June 9th will mark 25 years since the last Canadian-based club celebrated a Stanley Cup when Kirk Muller put the Montreal Canadiens ahead for excellent early in the 2nd duration of Video game 5 of the 1993 Stanley Cup final versus the Los Angeles Kings at the Montreal Forum.Since then, the Vancouver Canucks (1994 and 2011), Calgary Flames (2004 ), Edmonton Oilers (2006) and Ottawa Senators (2007) have each made journeys to the final only to come up short.
Hopes are high this spring for the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs to end the Canadian championship dry spell. Both clubs have taken pleasure in exceptional routine seasons and appear bound for bumper playoff runs. But which team, the Jets or Maple Leafs, has the much better opportunity? It’s an interesting question.Two various
They fulfill for the 2nd and last time at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, 5 months because the Maple Leafs hammered Winnipeg at the MTS Centre back on opening night. There’s been plenty of advancement on both sides in the 178 days considering that their initial meeting.The Jets and Maple
Leafs have actually viewed their dynamic young skill continue to establish. For Winnipeg, 24-year-old netminder Connor Hellebuyck has actually entered his own and is now considered a top-10 goalie. Captain Blake Wheeler, 31, has actually delighted in a banner season with a career-high 86 points.Centre Paul Stastny was an exceptional addition at the trade due date and has actually assisted sniper Patrik Laine choose up his goal-scoring speed. Like Wheeler, 28-year-old Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk has delighted in an impressive season with a career-high 35 objectives in minimal ice time– he averages just 14 minutes and 53 seconds a game.Toronto likewise added a checking centre at the trade deadline in Tomas Plekanec and call-ups from the AHL Toronto Marlies, Kaperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, have actually improved the speed of the bottom 2 lines.Not much separation statistically A side-by-side contrast of both teams this season.(Tim Wharnsby/CBC Sports)As you can see, not much statistically separates the 2 Canadian-based teams, so we enlisted the services
of three NHL professional scouts to determine which group is better.The first scout sat on the fence. He thinks the distinction in between the teams is a toss-up. He did add that both Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice and Toronto’s Mike Babcock have enjoyed strong seasons. They put their young gamers
out in key situations at vital times and now late in the season, you can see the dividends with how well both groups have actually been playing.The Jets and Maple Leafs have similar 18-6-2 records since the all-star break. The Leafs have actually defeated leading groups like the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins at home as well as the Nashville Predators on the roadway in recent weeks.Winnipeg has a six-game win streak entering its road match against the Blackhawks on Thursday and have actually also knocked off the Predators and Bruins with shootout wins in the last two getaways.’Both capable teams'”These are both capable groups, “scout No. 2 stated.”They both have strong goaltending, balance up front with young game-breakers like Laine, [Mark] Scheifele and [Auston] Matthews. Babcock is the better coach, but I still would offer Winnipeg the edge because of their defence and they manage the puck better.”[ The Jets] have three great decent pairings, but Toronto, even though [Travis] Dermott has actually come in and done a great job, still requires one or 2 defencemen.”Toronto still counts on outscoring the opposition to win video games. We know that does not always operate in the playoffs.
They need much better puck management. “Our 3rd scout concurs that the Jets have the much better group today. He also looked down the road and he thinks the Jets have the tougher road in the playoffs because the Predators stand in their way in the West.” But if you’re asking me who would win in a seven-game series between Winnipeg and Toronto, Winnipeg would win,” scout No. 3 said.” The Jets play a big, heavy game and would use down Toronto.”