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Three Storylines Heading into Jets Second Straight Game Against Maple Leafs

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Thomas Hall
1 year ago
Coming off a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets are now hoping to capture two consecutive wins against this same opponent, although accomplishing that feat certainly won’t be an easy task with the way last game ended.
Despite holding a 4-2 lead midway through the third period on Tuesday, Winnipeg was faced with an enormous amount of pressure late in regulation and they struggled mightily to play clean and effective in the defensive zone. But with goaltender @Connor Hellebuyck between the pipes, Toronto failed to score more than one goal before the final horn sounded, preventing them from winning the first game of this three-game series.
Here are three storylines that could impact the Jets’ third game of the season against the Maple Leafs:

1. Logan Stanley Draws into Lineup

After blocking a shot during Tuesday’s contest, the Jets were forced to place defenseman @Nathan Beaulieu on the injured reserve and he’s expected to be sidelined for at least the next two weeks. Needing someone to serve as an injury replacement, coach Paul Maurice has decided to promote rookie @Logan Stanley, who hasn’t played since Feb. 13, from the club’s practice squad and will position him alongside veteran @Dylan DeMelo on the third defensive pairing.
While Stanley admitted he’s a little nervous about appearing in his first game in nearly a month, this showdown against the Maple Leafs should provide him an opportunity to showcase his skills once again, especially since he’ll receive some playing time on the penalty kill. If the 22-year-old blueliner performs effectively on Thursday, then perhaps he’ll remain in the lineup moving forward until Beaulieu returns from his hand injury.

2. Jets Allowing Too Much Space in High-Danger Areas

Since the Maple Leafs pride themselves on being a quality over quantity shooting team, forcing them to the outside and limiting their scoring chances in the middle of the ice is one of the best ways to defend them. Unfortunately, the Jets struggled to defend in their own zone on Tuesday, allowing their opponent to generate 16 high-danger scoring chances during five-on-five situations.
In an effort to relieve some of the pressure on Hellebuyck, Winnipeg will need to clog up the middle of the ice much more effectively during the second game of this three-game series. But if they fail to achieve this goal once again, there’s a very strong chance Toronto will be able to create plenty of quality scoring chances for the second straight game, which could potentially lead to significantly more goals this time around.

3. Jets Aiming to Control Faceoff Circle 

With puck possession becoming a major aspect of today’s game, most teams across the league have made it a priority to excel on the faceoff dot and that’s something the Jets have somewhat struggled with so far this season, as they’re currently tied for the 11th-lowest faceoff percentage (48.5%) among all 31 teams. Considering the Maple Leafs currently sit in the top 10 in that department, they’ve been able to dominate in the faceoff circle and did exactly that on Tuesday night.
Along with creating a 59.1% overall faceoff percentage, Toronto controlled the faceoff circle in all three zones, resulting in a 52.9% offensive and neutral zone faceoff percentage, and a 66.7% defensive zone faceoff percentage. Digging deeper into these results, forwards @Mark Scheifele and @Pierre-Luc Dubois lost a combined 15 faceoffs during this matchup, meaning it’ll be crucial for both of them to find a way to bounce back on Thursday.

Lineups: 

Winnipeg Jets:
LWCRW

PAUL STASTNY
Rating: 74.8#36 LW

MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 76.8#19 C

BLAKE WHEELER
Rating: 76.3#22 RW

KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 79.5#5 LW

PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
Rating: 74.6#38 C

NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Rating: 75.7#20 RW

ANDREW COPP
Rating: 72.5#60 LW

ADAM LOWRY
Rating: 69.2#149 C

MASON APPLETON
Rating: 69.5#123 RW

MATHIEU PERREAULT
Rating: 71.1#96 LW

NATE THOMPSON
Rating: 69.4#145 C

TREVOR LEWIS
Rating: 70.1#114 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

JOSH MORRISSEY
Rating: 74.1#29 LD

TUCKER POOLMAN
Rating: 71.6#74 RD

DEREK FORBORT
Rating: 70.5#109 LD

NEAL PIONK
Rating: 75.3#20 RD

LOGAN STANLEY

DYLAN DEMELO
Rating: 71.8#69 RD
Toronto Maple Leafs: 
LWCRW

JOE THORNTON
Rating: 72.3#74 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.3#6 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 76.6#18 RW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 RW

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 LW

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 71.0#98 C

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.6#33 RW

JIMMY VESEY
Rating: 70.6#107 LW

TRAVIS BOYD
Rating: 70.4#124 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.4#126 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. BRODIE
Rating: 74.2#27 RD

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.1#17 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.0#61 RD

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 71.7#83 LD

ZACH BOGOSIAN
Rating: 71.4#76 RD

Where to watch/listen:

The puck will drop at 6 pm CT, again, and will be available on TSN 3 along with 680 CJOB.

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