While the Winnipeg Jets seek to build on a long-awaited win, the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs try to bounce back from their first loss Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET).
Winnipeg was outscored 13-5 in losing its first three games after relocating from Atlanta but finally ended the drought with a 2-1 home victory over Pittsburgh on Monday.
Kyle Wellwood and Tanner Glass each scored in the first period, and Ondrej Pavelec kept that lead intact while stopping 28 shots.
"I think that there are still some areas where we can clean up, but we're pretty close," said Glass, who scored his first goal in 55 games since Dec. 3. "We're happy with our win, but we're going to watch some film and get back at it again."
One of those areas in which the Jets (1-3-0) must improve is the power play, having gone 0-for-17 thus far.
Winnipeg now heads east to renew a pair of Canadian rivalries, visiting Toronto (3-0-1) and Ottawa on back-to-back nights.
'We're not happy with the loss but we'll take that point and move forward.'— Leafs' Dion Phaneuf on overtime loss to Avalanche
While the Jets celebrated a milestone win Monday, Toronto was denied its second 4-0 start in as many seasons. The Leafs fell 3-2 in overtime to Colorado despite getting another goal from Phil Kessel.
Kessel scored for the sixth time in three games during the opening minute of the second period, and Nikolai Kulemin tallied the tying goal with 4:43 remaining in regulation. James Reimer let in the winning goal 1:11 into the extra period for his first loss in four starts.
"We're not happy with the loss but we'll take that point and move forward," said defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who had two assists.
With the Maple Leafs also set to play on consecutive nights — they visit Boston on Thursday — Reimer could get a break soon.
Jonas Gustavsson, who has yet to play this season, is 1-2-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average in three games against the former Atlanta Thrashers, while Reimer is 1-0-0 with a 1.64 GAA in three appearances.
Reimer stopped all 18 shots he faced in Atlanta on Feb. 27 in the most recent meeting between these teams, but he exited in the second period after being hit in the head by Evander Kane's knee as Toronto lost 3-2 in overtime.
Pavelec missed that game with a wrist injury, and Winnipeg may want to keep him out of this matchup considering his 4.01 GAA versus the Leafs is his second-worst against any opponent he's faced more than twice. He's 3-3-1 against them.
That could prompt coach Claude Noel to give Chris Mason his second start of the season. Mason, who gave up four goals in Phoenix on Saturday, is 2-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA in three starts versus Toronto.
Kessel scored on Mason during the matchup in Atlanta in February and has seven goals and 10 assists in his last 16 games against the Jets franchise. Toronto could only manage a four-game split of last season's series despite Kulemin having five goals and three assists while Mikhail Grabovski totaled four goals and four assists.
Jets captain Andrew Ladd scored a goal in each of those four matchups, and defenceman Tobias Enstrom has three goals and three assists in his last three games against Toronto.