Both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets will be looking to get back on track when they collide in an all Canadian matchup inside what will surely be a raucous MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday night. Both teams struggled to put goals up on the board in their previous games and will no doubt be looking to capitalize on scoring opportunities however they can in what promises to be a very gritty and evenly matched tilt between the provincial neighbors.
When two Canadian teams come together to play some puck, you may as well throw out all factors such as standings, wins, losses and overtime losses while trying to predict the winner. It’s impossible to figure out beforehand which way the momentum will sway. Tonight’s matchup between the Leafs and Jets will be an all out grudge match that promises a lot of goals and tons of hits along with some definite mean mugging between the benches all night long. John Tortorella, eat your heart out.
Just like any other pair of Canadian NHL teams, these two clubs don’t like each other — and neither do the fans. The city of Toronto is often mocked and jeered by citizens that reside in other parts of the country due to the fact that the capital of Ontario is the economic center of Canada as well as being the country’s largest city. For the players on the Leafs themselves, that only means one thing; they are sure to be backed and supported on a grand scale no matter where they hit the ice, especially in another Canadian city. Toronto fans travel very well and are consistently a thorn in the side of host arenas all across the NHL. This type of fanaticism only adds to the excitement and anticipation for a matchup such as this and why the players will be running around ramped, trying their best to gain two points for their cities. They will no doubt be feeding off the insane energy coming from the seats.
Saturday night’s matchup between the Leafs and Jets will prove that their is no love lost between the two. From the amount of fans dawning Maple Leafs blue in the crowd to the way bodies will be thrown around in every which way, this could very well be the game of the week in terms of entertainment value. However, for these two hockey clubs along with their fanbases, this isn’t about being entertained. This is about winning. Strap on your seat belts, hockey fans. This is going to be a beauty.