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The Associated Press

The Philadelphia Flyers are on a roll after a lackluster start to this season. So are the Winnipeg Jets.

Both teams will attempt to further their momentum by earning a fourth consecutive win Friday night in Winnipeg.

Philadelphia's 22 goals in its first 15 games were the fewest by any team since 1956, but the Flyers (7-10-1) have bounced back with 11 during their three-game win streak. Brayden Schenn tallied both scores in a 2-1 win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the second in a three-game road trip.

"We're working on it, trying to put some wins together. We're playing some sound defensive hockey and waiting for our opportunities to score," Schenn said. "Right now, we're scoring when they're there. We've got to keep on it, keep going and finish off the road trip strong in Winnipeg."

The Flyers are also 6-3-1 since a 1-7-0 start that cost coach Peter Laviolette his job. Craig Berube is 7-7-1 since taking over.

"I think as a team we're gaining more confidence and really getting into it," goaltender Ray Emery said.

The Jets, meanwhile, have used shootouts to help shake free from a 6-9-2 start. Winnipeg (9-9-2) earned its second shootout win in a row Tuesday, 3-2 in Detroit, after failing to build on a pair of one-goal leads in regulation.

"We have to keep going. The teams around us are winning so we need points. It was a big win for us tonight and more big games are coming," said goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who has been in net for all three games.

Pavelec was also in between the pipes in a 4-1 home win over Philadelphia on April 6, which snapped a three-game skid in the series. That victory was also the first in a season-high five in a row for the Jets.

Winnipeg will try to move closer to matching that run while ending its woes on special teams. The Jets are 1 for 47 on the power play in their last 15 games - failing to convert on 17 chances over the last six - and have allowed four goals the last 10 times they've been short-handed.

"We've just got to keep growing and moving," coach Claude Noel said. "We've had some adversity in different areas, but we've persevered. We've been able to get a streak going, which is perfect for us at this time."

The Flyers, meanwhile, have scored on three of their last five opportunities with a man advantage, with Schenn netting two of those goals. He has five of his team-best 12 points during the win streak, including three goals, and credits that to the chemistry with linemates Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds.

" I think we're getting used to playing each other. We were shuffling the lines there a little bit and it was hard to get used to playing with someone," Schenn said. "Hopefully, we can keep building some chemistry here and keep producing."

Schenn had a team-best three goals and one assist as Philadelphia won two of the three meetings with Winnipeg last season.

The Jets' Evander Kane has five goals and seven assists during a nine-game point streak against the Flyers. He had two goals and two assists in last season's matchups.

Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd has six goals and two assists in his past seven meetings with Philadelphia. His 10 career goals against the Flyers are his second-most versus any opponent.

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