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For Flyers, there's no place like ... the road

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For Flyers, there's no place like ... the road

(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

(UPDATED)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - For the Eagles - who haven’t won at Lincoln Financial Field in over a year - and the Flyers, there seems to be a familiar mantra: There’s no place like the road. 

The Flyers, who play in Winnipeg on Friday night, are 4-0-1 in their last five road games; they are 4-3-1 on the road overall, 3-7 at home. 

"I think the way things have gone a little bit at home, the pressure builds up there," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "On the road, you play a little more relaxed. You don’t have to be perfect on the road. At home, sometimes, you have a power play and it’s not clicking and the fans get on you. The kind of stuff that’s natural." 

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"When you’re on the road, you forget about all the pressure and relax a little bit and guys spend a lot of time together," defenseman Luke Schenn, said, adding that when things aren’t going well at home, you tend to "over-complicate things."

The Flyers (7-10-1) and Jets (9-9-2) have each won three straight, with Winnipeg’s last two victories in shootouts. Winnipeg is 6-5-1 at home, and it has won its last three games at the MTS Centre by a combined 14-6 margin. 

Bryan Little leads the Jets with 11 goals, while Vinny Lecavalier tops the Flyers with seven. Little (18) and Brayden Schenn (12) are the team’s respective points leaders. 

Flyers goalie Ray Emery notched a 2-1 win in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but Steve Mason will get the call Friday. Mason blanked Ottawa, 5-0, in his last start, and he has lowered his GAA to 2.15 and raised his save percentage to .930. 

Excluding an empty-net goal in a 3-0 loss to the Devils on Nov. 7, the Flyers have allowed two goals or fewer in six straight games. They have surrendered a total of six goals in that 4-1-1 stretch. 

Breakaways. Mason will oppose the Jets' Ondrej Pavelec, who is 7-7-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage.....Zac Rinaldo was used for 1:09 on the penalty kill in the in in Pittsburgh, and Berube said he would like to give him more time in shorthanded situations because of his speed and his shot-blocking fearlessness....Assistant GM Ron Hextall said he was in favor of increasing the OT to as many as 10 minutes _ the NHL is kicking around the idea _ because it would help reduce the amount of games that end in shootouts. The shootouts "individualize" games instead of rewarding teamwork, Hextall said.

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