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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Philadelphia Flyers

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The Jets start the post all star break with back to back road games, the first in the city of brotherly love. 

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 6:00 PM CST

Channel: TSN3

Radio: TSN1290

Introduction:

The Winnipeg Jets play the first of back to back road games at the Wells Fargo Center against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are a long way out of the playoffs, but are firmly planted in the Jack Hughes race for first pick overall in this summer’s draft. It’s been a disaster for the Flyers with their top end players under performing and never ending goaltending issues resulting in the firing of both their coach and general manager. On the plus side for the rest of the NHL, it looks like the Flyers may be having a mini fire sale with some attractive players like Wayne Simmonds becoming available.

Before the all star break the Jets played two of their best games of the season against the Vegas Golden Knights and Nashville Predators, followed by a complete dud of a game against the Dallas Stars. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will be coming off of a busy all star weekend, while the rest of the Jets should be fresh from a week of rest. The games get more meaningful post all star game, so here’s hoping the Jets are dialled in.

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Team Comparison

Winnipeg Jets Philadelphia Flyers
Winnipeg Jets Philadelphia Flyers
Record: 31 15 2 Record: 19 23 6
Last Ten Games: 7 3 Last Ten Games: 4 5 1
Who Is Hot: Brendan Lemieux. Fourth liner playing with grit and putting up some points. Who Is Hot: Claude Giroux is still putting up good numbers even on a struggling team.
Who is Not: Patrik Laine. Getting some chances the last few games, but his job is to score. Who Is Not: James van Riemsdyk really has not put up the kind of numbers they were hoping for.
Keep an Eye On: Sami Niku keeps getting better every game and is pushing for a regular spot in the line up over Joe Morrow. Keep an Eye On: Winnipeg native Nolan Patrick. Only 19 and developing slowly, but has all the tools. Maybe the Flyers would get crazy and want to trade him.

Random Prediction:

Gritty does something weird at an intermission.