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Flyers-Jets preview: Two teams trying to bring good vibes into the All-Star break

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Top-line center Claude Giroux will play in his 700th game as the Flyers' captain on Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to go into the All-Star break feeling good about themselves.

Ditto the Winnipeg Jets.

The Flyers (14-22-8) will host the Jets (18-16-7) on Tuesday, hoping to build off Saturday’s 4-3 overtime with over Los Angeles, one that snapped a 13-game losing streak.

“It’s a huge game; we want to keep the good feeling going in the room, and go into the break with a big two points here,” feisty Flyers right winger Zack MacEwen said after Tuesday’s morning skate.

Morgan Frost, the Flyers’ third-line center, was ill and unable to practice the last two days. He took warmups before the game, however, and will center the third line.

Winnipeg is winless in its last eight games (0-7-1) at the Wells Fargo Center.

Storylines

The Flyers will try to win two in a row for the first time since Dec. 18 and 29. They haven’t won in regulation since Dec. 14.

The Jets are also trying to take momentum into the break after hitting the skids. They were winless in six straight (0-4-2) before Saturday’s 4-1 win in St. Louis. Tonight, they will be playing on the road for the 10th time in their last 12 games.

 Flyers’ projected lineup

Line 1: Claude Giroux centering Oskar Lindblom and Cam Atkinson.

Line 2: Scott Laughton centering James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny.

Line 3: Frost centering Max Willman and Gerry Mayhew.

Line 4: Connor Bunnaman centering Isaac Ratcliffe and MacEwen.

Defense: Ivan Provorov and Justin Braun; Travis Sanheim and Rasmus Ristolainen; Keith Yandle and Cam York.

Goalie:  Carter Hart.

Numbers Dept.

Giroux will play in his 700th game as the Flyers’ captain on Tuesday. He has missed just 10 games (five because of COVID protocol) since being named the captain nine years ago.

More numbers: The Flyers have had just three PP chances, combined, over their last three games. They are 0 for 3, and are 1 for 12 over their last five games. Overall, their PP is 28th in the NHL, clicking at 15.4%. The Jets are 12th (20.9%).

Winnipeg has one of the league’s worst penalty kills: 30th at 73.1%. The Flyers are 20th (77.3%).

Who’s hot

Mayhew has scored goals in consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career; he has three goals over the last five games.

All-Star left winger Kyle Connor, 25, has three goals over his last five games, and he leads the Jets with 24 goals, seventh in the NHL. He was the 17th overall selection in the 2015 draft; the Flyers took Provorov seventh overall that year.

Projected goalie matchup­­­

Hart (8-14-5) will start for the second straight game; he made 37 saves and played a key role in the win over the Kings. Hart has a 2.87 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Connor Hellebuyck (14-14-6), who has a 2.93 GAA and .909 save percentage, will get the call for the Jets.

How to watch

NBC Sports Philadelphia at 7 p.m.

Money line (FanDuel)

Jets: minus-164.

Flyers: plus-136.

Prediction

Jets 3, Flyers 2 in shootout.

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