Fresh off the heels of a four-game winning streak that saw the Manitoba Moose pick up two wins against Toronto and another two against Laval, the Winnipeg Jets’ affiliate have managed to lose two-straight contests to the same team. Yes, the same team that they picked up two wins against earlier in the week.
Get used to it, AHL fans.
The 2020-21 schedule is downright weird. With teams playing an unequal amount of home/away games, and with some clubs playing upwards of 20 games more than others (yes, seriously) finding withs is going to be of utmost importance in a tight Canadian Division.
Beginning the season by dropping its first two games at home against the Marlies, Manitoba picked up the slack and won the final two games of the four-game set, evening its record at 2-2-0. The club then traveled out to Quebec for another four-game set, this time against the Rocket of Laval.
Winning the opening two contests, Manitoba has since dropped the final two games of that set, bringing its record back to an even 4-4-0 for a .500 record and into a tie with Toronto (4-4-0) and Stockton (2-2-0) for second place behind Laval, which now sits at 5-2-1 for a .688 points percentage. In a 36-game regular season, every single point counts.
Following the completion of its two early-season four-game sets, Manitoba has learned of its travel plans with the league announcing the full Canadian Division schedule on Tuesday – after having already left for Laval. The Moose will remain on the road until March 6, to which the club will next play the Marlies twice and then travel to Belleville for the first two games against the Senators.
Toronto will host Manitoba on Monday and Wednesday nights, before Belleville will play as host on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Puck drop for the evening games is set for 6:00 PM central, while Saturday’s matinee gets underway at 2:00 PM. The Moose will then return home for an AHL record 17-game homestand to which the team will play the Stockton Heat nine times, the Rocket another four times and the Senators four more times.