Two suddenly streaking teams will collide at the MTS Centre Friday night when the visiting Philadelphia Flyers try to extend their win streak against the Winnipeg Jets. This will be the first of two meeting this season between the teams who have been relativley even since the Jets returned to the league. The game everyone remembers between these two came two seasons ago when the Jets took a 9-8 decision in Philadelphia. Though it is unlikely you will see that Friday night in Winnipeg it is sure to be a good match up.
After starting so terribly the Flyers are finally starting to play up to the level that was expected of them before the season started. Philly is coming off three straight win including a 2-1 win over long time rival Pittsburgh. The Flyers are finally getting some scoring from their big guys, as well as some goaltending, which had started so weak. One player the Flyers are still hoping will get it going is Claude Giroux. Giroux who started the season as an almost lock for the Olympic team, has played poorly enough to put a question mark beside his name. With just 1 goal so far this season the Flyers captain has been a big dissapointment, however you get the sense it will turn around. As of late Giroux has raised his play, he has generated chances, and at least in the assist column he has begun to put up numbers. It is a matter of time until the damn breaks and Giroux gets going, Jets fans hope it is not on Friday.
The feeling around the Jets is at a season high right now. Winning 3 in a row and 4 of the last 5 Winnipeg is doing whatever needs to be done to get the W. Whether it is Pavelec playing out of his mind, the top line doing what they do best and filling the net, or the depth players chipping in offensively, everyone has stepped up their play. The Jets are led by captain Andrew Ladd. Since being reunited with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladds performance has improved and he has become a threat to score every game, not to mention he has two straight game winning shootout goals. When that top line is going the Jets are a truly dangerous offensive team. The Jets play 4 of their next 5 at home and it will be a very important stretch, and they need to start it Friday night in Winnipeg.
Powerplay: It is a broken record for this Jets team but 1 for their last 40 something is embarassing. The Jets need to do something to get some production out of their time with the extra man.
Smart D: Philadelphia has had their problems scoring over the year. If the Jets can play solid smart defence they can keep that trend going.
Ride the momentum: Winnipeg has 3 straight, are playing their best hockey so far this season, and have a stretch coming at home. The crowd in The Hangar is sure to be rocking, so the Jets need to use it and play with intensity.
Ondrej Pavelec (7-7-2) GAA: 2.85 SV% .913
Steve Mason (5-7-1) GAA: 2.15 SV% .930
Trouba WPG, (neck) out
Slater WPG, (lower body) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Stuart WPG, (hip) out
Raffl PHI, (flu) day-to-day
Bourdon PHI, (PCS) out
Both teams are hot but Jets let down home crowd
Flyers 4 Jets 1
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