The Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-7) return to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Winnipeg Jets (32-25-5). The orange-and-black sit at third in the Metropolitan Division after winning back-to-back against the Columbus Blue Jackets. This isn’t a time for the Flyers to be content. The Islanders are 1 point behind them in the division.
With the trade deadline looming, rumors continue to swirl of a reunion with Jeff Carter among other players. The Flyers could make several different moves but everything is speculation to this point.
Jets manager made a splashy move acquiring Cody Eakin from the Las Vegas Knights. Eakin has played 578 NHL games and scored 102 goals and 232 points. He played in the Stanley Cup finals with the Knights in their inaugural season.
Today’s matinee has Flyers goalie Carter Hart between the pipes with Connor Hellebuyck across the ice for the Jets. Hart is 11-1 in his last twelve starts at home. Well, it starts fast for Philly. Laughton scores his 11th goal of the season over the shoulder of Hellebuyck with a pass from Provorov, 1-0 Flyers. (assists by Provorov and Braun). Laughton keeps it going with a beautiful shot coming across ice during 5-on-5 hockey. This is his second on the day and 12th of the season, 2-0 Flyers (Assists by Braun). Carter Hart continues to keep the Jets out of the net. Shots on goal favored the Flyers 12-10.
Winnipeg came out angry in the 2nd turning on the Jets (Cheesy line of the afternoon) pressing on the defense and Carter. Some big plays in front of the goal but Hart continues to stand on his head. Some defensive miscues almost cost Philadelphia. Scott Laughton leaves the ice with an injury to his wrist with less than 8 minutes left in the period. Less than 5 minutes in the period, Sean Couturier scores the third goal of the afternoon while in the midst of a scrum in front of Winnipeg’s goal. Assists go to Voracek and Niskanen, 3-0 Flyers. Only minutes later Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey takes the Flyers lead down to two goals. Assists by Scheifele and Ehlers, 3-1 Flyers. Shots on goal are lopsided. The Jets 15-4 shots on goal over the Flyers.
Giveaways favored the Jets 9-3 in the 2nd. Flyers have to keep their foot on the pedal throughout the third. That is exactly what didn’t happen. A bad penalty by Haag (interference) gives him 2 minutes in the box and the Jets capitalize quickly with a goal by Patrik Laine, 3-2 Flyers. Assists by Wheeler and Pionk. Crowd not happy with the lackluster powerplay by Philly, but moments after Tyler Pitlick changes their tune with a goal putting the Flyers up, 4-2. Assists by Haag and Braun. Flyers surged with their shots on goal in the third, 14-4.
Flyers Final Note
Oskar Lindblom visited his team after their 4-2 victory. Shots on goal favor Philly 30-29. Carter made 27-29 saves and remains dominant at home. The next game is home on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks.
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