The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to end a two-game losing streak tonight when they roll into Winnipeg to take on the Jets. The teams last met on February 7th when the Leafs connected on two late third period goals to rally for a 3-2 win.
Although the defensive pairings looked unchanged today at the morning skate, there were a few shifts with the forward lines. Here’s how everyone lined up according to MapleLeafs.com.
It’s interesting to note that Matt Frattin was up with the Mikhail Grabovski group. He certainly could inject some offensive into that second unit, but Frattin has had great chemistry with Nazem Kadri all season. Splitting those two up may not be a wise move, but of course Randy Carlyle could always decide to go with something different as these are far from set in stone.
It also appears that James Reimer will be back between the pipes again tonight. Reimer will be looking to get back in the win column after losing for the first time in seven starts against the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night. Reimer’s 9-3-1 record with a .919 save percentage is a big reason for the Leaf turnaround this season.
The Jets have won two of their last three and despite being in ninth spot in the Eastern Conference; they sit just five points back of fifth place Toronto. With two games between the teams this week, the Jets have an opportunity to get right back into things, or the Leafs could put a fair bit of separation between the two.