Game 19 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Winnipeg Jets

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Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-1) @ Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2), 8:00PM EST, TCN-PH, TSN-JETS

RECORDS:

Philadelphia Flyers: 7-10-1
Away: 4-3-1
vs. Western Conference: 1-3-0
vs. Central Division: 0-0-0

Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2)
Home: 6-5-1
vs. Eastern Conference: 3-1-1
vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-0-1

GAME 19 PREVIEW:

The Philadelphia Flyers are finally winning?  The Philadelphia Flyers are finally winning.

The Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-1) look to end their three-game road trip on a positive note as they head to Manitoba tonight to take on the Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2).  The game will be televised locally on TCN–PH at 8:00 PM EST.  After tonight, the Flyers return home this coming Tuesday night for a rematch with the Ottawa Senators.

The Flyers are coming off of a hard-nosed 2-1 win in Pittsburgh this past Wednesday.  Led by Ray Emery (30/31, .968 SV%, 1.00 GA), Braydon Coburn (28:31 TOI, 6:18 SH TOI) and Sean Couturier (22:38 TOI, 4:03 SH TOI), the Flyers were able to hold on to a 2-1 lead in the third period and grab a much-needed two points.  Brayden Schenn tallied both goals for the Flyers (one of them on the PP); he now leads the team in points with 6-6-12 in 18 games.  33% of his goals have been game-winners.

Craig Berube and Sean Couturier deserve a heck of a lot of credit for what they did on Wednesday night.  Even with first change, Berube was able to get the 9-14-24 line out for almost half of Sidney Crosby’s TOI.  Even though only 3 of his 27 zone-starts began in the offensive zone, Sean Couturier had a 5v5 CorsiFor% of 50.0% (14 shot attempts for – 14 shot attempts against).  Simply put: he drove play, even while shouldering the defensive responsibilities of containing the Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis line.  The kid can really play.  He’ll need to do more of the same tonight, as one might expect some level of sluggishness from the Flyers as they close out a tough three-in-four road trip.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs (Winnipeg is now in the Western Conference).  Both teams come into this game on three-game win streaks, and Winnipeg has a three-game win streak at the MTS Centre. The Jets have been idle since Tuesday, when they played their way to a 3-2 SO victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Flyers have yet to go to the shootout this season (Hooray!).  Like Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Winnipeg is heading into this game well-rested.  They’ve had two days off (albeit practice) to prepare for this Friday night match-up.

Aside from Mason (.930 Sv%, 2.15 GAA) being named the starting goaltender, there looks to be no deviation from the lineup Philadelphia iced on Wednesday.  Michael Raffl could be over the flu and ready to play, but I’m not sure if Berube will want to make adjustments to the lineup with the way this team has been playing as of late.  For the Jets:  Jacob Trouba, Jim Slater and Mark Stuart are still injured and will be out of the lineup.

Despite Philadelphia’s recent success against the Atlanta Thrashers, the team is only 3-3-1 since the franchise moved to Winnipeg.

PROJECTED LINEUPS:

Winnipeg Jets:

Andrew Ladd (16) : Bryan Little (18) : Blake Wheeler (26)
Evander Kane (9) : Olli Jokinen (12) : Devin Setoguchi (40)
Matt Halischuk (15) : Mark Scheifele (55) : Michael Frolik (67)
Eric Tangradi (27) : James Wright (17) : Chris Thorburn (22)

Dustin Byfuglien (33) : Grant Clitsome (24)
Zach Bogosian (44) : Tobias Enstrom (39)
Keaton Ellerby (7) : Adam Pardy (2)

Ondrej Pavelec (31)
Backup: Al Montoya (35)

Scratches:

Anthony Peluso
Paul Postma
Zach Redmond
Jim Slater
Mark Stuart
Jacob Trouba

Philadelphia Flyers:

Scott Hartnell (19) : Claude Giroux (28) : Jakub Voracek (93)
Brayden Schenn (10): Vincent Lecavalier (40) : Wayne Simmonds (17)
Steve Downie (9) : Sean Couturier (14) : Matt Read (24)
Jay Rosehill (37) : Adam Hall (18) : Zac Rinaldo (36)

Kimmo Timonen (44) : Braydon Coburn (5)
Nicklas Grossmann (8) : Mark Streit (32)
Erik Gustafsson (26) : Luke Schenn (22)

Steve Mason (35)
Backup: Ray Emery (29)

Scratches:

Hal Gill
Andrej Meszaros
Chris Pronger
Michael Raffl