Leafs win battle of Canadian NHL heavyweights

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The Toronto Maple Leafs lack this key element.

The Winnipeg Jets were defeated 4-2 by the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell MTS Place Wednesday night in a battle of heavyweight Canadian NHL teams that was broadcast across Canada by Sportsnet and across the United States by NBCSN.

The Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Winnipeg Jets their first regulation loss of the homestand.

Because of the team they play for, Kadri added that the Leafs need to expect the opposition's best each shift.

"I know they were putting up a touchdown a game (early in the season). I think he has more of an impact just because he's a center versus a winger".

The Penguins triumphed 6-5 on the strength of an incredible Crosby overtime goal. "Anyone who watches that is going to be pretty amazed".

There is nothing forcing either club from carrying three goalies and with players just returning from injury, Philadelphia and Carolina may not rush into a decision, but it is possible that either Pickard or McElhinney could be placed on waivers in the next week or two weeks. "You think you keep them off (the scoresheet) the majority of the game and things aren't going that well".

There is no such argument now regarding the top two picks in the 2016 National Hockey League draft, as Matthews is creating a bigger gap with each game that is played.

Auston Matthews has already crammed a lot of Manitoba memories in just two visits to Winnipeg.

"NBC's in the house, huh?" "That's a lot of skills so you've got to be on your toes against them". He deserves the big money even though it's concerning for the Maple Leafs' finances. Other times, teams play good against you.

"I get that all 82 games should be the same, but it's really boring if they are", said Jets coach Paul Maurice. We still feel like we can go into that building and beat them, but we know that it won't be easy. On the back end, the defence was under siege and the Leafs could not get the puck out of their own end. "They're both just awesome players and guys that drive the offenses for their teams". "We knew all along it would tighten up and eventually you'd have to win one-goal games".

On top of that, Kadri was fulfilling his role as the shutdown centre. He has improved every season and if Matthews gets a big deal, he will as well.

"Laine said when Matthews got drafted that he was a better player, that he should have gone No. 1", Roenick said. And then he's got a tremendous release off the rush.

Matthews noted that the Laine one-timer is in the same ballpark as Alexander Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele hope they can build on their performance against the Maple Leafs Wednesday night. He not only scored against the Maple Leafs but led his team with eight shots on goal. "I mean that's always been the case in the past two years", said Laine, who had five shots on goal and nine shot attempts in Monday's win. We need to start getting off to better starts.

Matthews rarely goes this long without scoring.

"It's going to be a good test for us", Matthews said.

"It's still Winnipeg against Toronto, in my opinion".

Roenick called Laine an opportunist, whereas Matthews is a creator.

Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine is ready to jump once the puck drops against the Edmonton Oilers in Winnipeg on October 16, 2018. Toronto's 7-3-0 record overall for 14 points after 10-games is slightly better than the Jets (6-3-1) 13-point start. "We tried to address it the past two practices". With 33 goals, they shredded nearly all teams which they've faced through the first section of the season, leading many to believe that this may just be the year of the Buds. "He's able to make an adjustment and get something off to the point where he gets enough on it". "Winnipeg's done that with the run they had a year ago". We've had a history of being a fast starting team. He was seeing an average of just under 34 shots per game, but that figure has dropped off by about three shots so far this season. His fifth goal of the season was unassisted and Toronto had the lead after 20 minutes.

Defenceman Travis Dermott is sick and will miss tonight's game.