Two of the top three teams in the NHL’s North Division will get together when the Winnipeg Jets head on the road to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, March 11. This is the second of a three-game series between these two teams, and it will get started at 7 p.m. ET from Scotiabank Arena.
Despite a recent skid, Toronto remains the top team in the seven-team, all-Canadian North Division with 38 points thanks to an 18-7-2 record through 27 games. The Maple Leafs lost each of their last three games, but they are still four points ahead of the second-place Edmonton Oilers.
Winnipeg finds itself in third place with 33 points with a 16-8-1 overall record in 25 games. The Jets won three of their last four games as they look to continue to climb up the standings.
Jets take Game 1
Winnipeg won the first matchup of this three-game series on Tuesday night with a 4-3 road victory. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck finished with 36 saves in the victory, and Andrew Copp scored a goal with one assist. In addition, Josh Morrissey, Kyle Connor and Mason Appleton scored for Winnipeg. Neal Pionk had three assists, while Nikolaj Ehlers added two.
For the Maple Leafs, they scored the first goal of the game and had a 2-1 advantage after the first period before three unanswered goals for Winnipeg. Matthews scored two goals for Toronto, and Zach Hyman scored the other. Mitchell Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares each had one assist for the Maple Leafs. Goalie Frederik Andersen finished with 19 saves in the loss.
This was the first game between these two teams since their only other matchup, which was a 3-1 Maple Leafs victory in Toronto on Jan. 18.
The Maple Leafs have three players listed on the injury report, as Jack Campbell and Wayne Simmonds are both out with injuries. Auston Matthews is listed as probable with a wrist injury.
For the Jets, Nathan Beaulieu and Bryan Little are both out for this game.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Winnipeg Jets Betting Info
In Tuesday night’s game, Winnipeg covered the puck line and the moneyline with the game going over the goal total. Below is a look at the odds heading into Thursday night’s contest. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
The Maple Leafs are getting +140 odds to cover the -1.5 puck line, while Winnipeg is at -175 to cover +1.5 goals.
Betting Trends: Toronto has won 10 of its 27 games this season by more than 1.5 goals, while Winnipeg lost just four of its 25 games by more than 1.5 goals.
Oddsmakers expect this to be a high-scoring game as they set the over/under on the total number of goals to be scored at 6.5 with the under getting -118 odds and the over at -104.
Betting Trends: The total went over in four of Winnipeg’s last five games, while the under hit in six of Toronto’s last eight. In addition, the total went over in 14 of the last 18 games of this series.
The Maple Leafs are expected to snap their three-game losing streak, according to oddsmakers, as they have -180 odds to win as the home favorite. Meanwhile, the Jets are listed at +155 to pull off the upset.
Betting Trends: Winnipeg is 7-2 straight up in its last nine games, while Toronto followed a four-game winning streak with a three-game losing skid.
Following Thursday’s game, the Jets and Maple Leafs will close out their series when they meet again on Saturday in Toronto for a game that will get started at 7 p.m. ET. Winnipeg’s next series will be at home against the Montreal Canadiens, while the Maple Leafs will play a single game on the road with the Ottawa Senators.