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Scheifele looks to stay hot for Winnipeg; Toronto eyes 10th win in 12 games

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

JETS (23-16-4) at MAPLE LEAFS (24-15-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to win for the 10th time in 12 games when they host the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.

The Maple Leafs, 9-1-1 in their past 11 games, had a 10-game point streak end in a 6-4 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Goalie Frederik Andersen, pulled after allowing three goals on 19 shots at 1:45 of the second period Monday, will start for Toronto, which has scored at least four goals in 10 of its past 11 games.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Jets, 2-1-1 in their past four games after going 1-4-1 in their previous six games.

This will be the second game between the teams in seven days; Toronto defeated Winnipeg 6-3 at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.


Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past four games and 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 13 career games against Toronto.

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"We need to play better than last game against Toronto. It wasn't perfect, we played some good hockey but couldn't get the result we wanted. There's another chance for us tonight and we need these points, they'll be huge for us to get back in a good position for the playoffs.'' -- Jets forward Patrik Laine

"It's pretty clear we weren't even close to good enough against the Oilers. We have to challenge ourselves to push to get better and not be satisfied and think things are going to continue to come.'' -- Maple Leafs center John Tavares


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Jansen Harkins -- Nicholas Shore -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Sami Niku -- Anthony Bitetto

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Logan Shaw, Gabriel Bourque

Injured: Mark Letestu (heart virus), Bryan Little (head), Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Maple Leafs projected lineup   

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Alexander Kerfoot -- John Tavares -- William Nylander

Pierre Engvall -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen 

Dmytro Timashov -- Adam Brooks -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie

Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Mason Marchment 

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


Status report

Kulikov, who will miss his 18th straight game, could return at the Boston Bruins on Thursday, Jets coach Paul Maurice said. … The Maple Leafs did not hold a morning skate... Johnsson, who will miss his 15th consecutive game, practiced Tuesday but said he is not sure when he will return.


Stat pack

Laine is one assist from 100 in the NHL ... Wheeler has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past four games... Marner has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in his past 14 games ... Tavares has 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 27 games against Winnipeg.

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