JNGD 1 / Lines And Notes: Jets Open Up The Season Against The Leafs

It’s finally here. Hope springs eternal and the 2017-18 season opens up tonight as the Toronto Maple Leafs pay a visit to Bell MTS Place

Time for Laine v Matthews III!

Jets regular season game #1

Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-0)
Winnipeg Jets (0-0-0)

October 4, 2017 – Puck drop: 6:05 PM CST – Bell MTS Place
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: TSN 1260

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Winnipeg Jets Lines & Notes

Lines Courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com

  • The Jets ended the 2017 preseason with the league’s best power play for whatever that’s worth. They scored 13 times in the 44 chances they had with the man advantage for a 29.5% rate.
  • The Thrashers/Jets franchise has always had a bit of a hit or miss run of opening at home, winning 3 of the six the team has had in Winnipeg and before that going 5-4-2 during their time in Atlanta.
  • Steve Mason starts for the Jets tonight in goal as he makes his regular season debut. He has a career 4-6-2 record with an .876 save percentage in 13 games played against them.

Toronto Maple Leafs Lines & Notes

Lines courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com

  • Toronto record against the Jets over the last five games will be 2-2-1 and over the last 10 games went 2-5-3. Last season, the Leafs posted a 10-10-8 record.
  • Last season the Leafs power play was led by William Nylander with 26 power play points as well as Nazem Kadri who scored 12 of his 32 goals were scored with the man advantage.
  • Frederik Andersen starts tonight for the Leafs. In seven career games against the Thrashers/Jets franchise, he is 5-0-1 with an .890 save percentage.

  • FishWhiskey

    Babcock has Marleau, Kadri and Komarov as his third line and Maurice is going with Matthias, Lowry and Armia? Meanwhile Connor goes to the Moose and Petan sits in the Press box? No mystery why Babs wins Stanley Cups and PoMo has nothing to show for 20 years in the league but the chance to have the distinction of being the losing-est coach in NHL history. PoMo is only a few games away from the record and his player usage suggests he is going for broke to get his name in the books.

    • Paul from NZ

      Agree. Hope we win as have the better team. But add to this, Laine and Sheifele on separate lines after combining for 9 points in the pre-season game they played together?

    • Paul from NZ

      “It’s one of the reasons the lines ended up the way that they did,” Maurice said. “I didn’t love Ehlers and [Patrik Laine] playing together on the wings with either center when it wasn’t going, you had two really, really young guys.

      “Nik’s game meant that I don’t feel I have two young guys on that line, even though their age tells me that they are. Nik and Bryan have a lot of veteran in their game now and Patty clearly, on the right, had a pretty good exhibition. We like it.”

      Suggest this attitude drives line deployement quite a lot

    • I totally agree with your comment about the poor use of personal. The Jets talent will win games but Maurice’s poor choices and lack of addressing their most glaring problems will keep them a mediocre team instead of a cup contender. Wait until Hendricks is healthy then Maurice can sit Dano, or Copp with Petan and make the 3rd and 4th lines even more slow and talent-less.

  • JN

    I hope we can start the Maurice count down now and is it time to start thinking about the draft. I sure hope not but that was pathetic. Yup, lets sit the talent and let the stone-hands give it a try. It also looks like goal tending will be another big problem this year. It is very doubtful they can win with Mason and Hellebuyck.
    When will Jets ownership wake up? Maurice is one of the worst coaches (check his record) ever in the NHL, so lets reward his dismal record with an extension. Brilliant. The fans deserve better than a loser like him.