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Preview: Maple Leafs host Jets in the second game of a home-and-home series

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The Jets drop in on the Maple Leafs tonight.

Winnipeg Jets v Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets: Game #11

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: The centre of the universe.

Broadcast/Streaming: HNIC on CBC TV or CBC.ca, Rogers NHL Live free game, Sportsnet 360

Opponent SBNation Site: Arctic Ice Hockey

The Toronto Maple Leafs will travel to an arena in order to face off against the Winnipeg Jets. Coming off last game, it’s all the more important for the Leafs to put in a good showing and try to build some winning momentum — but we know the Jets will be saying the same.

The Leafs lost two in a row last week, so the sky has already fallen, and there’s blue and white everywhere. Now, no matter what happens, things can only continue to get better, but not less blue or white.

Maple Leafs

From Friday’s practice

Forward Lines

Patrick Marleau - Auston Matthews - Kasperi Kapanen
Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Par Lindholm - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis - Frederik Gauthier - Josh Leivo

Defence Pairings

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin - Igor Ozhiganov

Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen - starter
Garret Sparks

Winnipeg Jets

From Friday

Forward Lines

Nikolaj Ehlers - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor - Bryan Little - Patrik Laine
Andrew Copp - Adam Lowry - Brandon Tanev
Brendan Lemieux - Jack Roslovic - Mathieu Perreault

Defence Pairings

Josh Morrissey - Jake Trouba
Ben Chiarot - Dustin Byfuglien
Dmitry Kulikov - Tyler Myers

Goaltenders

Connor Hellebuyck - assumed starter
Laurent Brossoit


Martin Marincin and Igor Ozhiganov are back as Travis Dermott is still sick. He skated this morning, but is not expected to play. With Tyler Ennis in the lineup, he and Gardiner will be in their 500th game in the NHL, something you might hear once or a thousand times on the broadcast.

The Jets played last night and squeaked out a win against the Red Wings in an uninspiring fashion, so they might be a bit tired.

The Leafs put down a classic Leafs win against the Jets earlier in the week, and all they need to do is repeat that and this whole road vs home theorizing can end forever.

One thing we know, there will be a lot of shots and a team in blue and white will win this.