Flyers-Jets Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers are on a roll after a lackluster start
to this season. So are the Winnipeg Jets.

Both teams will attempt to further their momentum by earning a
fourth consecutive win Friday night in Winnipeg.

Philadelphia’s 22 goals in its first 15 games were the fewest by
any team since 1956, but the Flyers (7-10-1) have bounced back with
11 during their three-game win streak. Brayden Schenn tallied both
scores in a 2-1 win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the second in
a three-game road trip.

“We’re working on it, trying to put some wins together. We’re
playing some sound defensive hockey and waiting for our
opportunities to score,” Schenn said. “Right now, we’re scoring
when they’re there. We’ve got to keep on it, keep going and finish
off the road trip strong in Winnipeg.”

The Flyers are also 6-3-1 since a 1-7-0 start that cost coach
Peter Laviolette his job. Craig Berube is 7-7-1 since taking
over.

“I think as a team we’re gaining more confidence and really
getting into it,” goaltender Ray Emery said.

The Jets, meanwhile, have used shootouts to help shake free from
a 6-9-2 start. Winnipeg (9-9-2) earned its second shootout win in a
row Tuesday, 3-2 in Detroit, after failing to build on a pair of
one-goal leads in regulation.

“We have to keep going. The teams around us are winning so we
need points. It was a big win for us tonight and more big games are
coming,” said goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who has been in net for
all three games.

Pavelec was also in between the pipes in a 4-1 home win over
Philadelphia on April 6, which snapped a three-game skid in the
series. That victory was also the first in a season-high five in a
row for the Jets.

Winnipeg will try to move closer to matching that run while
ending its woes on special teams. The Jets are 1 for 47 on the
power play in their last 15 games – failing to convert on 17
chances over the last six – and have allowed four goals the last 10
times they’ve been short-handed.

“We’ve just got to keep growing and moving,” coach Claude Noel
said. “We’ve had some adversity in different areas, but we’ve
persevered. We’ve been able to get a streak going, which is perfect
for us at this time.”

The Flyers, meanwhile, have scored on three of their last five
opportunities with a man advantage, with Schenn netting two of
those goals. He has five of his team-best 12 points during the win
streak, including three goals, and credits that to the chemistry
with linemates Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds.

” I think we’re getting used to playing each other. We were
shuffling the lines there a little bit and it was hard to get used
to playing with someone,” Schenn said. “Hopefully, we can keep
building some chemistry here and keep producing.”

Schenn had a team-best three goals and one assist as
Philadelphia won two of the three meetings with Winnipeg last
season.

The Jets’ Evander Kane has five goals and seven assists during a
nine-game point streak against the Flyers. He had two goals and two
assists in last season’s matchups.

Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd has six goals and two assists in
his past seven meetings with Philadelphia. His 10 career goals
against the Flyers are his second-most versus any opponent.