Preview: Winnipeg at Philadelphia

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Thursday, January 29, 2015
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Matchup Edge
WIN Edge in: PHI
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


An uncharacteristic off-night from the Winnipeg goaltending saw the Jets' five-game winning streak come to an end. They'll look to bounce back behind a different netminder Thursday night as they visit the Philadelphia Flyers. Winnipeg came into Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh having allowed just seven goals during its streak, but veteran goalie Ondrej Pavelec struggled to maintain his recent form en route to a 5-3 loss at the hands of the red-hot Penguins.

As has been the case for the majority of 2015, the Jets will switch things up Thursday as Pavelec takes a seat in favor of Michael Hutchinson, who is on a personal four-game winning streak. Hutchinson is coming off his second shutout of the season, a 29-save effort in the Jets' 4-0 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 21. The Flyers come in having won two games in a row, edging Pittsburgh 3-2 in overtime before shading Arizona 4-3 in a shootout.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN3 (Winnipeg), CSN-PH (Philadelphia)

ABOUT THE JETS (26-15-8): While the defeat at the hands of the Penguins may have slowed down Winnipeg's momentum, the line of Adam Lowry, Chris Thorburn and Evander Kane looked as good as any on either team. Lowry and Thorburn paced the Jets with a goal and an assist apiece while the much-maligned Kane set up three tallies. "They were really good," Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters after the game. "Good size, a lot of net drive from those guys. I really, really liked their game."

ABOUT THE FLYERS (20-22-7): Philadelphia's path to a playoff berth is a daunting one, but continued contributions from players like R.J. Umberger will certainly help its cause. Umberger opened the season with just three goals in his first 35 games, but his tally in Tuesday's win over the Coyotes was his sixth in the last 14 contests. "When you get some goals, you start feeling it," Umberger said. "Since early December, I kind of stepped into my role and understood it more, and I feel confident out there, skating better and having some chemistry with (my linemates)."

OVERTIME

1. Winnipeg has won 16 of its last 21 games against teams with sub-.500 records.

2. Umberger has five goals and four assists in 19 career games against Winnipeg.

3. The Jets are 1-for-11 with the man advantage over their last five games.

PREDICTION: Jets 3, Flyers 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Winnipeg 26-15-4-4 L1 12-9-2-1 14-6-2-3 1-2-2-0 25-13-2-4 9-4-1-1
Philadelphia 20-22-2-5 W2 13-7-0-3 7-15-2-2 2-4-0-0 18-18-2-5 6-9-1-1

Last Meeting

Winnipeg Philadelphia
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/21/14 PHI 4 WIN 3 28 19 0-1 23 25 0-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
WIN D. Byfuglien 1
PHI V. Lecavalier 2
Goals Player  
WIN D. Byfuglien 1
PHI V. Lecavalier 2
Assists Player  
WIN M. Frolik 1
PHI C. Giroux 1
Saves Player  
WIN O. Pavelec 19
PHI R. Zepp 25
Season
Total Points Player  
WIN A. Ladd 40
PHI J. Voracek 57
Goals Player  
WIN B. Little 18
PHI W. Simmonds 17
Assists Player  
WIN A. Ladd 23
PHI J. Voracek 40
Saves Player  
WIN O. Pavelec 778
PHI S. Mason 788

Quickchart Matchup

Winnipeg Off vs  Philadelphia Def
2.73 GF
2.94 GA
29.8 Shots
30.1 Shots
28 PP
42 PK
Philadelphia Off vs  Winnipeg Def
2.69 GF
2.41 GA
29.5 Shots
29.2 Shots
39 PP
34 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -115 104
104
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -110 -110
105
5.5
Sportsbook -110 -110
105
5.5
5Dimes.eu 101 -111
109
5.5
GTBets.eu -105 -115
105
5.5
Top Bet -110 -110
100
5.5
BetOnline.ag
102
-113
109
5.5
BetDSI -105 -115
110
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com -109 -119
101
5.5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker.eu -105 -115
110
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate -104
-106
-130
5.5
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station -110 -110 OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Winnipeg Overall Philadelphia
26-15-4-4 W/L 20-22-2-5
29-20 ATS 26-23
24-22 O/U 25-23
2.73 Goals For 2.69
2.41 Goals Agnst 2.94
Winnipeg A/H Philadelphia
14-6-2-3 W/L 13-7-0-3
18-7 ATS 11-12
12-12 O/U 10-12
2.52 Goals For 2.91
2.32 Goals Agnst 2.48