After an overnight flight from Toronto to Winnipeg, the Flyers are at MTS Centre tonight to take on the Jets. Too bad the Jets have a ridiculous home ice edge on their home rink and the Flyers are an awful road team this year, huh?
Winnipeg has a 26-15-5 record at MTS Centre, the smallest and consensus-loudest barn in the NHL, since moving from Atlanta two summers ago. That's compared to an awful 16-25-6 record on the road all-time. They're much better at home than they are on the road. This does not bode well for the Flyers tonight.
But hey, whatever. We know the problems the Flyers have to fix. We won't rehash them here.
Luckily, I guess, Winnipeg isn't a good team either so far this season. They're tied with the Flyers in points with 11, although they've played two fewer games than Philadelphia has thus far. They have the same goal differential as the Flyers at minus-seven, their even strength goals for/against ratio is ranked 22nd in the league (the Flyers are 18th), their PP is middle of the road and they have the worst PK in the NHL.
Jody Shelley was placed on injured reserve tonight, the second Flyers' player to be injured this week without playing a game. Harry Zolnierczyk was recalled earlier today and will likely be in the lineup. Update! I screwed up the lineup and am fixing it here!
Here's what I'd expect we're looking at in terms of a lineup:
Simmonds - Giroux - Briere
Read - Schenn - Voracek
McGinn - Talbot - Knuble
Zolnierczyk/Sestito - Rusty - Rinaldo
Timonen - Schenn
Coburn - Gervais
Grossmann - Foster
Here's a look at the Jets lineup.
Ladd - Little - Wheeler
Kane - Jokinen - Burmistrov
Ponikarovsky - Antropov - Wellwood
Wright - Slater - Thorburn
Enstrom - Byfuglien
Stuart - Hainsey
Postma - Redmond
I'd expect Ilya Bryzgalov in goal for the Flyers given that he only played half the game last night, but who truly knows. the Flyers didn't skate this morning so it's hard to know with certainty until warmups or an announcement from the team. Al Montoya goes for Winnipeg as Ondrej Pavelec continues to recover from injury.
Remember, it's an 8 p.m. puck drop tonight.