As the Leafs prepare to take on their new-division-rival Jets, there’s a lot of moving parts to this game. Toronto has seen a bit of recent poor performance in net, after newly acquired David Rittich hasn’t been great, and as Jack Campbell falls a bit back down to Earth. Certainly one of the main hopes for Sheldon Keefe tonight is that the team gets some quality backstopping.
Another storyline is that as the Leafs fall, the Jets fly, up/down the standings that is. This is the first of three remaining games that Toronto has against the second place team in the North division, that being the Winnipeg Jets.
The last angle is that the Leafs’ highlight trade deadline acquisition in Nick Foligno will play his first game for Toronto tonight, and he’ll be getting quite the opportunity to shine.

Tale of the Tape

Leafs Lines

As mentioned, Nick Foligno draws into the team tonight and gets to play on the first line with Matthews and Marner. Foligno certainly won’t be able to complain about a lack of opportunity here in Toronto.
Another couple of important line notes: Zach Bogosian left the contest against Vancouver with an injury and is out for a little while, so Travis Dermott draws back in to join the guy who replaced him, Rasmus Sandin, on the bottom pairing.
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Lastly, Ilya Mikheyev is a game-time decision due to an undisclosed injury, and if he does have to sit, expect Pierre Engvall to slot into his place.
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

WAYNE SIMMONDS
Rating: 70.2#112 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 C

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.70#19 FL3

JOE THORNTON
Rating: 72.3#74 LW

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#16 DL3

Jets Lines

The trade deadline for the Jets was a bit disappointing, as they desperately needed a significant contributor on the back-end to shore up their lineup, but they could only manage to acquire another depth defender in Jordie Benn.
In positive news for Winnipeg, they expect to get Captain Blake Wheeler back into the lineup after he missed a few weeks with a concussion.

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
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PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
Rating: 74.6#38 C

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

ANDREW COPP
Rating: 72.5#60 LW

ADAM LOWRY
Rating: 69.2#149 C

MASON APPLETON
Rating: 69.5#123 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.44#27 FL3

MATHIEU PERREAULT
Rating: 71.1#96 LW

NATE THOMPSON
Rating: 69.4#145 C

TREVOR LEWIS
Rating: 70.1#114 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.20#24 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

JORDIE BENN
Rating: 70.9#101 LD

DYLAN DEMELO
Rating: 71.8#69 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.32#24 DL3

Goalies

The Leafs will go with Jack Campbell in their net, while Winnipeg goes with Vezina-candidate Connor Hellebuyck.

Where to Tune In

This contest will be aired on Sportsnet at 7 p.m. Eastern time. I look forward to watching it with you all!