The Flyers first game without their captain Chris Pronger, did not go so well last night in Montreal. Losing 5-1, against a team who has struggled out the gate and have not won at home, until last night.
Winnipeg (2-5-1) needs every advantage it can get. It has converted just 4 for 32 on the power play after failing in one opportunity in Monday’s 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.
The Jets, though, are excited about getting away for a while and earning their first road win. They are 0-3-1 away from the MTS Centre.
And to make matters worse for the Flyers they are failing to score goals from their young guns, and facing a Jets team with Chris Mason in net, may make the task a little more difficult.
The Jets franchise won three of four against the Flyers last season, including both at Wells Fargo Center.
Antropov scored the lone goal and Chris Mason made 43 saves for his 21st career shutout in Atlanta’s 1-0 victory at Philadelphia on March 31.
Sergei Bobrovsky has a 2.01 goals-against average while winning both his starts this season.
Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec is also off to a rocky start at 1-3-1 with a 3.52 GAA, so Mason could be in net again after stopping 15 of 17 shots Monday.
The Jets’ low-scoring offense (2.1 goals per game) could get a boost if center Jim Slater returns following a one game absence after taking a knee to the head in Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Carolina. Slater and center Kyle Wellwood leads Winnipeg with three goals.
Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr, who has 21 goals and 48 points in 35 games against the Jets franchise, is one goal shy of becoming the 12th player with 650.
Winnipeg Jets – Ondrej Pavelec (why I dont know)
Philadelphia Flyers – Sergei Bobrovsky
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