Jets vs Flyers : The Philadelphia Flyers were surging nine days ago with their third straight win.But the All-Star break arrived and they were forced to take a break.The Flyers won 5-2 at Montreal on Jan. 19 and they’ll be back in action looking for their fourth straight victory with
It’s unclear which goaltender will start — rookie Carter Hart or Anthony Stolarz. Hart made 33 saves against the Canadiens in his fifth straight start.During the break, Hart was loaned to the Flyers’ American Hockey Affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
In the win over the Canadiens, Nolan Patrick scored two goals while James van Riemsdyk, Travis Konecny and Michael Raffl each scored one goal.Flyers captain Claude Giroux was also playing at a high level entering the break and he was chosen for his sixth All-Star Game. Giroux has 14 goals and 38 assists.
“When I was young, all I wanted was to play in the NHL,” Giroux told NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “I remember how special it was for me to participate in my first All-Star Game. You go there the first time, you don’t know what to expect. You meet those other guys you’ve competed against and rivals. It’s a great weekend.”
Patrick had been carrying the Flyers before the All-Star break and clearly had snapped out of an early season skid. Patrick went 25 games at one juncture without scoring and he now has nine goals and eight assists.
“It weighs on you quite a bit,” Patrick told reporters of his drought. “It’s something you think about quite a bit when you go through a slump like that. I didn’t know it would take that long.”
In their most recent game, the Jets fell 4-2 on the road to the Dallas Stars.The Jets had been one of the hottest teams in the league with four consecutive wins and 31 victories overall.
Hellebuyck kept the Jets close before the team faltered late in the game and took the rare loss.”I don’t think we should get ahead of ourselves and expect more,” Hellebuyck told reporters. “We should expect to get better every day and every game.”
One of the most consistent players for the Jets has been captain Blake Wheeler, who has compiled four goals and 13 assists in the last 14 games. Wheeler had an assist against the Stars and continued his stellar play.
“They were desperate and we weren’t able to match that through the first two,” Wheeler told reporters. “Spent too much time in the box. We were able to get some momentum in the third, but it wasn’t enough.”
The Jets are one of the best road teams in the league with a 13-9-0 record.The Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers meet Monday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Winnipeg Jets look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 26 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 25 goals, Blake Wheeler has 52 assists and Mark Scheifele has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 103 goals on 1,145 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 24 goals on 421 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 19 goals, Claude Giroux has 38 assists and Jakub Voracek has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 34 goals on 384 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 30 goals on 366 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Jets are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 9-4 in their last 13 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Flyers are 4-12 in their last 16 Monday games, 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Jets are 8-20-1 in the last 29 meetings in Philadelphia and 18-40-2 in the last 60 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Flyers last 5 games following a win. The under is 3-1-2 in Jets last 6 overall.
The Philadelphia Flyers have owned the Winnipeg Jets over the years, but they did los an ugly 7-1 contest in the last meeting back in early December. The Jets are playing far better hockey at the moment and have done a lot of their recent damage on the road. The Philadelphia Flyers headed into the all-star break on a bit of a run and home teams often have the edge coming back from a long layoff. However, we’re getting the much more consistent team for a very cheap price. The Jets are top-five currently in money earned this season, while only the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils have burned more money than the Flyers. I have to side with the Jets here, even if the Flyers and plus money is tempting.
Simmonds is in the final year of his contract, but his team-friendly $3.975-million cap hit makes him one of the more attractive rental options available. He does, however, have a limited no-trade clause, in which he can submit a 12-team no-trade list.
Simmonds is having a down year by his standards, but the power forward would be an invaluable addition for any team gearing up for a deep playoff run, given that physicality tends to amp up in the postseason. Nashville and Winnipeg are already considered two of the heaviest teams in the league, so adding Simmonds would make either team even more dangerous.
The 30-year-old is on pace for 25 goals, but his 35 points would be his lowest mark in a full season since joining the Flyers in 2011-12. Of course, his assist total would likely be higher if he were on a better team, surrounded by better linemates. The Flyers are dead-last in the Eastern Conference, and Simmonds is currently skating with Nolan Patrick and Scott Laughton.