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Flyers-Jets: Game 28 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers opened a five-game road trip with a lot of offense. Six unanswered goals set the tone for the trip, as the Flyers emerged from Buffalo with a 6-2 win.

The road trip continues on Sunday afternoon as the Flyers face the Winnipeg Jets.

Game time is at 3 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Winnipeg Jets GP G A P
Claude Giroux 27 11 25 36 Blake Wheeler 28 4 32 36
Jake Voracek 27 7 15 22 Mark Scheifele 28 16 16 32
Sean Couturier 26 10 10 20 Kyle Connor 28 10 15 25
Travis Konecny 27 9 10 19 Patrik Laine 28 21 3 24
Wayne Simmonds 27 10 4 14 Nikolaj Ehlers 28 9 8 17
 
Player to Watch
25 James van Riemsdyk 29 Patrik Laine
Last 5 Games: 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, -1 Last 5 Games: 2 G, 0 A, 2 P, -3
 
A move to the top line started to get James van Riemsdyk going. He had two points after going six games without a point. 
 
After scoring 11 goals in four games, Patrik Laine has cooled a bit recently, scoring just two goals in the last six games. But with a lethal power play, Laine could get back on a hot streak very soon.
 
Goalie Matchup
30 Michal Neuvirth 37 Connor Hellebuyck
1 GP, 0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .727 SV% 22 GP, 12-8-1, 2.88 GAA, .907 SV%

Anthony Stolarz got the start in the last three games and could have earned another with his performance in Buffalo, but with a back-to-back, look for Michal Neuvirth to get the start in Sunday's game. This would be just his second start of the season.

The Jets will go with usual starter Connor Hellebuyck. Hellebuyck took the loss in his last start, a 1-0 defeat to the Blues, after winning three straight starts.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Brian Elliott, Sean Couturier, Corban Knight

Scratches: Phil Varone, Christian Folin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 Claude Giroux 11 Travis Konecny
93 Jake Voracek 19 Nolan Patrick 17 Wayne Simmonds
12 Michael Raffl 21 Scott Laughton 22 Dale Weise
23 Oskar Lindblom 15 Jori Lehtera 40 Jordan Weal
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
8 Robert Hagg 47 Andrew MacDonald  
6 Travis Sanheim 3 Radko Gudas  
Goalie    
30 Michal Neuvirth    

Lineup Notes

No changes to the lineup. Sean Couturier remains out with an injury.

Jets Projected Lineup

Injuries: Josh Morrissey, Andrew Copp, Joe Morrow

Scratches: Nic Petan, Cameron Schilling

Left Wing Center Right Wing
27 Nikolaj Ehlers 55 Mark Scheifele 26 Blake Wheeler
81 Kyle Connor 18 Bryan Little 29 Patrik Laine
85 Mathieu Perreault 17 Adam Lowry 13 Brandon Tanev
48 Brendan Lemieux 28 Jack Roslovic 82 Mason Appleton
Defense    
83 Sami Niku 8 Jacob Trouba  
7 Ben Chiarot 33 Dustin Byfuglien  
5 Dmitry Kulikov 57 Tyler Myers  
Goalie    
37 Connor Hellebuyck    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (28th, 24th on road), Jets (3rd, 3rd at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (30th, 28th on road), Jets (10th, T-14th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Jets
    • Nov. 16, 2017 - Jets 3, Flyers 2 (F/SO) (at WPG)
    • March 10, 2018 - Flyers 2, Jets 1 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Jets
    • Claude Giroux - 27 GP, 8 G, 19 A, 27 P
    • Jake Voracek - 21 GP, 5 G, 13 A, 18 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 24 GP, 4 G, 13 A, 17 P
  • Milestone Watch
    • James van Riemsdyk needs one point to reach 400 in his career.
    • Wayne Simmonds needs three goals to reach 200 as a Flyer.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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