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Jets set out to beat Flyers for second time this week

Field Level Media
28 Jan 2023, 08:40 GMT+10

The Winnipeg Jets will try to end a two-game skid and pick up their second win of the week against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

The Jets defeated the Flyers 5-3 this past Sunday in Philadelphia. In that game, Karson Kuhlman scored the go-ahead goal midway through the thirdperiod, while David Rittich made 28 saves in the victory.

Since that meeting, the Jets have lost back-to-back games to the Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres.

In their 3-2 loss to the Sabres on Thursday, the Jets' offense fizzled. Winnipeg was held to just 21 shots. Even with a late push that helped them score both goals in the final five minutes, Jets coach Rick Bowness was frustrated with the offensive showing.

"We'll get a lot more consistent with our play when we stop being so stubborn with the puck," Bowness said. "We'll play a lot faster, and when you're playing fast it's a lot more fun and you'll be a lot more consistent. We're slowing ourselves down and making it too easy for the opposition by our puck management."

Since their loss to the Jets, the Flyers have at least banked points in back-to-back overtime losses to the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild.

Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss in Minnesota will likely be remembered more for its fisticuffs than its finesse.

The teams fought three times in the first period and added a fourth bout in the second period. The third period didn't have any formal fights, but it featured 10 combined penalty minutes as tempers only mildly cooled.

In overtime, the Flyers lost track of Mats Zuccarello, who scored on a dandy of an individual effort.

"This was a game of two willing teams," Philadelphia coach John Tortorella said. "That's a hard team, hard building to play in. Happy we get a point, but it leaves you wanting more. Same type of situation, we go down and have a great chance. We don't score. They come right down and score on us.

"We're trying, but I respect how we played. I respect how they played. It was a hard-fought game."

The Flyers are playing their last game before their bye week and the All-Star break. Despite the trio of losses, the Flyers do have points in 11 of their past 15 games and have at least pulled back into the potential playoff conversation.

Philadelphia is a frustrating 1-9 in overtime games.

"We've got to find ways to win more games," defenseman Tony DeAngelo said. "... You've got to find a way to win some of these games in overtime. We're doing a good job of staying in every game and giving ourselves a chance to win but not finishing the job enough."

Winnipeg is jostling with Dallas for first place in the Central Division and has one more game this week before the All-Star break. The Jets will have their bye after the midseason showcase in Florida.

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who is headed to the All-Star Game with defenseman Josh Morrissey, will likely be in net Saturday and has a 2.40 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage this season.

Carter Hart has continued to carry the load of the starts for Philadelphia and in 36 games has a .908 save percentage and a 2.97 GAA.

--Field Level Media

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