Philadelphia Flyers (17-17-3--37pts)
Winnipeg Jets (18-19-2--38pts)
TV: CSN - RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
1. OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
The Flyers are looking to make it five in-a-row as they come into today's game with a four-game winning streak where they have scored an average of 4.5 goals-per-game and five goals in each of their last three contests… Of their 18 goals scored, 16 have come at even strength… The Jets come into today have dropped their last five games, three of which against Atlantic Division opponents… In their last five, Winnipeg has been held to two goals or less, posting an average of 1.2 goals-per-game during that stretch… This is the third and final meeting of the year against the Jets with the Flyers winning the first two games.
2. BETWEEN THE PIPES
Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has appeared in 35 of the Jets’ 39 games this season and was second in the NHL in shots against (981) and saves (885)… He also ranked third in minutes played, at 2,002:10, while Ilya Bryzgalov is second in the NHL in minutes played with 2,019:25… Bryz is the only goalie in the NHL responsible for all of his team’s wins this season and has started 35 of the Flyers’ 37 games… Pavelec owns a 5-3-1 career record against the Flyers (3.65 GAA & .898 save %) while Bryzgalov is 5-1-1 all-time against Winnipeg (2.69 GAA & .900 save %).
3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers have scored half of their goals in the series on the power play, going 40 percent (4-for-10), while going perfect on the penalty kill at 7-for-7… In the season series, Jakub Voracek leads the Flyers with five points, all assists… The Jets have limited their opponents to less than 30 shots in each of their last 15 home games… The Flyers have an 8-4-1 against the Southeast Division, while the Jets have a 6-6-1 record against the Atlantic Division.
4. Player to watch FLYERS: Brayden Schenn - (C) #10
Schenn has posted at least a point in three of his last four games, including a goal in the Flyers' last game, a 5-3 win at Toronto, for total of a goal and two assists… Against the Jets, Schenn has three goals and four points in the first two games of the season series.
5. Player to watch JETS: Andrew Ladd - (LW) #16
The Jets captain leads the team in scoring with 33 points and is tied for the team in goals with 14… In 17 games on home ice, Ladd has recorded 16 points (8g-8a)… In two games of the season series, Ladd has two goals and over his career, Ladd has 10 goals and 13 points in 18 games against the Flyers.
"We're having a lot more fun around the locker room again. It's fun to be here, going to work and we're prepared to work and it's been fun."
Last 10: Philadelphia 5-3-2; Winnipeg 3-7-0
Season series: This is the third and final meeting of the season between the teams. The Flyers will look for a season sweep after winning 3-2 in Winnipeg on Feb. 12 and 5-3 in Philadelphia on Feb. 23.
Big story: Can the Flyers take another big step in their push for a spot in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs? Or will the Jets be able to snap their five-game losing streak and climb back into the conference's top eight?
Flyers: The Flyers already are missing three regular defensemen due to injury -- Braydon Coburn (shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) and Nicklas Grossmann (upper-body injury). They could be down a fourth if Kimmo Timonen can't play Wednesday.
Timonen left the Flyers' game Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third period with what the team is calling an undisclosed injury. He is listed as a game-time decision.
The 38-year-old is second among the team's defenseman with an average ice time of 21:24 per game. He's also tied for fifth in scoring among NHL blueliners with 24 points.
Jets: Dustin Byfuglien's return to forward will end at two games, as Winnipeg coach Claude Noel told reporters Friday that Byfuglien will return to defense against the Flyers on Saturday.
Byfuglien was shifted to forward in the third period of the Jets' game Tuesday against the New York Islanders, and started up front Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens, but the move failed to do what Noel hoped it would -- spark an offense that has produced just six goals in the team's current five-game losing streak.
"It's not like we don't know what's going on," Noel told the Winnipeg Free Press after the loss to the Canadiens on Thursday. "I don't think you can expect to lose five straight games and expect that things aren't going to change. We know that if we continue down this road, it isn't good. That's why there's urgency. We're running out of games; we know that."
Who's hot: After going 15 straight without a point, Flyers center Sean Couturier has points in four straight, with a goal and four assists in that span.
Injury report: The Flyers will be missing forwards Danny Briere (concussion), Maxime Talbot (leg), Zac Rinaldo (high ankle sprain) and Jody Shelley (hip), as well as Coburn and Meszaros. Grossmann and Timonen are questionable. … The Jets are playing without forwards Jim Slater (upper body), James Wright (upper body), Anthony Peluso (hand) and Nik Antropov (lower body), as well as defenseman Zach Redmond (leg).
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