Apr 6, 2013; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers defense Luke Schenn (22) and Winnipeg Jets forward James Wright (17) race for the puck during the first period at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers return to Canada tonight to take on the Winnipeg Jets in the first of two meetings this month.

Winnipeg is one of the toughest places to play in the National Hockey League. The fans are loud, and the Flyers will have to manage the first ten minutes of the game and try to keep the fans locked in their seats. The orange and black are also playing their third game in four nights, so fatigue could be a factor in tonight’s outcome.

Both teams are riding three game winning streaks, although the Flyers are better in their last ten games, going 6-3-1.

 

Tale of the Blueline:

Flyers (7-10-1, 15 pts) vs. Jets (9-9-2, 20 pts)

Top scorers:

Jets: Bryan Little – 11 goals, 7 assists, 18 points. Little has three goals in his last two games.

Flyers: Brayden Schenn – The 22-year-old forward has hit his groove during his last three games. Schenn had two goals in the 2-1 win over Pittsburgh and scored a goal in a 5-0 blowout victory against the Ottawa Senators. Schenn has recorded a point, five points total, in three consecutive games.

Starters:

Steve Mason – (5-7-1, 2.15 GAA, .930 save percentage)

 

Stats: 

-The Jets are allowing 2.80 goals per game, ranked 19th in the league. With the Flyers offense kicking, this could be another big night for the orange and black.

-Winnipeg is also struggling to score goals. They are only mustering 2.45 goals per game, which ranks them 22nd among all teams.

-Special teams could play a key role in tonight’s contest. The Jets have the worst power play in the league. They have only converted on 8.4% of their opportunities on the man advantage. Their penalty kill ranks in the middle of the pack – 82.5 percent, 14th in the league.

-The Flyers power play has scored in its last two games. Despite this, the team still ranks in the bottom half in the league. Penalty killing continues to be a bright spot for this team. The Flyers have a top ten penalty killing unit, with 84.9 percent.

Aside from Brayden Schenn, several Flyers have begun to find their games. Claude Giroux has three points in his last two games. Jakub Voracek has scored four points in his last three games and Steve Downie has registered an assist in every game since his return from a concussion.

Tags: Brayden Schenn Claude Giroux Jakub Voracek Philadelphia Flyers Steve Mason

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