Tonight is the opening match for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets in a season where the two teams will battle more times than ever before. The Jets had a fairly quiet off-season, not making many moves. But the move they did make was a big one, acquiring Paul Stastny from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Carl Dahlstrom and a 2022 fourth-round selection.
More recently, the Jets have made some internal moves between their taxi squad and their roster, as well as claiming Anton Forsberg off waivers last week to strengthen their goalie depth.
But the big story with the Jets has been the team’s apparent COVID exposure, as first Nikolaj Ehlers missed practice due to COVID protocol, and then the team canceled practice entirely on Saturday “out of an abundance of caution” following COVID exposure. The canceled practice thankfully was an isolated incident, and the Jets headed east yesterday to make it to tonight’s match-up.
However, it now seems the Jets have been bitten by the injury bug, as well, as after leaving morning skate early it was announced that Patrik Laine will be out tonight with an upper-body injury.
Patrik Laine is out tonight …
Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation