MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES VS. BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (3-3-2 – 8 Points) vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (5-3-1 – 11 Points)

OCTOBER 21, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON)

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HISTORY versus COLUMBUS ALL-TIME RECORD: 14-11-1-3

ALL-TIME at HOME: 6-6-1-2 2019-20: 1-0-0 LAST 5: 4-1-0 LAST 10: 5-4-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus COLUMBUS :

GAMES: John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (21), Morgan Rielly (19) POINTS: John Tavares (33), Jason Spezza (12), Tyson Barrie (11), Mitch Marner (11) GOALS: John Tavares (14), Mitch Marner (5), Jason Spezza (4) ASSISTS: John Tavares (19), Tyson Barrie (9), Morgan Rielly (9) PENALTY MINUTES: John Tavares (16), Jake Muzzin (14), Tyson Barrie (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – BLUE JACKETS TEAM STATS TORONTO COLUMBUS :

GOALS FOR (Rank): 35 (t-2nd) 18 (t-26th) GOALS AGAINST (Rank): 30 (t-25th) 26 (t-15th) POWER PLAY [%] (Rank): 7/26 [26.9%] (9th) 3/23 [13.0%] (25th) PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank): 23/29 [79.3%] (16th) 17/23 [73.9%] (21st) SHOTS (Rank): 306 (6th) 275 (12th) 5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank): 413 (1st) 340 (12th) 5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank): 54.1% (4th) 52.6% (6th) FACEOFF % (Rank): 53.0% (5th) 50.0% (t-16th)

MAPLE LEAFS – BLUE JACKETS NOTES – Tonight’s game marks the 30th meeting between the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets. – The first matchup between the franchises took place on February 14, 2001 when the clubs played to a 2-2 tie in Toronto.

– The Maple Leafs have a record of 14-11-1-3 in the previous 29 matchups between the clubs.

– The Maple Leafs have a record of 6-6-1-2 in 15 games in Toronto and a record of 8-5-0-1 in 14 games played in Columbus.

– Toronto’s last win over the Blue Jackets in Toronto came on November 19, 2018 (Toronto 4, Columbus 2).

Tyson Barrie skated in his 100th career NHL game on April 1, 2014 at Columbus as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

Cody Ceci registered his first goal and point as a Maple Leaf on October 4, 2019 at Columbus.

Frederik Gauthier recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on April 6, 2016 vs. Columbus

. – Jason Spezza made his Maple Leaf debut on October 4, 2019 at Columbus.

John Tavares recorded his 600th career NHL point with a goal on February 13, 2018 vs. Columbus as a member of the New York Islanders.

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS CATEGORY LEADER GOALS 7 (Matthews) ASSISTS 9 (Rielly) POINTS 11 (Marner, Rielly) POWER PLAY POINTS 6 (Marner) SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 (Kapanen, Moore) PIMs 8 (Kerfoot, Rielly) SHOTS 35 (Matthews) FACEOFF WIN% 62.7% (Gauthier) 5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % 69.4% (Spezza) BLOCKED SHOTS 22 (Ceci) TAKEAWAYS 12 (Marner) HITS 21 (Timashov) TOI PER GAME 24:46 (Rielly) PP TOI PER GAME 2:43 (Tavares) SH TOI PER GAME 3:27 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS NOTABLES

Frederik Andersen is 6-2-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 10 career regular season appearances against Columbus.

Tyson Barrie is one 33 NHL defencemen to have registered a least 20 shots on goal this season (21).

Cody Ceci is tied for seventh in the NHL in blocked shots (22). He is tied for 11th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (31:06).

Frederik Gauthier has started 4.1 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among NHL skaters who have appeared in at least five games.

Justin Holl has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 56.9 percent, which ranks 14th among NHL defencemen who have skated in at least five games.

Michael Hutchinson is 2-1-0 with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in three career games against the Blue Jackets.

Andreas Johnsson has recorded 39 (20 goals, 19 assists) of his 51 career points on home ice. He is tied for sixth among NHL left wings in power play points (2-1-3).

Kasperi Kapanen ranks 10th among NHL right wings with 17:55 in shorthanded ice time this season. His four even-strength assists place him in a tie for fourth-most among NHL right wingers.

Alex Kerfoot leads Maple Leafs centres in hits (12). He is one of 21 NHL centres to have registered at least 10 hits (12) and 10 shots on goal (13), while taking at least 75 faceoffs (88).

Mitch Marner is tied for third among all NHL skaters in power play points with six (2-4-6). He is tied for second in the NHL in takeaways (12). Marner is one of 21 skaters to have registered at least 30 shots on goal.

Auston Matthews is tied for third in the NHL in goals (7) and is tied for the NHL lead in evenstrength goals (5) through nine games in 2019-20. He is tied for sixth among NHL skaters in shots on goal (35). He ranks seventh among skaters who have taken at least 80 faceoffs in faceoff win percentage (60.2% – 50 won, 33 lost).

Ilya Mikheyev is tied for second in points among rookie skaters (3-4-7). He leads all rookies in shorthanded ice time per game (2:31)

. – Trevor Moore ranks second among NHL rookies in hits (20) and is tied for third among NHL rookies in takeaways (6).

Jake Muzzin is averaging 30.2 shifts per game – the highest average among all NHL skaters. His 23:39 time on ice per game average is 2:25 higher than his career ice time average (21:14).

William Nylander has registered four (2-2-4) of his five points on home ice this season. He leads Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (62.0%) over the last five games.

Morgan Rielly is 10th in the NHL in time on ice per game (24:46). He is tied for fifth among all NHL skaters in assists (9). His 20 wrist shots are tied for the lead among all NHL defencemen.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

– Ilya Mikheyev has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games, – Jake Muzzin has assists (2) in two consecutive games.

RECENT MILESTONES – October 19: Dmytro Timashov scored his first career NHL goal.

– October 15: Morgan Rielly recorded his 200th career NHL assist.

UPCOMING MILESTONES – Frederik Andersen is one game from 200 games as a Maple Leaf. – Michael Hutchinson is four wins from 50 career NHL wins.

– Auston Matthews is five assists from 100 career NHL assists.

INJURY REPORT

– Travis Dermott (shoulder) is on injured reserve.

– Zach Hyman (knee) is on injured reserve.

– Andreas Johnsson (leg) left Toronto’s game on October 19 vs. Boston and did not return. – John Tavares (finger) sustained a broken finger on October 16 at Washington.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS – October 14: Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned defenceman Rasmus Sandin to the Marlies.

RAPTORS CONVERT BRISSETT TO TWO-WAY CONTRACT

RAPTORS CONVERT BRISSETT TO TWO-WAY CONTRACT

            The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have exercised the two-way player conversion option on forward Oshae Brissett. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

            Brissett, 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, averaged 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 10.2 minutes in four preseason outings with the Raptors.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Brissett played two collegiate seasons (2017-19) at Syracuse, posting averages of 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 35.7 minutes in 71 career contests. He was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2017-18.

On the international stage, Brissett trained with Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team during the squad’s preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup before withdrawing due to a left knee injury. He also helped Canada earn a silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile, averaging 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 27.6 minutes in five games.

            The Raptors will tip off their 25th season in the National Basketball Association at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 22 vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. The team will celebrate their 2019 NBA Championship on opening night with a ring ceremony and banner unveil prior to the game.

Toronto’s roster currently stands at 16 players after the team waived forward Devin Robinson and guards Matt Morgan, Cameron Payne and Isaiah Taylor over the weekend.

RAPTORS MAKE SIAKAM SIGNING OFFICIAL

RAPTORS SIGN PASCAL SIAKAM TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that forward Pascal Siakam has signed a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed (but reported at $130-million, four years).

“Pascal has been relentless in everything he has achieved,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said. “He has embraced our development philosophies from Day One, he’s one of us and a unique talent. He has improved himself every season without cutting any corners. He is a testament to hard work paying off and we’re thrilled that he will continue his career here in Toronto.”

Entering his fourth season with the Raptors, Siakam holds career averages of 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 23.5 minutes in 216 regular-season appearances. He was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2018-19 season after posting career-high averages for points (16.9), rebounds (6.9) and assists (3.1) while making a career-best 79 three-pointers. Siakam scored a career-high 44 points Feb. 13, 2019 vs. Washington – one of 26 games he recorded with 20 or more points, which ranked second on the team. He also earned a career-high 18 double-doubles. During the post-season Siakam ranked second in Toronto’s NBA championship run averaging 19.0 points and 7.1 rebounds in 24 playoff games.

A native of Cameroon, Siakam was selected 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft following two seasons at New Mexico State. He was named the 2017 NBA G League Finals MVP after helping Raptors 905 earn its first championship.