Time: Wednesday, October 24th 2018
Toronto: 6-3-0 for 12 points
Winnipeg: 6-2-1 for 13 points
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg meet in a Wednesday matchup. 2 teams with 6 wins and both having offences that can score lots of goals. The problem this year for the Jets has been the goaltending of Connor Hellebuyck. After having a phenomenal season last year he seems to have come out a little flat in the 2019 season. While the Leafs look to kick start the offence that has been sleeping for the last 2 games.
Look for Auston Matthews to be more aggressive tonight, but also look for Dustin Byfuglien to be extra physical.
Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup
Auston Matthews – 16 points (10 goals 6 assists) 53% on Face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 14 points (4 goals 10 assists)
John Tavares – 11 points (6 goals 5 assists) 49% on face-offs
Mitch Marner – 12 points (4 goals 8 assists)
Mark Scheifle –9 points (4 goals 5 assists) 47% faceoffs
Kyle Connor– 8 points (4 goal 4 assists)
Blake Wheeler– 7 points (2 goal 5 assist)
Josh Morrisey– 7 points (1 goal 6 assists)
4-3-0 2.75GAA .910SV%
4-2-1 2.84GAA .909SV%
Lineups & Injuries
Kasperi Kapanen – Auston Matthews – Patrick Marleau
Mitch Marner – John Tavares– Zach Hyman
Pars Lindholm – Nazem Kadri – Connor Brown
Andreas Johnsson – Frederik Gauthier – Josh Leivo
Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov
Scratched: Tyler Ennis, Justin Holl & Martin Marincin
Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)
Patrik Laine – Mark Scheifle – Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor – Bryan Little– Nikolaj Ehlers
Andrew Copp– Adam Lowry – Brandon Tanev
Brendan Lemieux – Jack Roslovic – Matthieu Perrault
Josh Morissey – Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot – Dustin Byfuglien
Joe Morrow – Tyler Myers
4 Keys to Winning against Winnipeg:
- Stay Out of the Box
- The Jets own the 4th best Powerplay in the league, they will burn you.
- Win faceoffs
- Winnipeg is not a great faceoff team. Win more faceoffs the more time you will have with the puck.
- Something has got to give with Nazem Kadri, so far he has been held goal-less this season and he is what drives that 3rd Need to find a way to get him going.
- Force the Jets to take penalties
- 2nd best powerplay in the league and with the offence seemingly drying up over the past 2 games, this is the perfect place to kick start it.