[8:09 PM] Maple Leafs @ Jets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-1)

@ Winnipeg Jets (1-2-0)


Starting Goalies:

Frederik Andersen (TOR): Confirmed

Michael Hutchinson(WPG): Confirmed


Current odds:

Toronto Maple Leafs: (-110)

Winnipeg Jets: (-110)


The Nos. 1 and 2 overall picks of the 2016 NHL draft will renew acquaintances on Wednesday as Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs open a three-game road trip against Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets. Matthews’ scintillating four-goal performance in the season opener paved the way to his being named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week while Laine collected a goal and assist in his first contest, although both talented players have been held off the scoresheet in subsequent games.

Lost in the pomp and circumstance of Matthews’ arrival in Toronto is the team’s sluggish power play, which has failed to convert on four opportunities in each of its first two games. Frederik Andersen, who will get the nod on Wednesday, is 4-0-0 with a .912 save percentage in his career versus Winnipeg.

Paul Maurice’s club is enjoying the comforts of home to begin the season, playing seven of its first 10 contests in Manitoba – including the 2016 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers. Mark Scheifele recorded two goals and an assist in the first two contests before being held in check by the Bruins, but the Ontario-born star has eight points (five goals, three assists) in five career encounters with Toronto. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien also has torched the Leafs with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in as many career meetings and is one shy of 400 for his NHL career.

The Jets have won four straight against the Maple Leafs at MTS Centre and are 9-2-2 versus Toronto since the franchise moved to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.

Maple Leafs C Leo Komarov has been a teammate of both Matthews and Laine (Team Finland.


StreakSmarts Pick: Winnipeg Jets

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick