Monday, July 27, 2015

Jets (Jets!) have Flyers' number

WINNIPEG - Much has been made of the Flyers' inability to beat the New York Rangers this season.

Jets (Jets!) have Flyers' number

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"This road trip comes at the right time," center Danny Briere said, "we play pretty well on the road." (Matt Slocum/AP)
"This road trip comes at the right time," center Danny Briere said, "we play pretty well on the road." (Matt Slocum/AP)

    WINNIPEG - Much has been made of the Flyers' inability to beat the New York Rangers this season.

    But it should also be noted that the lowly Winnipeg Jets (nee Atlanta Thrashers) also have their number.

    Winnipeg is 3-0 against the Flyers this season, including a pair of wins at the Wells Fargo Center.

    The Jets, who have won three straight to climb to No. 9 in the East, will host the Flyers at 7 tonight, starting a swing that will also take Philadelphia to Edmonton, Calgary and San Jose.

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    "This road trip comes at the right time," center Danny Briere said. "For some reason, we play pretty well on the road."

    The Flyers are 18-9-2 away from the WFC.

   If goalie Ilya Bryzgalov gets the call, he will undoubtedly hear mocking chants of "Illllllllllyaaaaaaaaa!" He heard them during warmups in Winnipeg three months ago.

    Bryzgalov is despised here because of negative remarks he made about the city when rumors were swirling that his old team, Phoenix, was going to move to Winnipeg.

   When the Flyers played in Winnipeg on Nov. 19, Sergei Bobrovsky was given the call and his team lost, 6-4, despite two goals each from Matt Read and Scott Hartnell.

  My two cents? It's time to let Bryzgalov play several games in a row and see if he can get on a roll.

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   The Jets have beaten the Flyers 9-8, 6-4 and 2-1 in a shootout.

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   I'll be talking Flyers with Matt Leon on KYW Newsradio (1060 AM) today at 3:45 p.m. Join us!

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