Game Day Preview: Maple Leafs @ Jets

Posted by Ezra Ginsburg in Game Previews,Winnipeg Jets on February 7, 2013 — 2 Comments

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When: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. CST

Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Records: Winnipeg Jets (4-4-1 – 9th in East), Toronto Maple Leafs (5-5-0 – 7th in East)

Television/Radio:  TSN-JETS, LEAFS TV/ TSN 1290

The Story: The Winnipeg Jets host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7:00 p.m. CST, TSN-JETS, TSN 1290) the day after sending 2011 1st round draft pick Mark Scheifele back to the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts.

The Jets will look to build on Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Florida Panthers tonight against a Maple Leafs team which has won four of five games on the road this season. Toronto is currently without the services of Left Winger Joffrey Lupul who suffered a fractured forearm in late January. Lupul had a career year last season (67 points in 66 games) and was rewarded by his team before he suffered an injury with a 5 year, $26.5 million contract.

The Leafs are coming off a 3-2 road victory over the bottom-dwelling Washington Capitals, highlighted by a two-goal performance from American forward James van Riemsdyk. With injuries to mainstay defencemen Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner, Toronto Head Coach Randy Carlyle has relied on career AHLer Mike Kostka and 24-year-old German defenceman Korbinian Holzer, who scored his first career NHL goal on Tuesday night.

Jets d-man Dustin Byfuglien will miss his fourth straight game with a lower body injury (day-to-day) which means rookie defenceman Zach Redmond will start his fourth consecutive game.

Today’s game is the first of three meetings between the Jets and Maple Leafs this year. The two teams will meet next on Tuesday, March 12th in Winnipeg (7:00 p.m. CST). The third and final meeting of the season is in Toronto on Saturday, March 16th (6:00 p.m. CST).

Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start in goal for the Jets tonight.

Follow @IllegalCurve on Twitter leading up to tonight’s game.

Projected Jets line combinations (subject to change* before game time):
*as of Jets skate this morning, there are no expected lineup changes.

Goalie:

Ondrej Pavelec

Forwards:

1st: Evander Kane- Olli Jokinen- Blake Wheeler

2nd:  Andrew Ladd- Alexander Burmistrov- Bryan Little

3rd:  Alexei Ponikarovsky – Nikolai Antropov- Kyle Wellwood

4th:  James Wright- Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn

Defence:

Tobias Enstrom- Ron Hainsey

Mark Stuart- Paul Postma

Grant Clitsome- Zach Redmond

Offensive Leaders:

Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri (3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points), James van Riemsdyk (6 goals, 1 assist, 7 points), Matt Frattin (5 goals, 2 assists, 7 points)

Winnipeg JetsTobias Enstrom (2 goals, 10 assists, 12 points), Blake Wheeler (4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points), Andrew Ladd (3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points)

Injury Report:

Toronto Maple Leafs: Carl Gunnarsson (groin), Joffrey Lupul (forearm), Mike Brown (shoulder), Jake Gardiner (concussion)

Winnipeg JetsZach Bogosian (wrist), Antti Miettinen (upper body), Dustin Byfuglien (lower body)

Who’s Next:  The Jets hit the road to play the Ottawa Senators this Saturday, February 9th (1:00 p.m. CST) and then return home for three straight games: versus Philadelphia Flyers (Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. CST), versus Pittsburgh Penguins (Friday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. CST) and versus Boston Bruins (Sunday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. CST)

QUICKIES…..Nik Antropov has the best Plus/Minus on the Jets at +2…..

  • masterjuddi

    Pumped for the game tonight. Ill be in attendance and cant wait to hiss at Leaf fans. Somethings been bugging me with Jets new lately. I listen/read/follow a lot of Jets news and the overall reaction from the 3-2 win the other night has been negative. I know it wasn’t the most exciting game, but as fans are we starting to get on our team when they win an ugly one? I heard a quote from Jim Ralph who covers the Leafs said the Toronto fans are “reactive not proactive” when referring to the Leafs fans at home. Basically meaning they need to be impressed before they cheer. Is this what the Winnipeg media and fans want? We need to avoid this all together. cheer for hockey…say something positive about a 3-2 win and don’t focus on the negative. NOTE: the Leafs are 1-4 at home

    thoughts?

  • http://twitter.com/ICdave David Minuk

    It is a tough call. It was without a doubt an ugly game on Tuesday. Having said that, a win is a win. Those that cover the team have to cover all aspects of the game, so this requires focusing on the things you do well as much as you focus on the things that went wrong. Even when you win, there might be more negative things to focus on than positive.

    In Winnipeg, fans are getting past the notion that they need to cheer to demonstrate support and to solidify the notion the city deserves to be in the NHL. Fans are going to reward the team for good play and boo them for the mistakes.

    To your point about needing to be impressed before cheering, it would be nice to see fans a bit more animated to start the game. If the team comes out flat, 15,004 cheering fans could be quite the boost.