After a 4-3 shootout loss at Minnesota Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.
Maple Leafs right winger Mitch Marner will miss his second consecutive game, dealing with an injury incurred during a practice collision with defenceman Jake Muzzin.
Marner has 21 points (6 G, 15 A) in 24 games this season.
With Marner out Saturday night in Minnesota, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe was juggling lines quite a bit. Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds were the most common wingers for Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting on the top line.
The defensive rotation looks like it will continue, with Timothy Liljegren expected to return to the lineup in place of Travis Dermott.
Joseph Woll will start in goal, the standard second half of a back-to-back situation for the Maple Leafs. Woll has won each of his first three starts, posting a .939 save percentage in the process.
Captain John Tavares leads the Maple Leafs in scoring with 25 points (11 G, 14 A) in 24 games. Auston Matthews scored the tying goal at Minnesota and leads the Leafs with 14 goals in 22 games.
Toronto enters Saturday’s contest with a 17-7-1 record, good for 35 points in 24 games. That has them tied with Florida for first place in the Atlantic Division, though the Maple Leafs have played one more game.
Here is the expected lineup for the Maple Leafs at Minnesota:
Bunting – Matthews – Simmonds/Spezza
Kerfoot – Tavares – Nylander
Engvall – Kampf – Kase
Ritchie – Spezza – Anderson
Rielly – Brodie
Muzzin – Holl
Sandin – Liljegren
The Winnipeg Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 8-4 on Friday. They had one win in their previous seven games.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler is still seeking his first goal of the season. Mark Scheifele had a hat trick against New Jersey, but had scored two goals before that.
Kyle Connor leads the Jets with 25 points (14 G, 11 A) in 23 games and Pierre-Luc Dubois is having a huge bounce-back season, with 20 points (11 G, 9 A) in games.
The Wild are 11-8-4, sitting in sixth place in the Central Division.
Here are expected lines for the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday:
Connor – Scheifele – Wheeler
Copp – Dubois – Ehlers
Stastny – Lowry – Vesalainen
Harkins – Toninato – Svechnikov
Morrissey – Schmidt
Dillon – Pionk
Stanley – DeMelo
Toronto Maple Leafs (+105) at Winnipeg Jets
Coming off Saturday’s game in Minnesota, the Maple Leafs are facing a rested Jets squad that has not been playing great. It might be a schedule loss but getting the Leafs at this price is not bad value. The over might be the preferable play in this one.
Watch on TSN and listen on TSN 1050 in Toronto.
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