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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET21:00 BRT, May 14, 2021
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Attendance: 0

Jets host Maple Leafs in final playoff tuneup

Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets

  1. The Maple Leafs have won six of the nine meetings with the Jets this season, including all four in Winnipeg by a combined score of 13-6. Toronto has not won five road games against a single opponent in a season since going 5-2-0 against the Bruins in 1966-67.
  2. Toronto enters its regular season finale riding a nine-game point streak (7-0-2) dating back to its two-game set in Winnipeg on April 22 and 24 -- the Maple Leafs have scored at least three goals in all five wins. With a point on Friday, the Leafs would tie their longest point streak of the season (also March 20 to April 10).
  3. Auston Matthews is sitting on 199 career goals through 333 games entering Friday's contest. With a goal, Matthews would become the second-fastest Maple Leaf to reach 200 career goals behind Charlie Conacher (317 games) and the fastest NHL skater to reach the milestone since Alex Ovechkin got there in his 296th game on February 5, 2009.
  4. Mitchell Marner has scored a point in eight of the nine meetings with Winnipeg this season and has 13 points (6g, 7a) in those contests, including three goals in the two-game series on April 22 and 24. Marner has 21 points (8g, 13a) in 16 career skates against the Jets since the start of the 2016-17 season -- tied with Auston Matthews for fifth most in the NHL in that span.
  5. Winnipeg's 5-0 win over Vancouver on Tuesday sealed the Jets' fate as the third seed in the North Division, with a First Round matchup against the Oilers. It is the fourth consecutive playoff appearance for the Jets, who lost 3-1 in the Qualifying Round last season; they had made the playoffs just twice in their first 17 seasons.
  6. Blake Wheeler scored a season-high four points (2g, 2a) in Tuesday's win, his first four-point game since a four-goal effort at Columbus on March 3, 2019. Wheeler has eight points (4g, 4a) in five May games after scoring just five points (g, 4a) in his seven April skates.

With the playoffs looming, the Toronto Maple Leafs and host Winnipeg Jets look to end the regular season with some momentum on Friday.

The two clubs have never met in the Stanley Cup playoffs, though a second-round date is a possibility. The North Division champion Maple Leafs (35-13-7, 77 points) will face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, while the third-place Jets (29-23-3, 61 points) will battle the Edmonton Oilers.

While the 56th and final game of the 2020-21 regular season doesn't carry any impact in the standings, it can certainly serve as an opening statement for a Stanley Cup bid.

"It's going to be a focus as far as this last game, to play the game the right way," Toronto forward Nick Foligno said. "Whatever the outcome, just play that style of hockey that we're going to need to, and then build off that."

Foligno wasn't satisfied with how the Leafs performed in their most recent game, though Toronto still secured a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs have gone nine games (7-0-2) without a regulation loss.

The Jets hope Tuesday's 5-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks has already served as their turn-around game. Winnipeg entered that game amid what team captain Blake Wheeler described as "as adverse of a stretch as I've been through." The Jets were 1-9-0 with only 17 goals scored in their previous 10 outings.

"You've got to give the guys a lot of credit for ... doing the right things and doing the same things, because ultimately when it comes playoff time it's a lot harder to score goals," Wheeler said after Tuesday's victory. "And that's the way you score goals. You just keep doing the same things over and over again, and with that blind faith that you're going to get rewarded for it."

Wheeler was the First Star of the Vancouver game, recording two goals and two assists. Wheeler has 11 points (five goals, six assists) over his last eight games.

After missing Winnipeg's previous game with a minor injury, Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves against the Canucks. Hellebuyck looked in good form while recording the shutout, though Laurent Brossoit could start against Toronto to give Hellebuyck a bit more rest heading into the postseason.

Jack Campbell has already been announced as the Maple Leafs' starter for Friday. Campbell has never made a postseason appearance, but he looks like Toronto's top choice for the playoffs after posting a sterling 17-2-2 record so far in the regular season.

Winnipeg and Toronto will each be looking for a spark on the power play. The Jets are only 2-for-29 with the extra attacker over their last 11 games. While Jake Muzzin converted a power-play chance against Ottawa, the Maple Leafs are still only 2-for-23 on power plays over their last nine games.

Auston Matthews leads the NHL with 41 goals and is looking to officially secure his first Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's top scorer. Matthews has eight points (seven goals, one assist) over a seven-game points streak.

The Maple Leafs are 6-3-0 against the Jets this season. The Leafs are a perfect 7-0-0 in their last seven games in Winnipeg, dating back to the 2017-18 season.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 13, 2021

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