Philadelphia Flyers (33-30-4-4) vs. Winnipeg Jets (32-33-6-1)
NHL: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 8:00pm EST
Line: Winnipeg -145/Philadelphia +125
The Winnipeg Jets will aim for their third straight win when they host the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night from the MTS Centre. The Flyers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime on Sunday night, and the Jets edged the Wild 5-4 in their latest action. The Flyers notched a 5-2 home win over the Jets in the lone meeting this season.
Flyers Tie Game Late, Get Jone Done in OT
The Philadelphia Flyers kept their very slim playoff hopes alive by notching a thrilling 4-3 overtime win Carolina on Sunday night. The Flyers tied the game with 43 seconds remaining and Brayden Schenn netted the OT winner. Schenn has come alive after a slow start to the month, recording five points over his last four games. The 25-year old center is second in team goals with 22 along with 25 assists on the season. Sean Couturier had a big night in the win, racking up three assists. The fifth-year center has now tallied six points over his last four games, and now has 26 points on the year. Couturier scored a goal in the Flyers 5-2 home win over the Jets earlier this season. The Flyers are still alive in the playoff race, sitting five points back of the Maple Leafs but they will need some late season magic to get in. Philadelphia is scoring an average of 2.5 goals per game, ranking them 22nd in the NHL.
The Flyers will likely send Steve Mason to the crease in this contest. Mason has struggled this season, owning a weak 2.76 GAA and is 20-20-7 on the season. Philadelphia is allowing an average of 2.9 goals per game, placing them 24th in the NHL.
Winnipeg Escapes with Win Over Wild
The Winnipeg Jets let a four goal lead slip away but still managed to escape with a 5-4 home win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday evening. Blake Wheeler recorded two assists in the win and fired four shots on goal. The 30-year old right winger is playing well, posting four points over his last three games and now has 21 goals along with 39 assists on the season. Wheeler scored a goal in the 5-2 loss to the Flyers earlier this season. Mark Scheifele collected another assist in the loss on Sunday, and has now collected one point in seven of nine games this month. The 24-year old center is having a career-year scoring 28 goals along with 42 assists. Patrick Laine has slowed down a bit, scoring only two goals this month, but is still having an outstanding rookie season, scoring 33 goals along with 27 assists. Winnipeg has responded from their four game skid by winning two straight however they will miss the playoffs again this season. The Jets are scoring an average of three goals per game, ranking them eighth in the NHL.
Winnipeg will likely give the call in net to Connor Hellebuyck. The young net minder is not having a strong season, posting a weak 2.86 GAA along with a 23-18-4 record. The Jets are conceding an average of 3.2 goals per game, placing them down at 28th in the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers are:
- 20-7-1 in their last 28 games in Winnipeg.
- 39-15-2 in their last 56 games against Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on one day of rest.
- 5-16 in their last 21 games against the Metropolitan division.
- 17-35 in their last 52 games against the Eastern Conference.
I am going with the Flyers in this one. Philadelphia is still alive in their playoff hunt and I think they will come out determined in this one, while the Jets are out of the playoff race. The Flyers are averaging a solid 3.1 goals over their last seven games so I am confident they can find the back of the net against a Jets team that concedes a ton of goals, plus Philadelphia scored five goals against the Jets in the first meeting. Winnipeg is below .500 at home this season, and they have lost three out of their last four home games so I am confident the Flyers can get it done on the road.