Flyers vs. Jets – 1 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
For the third time this season, the Flyers failed to win three straight games after opening their five-game homestand with a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
The Flyers have not won more than two games in row all year after they had four win streaks of three or more games in the 2011-12 campaign.
Next up for the Flyers is an afternoon matchup with the Winnipeg Jets. The orange and black have struggled against the Jets over the past few seasons, going 2-10-1 in the past 13 meetings between the two teams.
Flyers: 8-10-1 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
Jets: 7-8-1 (Third in Southeast Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
The last time these two clubs faced off, Brayden Schenn and Tye McGinn each scored tip-in goals set up by passes from Jakub Voracek to help pace the Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Jets on Feb. 12 in Winnipeg. Kimmo Timonen added a power-play marker and Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves as the Flyers earned their second consecutive victory over Winnipeg after dropping the previous six dating back to the Jets’ time in Atlanta.
Saturday’s matchup will mark the second of three contests between the Flyers and Jets this season. It is the only game that will be played at the Wells Fargo Center in the season series.
The Flyers failed to capitalize on the momentum gained in back-to-back wins over the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins and looked tired in a 5-2 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night. Luke Schenn and Voracek got the Flyers on the board in the third period, but the game was already over by the time they beat Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen.
Andrew Ladd, in his 500th career NHL game, registered three points and Blake Wheeler scored twice to lift the Jets to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves for Winnipeg, which has won the first two contests of a five-game road trip after losing three in a row on home ice.
After a slow start to this lockout-shortened season, Voracek has been absolutely on fire for the Flyers as of late. The 23-year-old has four goals and five assists during his current four-game point streak. He is tied with the injured Matt Read for the team lead in goals with seven, and is leading the Flyers in assists (12) and points (19) through the first 19 games.
For the Jets, Evander Kane enters Saturday with at least one point in each of his last five games (two goals, three assists). The 21-year-old forward has three tallies and eight helpers in 10 career games against the Flyers.
Max Talbot has yet to find the back of the net for the Flyers this season. He has just four assists and a minus-4 rating through 19 games. In comparison, Talbot had six goals, five assists and was a plus-2 in his first 19 contests with the Flyers in 2011-12.
Veteran forward Olli Jokinen, who signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Jets this offseason, has gotten off to a horrendous start in Winnipeg. In 16 games, Jokinen has just two goals and two assists. He also has a team-worst minus-9 rating.
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Danny Briere has had tremendous success against the Jets/Thrashers’ franchise in his career. In 31 games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, the 35-year-old has potted 14 goals and assisted 19 more to go along with his plus-10 rating.
After scoring both goals in Winnipeg’s loss to the orange and black earlier this season, Ladd is earning a reputation as a Flyers killer. The Jets’ captain has nine tallies in his last 10 games against the Flyers.
A lot of Winnipeg’s offense comes from its defensive corp. The Jets have received 33.6 percent of their points from defensemen, which ranks first in the NHL this season.
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Voracek has nine career three-plus point games and two of them have come this week alone. He had a career-high four assists against the Islanders on Monday and netted his first NHL hat trick two nights later against the Penguins.
Flyers: Read will be sidelined for six weeks after suffering torn rib cage muscles in Wednesday’s win over Pittsburgh.
Scott Hartnell (left foot) will make his return to the Flyers' lineup against the Jets. On Thursday, Hartnell said he wasn't 100 percent and was another week away from a return.
Andrej Meszaros is still recovering from a left shoulder injury. General manager Paul Holmgren said Meszaros is expected to miss another 7 to 10 days after a team doctor cleared the defenseman for “limited” practice on Thursday.
Jody Shelley (hip) and Michael Leighton (finger) are on injured reserve.
Jets: Offensive defenseman Tobias Enstrom is out indefinitely with a right shoulder injury.
Forward Antti Mietten (upper-body) and goalie Al Montoya (lower-body) are both on injured reserve and remain sidelined.
Defensive Zach Redmond is expected to miss the remainder of this season after undergoing surgery to repair a laceration to an artery in his right leg after a teammate accidentally stepped on him during Thursday’s morning skate.
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