The No. 1 pick in this past NHL Draft faces off against the No. 2 for the first time what should be a good matchup between top-heavy teams in Toronto and Winnipeg. The only other matchup isn’t half-bad, either, as Detroit takes on the New York Rangers.
Here’s the slate of games for Wednesday: Toronto at Winnipeg, 8; Detroit at N.Y. Rangers, 8.
Players to Watch
Toronto: Auston Matthews; Facing Patrik Laine for the first time in what should be a showdown between two players, picked first and second, respectively, in the 2016 NHL Draft, and should be two of the best players of their respective generation. Matthews hasn’t scored since his four-goal performance in the opener against Ottawa.
Winnipeg: Patrik Laine; For the reasons listed above.
Detroit: Tomas Tatar; Has no goals and is a minus-four through three games.
N.Y. Rangers: Mats Zuccarello; Has taken five shots, two have gone in. He might want to shoot the puck some more.
Patrik Laine: Pots the hat trick right in front of Matthews.
Game of the Night
Toronto at Winnipeg: Two choices, both of which are good. But this matchup is too good to pass up.
Lock to Win
N.Y. Rangers: The Rangers look much improved in what has been a small sample thus far, especially on the defensive side of the puck.