With all seven Canadian NHL teams in the mix today, just one game features two at the same time. They’re two very familiar foes as well, having played each other just three days prior. Yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets are going back up against each other tonight, and they’re hoping to muster up more than a combined single goal this time around.
Bet on Maple Leafs vs. Jets
The Maple Leafs are road underdogs for this one, coming in at +110.
Maple Leafs vs. Jets odds
|Maple Leafs Moneyline Odds
|Jets Moneyline Odds
|Puck Line odds
|Maple Leafs +1.5 (-225), Jets -1.5 (+185)
|Total Goals line
|6.0 goals (over -115, under -105)
|January 27, 7:00 p.m. ET
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If you like fast-paced, high-scoring hockey, you came to the wrong place on Wednesday night. No, this one was a tight battle buoyed even further by some great goaltending. The Leafs certainly needed it early on, as they were heavily outshot, and struggled with even just breaking the puck out of their zone. A Leafs powerplay in the second period created a shorthanded 2-on-0 for the Jets, which Ilya Samsonov somehow prevented from turning into a goal.
That became a tipping point of sorts, as Toronto benched their stars to start the following powerplay and began to shift control from there. Still, no one could beat Samsonov or Laurent Brossoit, sending the game to overtime. In the extra frame, Auston Matthews went to the front of the net and put home his 39th goal in 45 games and secured a surprising shutout victory against one of the league’s hottest teams.
Both teams will be hoping to carry the defensive results from Wednesday into tonight’s game, while also hoping to add their own firepower to the mix.
|Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Knies – Auston Matthews – Mitch Marner
Tyler Bertuzzi – John Tavares – William Nylander
Nicholas Robertson – Max Domi – Pontus Holmberg
Pontus Holmberg – David Kampf – Noah Gregor
Morgan Rielly – TJ Brodie
Simon Benoit – Jake McCabe
Mark Giordano – Timothy Liljegren
Starting In Goal
7-3-6, 3.45 GAA, 0.875 SV%
Kyle Connor – Vladislav Namestnnikov – Gabriel Vilardi
Cole Perfetti – Dominic Toninato – Nikolaj Ehlers
Nino Niederreiter – Adam Lowry – Mason Appleton
Morgan Barron – Rasmus Kupari – Alex Iafallo
Josh Morrissey – Dylan DeMelo
Brendan Dillon – Neal Pionk
Dylan Samberg – Nate Schmidt
Starting In Goal
23-8-3, 2.17 GAA, 0.925 SV%
On Toronto’s end, Bobby McMann is drawing out with a nagging injury that has moved him to the injured reserve. Pontus Holmberg comes in to replace him. Calle Jarnkrok suffered an injury in practice yesterday and will be replaced by enforcer Ryan Reaves, who last drew in on December 14th.
On Winnipeg’s end, there are two game-time decisions in this lineup, with Gabriel Vilardi potentially returning from injury, and Josh Morrissey potentially coming out due to an injury suffered in the two teams’ last battle.
Kyle Connor to score a goal
As mentioned above, we know that McMann and Jarnkrok are joining Toronto’s list and that we might see Morrissey draw out for Winnipeg. Other than that, it’s the same as before, with Mark Scheifele and David Gustafsson both more than likely to miss out for the Jets.
Jarnkrok’s injury has been confirmed to be a broken knuckle, and he’ll be week-to-week in his recovery.
- The Maple Leafs are 24-14-8 on the season, with a record against the puck line of 14-32, while their record of exceeding the total goals line sits at 24-21-1.
- The Jets are 30-11-5 on the season, with a record against the puck line of 27-19, while their record of exceeding the total goals line sits at 15-25-6.
- According to our friends at Scores and Odds, the Jets are currently carrying approximately 83% of the bets and 95% of the money among bets that they can track.
- Toronto has won their last four games against Winnipeg going into tonight.
Player Prop Trends
- Most of the trends remain similar to what they were going into Wednesday’s game, which is hardly shocking given a 1-0 result. Nikolaj Ehlers remains Winnipeg’s only player particularly close to the point-per-game mark in their last ten games (4G 4A).
- The one person who bolstered themselves was Auston Matthews, whose overtime winner brings him to nine goals and three assists in Toronto’s last ten. He’s been other-worldly on the finishing front.
- On the flip side, this John Tavares run is starting to get concerning. Another pointless night moves him to just one assist in his last ten, including nine pointless nights.
Wagers To Consider
- I’d be inclined toward the Jets both on the moneyline (-130) and puck line (+185) today, especially if we get further confirmation that Villardi and Morrissey will play. I don’t think we see the Leafs lock down the scoresheet twice in a row, and the Jets feel due for a finishing swing in a more positive direction.
- On that note, I’d look to a Kyle Connor anytime goal (+130). If you’re feeling frisky, you can combine a moneyline win, a Connor goal, and a Nik Ehlers assist into a same-game parlay, boosted from +550 to +600.
- Once again, it’s too hard not to lean into Matthews right now. -115 anytime, or a shot line of 4.5 (+110).