Jan 25, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf (3, not pictured) scores against the Winnipeg Jets in the second period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Shawn Coates-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview & Live Thread Number 79: Winnipeg Jets

Who: Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs

Where: Air Canada Centre

When: 7 p.m. EST

How to watch: CBC, NHLN-US

How to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Opposition Blog: Hockey At The Forks 

The Toronto Maple Leafs play their final home game of the season tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers  Winnipeg Jets. With the Columbus Blue Jackets losing last night against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Leafs have a chance to leapfrog them into the last wild card playoff spot.

It will be another big test tonight as the Jets come in having recently been eliminated from playoff contention and have nothing to lose. James Reimer will get the start as he looks to once again drive the Leafs into the playoffs after Jonathan Bernier was injured in Thursday’s  win against the Boston Bruins. On paper this looks like a pretty easy win for the Leafs; Ondrej Pavelec is not a good goaltender and Evander Kane is a healthy scratch. I know the Leafs never do this but if they do get off to a good start maybe they can win the shot battle as the Jets D is as bad as the Leafs.

Lineups:

LEAFS

FORWARDS

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel

Mason Raymond – Dave Bolland – David Clarkson

Jerry D’Amigo – Nazem Kadri – Troy Bodie

Nikolai KuleminJay McClement

DEFENSE

Dion Phaneuf – Carl Gunnarsson

Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson

Tim Gleason – Morgan Rielly

GOALIES

James Reimer

Drew MacIntyre

JETS

FORWARDS

Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Michael Frolik

Dustin Byfuglien – Olli Jokinen – Blake Wheeler

Evander Kane – Eric O’Dell – Matt Halischuck

Anthony Peluso – Jim Slater – Eric Tangradi

DEFENSE

Mark Stuart – Jacob Trouba

Tobias Enstrom – Paul Postma

Adam Pardy – Zach Redmond

GOALIES

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Game Notes:

  • Hopefully the Leafs’ first line can really make something happen. That line has been terrific all season and this Jets team is not very good so the likes of Kessel, van Riemsdyk and Bozak should be able to get to Pavelec early and often.
  • This is the last home game of the regular season for the Leafs and it would be sweet if they could send their fans home happy by getting in a playoff spot (albeit precariously). These fans pay good money and the Leafs have been somewhat of a disappointment.
  • Playoffs in Toronto are fun. Make it happen.

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