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Maple Leafs to Start Rookie Goalie Joseph Woll vs. the Jets Tonight

The Toronto Maple Leafs, coming off a shutout loss to the Minnesota Wild, start rookie Joseph Woll in goal vs. the Winnipeg Jets. Can he win?

Although it’s no surprise that hard-working Toronto Maple Leafs’ starting goalie Jack Campbell won’t be in the net after last night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild, I’m a little surprised that Joseph Woll will be playing in goal for tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. He’s been suffering an injury that has made his practice schedule iffy.

Woll didn’t dress during Saturday’s Wild game and has been off-and-on in practice as he’s suffered from an undisclosed injury. However, Maple Leafs’ fans cannot fault what Woll’s brought to the ice so far this season. He’s carrying a perfect 3-0-0 record, a goals-against-average of 1.67, and a save percentage of .939 in the three games he’s started on the season.

Related: Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs 4-3 Shootout Loss to the Wild

Other Possible Maple Leafs Player Moves

As the Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby tweeted this morning, there are a few other possible changes to the Maple Leafs’ lineup.

The Winnipeg Jets Are Not Having the Season that Was Expcected

In the Winnipeg Jets, Woll will face a team that’s averaging 3.50 goals-a-game at home this season, which is ranked ninth in the NHL. Even after last night’s overtime loss, the Maple Leafs remain a hot team. Surprisingly, the Jets are far from hot.

Over the stretch of their last seven games, the Jets have a 1-5-1 record. However, they have an 8-3-1 home-ice record. On Friday evening they beat the New Jersey Devils by an 8-4 score so they are probably anxious to get at rookie Woll.

Congratulations to Blake Wheeler on His Milestone

Notably, Blake Wheeler will be playing his 1000th NHL game tonight. He’s been a great veteran leader for the Jets and moved with them when the Atlanta Thrashers came to Manitoba after the 2010-11 season. Thus far, Wheeler doesn’t have a goal in 18 season’s games (he has 10 assists, with three coming against the Devils).

Now 35 years of age, Wheeler has been a great Jets’ player for many years. Congratulations on his achievement.

Related: Maple Leafs’ Player Moves Before Tonight’s Game vs. the Wild

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