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LGD: Win It In The ‘Peg

Good morning sports fans! It’s game day!

The Leafs somehow touched down in airport-less Winnipeg for a Wednesday night tilt against the Jets. The 6-2-1 Jets are a sliver ahead of the 6-3-0 Leafs in the standings, but the Leafs are a sliver ahead in Auston Matthews-having, which is fun.

Let’s get this show on the road.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 71.9#83 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 81.1#14 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.5#20 RW

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

Rating: 73.8#42 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 85.5#6 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.0#64 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.44#4 FL2
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 73.6#74 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.1#36 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.8#96 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.81#2 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 70.3#107 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 70.5#158 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.8#47 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.54#11 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 78.9#6 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.3#40 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
Martin Marincin
MARTIN MARINCIN

Rating: 70.9#98 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 72.6#52 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.77#13 DL3

 

No Travis tonight, unfortunately. Martin Maricin and Igor Ozhiganov are united on the third pairing for the first time this season. Meanwhile, Andreas Johnsson also heads back up to the press box, and Tyler Ennis slots back in.

Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 80.7#4 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 81.8#11 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 79.6#8 RW

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

Rating: 76.5#22 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 74.0#63 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.2#31 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.24#9 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.6#87 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 74.6#56 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.9#94 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.36#15 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 72.8#62 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.3#138 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.6#35 RW

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

Rating: 74.9#24 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.4#17 RD

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

Rating: 70.9#99 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.1#7 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.00#5 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.0#96 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.4#27 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.19#3 DL3

This just in: the Jets are good at hockey, and deep all around. They’re also completely healthy, which is more than the Leafs can say right now.

It’s worth noting, however, that John Tavares is not a Winnipeg Jet.

Goalies

One pretty boy

Versus one mean boy

Frederik Andersen and Julien from Trailer Park Boys duke it out between the pipes tonight. Andersen’s save percentage is up to .910 on the season now, in spite of a rocky start and a tough game against the Blues on Saturday night.

Connor Hellebuyck, meanwhile, is riding a .909 thus far after an outstanding 2017-18 campaign. Andersen better?

Notes

  • Auston Matthews has been held goalless in two consecutive games. Has he hit a wall?
  • John Tavares has been held goalless in five consecutive games. Has he hit a wall?
  • William Nylander hasn’t signed yet. Has he hit a wall?
  • Everybody calm down. The Leafs are gonna be fine.

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