(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets hope to avoid their first three-game losing streak since October on Saturday night as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Jets closed December with consecutive regulation defeats, getting bested by the Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders. They fell to the Islanders on Wednesday 5-2, making only the third time in their past 16 games they failed to earn a point (9-3-4).
Andrew Ladd had both goals for the Jets, while Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves.
"I thought our compete in that game changed, it got stronger as the game went on," Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. "Honestly, that's all we value here now, so the results we can't spend a whole lot of time worrying about."
Winnipeg, which plays the third contest of a four-game homestand tonight, hasn't lost three in a row since a season-worst four-game slide from Oct. 11-19.
Injuries haven't helped Winnipeg's cause. The Jets recently lost forward Evander Kane until February due to a lower-body ailment and have already been playing without four defenseman in Mark Stuart, Jacob Trouba, Zach Bogosian and Toby Enstrom because of injury.
The Jets do have recent history on their side tonight as they have won four in a row versus the Maple Leafs and are 4-1-0 in five meetings in this series since relocating from Atlanta to Winnipeg.
Maurice, meanwhile, may rotate back to Michael Hutchinson in net as he is 9-3-2 this season with a 1.87 goals against average and .937 save percentage in 15 games (13 starts). Hutchinson has never faced the Maple Leafs.
Toronto was down three forwards in last night's 3-1 setback to the Minnesota Wild, with all three injured in Wednesday's shootout win over the Boston Bruins.
Joffrey Lupul will miss the next four weeks with a lower-body injury, Peter Holland is week-to-week with an upper-body issue and Nazem Kadri, who had the shootout winner, is expected to miss 7-to-10 days with a lower-body ailment.
Shorthanded up front, the Leafs fell to 2-4-0 on their seven-game road trip that ends tonight. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves and defenseman Cody Franson scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the third period.
However, the Wild got a pair of goals 1:55 apart in the final frame to go ahead.
"We had our chances, we just didn't put them in," Bernier said following his club's sixth loss in eight games.
James Reimer could start tonight to give Bernier a breather. Reimer is 3-3-1 in his career versus the Jets with a 3.03 GAA and .908 save percentage in 10 games with eight starts.