NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Winnipeg Jets
The Philadelphia Flyers have not been having a great road trip this week. They dropped both their games to the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning due to some undisciplined hockey, but they will try to redeem themselves on Friday night when they return to Philadelphia to take on the Winnipeg Jets.
This game will be the second and final game that the teams will play against each other, so they are going to want to make it count. When the Flyers last played the Jets, they were sloppy not necessarily due to weak offense, but because they spent more time in the penalty box than on the ice.
The team did show perseverance in that game as pushed forward, with the game ending in a shootout win by the Jets. The Flyers need to show that kind of resiliency to the Jets again on Friday.
In their last game, their biggest issue for Philadelphia was dealing with Dustin Byfuglien, who was a thorn in their side. He will definitely be a player that the Flyers need to watch. His teammate Devin Setoguchi has also been hot in the past few games, so the Flyers also need to watch him when he’s on the ice.
They Flyers have an injury to deal with as Matt Read was absent in Wednesday’s game with a lower body injury and is currently day-to-day. Vincent Lecavalier, the only player to score against the Lightning, has also been hot for the past couple games, and could be a key factor in the Flyers’ performance.