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Maple Leafs at Jets preview

Toronto can extend point streak to nine; Hellebuyck expected in goal for Winnipeg

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (22-14-5) at JETS (22-15-3)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, TSN4, NHL.TV


The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs seek to extend their point streak to nine games when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

Mason Marchment will make his NHL debut for Toronto, which won 4-1 against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and is 7-0-1 in its past eight. Marchment has four points (two goals, two assists) in 11 games with Toronto of the American Hockey League this season.

Connor Hellebuyck, who made 39 saves in a 7-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, is expected to start for the Jets, who are 2-4-1 in their past seven games after going 7-2-1 in their previous 10.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has a goal in each of his past four games (four goals, four assists).

Jets forward Mark Scheifele has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in his past 13 games, including a goal and three assists against the Avalanche on Tuesday.


They said it

"Defense is important. It's a big part of our game and a scenario that I think we've improved on. As a group we want the puck, and if we have the puck that oftentimes is going to limit their opportunities with it." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly

"I think we're a pretty dangerous team as well. We can score with the best when we're on." -- Jets forward Kyle Connor, who has six goals in his past four games


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Pierre Engvall -- John Tavares -- William Nylander

Mason Marchment -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen

Adam Brooks -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie

Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci

Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Kenny Agostino, Teemu Kivihalme, Dmytro Timashov

Injured: Andreas Johnsson (leg), Trevor Moore (concussion), Ilya Mikheyev (wrist surgery), Jake Muzzin (broken foot)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Adam Lowry - Mathieu Perreault

Jansen Harkins -- Nicholas Shore - Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Carl Dahlstrom

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Joona Luoto, Logan Shaw

Injured: Andrew Copp (upper body), Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

Beaulieu will miss at least a month, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice. … The Jets reassigned forward Joona Luoto to Manitoba of the AHL on Tuesday.


Stat pack

Tavares has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a five-game point streak. … Marner has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in his past 11 games. … Matthews has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his past seven games. ... Laine has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games.

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