Can they go back-to-back? Jets at Flyers Preview
The (14-22-8) Philadelphia Flyers welcome the (18-16-7) Winnipeg Jets to Philadelphia in what will be the Flyers’ last game before the All-Star break. Morgan Frost is a game-time decision after recently getting over an illness. You can catch the game at 7 pm on NBCSP.
Carter Hart gets the nod after securing a 4-3 OT win against the Kings on Saturday night. Hart saved 37 of the 40 shots that came his way and was a big reason the Flyers were able to come away with their first win in 2022. The game-tying goal by Kopitar with seconds left in the game felt inevitable even to me and I was sitting on my couch. Can’t imagine what goes through Hart’s head.
Winnipeg has gone through their own little losing streak, but recently broke the 0-4-2 skid on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Even with that happening, Winnipeg’s skilled forwards in Kyler Connor, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Mark Scheifele will be a handful for the Flyers.
Coming off a 4-1 win in St. Louis will be a momentum boost to some players on that team so I’m interested to see how the Flyers respond. I’m expecting Winnipeg to try and come out fast and catch the Flyers early, as so many teams have this year.
Morgan Frost missed practice on Monday morning with a non-COVID-related illness and will be a game-time decision according to Mike Yeo. If Frost is unable to suit up, Connor Bunnman will bump up to 3C and Jackson Cates will slot in on the fourth line.
Frost has recently picked up his play the last handful of games by moving his feet more and winning 1v1 battles down low in the offensive zone. He had his best game of the year on Saturday against the Kings, where he helped set up Gerry Mayhew’s goal from Rasmus Ristolainen.
Flyers Line up vs Winnipeg
Oskar Lindblom – Claude Giroux – Cam Atkinson
James van Riemsdyk – Scott Laughton – Travis Konecny
Gerry Mayhew – Morgan Frost/Connor Bunnman – Max Willman
Issac Ratcliffe – Connor Bunnaman/Jackson Cates – Zack MacEwen
Ivan Provorov – Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim – Rasmus Ristolainen
Keith Yandle – Cam York
Mike Yeo commented on Ratcliffe’s impressive NHL debut on Saturday by saying Ratty would’ve deserved a second look even if the outcome of the game wasn’t a win, so he’s glad they were able to get the win in what really was an impressive debut for the 22-year-old.
Ratcliffe didn’t score any points but he wasted no time in letting the Kings know he wasn’t to be pushed around. In the 1st period, LA’s Mikey Anderson tried to lay a hit on Ratcliffe along the boards and Ratty blew him up and then stood there and let Mikey soak it all in for a couple of seconds.
Excited the kid is getting another look tonight against the Jets, and with a season like this, why not?
It’s nice seeing #19 back out there in these recent few practices. Mike Yeo said that Brassard has fully recovered from his hip injury and now it’s really all about conditioning at this point for Derick. No point in throwing him out there before he’s really ready with a single game left before the break.
Let’s make it two in a row! The Flyers are +135 to win their second straight game tonight on Parx Sportsbook. There is also a special on the game for the Flyers to win and score 3+ goals at +200. If you’re feeling a win before the All-Star break, here are your bets.
Mandatory Credit: Flyers twitter - Flyers PR - Zack Hill