Are completing their three-game road trip, the Winnipeg Jets are back at the Canada Life Centre for an intriguing matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tonight’s game between the Jets and Leafs will start a little bit earlier than usual. The opening puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m. central time (7:00 p.m. eastern time).
The Jets return to Winnipeg after completing a tough road trip that contained three games over four nights.
Winnipeg finished their first road trip of this season with a 1-2-0 record. On Thursday night, in the final game of the trip, the Jets allowed four first period goals to the Golden Knights en route to a 5-2 loss.
The Maple Leafs were also in action on Thursday night as they hosted the Dallas Stars in Toronto. In this matchup that pitted the Roberston brothers against each other, younger brother, Nick got the upper hand as he scored twice including netting the overtime winner in Toronto’s 3-2 win over the Stars. That win now gives the Leafs a 3-2-0 record to start their season.
Will tonight’s matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs follow the same storylines as last season?
Last year, these games between the Jets and Leafs turned into heated contests. The home team won both of these games, but in the two games between these sides, there was a combined total of 114 penalty minutes.
The Maple Leafs are bolstering up for this game as both Wayne Simmonds and Kyle Clifford will make their season debuts for Toronto tonight. Clifford has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL), and in a subsequent move, the Leafs sent down Filip Král to the AHL.
It is interesting to note that the Jets are on home ice for the second time this season and the Leafs are on the road for only their second time. The Jets won their lone home game, while the Leafs lost their lone away game.
Winnipeg Jets Injury News
Yesterday, the Jets retroactively placed Nikolaj Ehlers on the Injured Reserve, as of October 18, and they recalled Dominic Toninato from the Manitoba Moose.
Jets’ defenseman, Dylan Samberg, missed the game in Vegas due to a lower-body injury, but the Jets are hopeful that Samberg can return to the lineup for tonight’s game.
Where to Catch the Game
TV: CBC, CITY, SNO, SNW, SNP
Radio: 680 CJOB
Livestream: CBC Sports APP, ESPN+, NHL.tv
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Besides this Hockey Night in Canada match, there will be 12 other games on today’s NHL schedule with the first game starting at noon central time between the Bruins and Wild.
After their game versus the Leafs, the Jets will complete this two-game homestand on Monday night when they have a central division matchup against the St. Louis Blues.