JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ PHILADELPHIA

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Winnipeg Jets (12-11-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (10-12-2)

10:30 a.m., Wells Fargo Center TV: TSNJets, CSN-PH Radio: TSN 1290, 93.3 WMMR FM

The Jets continue their 6 game road trip with a very rare morning game against the Flyers in Philadelphia. Winnipeg comes in after winning 2 straight, and 6 of 8 against the East this season. The Flyers have lost their last 2, both to former SouthEast divison teams who the Jets are very familiar with. In their first meeting this season just about two weeks ago the Jets played a very strong home game walking away with a 3-2 shootout win. Winnipeg leaned on the powerplay and more specifically Dustin Byfuglien who got both Jets goals, both on the man advantage. Both teams have been relativley strong as of late, both over .500 in their last 10 so this should be a good match up. Grab a seat and some food if you have the day off and be thankful for hockey.

Flyers

After starting quite poorly this season the Flyers have pulled themselves up into a respectable position. At 6-3-1 in their last 10 the Flyers have worked their way back into contention in the weak Eastern conference. With 22 points on the season the Flyers are only 4 points back of a playoff spot. Most will say the Flyers have a lot of the right pieces in place to be a good team, at the start of the season it was just not going their way. The tides have begun to turn however and the Flyers are not a team to be taken lightly. Their goaltender, Steve Mason has a top 10 ranked save percentage and has been one of the few bright spots so far. If not for some weak play in front of him, his save % may be better and more than that his GAA and his wins total may be much more impressive. The Flyers also boast plenty of skill up front and are still a tough mean team to play against, they are on the way up and will be trying to continue their climb over the Jets Friday morning.

Jets

2 road games, 2 road wins, pretty good start for this 6 game trip for the Winnipeg Jets. After knocking off New Jersey earlier this week they beat the New York Islanders Wednesday evening by a 3-2 score. Again the Jets cannot claim to have played a perfect game, they did once again grab 2 very important points with the win. Winnipeg got three goals in just over 5 minutes in the second period which was enough for them to coast the rest of the way. Scoring by comittee was once again the name of the game for Winnipeg. With 8 different players getting their names on the scoresheet and 3 different lines being on the ice for goals scored the Jets got just what they needed. When all their lines contribute and can generate scoring chances the Jets actually are a dangerous team. If they can continue like that they have a chance to string a few more wins together.

Keys to the Game

Keep Rolling: 2 games down, 4 to go. The Jets need to maximize their output during this Eastern Conference swing. Keep it going and grab a few more W’s

Play Strong: The Flyers are a tough team and with guys like Scott Hartnall and Wayne Simmonds battling in front of the net the Jets need to be strong to keep these guys off the scoresheet.

101: Sure this was a key I wrote last game, but after Al Montoya got the start in place of Ondrej Pavelec I though I could recycle it just a little bit. Pavelec has been very good for the Jets the last few games so keep it going and earn some wins.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (9-9-3) GAA: 2.72 SV% .915
Steve Mason (7-8-2) GAA: 2.17 SV% .931

Injuries

Slater WPG, (Sports Hernia) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Bogosian WPG, (lower body injury) out

Bourdon PHI, (PCS) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 6-2-2
Flyers: 6-3-1

Prediction

Flyers play tough and grab extra point from Jets in O.T.
Flyers 4 Jets 3

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