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Game Day Preview: Maple Leafs @ Jets

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.


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.

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


Ondrej Pavelec


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


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…..