After dropping the first half of this two-game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets reflected on their recent defeat Friday and are now looking to return to their winning ways during this Saturday night showdown.
With Winnipeg losing Thursday’s contest, they’ve now lost consecutive games in regulation twice this season, although this team hasn’t lost more than two games in a row all year long. Considering the Jets have averaged four goals in games after losing two straight, there’s a pretty good chance this showdown will feature plenty of scoring, which should make for great entertainment.
Here are three storylines that could impact the Jets’ ninth game of the season against the Maple Leafs:

1. Adam Lowry Unavailable Saturday 

After taking a hit to the head during Thursday night’s contest, forward @Adam Lowry went straight to the dressing room and didn’t return for the remainder of the game. Less than 48 hours later, coach Paul Maurice revealed the 28-year-old didn’t suffer a concussion, however, he still isn’t feeling 100 percent and will be kept out of action as a precaution.
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With Lowry on the mend, teammate @Andrew Copp will slide over to center, as he did last game, and will skate alongside linemates @Mason Appleton and @Mathieu Perreault on the third line. As for who’ll fill Perreault’s spot on the fourth line, forward @Jansen Harkins will jump back into the lineup, preparing for his 19th game of the season.

2. Ice Packs For Everyone Post Game 

While both Winnipeg and Toronto rank outside the top-15 in hits this season, neither of them have shied away from throwing the body around recently, allowing things to become extremely chippy during their latest meeting. Whether it was @Pierre-Luc Dubois driving hard to the net, some dirty headshots from forwards @Alex Galchenyuk and @Joe Thornton or a hit from behind on defenseman @Josh Morrissey, it’s become very clear these two teams aren’t too fond of each other.
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Based on veteran @Wayne Simmonds’ recent comments about needing to defend themselves from being bullied in the hits department, it seems this Saturday night contest could feature plenty of physicality through all three periods. Even though fighting has essentially been removed from the game, that certainly doesn’t mean this matchup won’t feature at least one or two dust-ups, especially if the officials decide to swallow the whistles once again.

3. Logan Stanley Returns 

Following defenseman @Jordie Benn’s disappointing debut Thursday, which saw him earn a -2 rating, the Jets’ coaching staff has chosen to reinsert rookie @Logan Stanley into the lineup ahead of this rematch against the Maple Leafs. As a result, the towering 6′ 7″ blueliner will be reunited with veteran @Dylan DeMelo on the third defensive pairing and he’ll look to help his team improve its performance in the defensive zone.
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Since Maurice is still planning to utilize a three-player rotation involving the sixth defenseman spot, chances are Benn and @Ville Heinola will return to the lineup at some point in the near future. Having said that, if Stanley impresses during this primetime showdown, then perhaps he’ll receive the bulk of playing time down the stretch and potentially into the playoffs as well.

Lineups:

Winnipeg Jets:
LWCRW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 79.5#5 LW
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 76.8#19 C
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Rating: 76.3#22 RW
Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY
Rating: 74.8#36 LW
Pierre-Luc Dubois
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
Rating: 74.6#38 C
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Rating: 75.7#20 RW
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Rating: 71.1#96 LW
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Rating: 72.5#60 C
Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON
Rating: 69.5#123 RW
Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON
Rating: 69.4#145 C
Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS
Rating: 70.1#114 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Rating: 74.1#29 LD
Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN
Rating: 71.6#74 RD
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT
Rating: 70.5#109 LD
Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK
Rating: 75.3#20 RD
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN
Rating: 70.9#101 LD
Dylan DeMelo
DYLAN DEMELO
Rating: 71.8#69 RD
Toronto Maple Leafs: 
LWCRW
Nick Foligno
NICK FOLIGNO
Rating: 72.5#61 LW
Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.3#6 C
Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER
Rating: 76.6#18 RW
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK
Rating: 70.8#115 LW
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 RW
Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 LW
Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 C
Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS
Rating: 70.2#112 RW
Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON
Rating: 72.3#74 LW
Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.4#126 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 75.3#14 LD
T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE
Rating: 74.2#27 RD
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.1#17 LD
Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.0#61 RD
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Rasmus Sandin
RASMUS SANDIN
Rating: 72.3#69 LD
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 71.7#83 RD

Where to Watch/Listen:

The puck will drop at 6 pm CT, yes, it’s another national game, and will be available on CBC/SN along with 680 CJOB.