The Philadelphia Flyers face off tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at the Canada Life Centre. It will be the second time the teams meet this week and the last of the 2022-2023 season.
Both teams are going in opposite directions this season. The Flyers are seventh in the NHL Metropolitan Division and the Jets are second in the NHL Central Division. The last victory for Winnipeg took place, ironically, at the Wells Fargo Center.
These teams met a week ago, resulting in a 5-3 loss for the Flyers. They were down by three in the first period but managed to tie the game in the third. The Flyers couldn’t take the lead, falling short in the third, where an additional empty-net goal sealed the deal. Tonight, John Tortorella and his club are playing for a different outcome.
Winnipeg Jets (31-18-1)
The Jets hope to answer with a victory on home ice following a home loss to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2. The Sabres jumped out to a three-goal lead and held onto it for about 55 minutes. Winnipeg scored two goals in the final five minutes of the game, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Josh Morrissey (+7, 71BLK, 42GV, 55.5%CF) was busy all over the ice versus the Sabres. He notched three shots, three hits, and two blocks, but needs to clean up the three turnovers against opportunistic opponents. The Flyers are opportunistic, living off of their resiliency for much of 2022-2023. In his career versus Philadelphia, Morrissey has six points (2G, 4A) and a -5 rating in eleven games.
Nikolaj Ehlers (4G, 13A) didn’t contribute in the loss to Buffalo but did in the victory against the Flyers a week ago. He notched an assist in the first period when Mark Scheifele made it 3-0. Ehlers had a healthy performance recently, notching four shots and a takeaway.
Here’s the tentative lineup for the Winnipeg Jets:
Philadelphia Flyers (20-21-9)
On another losing streak, the Flyers were on the cusp of victory twice lately in overtime versus the Lose Angeles Kings and against the Minnesota Wild. In the recent loss in St. Paul, Zack MacEwen and Wade Allison sustained injuries. Allison could return to the lineup this evening, but it seems MacEwen will miss five weeks with a fractured jaw. Both skaters did not return after their fights against the Wild.
Tony DeAngelo (-18, 53BLK, 42GV, 49.9%CF) is keeping afloat because of his contributions in the offensive zone. To his credit, he did balance his style in Minnesota. DeAngelo tallied two hits and four shots, including the equalizer that sent the game into overtime on a six-on-five chance. In the recent loss to the Jets, DeAngelo dished two assists but was on the ice for every goal surrendered.
Travis Konecny (24G, 25A) is going through a tough patch currently. In the last five games, he has one assist, and the three-game point drought is the longest of this season. He’s doing a lot away from the puck, and it has to do with his antics between whistles. In his career, Konecny has four points (2G, 2A) and a -1 rating in ten games against Winnipeg.
Here’s the tentative lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers:
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Tonight is the final game for the Philadelphia Flyers before a week-long NHL All-Star break. The puck drops at 7pm, available on NBC Sports Philadelphia and on 97.5 the Fanatic.
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