After last month's meeting between Philadelphia and Winnipeg, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and Jets coach Claude Noel felt a bit disgusted with what they saw.
That is understandable considering the teams combined for the most goals in a game in 15 years.
Laviolette and Noel are likely hoping for a more disciplined showing Saturday when the Jets host a Flyers club that will be without Jaromir Jagr for the first time this season.
Tight defensive play was nonexistent Oct. 27 in Philadelphia when the Jets won 9-8. Andrew Ladd had the winner with 1:06 remaining in the third period, becoming the ninth Winnipeg player to score.
Fifteen players scored overall in the NHL's highest-scoring game since San Jose defeated Pittsburgh 10-8 on Jan. 13, 1996.
Although the Winnipeg franchise beat Philadelphia for the eighth time in nine games, Noel was left shaking his head.
"You can't play this way," Noel said.
Laviolette felt similarly.
"You'll never win any games (allowing nine goals)," he said. "We'll go back and we'll work on everything.''
The Flyers (11-4-3) have apparently done so since that wild loss, going 6-0-2. They're atop the Eastern Conference and arrive in Winnipeg riding a three-game winning streak following a 2-1 victory over Phoenix on Thursday.
That win came at a cost, however.
Jagr played only 1 minute, 22 seconds over three shifts before leaving in the first period with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Jagr won't travel with the team to Winnipeg, though the right wing might miss only one game.
"He's got a little bit of a thing in his lower body," Holmgren told the Flyers' official website. "We don't think it's anything serious. I talked to Jaromir and he thinks within a couple days he should be better so I guess that leaves him out for the next game, but hopefully we'll get him back Monday (against Carolina), but nobody thinks it's serious."
Jagr's surprising production is a big reason Philadelphia is in first place.
After playing in Russia the last three years, the 39-year-old is second on the team with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists). He had an assist against the Jets last month.
Danny Briere had two goals and two assists in that game, while James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist.
Against the Coyotes, Van Riemsdyk took Jagr's place on a line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell and put the Flyers up 1-0 at 12:37 of the second period. The game was tied at 1 late until Matt Read knocked in a rebound with 18.6 seconds left, making a winner out of Ilya Bryzgalov against his former team.
Bryzgalov stopped 30 shots, improving to 5-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average since stopping six of 10 shots in a relief role against Winnipeg.
The Jets (7-9-3) endured some struggles after beating the Flyers, going 2-4-2 in their next eight, but they feel like they're turning the corner.
After defeating Tampa Bay 5-2 on Monday, Winnipeg beat Washington 4-1 on Thursday to earn back-to-back wins in regulation for the first time this season.
"It was good to duplicate the performance we had the other night, and prove again that we can play up to that standard," said left wing Evander Kane, who scored twice Thursday.
Kane, the Jets' leader with eight goals, had a goal and an assist against the Flyers last month.
Ondrej Pavelec, who has made 11 straight starts for Winnipeg, got the win over Philadelphia in October despite allowing seven goals on 43 shots.