Jets face Flyers looking for third win in a row

- November 29th, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — We’re about to find out if the Winnipeg Jets can put the Thanksgiving Day dinner behind them and find a way to earn a third consecutive victory for the first time this season.

Standing in their way are the Philadelphia Flyers, who are sure to be in an ornery mood after dropping their past two games on a trip to Florida.

By now, you’ve either heard or read that Jets head coach Claude Noel had some choice words for his charges during a lull in Thursday’s workout and that captain Andrew Ladd offered a rebuttal of sorts.

As I wrote in Friday’s column, it wasn’t a big deal and was only really mentioned because it’s not a regular occurrence.

I like the fact that both parties showed some emotion in the exchange.

Will the Jets carry some emotion over into this morning’s 11:30 am CT start?

They better, because the Flyers are sure to come out playing a physical brand of hockey.

Doubt it’s going to be a 9-8 special like I saw here during the 2011-12 season, but it should be an interesting one. It usually is when these two teams get together.

The Jets are off to a strong start to this six-game road trip, winning the first two games, but they can’t really afford a step back if they want to work their way up the standings in the congested Central Division.

The Jets will head to New York City after the game and won’t be back in action until Monday when they face the New York Rangers.

This is an opportunity for the Jets to secure another two-game sweep over an Eastern Conference opponent.

They already secured one on Monday against the New Jersey Devils, but you can be sure the Flyers are going to do everything in their power to prevent that from happening.

Should be a fun one, Flyers fans arrived early and many had some tailgating festivities going.

Ondrej Pavelec is back in goal for the Jets after Al Montoya earned the win in goal against the New York Islanders Wednesday, while Steve Mason starts for the Flyers.

I’m not anticipating any lineup changes for the Jets, as Toby Enstrom (who missed Thursday’s skate for maintenance) was out there during the warm-up and skating alongside Dustin Byfuglien.

Here’s how I expect both teams to start this morning’s action:

Jets

Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane-Olli Jokinen-Devin Setoguchi
Matt Halischuk-Mark Scheifele-Michael Frolik
Eric Tangradi-James Wright-Chris Thorburn

Toby Enstrom-Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart-Keaton Ellerby
Grant Clitsome-Jacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec (Al Monotya)

Flyers

Scott Hartnell-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn-Vincent Lecavalier-Wayne Simmonds
Steve Downie-Sean Couturier-Matt Read
Michael Raffl-Adam Hall-Zac Rinaldo

Kimmo Timonen-Brydon Coburn
Nicklas Grossmann-Mark Streit
Andrej Meszaros-Luke Schenn

Steve Mason (Ray Emery)

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