RANGERS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Alex Kerfoot played 17:14 Friday at New Jersey, his second-highest single-game ice time total this season. He is the only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (29) and 20 blocked shots (25) this season.



UPDATE ON MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD ILYA MIKHEYEV

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev was taken to University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey for surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist that were severed during the team’s game against the New Jersey Devils last night. Following successful surgery, Mikheyev will remain in hospital in New Jersey for further monitoring before returning to Toronto. The 25-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but a more accurate timeline for his return will be provided in three months. The Toronto Maple Leafs and our medical team would like to thank the New Jersey Devils and their medical staff and the University Hospital’s staff and hand and vascular surgery team for their urgent care.



NEW YORK RANGERS (18-15-4 – 40 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (21-14-4 – 46 Points)

DECEMBER 28, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus NEW YORK RANGERS

ALL-TIME RECORD:288-222-95-10 (615 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:168-94-39-5 (306 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:6-2-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus NEW YORK RANGERS

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (47), Jason Spezza (43), Cody Ceci (19)
GOALS:John Tavares (14), Jason Spezza (13), Zach Hyman (5)
ASSISTS:John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (22), Tyson Barrie (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (41), Jason Spezza (35), Tyson Barrie (12)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (44), Jason Spezza (24), Zach Hyman (7)

MAPLE LEAFS – RANGERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTONEW YORK
GOALS FOR (Rank):137 (2nd)119 (t-14th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       124 (25th)119 (t-19th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):25/107 [23.3%] (6th)25/132 [18.9%] (t-16th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):88/116 [75.8%] (26th)109/138 [78.9%] (22nd)
SHOTS (Rank):1308 (3rd)1089 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1988 (1st)1434 (31st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.8% (5th)44.2% (31st)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.1% (4th)46.5% (29th)

MAPLE LEAFS – RANGERS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:November 20, 1926 vs. New York (New York 5, Toronto 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:288-222-95-10 (615 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:168-94-39-5 (306 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:120-128-56-5 (309 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:December 22, 2018 (Toronto 5, New York 3)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. RANGERS

Tyson Barrie300th NHL game (Dec. 31, 2016 vs. NYR)
Frederik Gauthier100th NHL game (March 23, 2019 vs. NYR)
Zach Hyman100th NHL game (Oct. 7, 2017 vs. NYR)
Alex KerfootFirst NHL game (Oct. 5, 2017 (COL) at NYR)
First NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 5, 2017 (COL) at NYR)
Martin Marincin100th game as a Maple Leaf (Dec. 22, 2018 vs. NYR)
Jason Spezza500th NHL assist (Jan. 5, 2016 (DAL) at NYR)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS24 (Matthews)
ASSISTS25 (Marner)
POINTS43 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS12 (Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS139 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%59.3% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.6% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS69 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS42 (Marner)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:21 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:03 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:06 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 9-4-3 at home this season with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Rangers and is 6-2-2 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (19).- Third in the NHL in saves (857) and tied for second in even-strength saves (719).- Fourth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the sixth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has been on the ice for the eighth-most shot attempts for (748) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-120, which is 13th among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– Has an on-ice goal differential of plus-eight 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 (120:52).- Has played 62.0 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is the 11th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Justin Holl– Has started 45.0 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 is tied for the highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Second among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (250).
Zach Hyman– Averaging 1.58 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks eighth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 10 games.
– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.7 percent, which ranks eighth among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Averaging 15:35 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.  
Kasperi Kapanen– Has scored nine goals this season, which is tied for 11th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (7-8-15).- Has played 35.1 percent of the Maple Leafs’ shorthanded ice time, which ranks fourth among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Played 17:14 on December 27 at New Jersey, which is his second-highest single-game ice time total this season.- Lone Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (29) and 20 blocked shots (25) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 0.54 primary assists per game, which is ninth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Tied for 14th in the NHL in primary assists (15). His 15 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in less than 30 games.- Second in the NHL in takeaways (42).- Ninth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.5).
Auston Matthews– Tied for second among NHL skaters in goals (24).- Tied for the lead among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (18).- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (17).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (18-13-31).- Tied for ninth in the NHL with 139 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 62.9 percent at 5-on-5, which leads Toronto skaters and ranks 10th among NHLers who average at least 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time.
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 8.8 shots on goal per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is the fourth-highest average among NHLers who have played at least 60 shorthanded minutes.- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (75:03).- Leads NHL rookies and is tied for third among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).
Jake Muzzin– Has drawn 12 penalties this season, which leads Toronto defencemen and is tied for fifth among NHL defencemen.- 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 10 primary assists, which is tied for fourth among Toronto skaters.  – Averages 1.07 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Has recorded nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 10 career games against the Rangers.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 14th among NHL defencemen in points (3-22-25).- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:21).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.5).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.48 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the second-highest average among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.24 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which leads the Maple Leafs and is the ninth-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 25 games.
John Tavares– Has 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 47 career games against New York, which is the fourth-highest point total against the Rangers since 2009-10.- Averaging 17.09 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 9.14 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 10th among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.1 percent, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Zach HymanHas points (3-4-7) in three consecutive games.
Alex KerfootHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Ilya MikheyevHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and assists (5) and points (2-5-7) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen23 minutes from 20,000 career minutes
Alex KerfootOne point from 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

None 
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)Left Toronto’s game on Dec. 27 at NJD.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)Out indefinitely
 Man Games Lost: 79

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 27Recalled forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
December 23Loaned forward Jeremy Bracco to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 23Recalled forward Jeremy Bracco from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 21Loaned forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Activated forward Trevor Moore from the injured reserve.
  

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET

Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON Rangers:18-15-4 (40 pts)Maple Leafs: 21-14-4 (46 pts)

 * See the attached document for additional information on all Rangers players (Note: all statistics in the attached document are reflective of games ending on Dec. 26) The New York Rangers’ 2019-20 Media Guide can be accessed via the following link: https://nhl.bamcontent.com/images/assets/binary/309230326/binary-file/file.pdf

SATURDAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 38th game of the 2019-20 season, conclude a back-to-back set, and begin a season-long four-game road trip, Dec. 28, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Scotiabank Arena (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has earned at least one point in 11 of the last 17 games (9-6-2 record). 

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULEThe Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to the contest. Rangers Head Coach David Quinn will be available to the media at approximately 5:30 p.m.*Schedule and availability subject to change RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

  • All-Time*: 232-281-95-7 (133-116-56-4 at home; 99-165-39-3 on the road) *Note: The first three games between the two franchises were when the Maple Leafs franchise was called the Toronto St. Patricks. The franchise changed its name during the 1926-27 season.
  • 2019-20: This is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs, and the only meeting between the two teams at Toronto. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following Toronto’s 6-3 win on Dec. 20 at MSG. Pavel Buchnevich tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the contest, and Brady Skjei and Ryan Strome each registered a goal. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Maple Leafs will face each other on the following date: Feb. 5 (at MSG).
  • The Rangers have won eight of their past 14 games against Toronto, dating back to Feb. 10, 2015 (8-6-0 record over the span).
  • The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 24 games against the Maple Leafs, dating back to Jan. 14, 2012 (14-9-1 record over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 27 of their last 39 games against Toronto, dating back to Dec. 29, 2007 (22-12-5 record over the span).
  • Andy Bathgate is the Rangers’ all-time leader in goals (51), assists (82), and points (133) against Toronto, and he ranks second in games played (142) against Toronto in franchise history. Harry Howell is the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played against the Maple Leafs (222). Gump Worsley is the Rangers’ all-time leader in wins against Toronto (38).

RANGERS-MAPLE LEAFS CONNECTIONS

  • Greg McKegg was selected by Toronto in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, played in the Maple Leafs organization for parts of four seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2014-15), and skated in four NHL games with Toronto over parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • The Rangers have five Ontario-born players on their roster: Greg McKegg (St. Thomas, Ontario), Micheal Haley (Guelph, Ontario), Brendan Smith (Mimico, Ontario), Marc Staal (Thunder Bay, Ontario), and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, Ontario).
  • Brendan Shanahan played two seasons with the Rangers (2006-07 and 2007-08). Chris Drury and Shanahan were teammates with the Rangers in 2007-08.
  • William Nylander is the son of former Ranger Michael Nylander, who played two seasons with the Blueshirts (2005-06 and 2006-07). Henrik Lundqvist and Michael Nylander were teammates with the Rangers in 2005-06 and 2006-07, and Lundqvist, Michael Nylander, and Brendan Shanahan were all teammates with the Rangers in 2006-07.
  • Adam Brooks played with the Rangers at the 2015 Traverse City Tournament.
  • Ryan Strome and John Tavares were teammates with the Islanders for parts of four seasons (2013-14 – 2016-17). Micheal Haley and Tavares were teammates with the Islanders for parts of three seasons (2009-10 – 2011-12).
  • Jacob Trouba, Brendan Lemieux, and Nic Petan were all teammates with the Jets for parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). Trouba and Petan were teammates with the Jets for parts of four seasons (2015-16 – 2018-19). In addition, Lemieux and Petan were teammates in the Jets organization (either with the Jets or the Manitoba Moose of the AHL) for parts of three seasons (2016-17 – 2018-19). Trouba and Michael Hutchinson were teammates with the Jets for parts of five seasons (2013-14 – 2017-18).
  • Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza were teammates with the Senators for parts of three seasons (2011-12 – 2013-14). Zibanejad and Cody Ceci were teammates with the Senators for parts of three seasons (2013-14 – 2015-16).
  • Micheal Haley and Michael Hutchinson were teammates with the Panthers for part of one season (2018-19).
  • Brendan Smith and John Tavares were teammates with the Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA Team in 2003-04 and the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA Team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) in 2004-05. In addition, Smith and Tavares were also teammates with Canada-Ontario at the 2006 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Adam Fox and Alexander Kerfoot were teammates with Harvard University for one season (2016-17). Fox and Kerfoot helped Harvard win the ECAC Hockey Championship in 2016-17, and both players were named to the ECAC Hockey First All-Star Team.
  • Brady Skjei and Justin Holl were teammates at the University of Minnesota for two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14).
  • Jacob Trouba and Zach Hyman were teammates at the University of Michigan for one season (2013-13).
  • Henrik Lundqvist and William Nylander helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Lundqvist and Nylander also represented Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Brady Skjei, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner were all selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2016-17.
  • Artemi Panarin and Auston Matthews won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in back-to-back seasons (Panarin – 2015-16; Matthews – 2016-17).
  • Ryan Strome and Cody Ceci helped Canada-Ontario earn a silver medal at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Brady Skjei and Auston Matthews represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, and David Quinn was one of the team’s Assistant Coaches in the tournament.
  • Tony DeAngelo and Auston Matthews represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Tony DeAngelo and Trevor Moore represented the United States at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
  • Marc Staal and John Tavares represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championship, and Rangers legend Mark Messier was the team’s General Manager in the tournament.
  • Pavel Buchnevich and Ilya Mikheyev represented Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Jason Spezza represented Sweden and Canada, respectively, at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2001 and 2002.
  • Chris Kreider and John Tavares were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Tony DeAngelo, Kasperi Kapanen, and William Nylander were all selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Brett Howden and Auston Matthews were both selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Jacob Trouba, Auston Matthews, and Morgan Rielly were all teammates with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Ryan Strome, Cody Ceci, and Morgan Rielly all represented Canada during the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge.
  • Brady Skjei, Jacob Trouba, Cody Ceci, and Morgan Rielly were all selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Kaapo Kakko and Jason Spezza were both selected with the second overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft (Kakko – 2019 by the Rangers; Spezza – 2001 by Ottawa).
  • Tyson Barrie was coached by David Quinn and David Oliver in the Avalanche organization (Quinn – Assistant Coach with the Avalanche in 2012-13; Oliver – Assistant Coach with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League in 2011-12 and 2012-13).
  • Lindy Ruff coached Jason Spezza with the Stars for three seasons (2014-15 – 2016-17). In addition, Ruff coached Spezza on Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.
  • Tony DeAngelo was coached by Sheldon Keefe with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for part of one season (2014-15).
  • Brett Howden was coached by Sheldon Keefe with Canada-White at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Micheal Haley was coached by Paul McFarland (Assistant Coach) with the Panthers for parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19).
  • Brendan Smith was coached by Andrew Brewer (Video Coach) with the Red Wings for one season (2014-15).
  • Ryan Strome was coached by Andrew Brewer (Video Coach) with Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in back-to-back years (2012 and 2013); Canada earn a bronze medal in the tournament in 2012. Strome and Morgan Rielly represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Lindy Ruff (Assistant Coach) and Andrew Brewer (Video Coach) were both members of Canada’s coaching staff at the 2014 Winter Olympics and helped Canada win a gold medal in the tournament; John Tavares played for Canada in the tournament. Jim Ramsay was also Canada’s Athletic Trainer in the tournament. In addition, Ruff and Brewer were also part of the same coaching staff with Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Lindy Ruff and Dave Hakstol were both members of Canada’s coaching staff at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Ruff and Hakstol helped Canada earn a silver medal in the tournament.
  • Benoit Allaire and Laurence Gilman worked with the Coyotes together for six seasons (1998-99 – 2003-04).

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 32 GP, 15-11-5, 2.96 GAA, .897 SV%, 2 SO – Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in two of his last four appearances against Toronto.
  • Alexandar Georgiev – 4 GP, 2-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .932 SV% – Georgiev has made 30 or more saves in each of his four career appearances against the Maple Leafs, including 40 or more saves in each of his two wins against Toronto. He made a single-game career-high 55 saves and earned a win on Feb. 10, 2019 against Toronto at MSG, and he made 44 saves to earn a win on Mar. 23, 2019 at Toronto. Georgiev’s 55 saves on Feb. 10, 2019 were the most any Rangers goaltender has made in a game the team won in franchise history.
  • Artemi Panarin – 11 GP, 4-9-13 – Panarin has recorded a point in nine of 11 career games against the Maple Leafs, including each of his last four games (one goal, three assists in his last four contests).
  • Chris Kreider – 17 GP, 4-11-15 – Kreider has tallied a point in 12 of 17 career games against Toronto. He has recorded a point in seven of his last eight games against the Maple Leafs, registering nine points (two goals, seven assists) over the span. He has also tallied a point in each of his last five games against Toronto (one goal, six assists in the five games).
  • Marc Staal – 35 GP, 3-11-14 – Staal has posted four career multi-point games against Toronto. He has recorded 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in his last 20 games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 26 GP, 7-6-13 – Zibanejad has notched a point in six of his last 13 games against Toronto (four goals, two assists).
  • Ryan Strome – 17 GP, 4-6-10 – Strome has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last 12 games against Toronto. In addition, he enters the contest with a three-game point streak against the Maple Leafs (two goals, one assist), and he has recorded a goal in each of the last two games against Toronto.
  • Jacob Trouba – 10 GP, 2-4-6 – Trouba has notched a point in six of 10 career games against Toronto, and he has tallied an assist/point in three of his last six games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Pavel Buchnevich – 9 GP, 3-3-6 – Buchnevich has recorded a point in five of nine career games against the Maple Leafs, and he has registered a goal/point in each of each of the last two games against Toronto (two goals, one assist).
  • Brady Skjei – 10 GP, 2-3-5 – Skjei has tallied a point in three of the last four games against Toronto (one goal, two assists).

CONNECTING THE DOTS

Several Rangers players have connections with fellow members of the Blueshirts and/or members of the team’s coaching staff in addition to being teammates with the Rangers:

  • Greg Brown and Lindy Ruff were teammates with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) for one season (1991-92).
  • Pavel Buchnevich and Alexandar Georgiev were teammates while representing Russia in international competition during the 2014-15 season.
  • Filip Chytil and Libor Hajek represented the Czech Republic at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • John Davidson was the Columbus Blue Jackets’ President of Hockey Operations when the team acquired Artemi Panarin from the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren were teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16) and have represented the United States in four international tournaments. Fox and Lindgren helped the United States earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, a silver medal at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, and a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, and the two players were a defense pair in several of those tournaments. Fox and Lindgren were coached by Greg Brown (Assistant Coach) at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2017 and 2018.
  • Adam Fox, Chris Kreider, and Brady Skjei all represented the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Rangers Assistant General Manager Chris Drury was the General Manager for the United States’ team for the tournament.
  • Brett Howden and Libor Hajek were teammates with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL) for part of one season (2016-17) prior to being teammates with the Rangers. Howden and Hajek were part of a trade between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Rangers on Feb. 26, 2018.
  • Chris Kreider was coached by Greg Brown (Assistant Coach) for three seasons at Boston College (2009-10 – 2011-12), and Boston College won two National Championships in those three seasons (2009-10 and 2011-12).
  • Brendan Lemieux and Jacob Trouba were teammates with the Jets for parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19).
  • Brendan Lemieux’s father, Claude Lemieux, and Chris Drury were teammates with the Avalanche for parts of two seasons (1998-99 and 1999-00).
  • Greg McKegg’s great uncle is Lou Fontinato, who played parts of seven seasons with the Rangers (1954-55 – 1960-61).
  • Artemi Panarin and Brady Skjei were both selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team (Panarin – 2015-16; Skjei – 2016-17).
  • Brady Skjei was coached by David Quinn at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
  • Brady Skjei was coached by Greg Brown at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (Brown was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
  • Brady Skjei and Jacob Trouba were teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12). Skjei and Trouba helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship and a silver medal at the 2011 World U17 Hockey Challenge. Skjei and Trouba also represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Both players were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Brady Skjei and Ryan Lindgren’s older brother, Charlie (a goaltender in the Canadiens’ organization), grew up together in Lakeville, Minnesota and were teammates at Lakeville North High School.
  • Ryan Strome and Mika Zibanejad were selected with back-to-back picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Strome – fifth overall by the NY Islanders; Zibanejad – sixth overall by Ottawa).

YOUTH SERVED

The Rangers are the only NHL team that has had eight players 21 years old or younger appear in at least one game in 2019-20. BACK-TO-BACKThe Blueshirts are concluding their seventh back-to-back set of the season, as well as their second back-to-back set over the past week (the Rangers also had a back-to-back set on Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim and Dec. 23 at Philadelphia). New York has posted a 3-3-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2019-20. 

 O, CANADA

Including Saturday’s game, the Rangers will play each of their next four games in Canada (Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver). The Blueshirts are playing four consecutive games in Canada for the first time since a stretch from Oct. 18, 2011 to Oct. 24, 2011 (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg). New York has posted a 2-1-0 record in games played in Canada this season.

  ROAD WARRIORS

New York begins its second four-game road trip of the season Saturday. The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of their last nine road games, dating back to Nov. 23 at Montreal (5-2-2 record). The Blueshirts posted a 2-1-1 record during their first four-game road trip of the season (from Dec. 8 at Vegas to Dec. 14 at Anaheim). 

THREE’S COMPANY

The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in 18 of the last 25 games and in 23 of 37 games this season. The Rangers have posted a 17-4-2 record when registering three or more goals in a game in 2019-20. New York is tied for 10th in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.22).

 ON POINT

Rangers defensemen have tallied 102 points (27 goals, 75 assists) in 2019-20; the 102 points are the most in the NHL this season. Blueshirts defensemen have also recorded 22.7% of the team’s goals and 31.5% of the team’s points in 2019-20, which are both the highest percentages in the NHL. 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has started both games of a back-to-back set 86 times in his NHL career; in the second game of those 86 back-to-back sets, he has posted a 54-24-8 record, along with a 2.15 GAA, a .927 SV%, and 9 SO. 

NHL CAREER WINS LEADERS
1. Martin Brodeur691
2. Patrick Roy551
3. Roberto Luongo489
4. Ed Belfour484
5. Henrik Lundqvist458
NHL CAREER APPEARANCES LEADERS
7. Glenn Hall906
8. Tony Esposito886
9. John Vanbiesbrouck882
10. Henrik Lundqvist879
CAREER WINS WITH ONE FRANCHISECAREER APPEARANCES WITH ONE FRANCHISE
1. Martin Brodeur (NJD)6881. Martin Brodeur (NJD)1,259
2. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)4582. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)879

HENR1K Lundqvist made his 1,000th career appearance as a Ranger (regular-season and playoffs combined) on Nov. 27 vs. Carolina, becoming the sixth player to appear in at least 1,000 career regular-season and playoff games with the Rangers in franchise history (along with Brian Leetch, Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert, Ron Greschner, and Walt Tkaczuk). 

CAREER APPEARANCES AS A RANGER(REGULAR-SEASON + PLAYOFFS,SKATERS & GOALIES)
1. Brian Leetch1,211
2. Harry Howell1,194
3. Rod Gilbert1,144
4. Ron Greschner1,065
5. Walt Tkaczuk1,038
6. Henrik Lundqvist1,007

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT

Alexandar Georgiev has posted a 4-3-0 record, along with a 2.30 GAA, a .931 SV%, and 2 SO in his last seven appearances. In addition, he has stopped 46 of 47 shots while the Rangers have been shorthanded over his last eight appearances (.979 SV%). Georgiev has made 30 or more saves in 11 of his 16 starts this season. 

STATE OF THE ART-EMI

Artemi Panarin has tallied a point in eight of the last nine games (eight goals, six assists), in 25 of the last 30 games (17 goals, 25 assists), and in 29 of 37 games this season (21 goals, 27 assists). He leads the Rangers in goals (21), assists (27), and points (48) this season. Panarin has recorded 198 points (76 goals, 122 assists) in 179 career NHL road games, and he ranks third in the NHL in points on the road since he entered the NHL in 2015-16. 

 MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad has recorded a point in six of the last seven games (seven goals, five assists), and he has posted a multi-point game in five of the seven contests. In addition, he has recorded 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 15 games since returning to the Rangers’ lineup on Nov. 27.

 KREID-ING HIGH

Chris Kreider has posted a multi-point game in two of the last three games (three goals, one assist), and he has notched a point in four of the last five games (four goals, two assists). In addition, Kreider has recorded a point in seven of the last nine games and has registered 10 points (five goals, five assists) over the span.  

STROME SURGE

Ryan Strome has tallied 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) in 100 career games with the Rangers, and he is the only player who has skated in all of the Rangers’ 100 games since he was acquired on Nov. 16, 2018.

 ON THE MARC

Marc Staal enters tomorrow’s contest with 861 career games played as a Ranger, and he is one game away from passing Jean Ratelle for sole possession of sixth place on the franchise’s all-time games played list (among skaters).

 SPECIAL TEAMS

The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in 24 of 37 games this season and have earned at least one point in 19 of those 24 games (16-5-3 record). Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-4 (5:03) tonight vs. Carolina.
  • New York has posted a 13-4-2 record when tallying at least one power play goal in a game in 2019-20.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 5-for-5 (9:58) tonight vs. Carolina.
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal against in eight of the last 11 games (33-for-37; 89.2%), in 10 of the last 14 games (42-for-48; 87.5%), and in 12 of the last 17 games (53-for-60; 88.3%).
  • The Blueshirts are tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded goals this season (eight).
  • The Rangers have registered a shorthanded goal in two of the last three games.
  • New York’s 88.3% penalty kill efficiency since Nov. 23 is the best in the NHL over the span.
  • The Rangers have posted a 13-4-1 record when not allowing a power play goal against in a game in 2019-20.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • New York Rangers – 29 games away from 6,500 all-time regular season games in franchise history
  • Jacob Trouba – 2 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Brendan Smith – 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Chris Kreider – 3 games away from 500 in his NHL career/with the Rangers; 6 points away from 300 in his NHL career/with the Rangers

INJURIES (73 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Libor Hajek (knee sprain) – has missed 10 games
  • Brendan Lemieux (fractured hand) – injury suffered tonight vs. Carolina

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Dec. 23 – Assigned Phillip Di Giuseppe to Hartford (AHL)
  • Dec. 22 – Recalled Phillip Di Giuseppe from Hartford (AHL)

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Dec. 28, 1929 – The Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-1, in a neutral site game played in Atlantic City.
  • Dec. 28, 1949 – Edgar Laprade (two goals, two assists) and Tony Leswick (four assists) each tallied four points as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 5-2, at MSG. With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, the Blueshirts tallied four goals in a span of 2:57.
  • Dec. 28, 1962 – Red Sullivan was named Rangers Head Coach.

RANGERS NOTES

POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 17 games, dating back to Nov. 23 at Montreal (9-6-2 record over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have won two of their last three games (2-1-0 record). − RESILIENT RANGERS – The Blueshirts have posted a 12-3-0 record in their last 15 games which have immediately followed a regulation or overtime loss, dating back to Oct. 22 vs. Arizona.

HOME SWEET HOME – New York has earned a win in each of its last two home games. In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of 20 games at MSG in 2019-20 (10-8-2 record).

TAKING THE METRO – The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games against Metropolitan Division opponents, dating back to Nov. 7 at Carolina (7-1-0 record). The Blueshirts have also posted a 7-3-0 record against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season. Beginning with their next game against a Metropolitan Division opponent on Jan. 9 vs. New Jersey, 18 of the Rangers’ final 40 regular-season games in 2019-20 are against teams in the Metropolitan Division.

− GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts registered five goals in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have tallied three or more goals in 18 of the last 25 games and in 23 of 37 games this season. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 17-4-2 record when registering at least three goals in a game in 2019-20.

TWO GOOD – Five different players registered two or more points in tonight’s game (Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, Jacob Trouba, Tony DeAngelo, and Chris Kreider).

SHOOT TO SCORE – The Rangers registered five goals on 24 shots on goal in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have posted a shooting percentage of 10.0% or better in 20 of 37 games this season. Entering tonight’s game, the Rangers were tied for fourth in the NHL in shooting percentage in 2019-20 (10.7%). − SPECIAL TEAMS – The Rangers outscored the Hurricanes, 2-0, on special teams in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in 24 of 37 games this season and have earned at least one point in 19 of those 24 games (16-5-3 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 13-2-1 record when outscoring their opponent on special teams in a game in 2019-20.

POWER RANGERS – The Blueshirts were 2-for-4 (5:03) on the power play in tonight’s game. New York has posted a 13-4- 2 record when tallying at least one power play goal in a game this season. The Rangers tied a single-game season-high with two power play goals in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have registered two power play goals in six different games this season and have posted a 5-0-1 record in those games.

KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 5-for-5 (9:58) on the penalty kill in tonight’s contest. New York has not allowed a power play goal against in eight of the last 11 games (33-for-37; 89.2%), in 10 of the last 14 games (42-for-48; 87.5%), and in 12 of the last 17 games (53-for-60; 88.3%). The Rangers have posted a 13-4-1 record when not allowing a power play goal against in a game in 2019-20.

− FINISHING THE JOB – The Rangers entered the third period of today’s game with a lead and won the contest. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Blueshirts have posted a 241-7-16 record in 264 regular-season games in which they have held a lead entering the third period. New York’s .913 winning percentage when leading entering the third period over the span is the second-best in the NHL. The Rangers have posted a 12-0-2 record when leading entering the third period this season.

− EYE OF THE STORM – The Blueshirts have won each of the first three games of the season series against Carolina in 2019-20. The Rangers have won 30 of their last 36 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011 (30-6-0 record). New York has also won 20 of its last 25 games against Carolina, dating back to Apr. 8, 2014 (20-5-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned a win in 18 of their last 19 home games against Carolina, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011 (18-1-0 record over the span). −

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – The Rangers successfully challenged a Hurricanes goal for being offsides during the second period. The Blueshirts are 1-for-2 on challenges this season. − Artemi Panarin tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s game and was selected as the game’s First Star. He has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games (eight goals, six assists), in 25 of the last 30 games (17 goals, 25 assists), and in 29 of 37 games this season (21 goals, 27 assists). Panarin leads the Rangers in several categories this season, including goals (21), assists (27), and points (48). He has also registered 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) in 26 career games at MSG, and he has tallied at least one point in 22 of the 26 games. − Mika Zibanejad tallied three points (two goals, one assist), including a power play goal, and recorded the game-winning goal. Zibanejad was selected as the game’s Second Star. He has registered a point in six of the last seven games (seven goals, five assists), and he has posted a multi-point game in five of the seven contests. In addition, he has recorded 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 15 games since returning to the Rangers’ lineup on Nov. 27. Zibanejad has tallied 29 points this season, and 26 of his 29 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal. He has logged at least 20:00 of ice time in 18 of 24 games he has played this season, and he has also logged 19:00 or more of ice time in 22 of the 24 games he has played; the only games in which Zibanejad has not logged 19:00 or more of ice time this season were when he was injured on Oct. 27 vs. Boston (6:31) and when he returned to the lineup on Nov. 27 vs. Carolina (17:25). The Rangers have posted an 8-0-1 record in games which he has tallied a goal this season. − Chris Kreider recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including a power play assist, and posted a plus-two rating. Kreider was selected as the game’s Third Star. He has posted a multi-point game in two of the last three games (three goals, one assist), and he has notched a point in four of the last five games (four goals, two assists). In addition, Kreider has recorded a point in seven of the last nine games and has registered 10 points (five goals, five assists) over the span. He has registered 11 goals against Carolina in his NHL career, and his 11 goals against the Hurricanes are the most he has recorded against one opponent in his career. Since the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise moved to Carolina prior to the start of the 1997-98 season, Kreider has tallied more goals against the Hurricanes than any other Ranger. − Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves, and stopped all 14 shots while the Rangers were shorthanded, to earn his ninth win of the 2019-20 season and the 458th win of his NHL career. Lundqvist’s 458 career wins are the fifth-most in NHL history. He has posted a .920 SV% or better in 11 of his last 18 starts. Lundqvist has also made 30 or more saves in eight of his last 15 starts. − Tony DeAngelo tied single-game career-highs with two assists and two points and recorded both assists on the power play. DeAngelo posted a multi-assist game for the fourth time in his NHL career and a multi-point game for the 11th time in his NHL career. He has notched an assist/point in three of the last four games (four assists), in five of the last seven games (six assists), and in 10 of the last 16 games (one goal, 11 assists). DeAngelo leads Rangers defensemen in goals (seven), assists (20), and points (27) this season. − Jacob Trouba notched two assists while skating in a team-high 22:17 of ice time. He ranks second among Rangers defensemen in assists (14) and points (19) this season. In addition, Trouba has led the Rangers in ice time in 19 of 37 games in 2019-20. − Ryan Strome tallied a goal and led the Rangers with six shots on goal while skating in his 100th career game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest. Strome has registered 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) in 100 games with the Blueshirts. In addition, he is the only player who has skated in all of the Rangers’ 100 games since he was acquired on Nov. 16, 2018. He has recorded 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in the last 20 games and ranks second on the Rangers in points this season (31). − Filip Chytil recorded an assist and posted a plus-one rating. He has notched a point in two of the last three games (one goal, one assist). The Rangers have posted a 9-1-2 record in games which he has registered a point this season. − Marc Staal skated in his 861st career game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Jean Ratelle for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time games played list (among skaters). Staal has played the fourth-most games by a defenseman in Rangers history, trailing only Harry Howell (1,160), Brian Leetch (1,129), and Ron Greschner (981). − Morning Skate/Availability Schedule: The Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to tomorrow’s contest. Rangers Head Coach David Quinn will be available to the media at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET − Next Game: Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 28 at Toronto (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+) *Schedule subject to change

Mikheyev has surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist

UPDATE ON MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD ILYA MIKHEYEV

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev was taken to University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey for surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist that were severed during the team’s game against the New Jersey Devils last night. Following successful surgery, Mikheyev will remain in hospital in New Jersey for further monitoring before returning to Toronto. The 25-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but a more accurate timeline for his return will be provided in three months. The Toronto Maple Leafs and our medical team would like to thank the New Jersey Devils and their medical staff and the University Hospital’s staff and hand and vascular surgery team for their urgent care.

MARLIES 3, LAVAL 2: “I thought our penalty kill did a great job. Overall, our D-corps had a much better game today. They really steered the ship for us and they kind of got things going in the right direction. When we transition the way we can at times and they’re leading that for us, we’re a hard team to beat.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (19-8-2-1 – 41 Points) vs. LAVAL ROCKET (15-14-3-1 – 34 Points)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2019

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SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: P. Aberg (12) PP (J. Bracco, T. Liljegren), K. Kossila (1) (M. Marchment, M. Read), J. Duszak (1) (D. Archibald)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (32/34)

Laval: E. McEneny (1) PP (A. Alain, O. Leskinen), Y. Veilleux (2) (G. Olofsson, M. McCarron)
Goaltender: K. Kinkaid (16/19), C. Primeau (2/2)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Pontus Aberg opened the scoring on the power play at 7:35 of the second period. This is Aberg’s fourth power play goal of the season. Aberg leads the Marlies in points (12-15-27).
  • Kalle Kossila scored at 7:58 of the second period. This is Kossila’s first goal of the season. He has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in three games
  • Joseph Duszak scored at 8:34 of the second period. This was Duszak’s first regular season career AHL goal. Duszak has 27 points (8 goals, 19 assists) in 26 games with Newfoundland (ECHL) this season.
  • Jeremy Bracco registered the primary assist on Aberg’s second period power play goal. Bracco is tied for fourth in assists (22) overall. Bracco has four assists in his last three games.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the secondary assist on Aberg’s second period power play goal. Liljegren has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in his last three games. Liljegren has 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) in 27 games, matching a career high in points in a single season.
  • Mason Marchment collected the primary assist on Kossila’s second period goal. Marchment has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in nine games.
  • Matt Read had the secondary assist on Marchment’s second period goal. Read has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 23 games this season.
  • Darren Archibald picked up the lone assist on Duszak’s second period goal. Archibald has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced. He is 5-0-0 when making 30 or more saves. Kaskisuo is now 10-3-1-0 on the season with a .916 Save Percentage and a 2.43 Goals Against Average. This was Kaskisuo’s first start against Laval this season.

OF NOTE…

  • The Marlies scored their three second period goals in 59 seconds.
  • Toronto scored their fastest consecutive goals of the season (23 seconds – P. Aberg, K. Kossila) in the second period.
  • Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-1 on the power play. Toronto has scored eight power play goals in their last six games.
  • Laval had a 34-21 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino, Joseph Duszak and Nic Petan led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 9-4-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-0-0-1 against the Laval Rocket. The previous two games this season have gone to extra time, with a 6-5 shootout loss in Laval and a 2-1 overtime win in Toronto.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (16)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (22)
  • Points: P. Aberg (27)
  • PPG: P. Aberg,K. Agostino,E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (77)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+13)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 14-3-1-1 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 5-3-0-0 when tied after the first period and 12-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 12-4-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 4-1-0-0 in Friday games and are 5-5-0-0 in December.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Darren Archibald has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
  • Jeremy Bracco has assists (4) in three consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Laval.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Laval. Heleft Toronto’s game against San Antonio on December 8 in the first period and did not return.
  • Kristians Rubins (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Laval. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on December 21 in the first period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • December 27: Recalled forward Adam Brooks from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • December 27: Recalled defenceman Martin Marincin from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • December 27: Reassigned defenceman Mac Hollowell by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • December 23: Returned forward Jeremy Bracco from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • December 23: Recalled forward Jeremy Bracco on loan from Toronto (NHL).

   POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:
Not the start that we wanted. I thought it was very similar to yesterday’s game’s (against Belleville) first period. We gained traction in the second and got things moving pretty quickly there but there were some things about the first, I thought we were playing too slow, I think we need to transition the game a bit faster and the guys came and did that in the second.

On the three quick goals by Toronto in the second period (59 seconds):
I would assume momentum building for us. It gets the other team on their heels a bit, plants the seed of doubt a little bit. Towards the end of the second, they got their momentum back, wanted to make sure we came out in the third and squash that and gain back the control that we had in the second. I thought our penalty kill did a great job. Overall, our D-corps had a much better game today. They really steered the ship for us and they kind of got things going in the right direction. When we transition the way we can at times and they’re leading that for us, we’re a hard team to beat.

On what the work by Nick Baptiste and Garrett Wilson on the penalty kill tells us about the team:
The depth of character in our room – that’s the guys that care, that’s the guys that’ll work hard, they’ll do anything for the team. Those penalty kills were huge for us and they were competing and doing everything needed.

On Kasimir Kaskisuo’s performance:
It’s big. It gives our team confidence to make plays. Every time you have a stable goaltender back there, it allows the guys to breath a bit, knowing you can rely on him. He came up huge for us today. He made some really big saves and gave us a chance to win.


NEXT GAME:

December 28 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
December 31 vs Charlotte – 3:00 p.m. ET
January 3 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
January 4 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
January 5 vs Lehigh Valley – 4:00 p.m. ET

MAPLE LEAFS 5, DEVILS 4 (OT) QUOTES: “Not a lot to like about our game today, obviously, but you know, it’s December 27 here and we got two points on the road. So, we’ll take it and get on the plane and recognize we’ve got to get a lot better tomorrow.” –SHELDON KEEFE


HEAD COACH 
SHELDON KEEFE

On Mikheyev’s status:

The only update would just be that he’s at the hospital here. He’s getting evaluated. He’s got a deep cut and we’re just going to have to get it sorted out. He’s going to stay here in New Jersey tonight and get evaluated. We’ll have to figure out what needs to be done.

On his reaction to the injury when it happened:

All I saw was him coming off without a glove and at first you just think he’s missing the glove. Then once you kind of get a sense of something more serious happening there and having your players recognize it even before I did. That’s one of the terrible things that you hate to see.

On the risk of these types of injury as inherent to hockey:

Yeah, it is for sure. It seems to be more frequent these days than it was even when I played. I’m not sure if that’s actually the case, but it seems to be. It’s unfortunate. There’s been lots done to try to prevent these types of things, but some of it isn’t preventable, of course. It’s the nature of the game, but we’ve got to continue to find ways to prevent it as best we can.

On the impact of the injury on the team during the game:

The bench was a little shaken at the time and it seemed like every stoppage in play the guys are kind of looking for an update. They’re concerned about their teammate. In terms of what impact it had on the game itself, I don’t think it had any. When the puck dropped the guys were just focused on playing.

On the resilience of the team to rally in the third and overtime for the win:

Yeah, resilience is a good word to describe it. We’ve shown some of that really throughout the last little bit, being a resilient team. Not a lot to like about our game today, obviously, but you know, it’s December 27 here and we got two points on the road. So, we’ll take it and get on the plane and recognize we’ve got to get a lot better tomorrow.

MICHAEL HUTCHINSON (24 SAVES)

On if he expects a more wide-open game coming off the Christmas break:

A little bit. You know when players have a few days off and us having to travel the same day, sometimes it takes a little bit for the players to get into the game and get back into good habits and stuff. You expect that you might see some good quality scoring chances. But you know at the same time the other team is in the same boat. They have the same amount of days off. So, knowing our skill, you knew that we were going to get some good looks as well and we got some good scoring chances and bury quite a few tonight.

On Mikheyev leaving the game due to a laceration:

It’s terrifying. You know, I haven’t seen him or really heard. Hopefully he’s alright. I didn’t really see what happened, but I remember kind of pushing the puck in the corner and he was there. Then all of a sudden, I could see a ton of blood coming from somewhere and a lot more than a usual high stick or anything like that. Hopefully he’s alright. I’m sure we’ll get an update on him in the locker room soon.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)

On tonight’s win:

I think first and foremost, we’re thinking about [Mikheyev] and hopefully he’s okay. It was obviously scary there, seeing that much blood. Obviously, a guy that we care deeply about and was having a great night and playing tremendous for us, so thoughts are with him. I think even after that, emotionally, that can hit you a little bit when you see something that can be as dangerous as something like that. It wasn’t pretty overall but we just kept staying with it. I think we know over the last couple of games that we’ve got to tighten up at times but at the same time, I think we’ve controlled play a lot and generated offence. We just have to be smarter with the puck at times and understanding teams are trying to really sit on those counter-attacks when we sustain a lot of possession and we’re able to cause a lot of movement and create chances, we’ve got to be aware of teams going the other way.

On what went through his mind when Mikheyev was injured:

I was on and saw him kind of scrambling to get to the bench so at first, I was looking to the ref to maybe blow it down, but he got off really quick and you’ve got to get right back into the play. You know, it’s on your mind for sure. You want him to be okay and you’re thinking about him. It’s not an easy thing to see and obviously we hope he’s doing okay. I know we don’t have much of an update, but we’re just thinking about him.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, DEVILS 4 (OT) NOTES: John Tavares registered the primary assist on Mikheyev’s first-period goal and had the secondary assist on Kapanen’s second-period goal before scoring the fourth Toronto goal on the power play at 8:15 of the third period. Tavares has goals (2) in two consecutive games and assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in three consecutive games.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (21-14-4 – 46 Points) vs.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (12-19-6 – 30 Points)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2019

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ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Zach Hyman put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 16:56 of the first period. Hyman has points (3-4-7) in three consecutive games. He has scored six of his nine goals on the road this season. Hyman has a goal and four assists in 10 career games against the Devils.
  • Ilya Mikheyev scored Toronto’s second goal of the game at 17:15 of the first period. Mikheyev has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 21 games on the road in 2019-20. He has six points (3-3-6) in 12 games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Kasperi Kapanen scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 5:16 of the second period. Kapanen has two points (1-1-2) over his last four games played. He has recorded 16 (7 goals, 9 assists) of his 20 points on the road this season.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Mikheyev’s first period goal and later had the secondary assist on Kapanen’s second period goal before scoring the fourth Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 8:15 of the third period. Tavares has goals (2) in two consecutive games and assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his third multi-assist and 11th multi-point performance of the season. He is tied for fifth among all NHLers in points against the Devils since entering the League in 2009-10 (18-16-34).
  • William Nylander picked up the secondary assist on Mikheyev’s first period goal and later recorded the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal before scoring the game-winning goal at 2:38 of overtime. Nylander has goals (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his first multi-assist and sixth multi-point game of the season. He has eight points (4-4-8) over his last five games played. He has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games against Metropolitan Division teams in 2019-20. His overtime goal is the third overtime goal of his NHL career and his second overtime goal against the Devils.
  • Morgan Rielly registered the primary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Rielly has three assists over his last five games played. Rielly has recorded 12 assists in 21 road games in 2019-20. He has seven assists in 12 games against Metropolitan Division opposition.
  • Jason Spezza collected the secondary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Spezza has assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He has recorded 11 (4-7-11) of his 15 points in 17 road games this season. He has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in nine games against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • Alex Kerfoot recorded the primary assist on Kapanen’s second period goal. Kerfoot has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has three assists in five career games against the Devils. Kerfoot was originally selected by New Jersey in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Tyson Barrie collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Barrie has assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He has six points (1-5-6) in 11 games during the month of December.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 shots to earn the victory

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO19 (16)9 (9)5 (4)4 (0)37 (29)
NEW JERSEY9 (9)14 (12)5 (4)0 (0)28 (25)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO32 (28)16 (16)12 (9)5 (0)65 (53)
NEW JERSEY12 (11)23 (19)11 (10)0 (0)46 (40)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road11-10-0 (21 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New Jersey74-41-20-9 (144 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New Jersey on the Road27-24-15-5 (71 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference12-9-4 (25 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division5-4-3 (12 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots7 (Tavares)
Shot Attempts(Rielly, Tavares)
Faceoff Wins14 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Gauthier – 3 won, 0 lost)
Hits1 (Eight players tied)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Nylander)
TOI24:41 (Marner)
Power Play TOI5:38 (Marner)
Shorthanded TOI2:02 (Engvall)
Shifts32 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage84.2% (Kerfoot – 16 for, 3 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first8-11-3
Leading after 110-2-1
Trail after 22-8-1
Score multiple power play goals5-1-0
Allow one power play goal9-6-3
Outshot by opponent11-9-3
Overtime5-4
Friday4-2-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and went 2-for-3 on the power play tonight.
  • Ilya Mikheyev suffered a significant laceration to his wrist and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and assessment.
  • Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 24 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Muzzin finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 58.5 percent (24 for, 17 against).
  • William Nylander had a team-high five takeaways tonight, which ties the single-game season-high by a Maple Leaf in 2019-20 and is the highest total by a Maple Leaf on the road.
  • Dmytro Timashov started 40 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • John Tavares won 58 percent (7 won, 5 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Saturday, December 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Rangers (Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN)
  • Tuesday, December 31, 6:00 p.m. at Minnesota Wild (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, January 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Islanders (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)