)… Last season the Flyers and Jets combined for 38 goals in the four-game season series (Jets: 20, Flyers: 18), with three of the four games being decided by one goal… Dating back to the days when they were the Atlanta Thrashers, the Flyers are 31-10-3-4 all-time against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise.
2. THE DEFENSE DOESN'T REST
The Jets have the most points scored by defensemen in the NHL this season with a total of 34 points, led by Toby Enstrom (13), while the Flyers have 21 points by D-men, led by Kimmo Timonen (8)… The Flyers have had points from their defensemen in three straight games and six of their last seven games… The Jets are one of three teams in the NHL in which their leading scorer is a defenseman (Columbus & St. Louis).
3. THIS & THAT
The Flyers traveled overnight from Toronto to Winnipeg and will play their fourth set of games on back-to-back nights… The Flyers own a 1-2-0 record in the second half of games on back-to-back nights… The Jets meanwhile are going off two full days of rest, with their last game coming in a 1-0 victory at Ottawa on Feb. 9… The Jets have won two of their last three games, all of which have been one-goal games… Luke Schenn is tied for the league lead with 48 hits, which is 3.69 hits a game and a pace that would give him 303 hits over a full 82-game season… The Flyers rank third among NHL teams with 199 blocks and second in the league with 344 hits… The Flyers are 2-for-33 on the power play (six percent) in their seven regulation losses this season and are 7-for-22 on the power play (31.8 percent) in the six games in which they’ve earned points (5 wins, 1 SOL).
4. Player to watch FLYERS: Kimmo Timonen
With an assist in last night's game at Toronto, Timonen now has a three-game point streak and at least an assist in four of his last five games (5a) and points in five of his last six games… He leads the Flyers defense in points (8) and the entire team in time-on-ice per-game (22:51), including power-play TOI per-game (4:38)… Timonen had five assists in the four-game season series against the Jets last year.
5. Player to watch JETS: Tobias Enstrom
Enstrom has recorded at least a point in nine of 11 games for the Jets this season, including a nine-game point streak from Jan. 22-Feb. 7… He not only leads the Jets in scoring, but is now tied for the lead among NHL defensemen in points (13) and is second in assists (11)… Enstrom is the only d-man to register two separate three-point performances this season… Last year, Enstrom had two assists in three games against the Flyers.
"That's the good thing about this. We had a bad game [last night], but now we have to move on, hopefully everybody thinks about this game the whole night and comes to the rink tomorrow and make sure we're ready to go."
Ondrej Pavelec is expected to remain the Winnipeg Jets' No. 1 goaltender for now, but backup Al Montoya may have earned himself more time with his latest effort.
The Philadelphia Flyers' top goalie has continue to struggle on the road, one of the issues that has plagued the team during their season-long problems away from home.
The Jets will try to win for the fourth time in five home games Tuesday night when they take on the Flyers, losers of six of seven on the road.
With Pavelec out with the flu, Montoya made his second start and came up with 33 saves in a 1-0 win over Ottawa on Saturday. It was a performance Winnipeg (5-5-1) needed after losing four of its previous five contests.
"I felt good and I felt comfortable out there," Montoya said. "I felt like I did everything to prepare for this game."
Montoya picked up his third career shutout and may get more starts with Pavelec slumping. While he's expected to start Tuesday, Pavelec has lost four of his last five starts with a 4.26 goals-against average.
Pavelec is 5-1-1 in seven career starts against Philadelphia despite a 3.62 GAA.
The Jets haven't given either goalie much support recently, scoring three goals in their last two games despite a combined 62 shots. Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler pace the team with four goals apiece, and Ladd has seven goals in his last nine games against the Flyers.
Winnipeg leads the NHL in scoring by defensemen with 34 points behind Tobias Enstrom's 13.
The Jets could be poised for a big night offensively against a Philadelphia team that ranks near the bottom of the league in goals allowed with 38.
The Flyers (5-7-1) opened a six-game trip Monday with a 5-2 loss to Toronto, their fourth straight road defeat. Philadelphia has been outscored 15-6 and converted 1 of 18 power-play chances during that skid.
The Flyers haven't had much success against the Jets either, losing 10 of 12. However, they snapped a four-game skid in the series with a 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg on Feb. 21, getting 55 shots.
"We shot ourselves in the foot and it seemed to unravel a little bit," coach Peter Laviolette said. " ... and we couldn't get back on track."
While Bryzgalov has been outstanding at home, going 4-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA, he's gone 1-5-0 with a 3.16 GAA in six road starts.
He is 3-0-1 with a 2.18 GAA in four career starts against the Jets, though he gave up four goals on 26 shots Feb. 21, his only road game versus Winnipeg.
Wayne Simmonds, who ended a four-game goal drought by scoring against the Leafs, had a goal and an assist in the teams' last meeting.
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