Maple Leafs To Shake Mini-Slump With Win at Jets Wednesday

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:07 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 1:07 PM UTC

Should be a raucous crowd in Winnipeg on Wednesday night as the Jets welcome the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs for their lone visit of the season.

Toronto (6-3-0) at Winnipeg (6-2-1)Wednesday, 7 PM ET (NBC Sports Network)Free NHL Pick: Leafs MLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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It’s a Wednesday night NHL doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network, starting with the Maple Leafs visiting Winnipeg – the only two Canadian teams to make the playoffs last year -- and then the Lightning in Denver to face the Avalanche. My cohort Jimmy Murphy will have a preview of that one here at SBR.

These teams split last year, each winning on the road. They opened the 2017-18 season against one another in Winnipeg and the Maple Leafs rolled 7-2. Patrick Marleau had two goals, Nazem Kadri a goal and an assist, and Frederik Andersen 35 saves. Steve Mason started in net for the Jets and was pulled in the third after allowing the fifth goal. Connor Hellebuyck stopped nine of 11 shots in relief.

Late in the regular season, the Jets won 3-1 in Toronto. All four goals were in the second period. Hellebuyck was the No. 1 star with 28 saves. Marleau scored on the power play at 2:02 of the second for a 1-0 lead, but the Jets would score their three over about a nine-minute span.

Toronto enters in a bit of a funk, losing to Pittsburgh and St. Louis back-to-back at home by a combined score of 7-1. The Leafs had scored an NHL-high 33 goals in seven games to open the season. New addition John Tavares hasn't scored a goal in five straight games. Auston Matthews had at least two points in each of the first seven but none the past two. He still leads the league with 10 goals and 16 points. The Leafs are fourth in scoring and second on the power play but 21st in GAA (3.3 goals per game).

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What a goal! What a win!@JacobTrouba gets the @EASPORTSNHL OT winner!#GoJetsGo | #STLvsWPG pic.twitter.com/sKaLbUxIla

— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 23, 2018
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Jets Rally 3 Times vs. Blues

The Jets improved to 5-0-1 at home with Monday’s 5-4 overtime victory over St. Louis – this game wraps up a six-game homestand. Jacob Trouba’s first goal of the year at 2:54 of OT was the winner. It was the Jets’ 15th straight home game with at least a point.

Winnipeg was down 2-0 in the first, 3-1 entering the third and 4-3 with around two minutes left. Bryan Little tied it 4-4 with his third of the year at 18:20. Mark Scheifele was the No. 1 star with two goals and two assists – he leads the team with nine points.

Brandon Tanev was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding the Blues' Ryan O'Reilly. Tanev could be looking at a suspension; he has a goal and three assists on the year. Hellebuyck turned aside 30 of 34 shots. He is a 4-2-1 with a 2.83 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season. The Jets are ninth in the league in GAA (2.7 gpg).

  • Jets are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Maple Leafs are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Winnipeg.

The Jets have been amazing at home since last February, but we like the Leafs on a Wednesday NHL pick to end Winnipeg’s 15-game point streak there (all good things must end eventually). Toronto is 9-2 in its past 11 vs. the West, while the Jets are 3-7 in their past 10 following a win. Secondary lean to ‘over.’

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