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JNGD.78 Flight Plan: Jets Aim to Tune Up Against Leafs

Today marks what could be a potential matchup in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Jets face the Maple Leafs for the second and last time this season. Last time they played the Leafs won 7-2.

The next few games for the Jets are important because their magic number for clinching home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs is at 3.

Winnipeg Jets (47-20-10)
@
Toronto Maple Leafs (47-24-7)

March 31, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Air Canada Center – Toronto, ON.
TV: CBC, Sportsnet – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The Jets are coming off a 6-2 loss against the Blackhawks where they faced the backup of the backup’s backup. This was the Jets first loss in 6 games, so a flat night can happen once in a while.

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Jacob Trouba will re-enter the lineup as well tonight which means Tucker Poolman will be out. Let’s hope Trouba can stay healthy for balance of the season.

Eric Comrie stayed the night in Chicago, giving Connor Hellebuyck the night off. Hellebuyck is getting the nod in net tonight, while Comrie will dress as backup. Michael Hutchinson is still putting in some work with the Manitoba Moose and could be back next week as could Steve Mason.

Recently for the Maple Leafs…

The Leafs played against the Islanders last night and beat the Islanders 5-4. The Leafs are the other Canadian team to make the playoffs.

Mitch Marner has 15 points in his last game and has really become another force for the Leafs.

What MapleLeafsNation is saying…

The Leafs are kinda in the same position the Jets are in… Playoffs clinched and their position is all but locked down, so what do they spend the last handful of games “playing for”? TLN asked that very question and Megan Kim is ready for them to tune up:

Use it as a tune-up. You know you’re in, now’s the time to tweak things here and there, AND you get the luxury of giving guys a rest if they need it. You want to be as healthy as possible going into the playoffs, and while we’re at it — get Freddie a breather too. You don’t want to limp into the playoffs obviously, but it’s not the worst idea to conserve energy here.

Recently between both teams…

The Jets have fared well against the Leafs in the past while. They are 8-1-2 against the Leafs. However, the Jets will look to make up for their 7-2 loss against Toronto with a win tonight.

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Patrik Laine scored 5 goals against the Jets last year and will try to make that a trend tonight against the Leafs again.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

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Rating: 77.5#16 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

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Rating: 81.3#11 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 82.6#3 RW

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.5#17 LW

Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 75.1#53 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 84.5#2 RW

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 76.2#44 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 70.9#164 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 74.9#57 RW

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.2#91 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 74.2#41 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.8#48 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.8#70 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.4#47 RD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 72.2#127 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.2#12 RD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 71.9#147 LD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 72.7#108 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 73.6#24 G1

Eric Comrie
ERIC COMRIE

Rating: 71.1#44 G2

Toronto Maple Leafs Lines

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.5#108 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.1#7 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 77.4#15 RW

Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.5#36 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.2#29 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 75.7#49 RW

James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 79.0#10 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.7#77 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 71.1#71 RW

Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 72.7#55 LW

Dominic Moore
DOMINIC MOORE

Rating: 69.8#187 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 71.6#60 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 77.0#35 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.5#118 RD

Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.4#38 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 72.9#103 RD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.0#67 LD

Connor Carrick
CONNOR CARRICK

Rating: 72.3#123 RD

Frederik Andersen
FREDERIK ANDERSEN

Rating: 75.8#10 G1

Curtis McElhinney
CURTIS MCELHINNEY

Rating: 69.0#58 G2

Gameday Prediction

I think the Jets feel completely different than at the start of the season. The Leafs have similar depth as the Jets, but I still think the Jets prevail in the amount of offensive firepower they have. Jets win 5-4.


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