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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


“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


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.