JETBLAST: Game Day Preview Jan. 31/12 Jets @ Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers vs Winnipeg Jets

(29-14-5) 63 points (22-22-6) 50 points

4th in East, 2nd in Atlantic

10th in East, 3rd in Southeast

Flyers

The Flyers have not felt the loss of F Jeff Carter or F Mike Richards this season and despite putting their faith in G Ilya Bryzgalov have been among the top in the Eastern Conference all season long. Bryzgalov has struggled at times and in limited action Sergei Bobrovski has put up better numbers with 11 wins, 2.42 GAA and .919 save percentage in only 16 starts. Bryzgalov will get the start versus the Jets and bring his 18 wins, 2.99 GAA and .895 and all the drama from his comments last year about playing in Winnipeg.

Jets

The Jets have scored a 124 goals this season, 16 of them have come in two games against the Flyers. For whatever reason the Jets seem to soar against the Flyers and with leading goal scorer Evander Kane still out with a concussion and talented Alexander Burmistrov, offensive defenseman Dustin Byfuglien also out it could be the offensive spark they need to end a three game losing streak.

Keys to Victory

Score first and keep the lead. The previous matchups with the Flyers saw the Jets blow several leads including a four goal lead twice and still win the game. Don’t expect the Flyers to let them do that a third time.

Out shoot the Flyers. The goaltending in Philly has been shaky and anytime you have that you want to put as many pucks on net as possible. You never know what might go in.

Pavelec has to be better than Bryzgalov. In a game where no team will be out of it until the final buzzer, the goaltending will have to remain focused and strong.

Don’t quit. The lead has changed more times in two games then it will with most teams over a seven game playoff series. Even if the Jets get behind they have to keep playing hard and they should be able to claw back.

Injuries

Dustin Byfuglien (knee) out
Tim Stapleton (lower body) out
Evander Kane (concussion) out
Alexander Burmistrov (upper body) out

Starting Goalies

Jets – Ondrej Pavelec (16-17-6, 2.84, .909) [Confirmed]
Flyers – Ilya Bryzgalov (18-10-4, 2.99, .895) [Confirmed]

Prediction

The Jets will come out strong in another offensive shoot out with the Flyers. Both teams will be focused on playing better defense so naturally lots of goals will still be scored.
Winnipeg Jets 6 – Philadelphia Flyers 4

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Jeff Stevenson is a co-founder of winnipegwhiteout.com and co-host of the popular Jets Hockey Podcast. He grew up in Winnipeg, MB and became very passionate about sports, hockey and the Jets. Now Jeff is proud and honored to help bring news and information about the Winnipeg Jets to fans around the world.