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It’s a Sunday late-afternoon contest as the Winnipeg Jets kick off a three game home stand by hosting a Philadelphia Flyers club that has more on their mind than just hockey with their leading goal scorer Oskar Lindblom having been recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma which is a bone / soft tissue cancer. Our thoughts and are with Lindblom, his family and friends and the Flyers organization.

On the hockey side of things, both clubs are coming off of very disappointing efforts. The Flyers struggled badly 24 hours ago in Minnesota against the suddenly hot Wild, while the Jets maybe had the worst game of the season in Detroit against the not-so-suddenly bad Red Wings.

And for real… F**k Cancer.

Philadelphia Flyers (17-10-5 / 5th Atlantic)
@
Winnipeg Jets (19-11-2 / 4th Central)

Dec 15, 2019 – Puck drop: 4:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Arena – Winnipeg, MN
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

@ MIN 4-1 L Last Game @ DET 5-2 L
2-3-0 (2 L) Last 5 Games  3-1-1 (1 L)
Konecny / Lindblom – 11 Goal Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 14
Travis Konecny – 17 Assist Leader PATRIK LAINE – 21
Travis Konecny – 28 Points Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 32
17.43% (17TH) The Power Play 15.46% (25th)
85.87% (3rd) The Penalty Kill 76.25% (27TH)
Brian Elliott
(7-3-2 / .915 SV%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(15-8-2 / .931 SV%)
L vs ARI (15-17 / .882 SV%) Last Goalie Start L @ LAK (29-33 / .879 SV%)
7-8-1 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 10-6-1 AT HOME

Last Flyers Game

The Flyers played 24 hours ago and started off well enough with a goal on the very first shot of the game that they took, but then it went downhill from there as the Wild scored two in the first and then added goals in the second and third period as Philly fell 4-1 in Minny.

Fun Flyers Facts…

  • The Flyers come into the contest with the fourth-ranked power play in the NHL at 85 percent. They have been shorthanded 87 times, which is the fifth-fewest in the league, and are tied for the fewest PPG allowed in the league this year at 13, joining Florida.
  • The Flyers have scored first in 19 of their 32 games this season. They are 14-1-3 on the year when either leading or tied after one period, and are 16-0-3 when leading or tied after the second period.
  • Ivan Provorov has a point in five of his last eight games, picking up two goals and three assists in the span.

What They’re Saying…

At every possible level, this is absolutely devastating news. Lindblom — who has broken out this year, and was tied for the team lead in goals this season entering today — is just 23 years old and has his whole life ahead of him. It is tough to imagine much worse news than this.

Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, expected to miss remainder of season – Broad Street Hockey

With these two Phantoms headed to Winnipeg, the Flyers now have six Phantoms in the lineup (Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Mikhail Vorobyev, David Kase, Carsen Twarynski, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel). However, Twarynski and Aube-Kubel are coming off a back to back (including travel) and tonight’s game will make it a three in three for these two. Growing pains are to be expected, but given the circumstances, the Flyers were not left with much of a choice.

Instant Analysis: Flyers Recall Two Phantoms To Report In Winnipeg Tonight – Philly Sports Network

Last Jets Game

Again… The less said about this game, the better.

Fun Jets Facts…

  • The Jets are 6-5-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, including 3-4-1 against the Metropolitan Division.
  • The Jets play five of their next six games at Bell MTS Place. Winnipeg is 9-5-1 on home ice this season, including 7-1-1 in their past nine home contests.
  • The Jets are a perfect 4-0-0 in afternoon games this season, including 2-0-0 at Bell MTS Place. It matches the four wins the Jets have had in matinee games in each of the past two seasons when they went 4-3-0.
  • Mark Scheifele (5G, 3A) and Kyle Connor (3G, 5A) are riding five-game point streaks, which matches the season high by a Jets player.
  • Patrik Laine tallied his 21st assist of the season on Thursday, which is one more than he had all of last season.
  • The Jets have won three of their past five games against the Flyers, including three consecutive meetings at Bell MTS Place.

What We’re Saying…

After allowing two goals against on the penalty kill from a struggling Detroit club, the Jets have moved down to 27th in the league with a man in the box. It’s been an issue all year long with the team. Even though they stay out of the box exceptionally well, when they do get a penalty it’s mayhem in their own end. The Jets do a really poor job of defending zone entries and teams can usually set up without much trouble.

WTWF: Jets Back Home To Take On The Flyers


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Philadelphia Flyers Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Claude Giroux
CLAUDE GIROUX

Rating: 78.0#9 LW

Sean Couturier
SEAN COUTURIER

Rating: 78.0#17 C

Jakub Voracek
JAKUB VORACEK

Rating: 74.7#27 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.92#10 FL1
Scott Laughton
SCOTT LAUGHTON

Rating: 72.6#99 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 73.7#63 C

Joel Farabee
JOEL FARABEE

Rating: 73.1#55 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.14#24 FL2
James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 74.8#34 LW

Morgan Frost
MORGAN FROST

Rating: 73.8#62 C

Tyler Pitlick
TYLER PITLICK

Rating: 70.6#105 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.03#7 FL3
David Kase
DAVID KASE

Rating: 73.7#46 LW

Mikhail Vorobyev
MIKHAIL VOROBYEV
Chris Stewart
CHRIS STEWART

Rating: 68.2#126 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.94#18 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ivan Provorov
IVAN PROVOROV

Rating: 76.0#10 LD

Matt Niskanen
MATT NISKANEN

Rating: 74.9#23 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.45#12 DL1
Travis Sanheim
TRAVIS SANHEIM

Rating: 73.3#53 LD

Justin Braun
JUSTIN BRAUN

Rating: 71.7#86 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.52#21 DL2
Shayne Gostisbehere
SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE

Rating: 74.2#38 LD

Philippe Myers
PHILIPPE MYERS

Rating: 74.1#31 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.18#1 DL3
GOALIES
Brian Elliott
BRIAN ELLIOTT

Rating: 68.1#32 G1

Carter Hart
CARTER HART

Rating: 69.4#22 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.7#10 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 79.2#14 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 75.5#23 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.45#7 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 76.4#16 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 76.2#16 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.0#75 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.85#9 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 73.7#45 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 71.3#134 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.3#91 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.13#15 FL3
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 70.1#123 LW

Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.9#148 C

Logan Shaw
LOGAN SHAW

Rating: 68.4#124 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.78#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 75.6#13 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 73.2#45 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.42#14 DL1
Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 73.3#54 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 74.5#26 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.89#14 DL2
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 71.1#104 LD

Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 70.8#100 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.95#29 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 72.7#8 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 65.2#56 G2