Nikola Jokic’s overtime heroics saves Nuggets vs. Pelicans — The Denver Post

NEW ORLEANS – The battle in the Bayou turned into the battle of the big men. And the NBA’s reigning MVP prevailed. Nikola Jokic dug deep into his bag of post moves, dancing and dipping through the Pelicans’ paint. Jokic saved 11 of his 39 points for overtime, ensuring a gripping 120-114 win in New…

Nikola Jokic’s overtime heroics saves Nuggets vs. Pelicans — The Denver Post

Warriors overcome dud vs. undermanned Blazers, but Curry’s record has to wait — Monterey Herald

SAN FRANCISCO — With Steph Curry, anything is possible. But with each subsequent misfire it became clearer that a new 3-point king would not be crowned Wednesday at Chase Center. Airfare will now be required to witness history. It was not for a lack of effort on the part of Curry, who hoisted 17 attempts…

Warriors overcome dud vs. undermanned Blazers, but Curry’s record has to wait — Monterey Herald

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic admits his conditioning has “got to be better” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“I had the Olympics, took three weeks off, and I relaxed a little bit. Maybe too much. I’ve just got to get back on track.”

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic admits his conditioning has “got to be better” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Report: Lillard received cortisone injection, could return this weekend — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

He’s missed four games with an abdominal issue, but he hasn’t been himself all season.

Report: Lillard received cortisone injection, could return this weekend — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports


• The Toronto Raptors (11-13) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13)
Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-16) at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won
back-to-back games (Dec. 2-5) for the first time since a five-game winning streak Oct. 27 – Nov. 3. Toronto
is 2-2 on its current homestand. Toronto and Oklahoma City split the season-series in 2020-21 with the
home team winning both meetings. Gary Trent Jr. averaged 31.0 points against the Thunder last season.
• The Raptors held Washington to just 90 points in Sunday’s victory. Toronto has now held its opponent to
fewer than 100 points in three straight games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5) for the first time since a four game streak
Dec. 28, 2019 – Jan. 2, 2020. Over the last three games, opponents are averaging 93.7 points and shooting 39 percent (98-251) from the field, including .322 (29-90) from three-point range.
• Scottie Barnes currently leads all rookies in points (15.1) and minutes (35.6), and ranks second in rebounds
(8.0) and field goal percentage (.489). Barnes is shooting .448 (13-29) from three-point range over the last seven
games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 5) after shooting .154 (2-13) from beyond the arc in his first 15 games.
Pascal Siakam scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the first half Sunday against the Wizards. Siakam
poured in 17 points in the second quarter and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field. He has now scored 20+
points in three straight games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5), averaging 23.7 points. Siakam is shooting .483 (28-58)
from the floor and .800 (12-15) at the free throw line over the last three.
• Precious Achiuwa recorded his team-leading fourth double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, one
shy of his career high, in Sunday’s win vs. Washington. Achiuwa has hauled down 22 rebounds in the last
two games, including nine on the offensive glass. He currently leads all sophomores in rebounding (8.2).
• Dalano Banton led the team in assists for the first time in his career with six in 15 minutes off the bench
Dec. 5 vs. Washington. Banton added five points and had zero turnovers against the Wizards.
Fred VanVleet (83) and Gary Trent Jr. (83) are currently tied for third in the NBA in deflections. VanVleet
has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Trent Jr. is also tied for fourth in
the NBA in steals per game (2.00) and has recorded multiple steals in 13-of-21 games. The Raptors lead
the NBA in deflections per game (19.5) and rank third in steals (9.3).
• Goran Dragic is currently taking time away from the team for a personal matter. There is no definite time-line, and updates will be provided as appropriate. Dragic is averaging 8.0 points in five games this season.


MIN: 35.6 REB: 8.0 AST: 3.2 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.1
• Recorded 11 points, six rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes of action Dec. 5 vs. Washington.
• Has scored in double figures in seven straight games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 5), averaging 15.4 points during this stretch.
• Leads all rookies in points (15.1) and minutes (35.6), and ranks second in rebounds (8.0) and FG pct. (.489).

MIN: 33.4 REB: 7.1 AST: 3.7 STL: 0.7 TO: 2.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 19.1
• Scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the first half Dec. 5 vs. Washington; added six rebounds in 36 minutes.
• Has scored in 20+ points in three consecutive games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5), averaging 23.7 points during this span.
• Needs 13 points to reach 5,000 for his career; will become ninth player in franchise history to reach milestone.

MIN: 26.5 REB: 8.2 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.0
• Tallied 10 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career high, in 31 minutes Dec. 5 vs. Washington.
• Leads the team with four double-doubles; had three in 61 games as a rookie with Miami last season.
• In 17 starts, averaging 7.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 26.7 minutes.

MIN: 34.2 REB: 3.3 AST: 1.8 STL: 2.0 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.4
• Contributed six points, four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes Dec. 5 vs. Washington.
• Tied for fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.00); has recorded multiple steals in 13 games.
• Averaging 18.8 points on the road this season, compared to 13.5 points at home.

MIN: 38.1 REB: 5.0 AST: 6.1 STL: 1.5 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.8
• Finished with 10 points and four assists in 33 minutes Dec. 5 vs. Washington.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.1), has logged 40+ minutes in six games.
• Has scored in double digits in all 23 of his games played this season, including 20+ points 10 times.


OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out
Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out

Report: Pacers open to trade for Sabonis, LeVert, Turner; “moves toward rebuild” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

After a 10-16 start to the season, Indiana management and ownership have apparently seen enough.

Report: Pacers open to trade for Sabonis, LeVert, Turner; “moves toward rebuild” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Question facing Portland owner, new GM: Extend Lillard or trade him? — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Lillard wants a max extension this summer, but is that Portland’s best long-term move?

Question facing Portland owner, new GM: Extend Lillard or trade him? — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

After 8 straight games as favorites, Ravens are slight underdogs in rematch vs. Browns — The Denver Post

The Ravens are slight underdogs ahead of their rematch Sunday with the host Cleveland Browns, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Ravens (8-4) have entered their past eight games as favorites, but after falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night and losing star cornerback Marlon Humphrey to a season-ending pectoral injury, it’s the Browns…

After 8 straight games as favorites, Ravens are slight underdogs in rematch vs. Browns — The Denver Post

Oakland A’s in process of interviewing six managerial candidates. Could a hire come soon? — East Bay Times

The Oakland A’s are one of two MLB teams in need of a manager and have begun the interview process with a handful of candidates internally and outside the organization. So far, the A’s have or plan to interview at least six candidates for the job to replace Bob Melvin. Internally, that includes quality control…

Oakland A’s in process of interviewing six managerial candidates. Could a hire come soon? — East Bay Times

What gets Clippers coach Tyronn Lue fired up? — Daily News

It’s personal policy that Tyronn Lue stay cool on the sideline. So much so that when the Clippers coach was asked Friday about his evident displeasure after a fruitless and particularly irksome sequence late in their victory over the Lakers, he balked, emotional about having been perceived as emotional: “I looked frustrated? Damn.” That strategic…

What gets Clippers coach Tyronn Lue fired up? — Daily News


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (17-7-2 – 36 Points) at
WINNIPEG JETS (12-8-4 – 28 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 2 0 3
WINNIPEG 1 4 1 6

  • Michael Bunting scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 16:08 of the first period.
    Bunting scored his seventh goal of the season and the fifth power play goal of his NHL career.
  • Auston Matthews scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 14:20 of the second period.
    Matthews scored his 15th goal of the season and has scored in six consecutive games (8G).
  • Ondřej Kaše scored for the Maple Leafs at 15:46 of the second period. Kaše recorded his
    sixth goal of the season.
  • Pierre Engvall recorded the primary assist on Bunting’s power play goal. Engvall posted his
    sixth assist of the season.
  • Nick Ritchie registered the secondary assist on Bunting’s power play goal. Ritchie recorded
    his seventh assist of the season. Ritchie has posted an assist in three consecutive games
  • John Tavares posted the primary assist on Matthews’ power play goal. Tavares recorded his
    15th assist of the season.
  • William Nylander registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ power play goal. Nylander
    posted his 14th assist of the season.
  • Rasmus Sandin recorded the primary assist on Kaše’s goal. Sandin posted his eighth assist
    of the season.
  • Justin Holl registered the secondary assist on Kaše’s goal. Holl recorded his first assist of
    the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 12 (10) 11 (8) 12 (6) 35 (24)
    WINNIPEG 13 (8) 12 (10) 16 (11) 41 (29)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 18 (15) 27 (19) 20 (10) 65 (44)
    WINNIPEG 16 (10) 20 (17) 22 (17) 58 (44)
  • The Maple Leafs are 7-4-1 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 40-24-1-9 in 74 games against the Winnipeg Jets and 21-12-0-5 in 38
    games played in Winnipeg.
  • Toronto is 8-3-1 against the Western Conference this season and 3-1-1 against the Central Division
    this season.
    Shots 6 (Tavares)
    Shot Attempts 9 (Rielly, Nylander)
    Faceoff Wins 9 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 57% (Kämpf – 8 won, 6 lost)
    Hits 3 (Engvall)
    Blocked Shots 1 (Spezza, Ritchie, Sandin, Liljegren, Rielly,
    Kämpf, Brodie)
    Takeaways 2 (Nylander)
    TOI 24:55 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 6:01 (Spezza)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:35 (Holl)
    Shifts 28 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 76.92% (Engvall – 10 for, 3 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 2-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 5-6-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-3-0 when tied after one period and 2-7-0 when trailing after two periods.
  • Toronto is 6-4-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-1-0 in Sunday games and 2-3-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • Rasmus Sandin recorded his eighth assist of the season during tonight’s game, marking an NHL
    career season high.
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews extended his goal streak to six games, the longest in the NHL this
    season. This is the third time he has had a goal streak of six or more games (also 7 GP: Jan. 24 –
    Feb. 8, 2021 and 6 GP: Oct. 3-13, 2018).
  • Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly were on the ice for a team-high 20 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-
  • Pierre Engvall finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 76.92 percent
    (10 for, 3 against).
    Dec. 7 Leafs vs. Columbus Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 9 Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 11 Leafs vs. Chicago Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 14 Leafs at Edmonton Rogers Place 9:00 pm ET
    Dec. 16 Leafs at Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:00 pm ET
    Dec. 18 Leafs at Vancouver Rogers Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
    above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.
    For Maple Leafs notes, transcripts, audio clips and media guides, please visit

    Q: On where the game got away from them:
    John Tavares: “We completely played into their game and allowed them to use their transition and
    they’re one of the best in the league in that area. We had two-on-ones and the opportunities that we gave
    up were disappointing. I think we really got away from out game today. We still battled to keep the door
    open going into the third and obviously we just weren’t able to generate enough… giving up those
    opportunities and the amount of goals, obviously you can’t win hockey games this late, yeah we just got
    away for whatever reason…”
    Q: On Joseph Woll’s play:
    John Tavares: Yeah, it could have been a lot worse. One hundred percent. It’s not good enough the way
    we defended tonight and the way we played through the neutral zone. Especially just allowed them to use
    their speed and their skill which they’re so good with… He did a good job making a bunch of saves
    keeping it what it was because of that we got it to 5-3 and gave ourselves a little bit of hope in the third
    and obviously you know what happened.”
    On the emotions of the game and where the game got away from them:
    Auston Matthews: “I’m not really sure to be honest, I think it was just kind of a snowball effect. It just kind
    of spiraled out of control. It wasn’t really hockey in that third period, it was a bit of a gong show. I don’t
    really know how else to put it.”
    Q: On an emotional game:
    Morgan Rielly: “Yeah I think it’s important to balance it. We want to try to win the game but you want to
    stick up for your teammates and try to stick together as a group. So, I think you have to find the balance
    and keep pushing all the way to the end.”
    Q: On getting back into the lineup:
    Timothy Liljegren: “It felt good. Obviously, it would have felt better if we had won but it felt good to get
    back out there.


2021-22 Matchups vs. Columbus: First of Three
2020-21 Record vs. Columbus: N/A
Next Game vs. Columbus: Monday, December 27 at Columbus
Toronto Season Record: 17-7-2
Toronto Home Record: 10-3-1
TV: TSN4 RADIO: Sportsnet 590


December 7, 2021 Forward Joey Anderson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) December 7, 2021
Defencemen Alex Biega and Kristins Rubns and forward Alex Steeves
have been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
December 5, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies
December 3, 2021
Goaltender Petr Mrázek has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
on an LTIR conditioning loan

Score: Toronto 3 at Winnipeg 6
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
TOR Goals: Bunting, Matthews, Kaše
WPG Goals: Dubois, Copp, Svechnikov, Connor, Ehlers, Scheifele
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 35/41, .854 SV%
WPG Goaltender: Hellebuyck, 32/35, .914 SV%
TOR Power Play: 2-for-5
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-5
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

Travis Dermott (Shoulder)
Rasmus Sandin (Knee) *On Injured Reserve
Mitch Marner (Shoulder) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Games Lost to Injury: 28

First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2)
All-Time Record: 14-11-1-4 (30 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 6-6-1-3 (16 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 8-5-0-1 (14 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 19, 2018 (Toronto 4 vs. Columbus 2)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-1-1
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-3-2

Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (40), John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (22)
Goals: John Tavares (14), Wayne Simmonds (10), Mitch Marner (5)
Assists: John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (9), Jason Spezza (8)
John Tavares (33), Wayne Simmonds (17), Jason Spezza (12), Mitch
Marner (12)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), Kyle Clifford (23), John Tavares (16)

Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .692 3.08 2.35 25.7% 82.4% 34.5 31.2 55.0%
Columbus .565 3.22 3.26 20.0% 84.1% 29.6 34.4 50.9%

Power Play: 19/74 (25.7%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 6 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 10 – Matthews (6G, 4A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22

Penalty Kill: 61/74 (82.4%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

Tuesday games 3rd of 14 (8 home, 6 road)
Back-to-Backs played 5 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-3-0
December games 4th of 13 (6 home, 7 road)

TJ BRODIE Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
JACK CAMPBELL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16 vs. NSH
JACK CAMPBELL Recorded his 50th career NHL win, Nov. 18 vs. NYR
PIERRE ENGVALL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25 at CAR. Per NHL Stats,
Matthews required the second-fewest games to reach 200 goals in Maple
Leafs history among players who debuted with the team, trailing only
Charlie Conacher (317 games)
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27 at CHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JASON SPEZZA Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28 at ANA
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18 vs. NYR
JOHN TAVARES Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13 at BUF

TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
TRAVIS DERMOTT One point away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
DAVID KÄMPF Five assists away from 50 career NHL assists
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
MORGAN RIELLY Two games away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Five games away from 900 career NHL games played


GOALS 15 – Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 37 – Holl
ASSISTS 15 – Marner, Rielly, Tavares TAKEAWAYS 27 – Marner
POINTS 26 – Tavares (11G, 15A) HITS 61 – Ritchie
POWER PLAY POINTS 10 – Matthews (6G, 4A) TOI PER GAME 24:12 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:12 – Matthews
PIMs 38 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:36 – Muzzin
SHOTS 104 – Matthews WINS 13 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 60.0% – Marner GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.78 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 58.98% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .942 – Campbell


THE LAST GAME: DEC. 5, 2021 – CBJ 6 vs. SJS 4
CBJ Goal Scorers: Boqvist, Kuraly, Sillinger, Roslovic, Boqvist, EN – Texier
SJS Goal Scorers: Bonino, Karlsson, Burns, Hertl
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (30/34, 60:00); SJS – Hill (24/29, 58:59)
CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0 | Shots: CBJ: 30 / SJS: 34
3 Stars: 1. Boqvist, CBJ; 2. Peeke, CBJ; 3. Sillinger, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ snapped season-long 4-game losing streak… CBJ picked up 4th-straight home win… The club was not whistled for a penalty for 1st
time this season… Boqvist notched 2nd 2-goal game of the season/career… Danforth tallied assist for 2nd-straight game… Peeke notched 1st career
multi-point game (0-2-2)… Texier recorded his 1st multi-point game of the season (1-1-2).
Kukan (wrist fracture); Placed on Injured Reserve (10/26); 8 weeks (17 games)
Laine (oblique strain); Placed on Injured Reserve (11/5); 4-to-6 weeks (14 games)
Korpisalo (non-COVID illness); Placed on Injured Reserve (12/1); (3 games)
Dec. 3 Placed Korpisalo on IR retroactive to Dec. 1 (non-COVID illness)
Dec. 2 Activated Bemstrom off IR and assigned to Cleveland (AHL) and added Tarasov to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Nov. 20 Activated Domi off COVID-19 list

2021-22 Series: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 at TOR)
2020-21 Series: Did Not Play
2019-20 Series: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at TOR)
All-Time Series: 15-14-1-0 (9-6-1-0 at TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Away): 5-5-0 | 7-3-0
All-Time GF/GA: 86/91
All-Time SF/SA: 939/896
All-Time PP: 17-of-98
All-Time PK: 74-of-90
THE LAST GAME VS. TOR (REG. SEASON): Oct. 21, 2019 – CBJ (4) at TOR (3) OT
CBJ Goal Scorers: SH – Nash, Dubois, PP – Wennberg, PS – Nyquist
TOR Goal Scorers: SH – Kapanen, Matthews, Nylander
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (28/31, 61:57); TOR – Andersen (34/38, 61:57)
CBJ PP: 1/5; PK: 0/2 | Shots: CBJ: 38 / TOR: 31
3 Stars: 1. Nyquist, CBJ; 2. Matthews, TOR; 3. Foligno, CBJ
Noteworthy: Nyquist scored 1st penalty shot OT winner in CBJ history… 2nd time in CBJ history club scored a PPG, SHG and PSG (12/17/05 at
NSH)… 18 blocked shots were a season-high for CBJ… Wennberg tied it with 9:51 remaining before Nyquist won the game 1:57 into OT.
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Dec. 27 at CBJ… Mar. 7 at CBJ
CBJ: McRae (Beaverton), who played in four games for TOR (1983-85), served as GM of London Knights from 2014-16)… Harrington, born in Kingston,
had 0-1-1 in 15 games (2015-16)… Legace (Toronto), Danforth (Oshawa) and Jenner (Dorchester) were all born in Ontario.
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
The teams most recently met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… CBJ have won 12-8-0 in the past
20 games of the series… CBJ are 9-3-0 in last 12 games at TOR… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 28-of-30 victories and 17-straight… CBJ have
both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored at TOR: 6 (11/25/13)… Most goals allowed at TOR: 6 (2/14/18).
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Carlsson notched his 1st NHL point (assist) on 4/9/17 at TOR… Domi tallied his 100th NHL career assist on 10/3/18 at TOR… Voracek played his 500th
NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 23, Injured: 3)
Drafted (12): Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Chinakhov, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo (IR), Merzlikins, Peeke, Sillinger, Tarasov, Texier, Werenski
Trade (8): Bean, Boqvist, Domi, Harrington, Hofmann, Laine (IR), Roslovic, Voracek
Free Agent (6): Bayreuther, Danforth, Kukan (IR), Kuraly, Nyquist, Robinson
The Blue Jackets have been able to fill the back of the net this season, ranking 11th in the NHL in goals-per-game through the first 23 contests (3.22).
The club has scored three-plus goals in 15 of their contests and four-plus goals in ten of them, including posting six on Sunday vs. the Sharks. The team
has averaged almost a goal-a-game more compared to last season (2.39). CBJ have twice finished a campaign averaging better than three goals a
game (club record 3.12 avg. in 2018-19 and 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).
The Blue Jackets have earned their victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in nine of their 13 wins. The club leads the
NHL in wins when allowing the first goal of the game (7, tied) and when trailing heading into the second period (4). Columbus has come back from
multiple goal deficits in two of its contests (Nov. 3 at COL and Nov. 15 vs. DET). The club has also had the flair for the dramatics this season, scoring the
game-winning goal with less than 1:30 left in regulation twice (Nov. 6 vs. COL; Nov. 15 vs. DET).
CBJ’s penalty kill units have come up big over the past five weeks. The team has killed off all opponent power play attempts in 13 of the last 16 games
since Oct. 31. The club is second in the NHL in penalty kill pct. over that span (PIT, 90.7), killing off 35-of-39 attempts (89.7).
Columbus is in the middle of a stretch dominated in road games. Prior to Sunday’s home game, the club had completed a four-game road trip. Following
Thursday’s contest vs. Anaheim at Nationwide Arena, the team will head out on a five-game road trip to face Seattle, western Canadian teams
(Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary) before finishing at Buffalo from Dec. 11-20. CBJ play 7-of-9 games from Nov. 18-Dec. 4 and 13-of-17 from Nov. 18-
Dec. 20 away from Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets kicked off the season as the youngest team in the NHL (avg. age 25.71) and many of the club’s youngest players have already made a
big impact just 23 games into the season. Alexandre Texier (22), has already surpassed his career high in goals (8) and has recorded 6-4-10 in the past
14 games. Cole Sillinger (18), a 2021 first round pick, is the NHL’s youngest player and has 5-5-10 in 23 GP. Adam Boqvist (21) has racked up 5-3-8
and 2 multi-goal/point contests in the last 7 games and ranks 4th-T among NHL defensemen in goals this season with 6-3-9 in 16 GP .
Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (10-4-0 in 14 GP) made franchise history in requiring the fewest games to reach 10 wins in a season with the victory on
Sunday vs. San Jose. Sergei Bobrovsky previously held the record at 10 wins in the first 15 contests (2016-17 and 2017-18). Merzlikins ranks first-T in
the NHL in wins and second in SV% at home this season (min. 8 home GP), going 9-1-0 with a 2.20 GAA and .935 SV% in 10 contests. Merzlikins
notched his 1st shutout of the season on Nov. 24 vs. Winnipeg (8th of NHL career) and has a 2.72 GAA and .920 SV% in 14 GP.
•Bjorkstrand is 4 points from 200 for his CBJ/NHL career
•Boqvist is 8 games from 100 for his NHL career
•Domi is 7 goals from 100 for his NHL career and 8 assists from 200 for his NHL career
•Kuraly is 7 games from 300 for his NHL career
•Nyquist is 7 games from 600 for his NHL career and 7 games from his 100 for his CBJ career
•Voracek is 9 games from 1,000 for his NHL career
•CBJ had the most diverse roster to open the season with 10 countries represented
•CBJ’s 9 wins and 18 points are the most through the 1st 12 home games of a season in club history
•CBJ are 5-0-0 in OT/SO this season; marking the 2nd time the club has started a campaign with wins in their 1st 5 games that were decided after
regulation (2005-06, finished 14-1-3)
•CBJ rank 13th-T in the NHL on the power play at 20.0 percent (12-of-60), which would represent the 2nd-best PP pct. in club history (21.7 pct., 2014-
•CBJ rank 3rd in goals with 18 (COL-25, ANA-20) and 7th in the NHL in points (61) by defensemen
•CBJ are in the middle of a stretch of 13-of-16 games played against Western Conference teams from 11/18-12/18
•CBJ rank 5th in the NHL in goals scored in the 3rd period (31)
•CBJ, in partnership with WBNS-10TV, are holding a toy collection on 12/9 vs. ANA with the toys donated to The Salvation Army of Central Ohio’s
Christmas Cheer program
•CBJ have had 20 different players record goals this season, while 22-of-24 skaters have recorded at least 1 point
•Domi has 2-4-6 in the last 8 GP
•Gavrikov leads CBJ in +/- rating (+9), CBJ D-men in assists-T (11) and has 2-8-10 in his last 14 GP
•Jenner scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season on 12/2 at DAL and has 7-4-11 in his last 14 GP
•Kuraly leads CBJ in hits (60) and has a hit in 21-of-23 games
•Peeke (44) and Gavrikov (40) lead the club in blocked shots
•Peeke, who notched his 1st career multi-point game (0-2-2) and played a career-high 23:16 on Sun. vs. SJS, has played 20+ minutes in 6 of last 7
•Tarasov set the CBJ record for most saves in his NHL debut after stopping 34-of-37 shots on 12/2 at DAL
•Voracek ranks 2nd in the NHL with 15 primary assists and 4th-T in PP assists (9) and 17th in assists overall (18)
•Werenski became the 2nd blueliner in CBJ history (Jones, 223) to record 200 career points with his 1st of 2 assists on 11/18 at Vegas and ranks 3rd-T
in the NHL in TOI/GP (26:10)
GOALS: 8 (10/14 vs ARI)… GOALS AGAINST: 6 – 2x (MR: 11/30 at NSH)… PPG: 2 – 3x (MR: 11/27 at STL)… PPGA: 3 (10/23 vs CAR)… SHOTS: 46
(11/18 at ARI)… SHOTS AGAINST: 45 (10/19 at DET)… PIM: 22 (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 29 – 2x (MR: 11/6 vs COL)… FOW: 40 (11/20 at VGK)… BKS:
21 (11/3 at COL)
GOALS: 2 – 9x, MR: Boqvist (12/5 vs SJS)… ASSISTS: 3, Bjorkstrand (10/21 vs NYI)… POINTS: 4, Bjorkstrand (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 9, Kuraly (10/16
vs SEA)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +4 – 2x, MR: Werenski, Domi (11/22 at BUF)… SOG: 10, Werenski (11/6 vs COL)… TOI: 33:03 – Werenski (10/31 at
NJD)… SAVES: 41, Korpisalo (10/19 at DET, 43 shots