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Ondrej Pavelec is expected to remain the Winnipeg Jets’ No. 1
goaltender for now, but backup Al Montoya may have earned himself
more time with his latest effort.

The Philadelphia Flyers’ top goalie has continued to struggle on
the road, one of the issues that has plagued the team during their
season-long problems away from home.

The Jets will try to win for the fourth time in five home games
Tuesday night when they take on the Flyers, losers of six of seven
on the road.

With Pavelec out with the flu, Montoya made his second start and
came up with 33 saves in a 1-0 win over Ottawa on Saturday. It was
a performance Winnipeg (5-5-1) needed after losing four of its
previous five contests.

“I felt good and I felt comfortable out there,” Montoya said. “I
felt like I did everything to prepare for this game.”

Montoya picked up his third career shutout and may get more
starts with Pavelec slumping. While he’s expected to start Tuesday,
Pavelec has lost four of his last five starts with a 4.26
goals-against average.

Pavelec is 5-1-1 in seven career starts against Philadelphia
despite a 3.62 GAA.

The Jets haven’t given either goalie much support recently,
scoring three goals in their last two games despite a combined 62
shots. Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler pace the team with four goals
apiece, and Ladd has seven goals in his last nine games against the
Flyers.

Winnipeg leads the NHL in scoring by defensemen with 34 points
behind Tobias Enstrom’s 13.

The Jets could be poised for a big night offensively against a
Philadelphia team that ranks near the bottom of the league in goals
allowed with 38.

The Flyers (5-7-1) opened a six-game trip Monday with a 5-2 loss
to Toronto, their fourth straight road defeat. Philadelphia has
been outscored 15-6 and converted 1 of 18 power-play chances during
that skid.

The Flyers haven’t had much success against the Jets either,
losing 10 of 12. However, they snapped a four-game skid in the
series with a 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg on Feb. 21, getting 55
shots.

Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled in the second period against the Maple
Leafs after allowing four goals on 14 shots and was replaced by
Brian Boucher, who finished with nine saves.

“We shot ourselves in the foot and it seemed to unravel a little
bit,” coach Peter Laviolette said. ” … and we couldn’t get back
on track.”

While Bryzgalov has been outstanding at home, going 4-1-1 with a
1.97 GAA, he’s gone 1-5-0 with a 3.16 GAA in six road starts.

He is 3-0-1 with a 2.18 GAA in four career starts against the
Jets, though he gave up four goals on 26 shots Feb. 21, his only
road game versus Winnipeg.

Wayne Simmonds, who ended a four-game goal drought by scoring
against the Leafs, had a goal and an assist in the teams’ last
meeting.