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Toronto Maple Leafs – 1/19/23

Adam Lowry Celebrates Winnipeg Jets Bench

The Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs have both proved themselves to be impressive teams this season. While they have had different paths to get to where they are, they’ve both earned the same position — second in their respective divisions. 

While the Jets are coming off a loss to the Montreal Canadiens that put their winning streak to a halt, the Maple Leafs are piggy-backing off of an overtime win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (Jan. 17). As the Jets prepare for this Thursday night matchup, they have to shake off the loss and be prepared to take on an energized Leafs team. Let’s take a look at the projected lines, standout storylines, and players to watch during Thursday’s game. 

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lines


Kyle Connor – Pierre-Luc Dubois – Blake Wheeler

Morgan Barron – Mark Scheifele – Nikolaj Ehlers

Cole Perfetti – Adam Lowry – Saku Maenalanen

Karson Kuhlman – Kevin Stenlund – Sam Gagner


Josh Morrissey – Dylan DeMelo

Brenden Dillon – Neal Pionk

Ville Heinola – Nate Schmidt

Starting Goalie

Connor Hellebuyck

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines


Michael Bunting – Auston Matthews – William Nylander

Calle Jarnkrok – John Tavares – Mitchell Marner

Pierre Engvall – David Kampf – Zach Aston-Reese

Dryden Hunt – Alexander Kerfoot – Bobby McMann


Timothy Liljegren – Morgan Rielly

Justin Holl – Mark Giordano

Conor Timmins – Jordie Benn

Starting Goalie

Matt Murray

Standout Storylines

Jets Winning Streak Ends At Three

Heading into Tuesday night’s dual against the Habs, the Jets were on a three-game heater and at the top of the Western Conference. This was the sixth time this season that the Jets have won three consecutive games, tied with the Boston Bruins for the most winning streaks of at least three games this season. 

Adam Lowry of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates with his teammates (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jets’ coach Rick Bowness praised his team for earning the top spot in the Western Conference saying, “Maybe you know what we’ve been through with the travel and the injuries and the sickness and everything, and for us to be sitting there — and listen, there’s a lot of hard work ahead of us and there’s a long road to go, we know that — but it’s a credit to their resilience that we’re sitting here where we are today.”

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