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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

LW C RW Forwards
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

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.14#8 FL1
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

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#6 FL2
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

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.70#17 FL3
Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Adam Brooks
ADAM BROOKS
Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.84#18 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 74.2#27 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.76#16 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 72.0#61 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#13 DL2
Rasmus Sandin
RASMUS SANDIN

Rating: 72.3#69 LD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 71.7#83 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.98#14 DL3

Winnipeg Jets

LW C RW Forwards
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

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.55#6 FL1
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

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.03#5 FL2
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

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.05#22 FL3
Jansen Harkins
JANSEN HARKINS
Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON

Rating: 69.4#145 C

Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS

Rating: 70.1#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.77#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.1#29 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 71.6#74 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.82#26 DL1
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT

Rating: 70.5#109 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 75.3#20 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.92#17 DL2
Logan Stanley
LOGAN STANLEY
Dylan DeMelo
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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