In the second half of back-to-back games, the Philadelphia Flyers (20-20-7) are back at the Wells Fargo Center. They will welcome the Winnipeg Jets (30-16-1) on Sunday night.
Both the Flyers and Jets have played well recently. Both teams have won seven of their last 10 games.
The Flyers were in a scoreless game until Scott Laughton broke the tie in the third period of an eventual 2-1 Philadelphia victory. Noah Cates scored as well while Carter Hart came within 43 seconds of his first shutout of the season.
The Flyers were credited with 31 blocks on the night as Hart ended up making 30 saves.
“We talked about it before the game about getting back to playing a bit harder and blocking some more shots,” Hart said about his team’s defensive effort. “And we did that tonight and it shows. A lot of big blocks. It’s a huge part of why we got the win.”
The Flyers and Jets will see each other twice in the span of a week. This is their first matchup since a 4-0 shutout loss for Philadelphia in the second-to-last game of the 2021-22 season. Kyle Connor had three points in the Jets’ victory.
Both teams are playing in the second half of a back-to-back and coming back from road games as well. This will be the fourth of a five-game road trip for Winnipeg. The Jets have lost two of three games on the trip thus far.
The Flyers are finishing a brutal stretch in which they will have played five games in seven nights. They are trying to get over “hockey .500” for the first time in two-plus months.
Flyers’ expected lines
van Riemsdyk – Frost – Tippett
Farabee – Cates – Konecny
Hayes – Laughton – Allison
Deslauriers – Brown – MacEwen
Provorov – York
Sanheim – DeAngelo
Seeler – Ristolainen
Jets’ expected lines
Connor – Dubois – Perfetti
Wheeler – Scheifele – Ehlers
Barron – Lowry – Kuhlman
Jonsson-Fjallby – Stenlund – Maenalanen
Morrissey – Demelo
Dillon – Pionk
Samberg – Schmidt
Blake Wheeler recorded his 900th point in the Jets’ win over Ottawa. … Mark Scheifele has seven points in his last five games. He leads the Jets with 28 goals. Kevin Hayes will appear in his 600th career game. He has 11 points in his last 10 games. … Travis Konecny leads the league in scoring with 23 points (12-11) since Dec. 20. … Rittich (7-4) has put up decent numbers in his first season with Winnipeg. He owns a 2.59 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Sandstrom (1-6-1), back from his conditioning stint with the Phantoms, has struggled in the NHL. He owns a 3.37 GAA and a .888 save percentage.
The Philadelphia Flyers have scored first in seven of their last 10 games.
Philadelphia has an eight-game, home-winning streak against the Jets. The Flyers last lost a regular season home game to Winnipeg in 2012.
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