The Jets and Leafs tangle for the second time this season in Toronto Tuesday, with the two rookies set to face each other again, after being drafted one-two in the summer.
Laine was bludgeoned with talk of the rivalry ahead of the game, and you can tell the subject is getting tirefor the young Finn.
"Um, I think we're playing against Toronto, I'm not sure, but, yeah, I don't care," Laine said Tuesday when asked if he pays any extra attention to the matchup and rivalry. "I think the media is trying to make a bigger deal out of that. We're focused on playing against the Maple Leafs."
Laine had a hat trick - the first of his career - against Toronto the first time the teams met in October in Winnipeg, while Matthews had an assist and seven shots on goal. The Jets won 5-4 on overtime, Laine - obviously - scoring the winner.