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JNGD.S8.G10 Flight Plan: All Eyes On Winnipeg

Last year the hockey world got to take a better look at the Winnipeg Jets than they ever had before as a run to the Western Conference Final put them into the prime time spotlight of national TV not only in Canada, but in the US as well. Tonight the Jets make their return to that spotlight in an all-Canadian marquee matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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It’s the only such all-Canadian game that will be featured on NBCSN this season (until the Stanley Cup that is where these two clubs shall almost inevitably meet again) and for good reason as the Jets boast (or at least we think they boast, we’re still not sure yet this season) a young, fast high scoring team. The same can be said for the Leafs who came out of the gate on all kinds of fire but have cooled off in the last few games.

Toronto Maple Leafs (6-3-0 / 1st Atlantic)
@
Winnipeg Jets (6-2-1 / 3rd Central)

October 24, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg MB
TV: Sportsnet & NBCSN – Radio: TSN 1290

vs STL: 4-1 Loss Last Game vs STL: 5-4 OTW
3-2-0 (2 L) Last 5 Games 4-0-1 (3 W)
Auston Matthews – 10 Goal Leader Three Players – 4
Morgan Rielly – 10 Assist Leader Josh Morrissey – 6
Auston Matthews – 16 Points Leader Mark Scheifele – 9
37.50% (2nd) The Power Play 32% (4th)
84% (6th) The Penalty Kill 82.35% (Tied 8th)
Frederik Andersen
(4-3-0 / .910 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(4-2-1 / .909 Sv%)
L vs STL (21-24 / .875 Sv%) Last Goalie Start OTW vs STL (30-34 / .882 Sv%)
4-0-0 on Road Road v Home Record 5-0-1 @ Home

Jets Notebook

  • This is the last game of a six game home stand that has seen the Jets collect points in each game so far. This is also the start of five straight games against three different Eastern Conference opponents: tonight against the Leafs, Friday in Detroit against the Red Wings, Saturday in Toronto and then off to Finland for two against the Florida Panthers.
  • Mark Scheifele’s four point night on Monday – two goals and two assists – was his third such game of his career.
  • Milestone watches: Tonight is Tyler Myers’ 200th game with the Winnipeg Jets. Dustin Byfuglien is one point shy of 500 for his career.
  • Connor Hellebuyck has yet to lose against the Leafs. He has a 2-0-1 records with a .918 save percentage in four appearances against the Buds. Bryan Little leads the team in scoring when it comes to the facing the Leafs as he has 10 goals and 27 points in 28 games against Toronto.
  • The Jets are 6-0-0 when Blake Wheeler has a point in the game. They are 0-2-1 when he doesn’t register on the scoresheet.
  • Ben Chiarot’s two goals on the season matches his career high that he set twice over the last two seasons. He also leads Jets defensemen in hits with 16. We are all witness to the “Year Of Chiarot” (Or maybe not, but if we are, we’re trademarking that phrase)
  • The Jets mixed up their lines on Monday against the Blues, partly due to necessity thanks to a major and game misconduct given to Brandon Tanev and partly to get some offense going for the club. The most interesting of which was putting Patrik Laine on the top line with Blake Wheeler and Mark Schiefele. That line again was given time on Tuesday’s practice and will likely see action together tonight.
  • No major injury news for the Jets. Blake Wheeler did take a ‘personal day’ on Wednesday but is expected in the lineup tonight

Maple Leafs Notebook

  • Auston Matthews started out on fire this season but has cooled off a bit lately as he’s gone goal-less in his last three games and without a point completely in the last two.
  • Nazem Kadri has outright struggled this season going goal-less in his first nine games. Kadri had scored 32 in each of the previous two seasons played.
  • William Nylander still remains without a contract and as you can imagine with the Leafs recent two game slump, Toronto fans have handled this impasse very reasonably.

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  • The Leafs as well have no major injury concerns going into tonight’s game

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

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Rating: 80.7#5 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 81.8#10 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 79.6#10 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.70#5 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.5#22 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 74.0#65 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.2#29 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.24#11 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.6#89 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 74.6#57 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.9#90 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.36#14 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 72.8#64 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.3#140 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.6#34 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.88#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.9#25 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.4#17 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.15#13 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 70.9#101 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.1#6 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.01#5 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.0#99 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.4#27 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.19#3 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 76.7#11 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.8#63 G2

Toronto Maple Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 71.9#84 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 81.1#13 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.5#19 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.84#22 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.8#43 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 85.5#5 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.0#63 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.44#3 FL2
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 73.6#76 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.1#35 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.8#92 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.81#2 FL3
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.5#47 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 70.5#160 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.8#46 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.59#5 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 78.9#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.3#41 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.12#14 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.1#20 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.8#85 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.45#16 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.7#40 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 72.6#54 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.17#4 DL3
GOALIES
Frederik Andersen
FREDERIK ANDERSEN

Rating: 74.6#19 G1

Garret Sparks
GARRET SPARKS

Rating: 69.3#54 G2

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