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Leafs look to put stranglehold on division lead with series sweep over Jets

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Photo credit:James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Maxwell
1 year ago
This game has all the makings for a bloodbath.
A couple of “dirty” plays from the Leafs in response have apparently sent the Jets into a bit of a frenzy, mostly noted with Paul Maurice not even giving the credit of being a tough and dirty team, just a “poorer” team, although I still don’t quite get what he means by that. Some of the Leafs took offense to that, and defended their plays, and here we are now.
That said, you probably shouldn’t go into this game expecting the Leafs to mess everyone up. Their roster makeup has always been a “make you pay by scoring” kind of team, so if the Leafs really want to follow up on that mantra, they might wanna make it a blowout. But this is also where guys like Wayne Simmonds and Nick Foligno really show their worth, so what they add to what has been an oddly chaotic series will be interesting to see.
That’s not the only note for this game, as the Leafs will look to really bury the Jets in the standings to secure first place in the division. The Leafs win, and the Jets are behind by 8 points with only nine games to go. The Jets win, and they’re four points behind. The Leafs will probably win the division regardless, but they can make things a whole lot easier for them with a win tonight.

Tale of the Tape

Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs
LWCRWForwards

NICK FOLIGNO
Rating: 72.5#61 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.3#6 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 76.6#18 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.14#8 FL1

ALEX GALCHENYUK
Rating: 70.8#115 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#6 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 C

WAYNE SIMMONDS
Rating: 70.2#112 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.70#17 FL3

JOE THORNTON
Rating: 72.3#74 LW

ADAM BROOKS

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.4#126 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.84#18 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. BRODIE
Rating: 74.2#27 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.76#16 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.1#17 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.0#61 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#13 DL2

RASMUS SANDIN
Rating: 72.3#69 LD

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 71.7#83 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.98#14 DL3
Winnipeg Jets
LWCRWForwards

KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 79.5#5 LW

MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 76.8#19 C

BLAKE WHEELER
Rating: 76.3#22 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.55#6 FL1

PAUL STASTNY
Rating: 74.8#36 LW

PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
Rating: 74.6#38 C

NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Rating: 75.7#20 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.03#5 FL2

MATHIEU PERREAULT
Rating: 71.1#96 LW

ANDREW COPP
Rating: 72.5#60 C

MASON APPLETON
Rating: 69.5#123 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.05#22 FL3

JANSEN HARKINS

NATE THOMPSON
Rating: 69.4#145 C

TREVOR LEWIS
Rating: 70.1#114 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.77#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

JOSH MORRISSEY
Rating: 74.1#29 LD

TUCKER POOLMAN
Rating: 71.6#74 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.82#26 DL1

DEREK FORBORT
Rating: 70.5#109 LD

NEAL PIONK
Rating: 75.3#20 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.92#17 DL2

LOGAN STANLEY

DYLAN DEMELO
Rating: 71.8#69 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.76#18 DL3

Leafs Starting Goalie: Jack Campbell

After a rough stretch that saw him lose three in a row and have six sub-.900 save percentage performances in nine games, Campbell rebounded quite nicely on Thursday with a 34 saves and a .919 save percentage in the Leafs 5-3 win over Winnipeg, especially after the rough start to that game he had. So, it should be no surprise that he gets to add to that performance with the start tonight, and with a .919 save percentage on the season now, it seems like he’s regressed from a hot start and should at least provide consistent goaltending from here on out.

Jets Starting Goalie: Connor Hellebuyck

Speaking of rebounding, Hellebuyck will also be looking to improve on a really bad start that saw him get pulled 12 minutes in after allowing three goals on six shots. He apparently didn’t agree with the early pull, so he’ll be looking to prove Paul Maurice wrong and have a strong outing against the Leafs with a chance at winning the division on the line.
You can catch the game on Sportsnet tonight, and since it’s Saturday, it should be no surprise that it’s a 7pm start time.

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