BUFFALO SABRES (12-10-4 – 28 Points) vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (12-11-4 – 28 Points)
NOV. 30, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪ TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BUFFALO
ALL-TIME RECORD: 81-105-18-11 (214 Games
ALL-TIME AT HOME: 47-40-12-5 (106 Games) 2019-20: 0-1-0
LAST FIVE: 4-1-0 LAST 10: 7-3-0
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BUFFALO GAMES PLAYED: Jason Spezza (64), John Tavares (31), Morgan Rielly (24)
GOALS: Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (20), Auston Matthews (9)
ASSISTS: Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (18), Morgan Rielly (12)
POINTS: Jason Spezza (71), John Tavares (38), Auston Matthews (14), Morgan Rielly (14)
PENALTY MINUTES: Jason Spezza (44), Zach Hyman (18), John Tavares (14) MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES TEAM STATS
TORONTO BUFFALO GOALS FOR (Rank): 90 (t-3rd) 76 (17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank): 89 (t-28th) 79 (t-16th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank): 15/81 [18.5%] (16th) 15/82 [18.3%] (18th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank): 64/86 [74.4%] (28th) 62/82 [75.6%] (25th)
SHOTS (Rank): 907 (2nd) 811 (18th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank): 1394 (1st) 1100 (24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank): 53.4% (3rd) 50.1% (14th)
FACEOFF % (Rank): 52.7% (t-2nd) 46.3% (31st)
MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES NOTES
FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS: November 18, 1970 vs. Buffalo (Buffalo 7, Toronto 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD: 81-105-18-11 (215 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME: 47-40-12-5 (106 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD: 32-65-6-6 (109 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD: March 20, 2019 (Toronto 4, Buffalo 2)
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SABRES Frederik Andersen 100th win as a Maple Leaf (Feb. 25, 2019 vs. BUF) Tyson Barrie 100th NHL point (Goal) (March 28, 2015 (COL) vs. BUF) Cody Ceci First NHL game (Dec. 12, 2013 (OTT) vs. BUF) Frederik Gauthier First NHL game (March 19, 2016 vs. BUF) Zach Hyman First NHL point (Goal) (March 7, 2016 vs. BUF) Martin Marincin First goal as a Maple Leaf (March 19, 2016 vs. BUF) Auston Matthews 200th NHL point (Assist) (March 20, 2019 at BUF) Nic Petan First game as a Maple Leaf (March 2 vs. BUF) First point as a Maple Leaf (Goal) (March 2 vs. BUF)
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS CATEGORY LEADER GOALS 16 (Matthews)
ASSISTS 17 (Rielly) POINTS 30 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS 8 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS 2 (Kapanen)
PIMs 18 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS 100 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN% 58.0% (Matthews) 5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % 62.2% (Petan) BLOCKED SHOTS 51 (Ceci) TAKEAWAYS 24 (Marner) HITS 58 (Muzzin) TOI PER GAME 24:54 (Rielly) PP TOI PER GAME 3:14 (Marner, Matthews) SH TOI PER GAME 3:19 (Ceci)
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER
Frederik Andersen – Is 6-3-3 on home ice this season with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. – Has a 10-3-0 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against average in 14 career games against Buffalo. – Has six wins against Buffalo as a Maple Leaf, which is tied with Curtis Joseph for the second-most wins against the Sabres in franchise history. – Tied for third in the NHL in wins (12). – Fourth in the NHL in saves (578) and sixth in even-strength saves (465).
Tyson Barrie – Eighth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (72). – Tied for third among NHL defencemen in points (3-3-6; 5 GP) since November 19. – Has recorded eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 12 career games against the Sabres. Cody Ceci – Tied for 16th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (51). – Sixth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (89:30). – Has started 172 shifts in the defensive zone, which is the fifth-most defensive zone starts among all NHL skaters.
Frederik Gauthier – Has won 56.7 percent (80 won, 61 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
Justin Holl – Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 55.0 percent at 5-on-5, which leads all Maple Leafs defencemen.
Zach Hyman – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 56.7 percent, which ranks second among Toronto skaters. – Averaging 17:42 per game in ice time through eight games since returning from injury.
Kasperi Kapanen – Has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last five games against the Sabres. – Is the only Maple Leaf to have scored the first goal of the game on multiple occasions this season.
Auston Matthews – Tied for fifth among NHL skaters in goals (16). – Tied for third among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (12). – One of five NHL skaters with at least 100 shots on goal to this point of the season. – Has scored nine goals in 12 career games against the Sabres, which is the most by a single skater against Buffalo since he entered the League in 2016-17.
Ilya Mikheyev – Tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded shots on goal (10). – Second among NHL rookies in shots on goal (64). – Leads NHL rookies and is tied for second on the Maple Leafs in even-strength points (4-13-17).
Jake Muzzin – Tied for seventh among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (9). – One of four NHL defencemen and 14 NHL skaters to have registered at least 55 hits (58) and at least 50 shots on goal (57).
William Nylander – Has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 15 career games against the Sabres. – Has recorded 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 13 games during the month of November. – Has notched eight primary assists, which is tied for second among Toronto skaters.
Nic Petan – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.2 percent (153 for, 93 against) through 12 games, which is the highest percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Morgan Rielly – Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in points (3-17-20). – Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (3-12-15). – Tied for second among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (12). – Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:54). – Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.8). – Has recorded 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 23 games against the Sabres since entering the League, which is tied for the fifth-most points against Buffalo by a defenceman since 2013-14.
Jason Spezza – Averaging the fourth-most points per game (0.89) among Toronto skaters during the month of November (3-5-8; 9 GP). – Averaging 3.1 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season.
John Tavares – Has recorded 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) in 31 career games against the Sabres, which is tied for the second-highest goal and point total against Buffalo since 2009-10 when Tavares entered the League. – Has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in seven games against Atlantic Division opposition this season. – Ranks second among NHLers who have appeared in 20 or less games (20) in faceoffs won (191). – Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoffs won (54.5% – 42 won, 35 lost).
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Kasperi Kapanen Has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
Ilya Mikheyev Has assists (3) in two consecutive games
Morgan Rielly Has assists (3) in two consecutive games.
Jason Spezza Has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
John Tavares Has goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in two consecutive games. Dmytro Timashov Has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Frederik Andersen Four wins from 200 career NHL wins.
Morgan Rielly Three games from 500 career NHL games.
John Tavares One assist from 400 career NHL assists.
John Tavares 100th game as a Maple Leaf (November 23 at Colorado)
Mitch Marner (Ankle) On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder) On injured reserve.
Man Games Lost: 57
RECENT TRANSACTIONS November 29 Loaned defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL). November 25 Recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to the Toronto Marlies.