SABRES AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Ilya Mikheyev leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (68:51). … Second among NHL rookies in shots on goal (83). … Tied for the lead among NHL rookies and tied for third among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (5-13-18).

BUFFALO SABRES (16-11-7 – 39 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (16-14-4 – 36 Points)

DECEMBER 17, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BUFFALO

ALL-TIME RECORD:82-105-18-11 (216 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:50-40-12-5 (107 Games)
2019-20:1-1-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:7-3-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BUFFALO

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (64), John Tavares (32), Morgan Rielly (25)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (21), Auston Matthews (9)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (12)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (71), John Tavares (40), Auston Matthews (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (44), Zach Hyman (18), John Tavares (16)

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOBUFFALO
GOALS FOR (Rank):109 (t-5th)106 (t-10th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       107 (25th)102 (17th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):19/92 [20.6%] (11th)20/107 [18.6%] (16th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):79/104 [76.6%] (26th)76/101 [75.2%] (29th)
SHOTS (Rank):1136 (4th)1052 (17th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1736 (1st)1447 (23rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (6th)50.0% (t-16th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.1% (5th)45.6% (31st)

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:November 18, 1970 vs. Buffalo (Buffalo 7, Toronto 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:82-105-18-11 (216 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:50-40-12-5 (107 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:32-65-6-6 (109 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:November 30, 2019 (Toronto 2, Buffalo 1)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SABRES

Frederik Andersen100th win as a Maple Leaf (February 25, 2019 vs. BUF)
Tyson Barrie100th NHL point (Goal) (March 28, 2015 (COL) vs. BUF)
Cody CeciFirst NHL game (December 12, 2013 (OTT) vs. BUF)
Frederik GauthierFirst NHL game (March 19, 2016 vs. BUF)
Zach HymanFirst NHL point (Goal) (March 7, 2016 vs. BUF)
Martin MarincinFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (March 19, 2016 vs. BUF)
Auston Matthews200th NHL point (Assist) (March 20, 2019 at BUF)
John Tavares400th NHL assist (November 30, 2019 vs. BUF)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS19 (Matthews)
ASSISTS19 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS34 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS10 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs24 (Muzzin)
SHOTS124 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.3% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS59 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS35 (Marner)
HITS74 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:36 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME2:59 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:08 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 7-4-3 at home this season with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
– Has made 15 career appearances against Buffalo and is 11-3-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.- Tied for the NHL lead in wins (16).- Second in the NHL in saves (777) and even-strength saves (651).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 13.9 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has been on the ice for the seventh-most shot attempts for (649) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-107, which is tied for 12th among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– Has an on-ice goal differential of plus-six at even-strength, which is tied for the second highest even-strength goal differential among Toronto skaters.- 10th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (106:46).
Justin Holl– Has started his 44.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.7 percent at 5-on-5, which leads Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Sixth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks ninth among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.8 percent, which ranks second among Toronto skaters. 
Kasperi Kapanen– Has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games against Atlantic Division teams.- Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-7-13).- Has played 37.6 percent of the Maple Leafs’ shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength goals (5).- Lone Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (27) and 20 blocked shots (23) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 0.57 primary assists per game, which ranks seventh among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Tied for first among NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in assists (19).- Tied for fourth in the NHL in takeaways (35). Averages 4.51 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.6).
Auston Matthews– Eighth among NHL skaters in goals (19).- Tied for sixth among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (14).- Tied for 15th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (14-10-24).- Eighth in the NHL with 124 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for fourth among Toronto skaters.
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 8.7 shots on goal per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the second-highest average among NHLers who have played at least 60 shorthanded minutes.- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (68:51).- Second among NHL rookies in shots on goal (83).- Tied for the lead among NHL rookies and tied for third among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (5-13-18).
Jake Muzzin– Played 27:01 in ice time on December 14 at Edmonton, which marked the 12th time he has played over 27 minutes in his career.- Has drawn nine penalties this season, which leads Toronto defencemen and is tied for second among Maple Leafs skaters.- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.
William Nylander– Has recorded six primary assists at 5-on-5, which is tied for second among Toronto skaters.  – Averages 2.06 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters.- Has recorded 12 points (4-8-12) in 17 career games against the Sabres, which is tied for his highest point total against a single opponent.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in points (3-19-22).- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-13-16).- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (12).- Ranks 12th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:36).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.6).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.53 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which leads Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.40 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which is the sixth-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Has 40 points (21 goals, 19 assists) in 32 career games against Buffalo.- Averaging 16.5 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Tied for the Maple Leafs lead in points (10-8-18; 19 GP) since returning to the lineup from injury on November 5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.2 percent, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-5-7) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootFour points from 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen200th NHL win (December 14 at EDM)
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 70

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 16Recalled defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 15Loaned forward Pontus Aberg and defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 13Loaned forward Nic Petan to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

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