The Winnipeg Jets are back home in the MTS Centre after a four-game road trip in which they went 2-1-1 and were able to extract five points out of a possible eight. But unlike how other teams tend to get a boost from being in front of their home crowd and put up winning records in their barn, the Jets aren’t doing so well in the MTS Centre this year.
In fact, they’re 4-6-0 at home. Sure, there’s no place like home–except when you aren’t performing very well there.
Tonight, they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs for their second of three games in this season series. In their first meeting, which was also at MTS, the Jets’ home weakness was on display as they lost 3-2, though they scored the first goal of the game. The Leafs just had a burst of offense late in the third period and scored two unanswered for the win.
One of the Winnipeg goal-scorers in the game, Zach Redmond, is unavailable now due to injury. But the other one, Andrew Ladd, certainly is still available and he has eight career goals against Toronto, plus two assists, in 18 games.
On the subject of a different Jets goal-scorer, could Evander Kane start a new scoring streak? He scored in the most recent game after being quiet for a while, so another productive game will be his second in a row and could create a new streak.
Both teams can really use the jolts they could get from a win tonight. The Maple Leafs are currently in the playoff race (it’s been almost a decade since they last made the postseason at all) and every point helps keep them up there while the Jets are literally two points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers–who are the next team slated to play in the MTS Centre a little later this week.
These two teams will face off tonight at 8 p.m. Central (7 p.m. Eastern).