Jets vs Leafs 033122 Pre-game notes and betting odds

The Winnipeg Jets are coming off a 3-2 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres. This is the first time since early January that they’ve owned a three-game winning streak (Dec. 19 – Jan. 4).

To be honest, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck’s impressive performance led the way, as he posted a .946 save percentage, proving to be the difference-maker.

Captain Blake Wheeler scored the shootout-winner with some magic hands, which led to a bit of a debate about whether or not his movement stopped during the shootout. Personally, I think the right call was made.

Watch it yourself and let us know if you think it’s good or not. (Jump to 2:27 for Wheeler’s shootout goal)

On the betting front, I was unsuccessful and went 1-for-6 on the night. Still, I’d rather this outcome than a Jets loss. Hopefully, we can watch the team win four straight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

What You Need to Know About the Jets

Recently, the Jets have been playing pretty well and have been picking up crucial wins. Over their last 10 games, they’ve performed to a  7-3-0 record. In total, this club features a 33-25-10 record and are just two points back of the Vegas Golden Knights for the final wild-card spot.

There’s no confirmation yet, although it appears that Hellebuyck will make both starts in this back-to-back series. Thus far, he’s posted a 24-23-9, a 2.94 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage this season.

Winnipeg is likely to use the same line combinations as they did against the Sabres, so they’ll be without Cole Perfetti (upper body), Kyle Connor (COVID-19) and Nate Schmidt (COVID-19).

You’ll want to watch Pierre-Luc Dubois in this contest as he is looking for his 100th career NHL goal.

Veteran Adam Lowry leads the Jets with a 52.98 per cent face-off percentage, Josh Morrissey leads in average ice-time (23:35) per game and Dubois leads in power-play goals (13).

The last time the Jets and Maple Leafs met it was a wild one, Winnipeg ultimately won 6-3. In the last 10 matchups between these two clubs, the series is tied at 5-5.

What You Need to Know About the Leafs

The Maple Leafs are enjoying another successful season, as they’re entering with a 42-19-5 record and could play either the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of this year’s playoffs.

Rookie goaltender Erik Kallgren will start for the Maple Leafs on Thursday. In his short NHL career, he’s registered a 3-2-1 record, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

Toronto will be without Jake Muzzin (concussion), Jack Campbell (upper body), Ondrej Kase (head), Rasmus Sandin (lower body), Petr Mrazek (groin) and Ilya Lyubushkin (head).

All-Star Auston Matthews leads the Leafs in goals (49) and points (85), with Mitch Marner leading in assists (48).

Betting on Thursday’s Game

I’m betting with PointsBet and so should you!

Money Line: Jets win at +200.

Over/Under: Over 7.5 goals scored at +160.

Big Money: Matthews and Dubois both score at +2800.

Easy Money: Marner records over 1.5 points at +130.

Prop Bet: No empty-net goal scored at -294.

Parlay: Minnesota Wild ML, Colorado Avalanche ML, Los Angeles Kings ML at +706.

Good luck and happy betting!


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It’s Episode 25 of FlamesNation Radio! This week, Ryan and Shane dig deep and discuss the Calgary Flames post-deadline forward lines – with an intense fascination with the top lines and the roles Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm play.

Plus, a Hart Trophy contendership discussion, and which prospects the Flames should try out in the last few weeks of the season.

Listen to this episode and our archives on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and keep up to date with every episode!

Also be sure to check out FlamesNation Live with our pal Pat Steinberg, archived as a podcast on Spotify.

Abbotsford Canucks sign Vincent Arseneau to two-year extension

The Abbotsford Canucks have signed tough-guy Vincent Arsenau to a two-year contract extension, the club announced Thursday.

The 30-year-old has been in the Canucks organization dating back to 2017-18, and has appeared in 42 games with the Abby Canucks this season. In those games, he’s scored six goals and has matched his career-high in points, with 11.

This year, he’s racked up 66 PIM. According to hockeyfights.com, he’s fought four times this season.

“Vincent has played a substantial role in the culture we want as an organization here in Abbotsford.”, said Canucks General Manager Ryan Johnson. “He is a great example of a player who didn’t have the easy road, but found his way with resilience, courage and sacrifice. We have been fortunate to have him for parts of five seasons, and we are extremely excited to know he will be on the ice and in the community here in the Fraser Valley for 2 more years.”

Here’s some more info from the club’s press release:

While being a noticeable presence on the ice in Abbotsford during the team’s inaugural season, Arseneau has also made significant contributions to the Fraser Valley community off the ice. Most notably, when he led a large group of Canucks players and staff in the sandbagging efforts during the floods in Sumas Prairie this past November. When asked about his leadership during the disaster, Arseneau mentioned, “If we can save a house or save a business or help somebody, I think it was the main focus for us.”

A native of Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Arseneau won the 2012 Memorial Cup with the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes, for whom he served as an alternate captain. He also captured back-to-back Kelly Cups with the ECHL’s Allen Americans in 2015 and 2016, tying for ninth in the league in goals (eight) and ranking second in penalty minutes (55) during the 2016 postseason.


Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.


Red Wings squander late lead, lose 54 to Rangers in overtime

Well, at least they didn’t allow 11.

It would’ve been difficult for the Detroit Red Wings to sink much lower in the wake of their 11–2 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

While they still struggled at times to keep up with the New York Rangers on Wednesday, the Red Wings managed to take three one-goal leads in the game (including one in the third period).

Still, these are the 2021–22 Red Wings. Entering Wednesday’s action, the Red Wings had won just three of their last 15 games. Even after Adam Erne scored to make it 4–3 for Detroit with 14:04 to play, a Rangers tying goal felt inevitable.

The visitors really pushed for the equalizer in the final frame, outshooting the Red Wings 13–5 in the last 20 minutes. When Gustav Lindstrom took a high-sticking penalty at the 15:47 mark of the period, the Rangers took the opportunity to strike.

Chris Kreider led the Rangers with six shots in Wednesday’s game. He was all around Alex Nedeljkovic’s crease all night long and finally beat the 26-year-old goaltender on the late power play, banking the puck off Moritz Seider and right inside the far post.

Kreider, 30, entered 2021–22 having never scored more than 28 goals in a single season. Including his late game-tying tally against the Red Wings, Kreider now has 46 goals this year. (Yes, you read that right).

Michael Rasmussen, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Jakub Vrana also scored for the Red Wings in regulation on Wednesday. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced in the first 60 minutes.

Seider picked up a pair of primary helpers in the contest; with his secondary assist on Bertuzzi’s marker, Lucas Raymond became the 13th rookie in Red Wings history to score 50 points.

It didn’t take long for the Rangers to break the 4–4 deadlock in overtime. After the Red Wings mustered the first two shots of the extra frame, the Rangers took possession and managed to exploit Filip Hronek and Pius Suter on the rush to win the game.

New Ranger acquisition and Ann Arbor product Andrew Copp scored the deciding goal in OT off a give-and-go play with Artemi Panarin. Copp’s second as a Ranger and 15th of the season sealed the deal at the 1:34 mark of the extra period.

The Rangers’ winning goal came on their first shot of overtime. Through 61:34 in the game, the Red Wings were outshot 34–26.

Wednesday’s contest was the first for Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser since March 5. The 32-year-old rearguard extended his own personal point streak to three games with a nice secondary helper on Rasmussen’s goal in the first period.

In 44 games with the Red Wings this season, DeKeyser has seven points (all assists).

The Red Wings fell to 26–32–9 with the loss; the Rangers improved to 44–19–5. Up next at Little Caesars Arena: the Ottawa Senators (23–37–6) come to town for a date with the Wings on April Fools’ Day.


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Greiss returns to practice, Brattstrom reassigned to AHL

After missing a week of action, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss has returned to practice ahead of Friday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

Greiss, 36, made an early exit from Detroit’s game against the New York Islanders on March 24 after colliding with Oliver Wahlstrom during the second period.

In the days since Greiss suffered his injury, Calvin Pickard and Victor Brattstrom have served as backup to Alex Nedeljkovic.

Pickard sustained an injury of his own during Detroit’s 11–2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 27, forcing Brattstrom to step in as backup against the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

According to MLive‘s Ansar Khan, Greiss returned to practice for the Red Wings on Thursday. The German goaltender has a 8–11–1 record and a .885 save percentage in 25 games this season.

In a corresponding move, the Red Wings returned Brattstrom back to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

Brattstrom, 25, did not appear in any games with the Red Wings during his emergency recall and has yet to make his National Hockey League debut. The 6’4″ Swede has a 6–10–3 record and an .890 save percentage in 20 AHL appearances this year.

During Brattstrom’s first game as an NHL backup, the Red Wings fell to the Rangers in overtime by a 5–4 score. Expect Greiss to return to the Red Wings’ bench when the Ottawa Senators visit Little Caesars Arena on Friday afternoon.


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