The Winnipeg Jets would like the Flyers’ second game without their captain to end the same way.
Opening a season-high seven-game trip Thursday night, the Jets franchise goes for its fifth straight road win against Philadelphia, which is trying to rebound from its most lopsided defeat of the season.
Without Pronger, who was hit in the eye with a high stick in Monday’s 4-2 win over Toronto and could be sidelined for several weeks, the Flyers (5-3-1) fell 5-1 at Montreal on Wednesday.
Philadelphia allowed just one power-play goal in five chances, but replacing Pronger for an extended period could be asking a lot for a penalty-kill unit that’s in the middle of the pack in the NHL at 82.6 percent.
“He’s been a good player in this league for a long time and obviously when he’s in the lineup they are a better team and with him being out there will be a little bit of a hole there and we have to try to take advantage of that,” Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian(notes) told the team’s official website of Pronger, who leads the Flyers with six assists.
Winnipeg (2-5-1) needs every advantage it can get. It has converted just 4 for 32 on the power play after failing in one opportunity in Monday’s 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.
The Jets, though, are excited about getting away for a while and earning their first road win. They are 0-3-1 away from the MTS Centre.
The Jets franchise won three of four against the Flyers last season, including both at Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers have dropped seven of eight in this series since winning the previous 14.
Bobrovsky has a 2.01 goals-against average while winning both his starts this season.
He is 3-0-1 with a 0.74 GAA in his last four starts versus Philadelphia.
The Jets’ low-scoring offense (2.1 goals per game) could get a boost if center Jim Slater(notes) returns following a one-game absence after taking a knee to the head in Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Carolina.