OILERS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is second in the NHL in goals (28).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Leads NHL with 21 even-strength goals.- Leads in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Leads in multi-goal games (7).- Tied for eighth in even-strength points (21-15-36).- Seventh with 156 shots on goal.

EDMONTON OILERS (22-17-5 – 49 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-14-5 – 53 Points)

JANUARY 6, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus EDMONTON

ALL-TIME RECORD:52-42-8-1 (103 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:29-17-2-0 (48 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:5-0-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus EDMONTON

GAMES PLAYED:Jake Muzzin (31), Jason Spezza (28), Tyson Barrie (21)
GOALS:Tyson Barrie (8), Jason Spezza (8), John Tavares (6)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (17), Tyson Barrie (12), John Tavares (12)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (25), Tyson Barrie (20), John Tavares (18)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jake Muzzin (20), Jason Spezza (10), Morgan Rielly (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOEDMONTON
GOALS FOR (Rank):154 (2nd)129 (t-16th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       133 (t-16th)137 (t-24th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):28/116 [24.4%] (6th)18/92 [29.6%] (1st)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):93/123 [75.6%] (26th)104/125 [83.2%] (4th)
SHOTS (Rank):1436 (4th)1278 (24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2195 (3rd)1826 (23rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (5th)47.4% (t-27th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (t-3rd)48.4% (27th)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:November 11, 1979 (Toronto 6, Edmonton 3)
ALL-TIME RECORD:52-42-8-1 (103 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:29-17-2-0 (48 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:23-25-6-1 (55 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:February 26, 2019 (Toronto 6, Edmonton 2)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. OILERS

Frederik Andersen200th NHL win (December 14, 2019 at EDM)
Tyson Barrie200th NHL assist (November 11, 2018 (COL) at EDM)
Martin MarincinSelected by Edmonton in the second round (46th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Skated in 85 games with the Oilers from 2013-15.
Jake MuzzinRecorded his 100th NHL point (January 30, 2014 (LAK) at EDM)
Jason Spezza500th NHL game (February 12, 2011 (OTT) at EDM)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS28 (Matthews)
ASSISTS29 (Marner)
POINTS51 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS15 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS156 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.0% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.8% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS69 (Ceci, Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS48 (Marner)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:20 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:00 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:58 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 9-4-4 at home this season with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.
– Has made 13 career appearances against the Oilers and is 12-0-1 with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (21).- Second in the NHL in saves (961) and second in even-strength saves (810).- Fifth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 11th-most among NHL defencemen.- Is tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7)
– One of 17 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 100 shots on goal (112).- Has 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 21 career games against the Oilers. Edmonton is one of three teams Barrie has recorded at least 20 points against in his career to-date.
Cody Ceci– 13th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (127:29).- Has played 61.7 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 15th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Pierre Engvall– Ranks second among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.10).- Averages 5.1 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time while shorthanded.
Justin Holl– Has started 44.6 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 20 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is the highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.8 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Earned his first shutout of 2019-20 on January 4 vs. New York.- Leads NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (283).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.6 percent, which is eighth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 56.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is sixth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:27 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Tied for fourth among Maple Leafs in points (2-3-5; 5 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for ninth most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Tied for sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-11-19).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (32) and 25 blocked shots (26) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 1.25 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.29 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 12th in the NHL in primary assists (18). His 18 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Second in the NHL in takeaways (48).- 11th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.1).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (28).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 21 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (7).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in even-strength points (21-15-36).- Seventh in the NHL with 156 shots on goal. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.25 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 18th among NHL skaters.- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:32) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.2 (1.24).- Has recorded eight points (2-6-8) in seven career games against the Oilers.  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Tied for fifth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:20).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.4).- Averaging 13.8 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks ninth among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Jason Spezza– Has seven points (2-5-7) in 13 games against Western Conference opponents.- Averaging 2.26 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.44 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs.
John Tavares– One of 25 NHLers to have appeared in at least 30 games (36) and average at least 1.00 point per game (1.00).- Tied for 16th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (12).- Tied for 21st among NHLers in even-strength goals (13). His 13 even-strength goals are tied for third among NHLers who have appeared in less than 40 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.3 percent, which is tied for 11th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.9 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.2 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is ninth among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Pierre EngvallHas goals (2) in two consecutive games.
Kasperi KapanenHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (4) and points (4-4-8) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootFive games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaFour games from 1,100 NHL games

RECENT MILESTONES

Adam BrooksFirst NHL point (Assist) (January 2 at WPG)
Alex Kerfoot100th NHL point (December 31 at MIN)
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL game (January 2 at WPG)
William Nylander200th NHL point (Goal) (January 2 at WPG)

INJURY REPORT

Adam Brooks (Flu)Did not play on January 4 vs. New York.
Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)Is week-to-week with a broken foot sustained on December 27 at New Jersey.
 Man Games Lost: 96

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 4Loaned defenceman Teemu Kivihalme to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 1Recalled forward Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 30Loaned defenceman Timothy Liljegren to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 30Recalled defencemen Teemu Kivihalme and Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  

OILERS NOTES

Monday’s game will mark the second of two meetings against Toronto this season (Dec. 14 L: 4-1, Jan. 6). The last time these teams met was on December 14th in Edmonton, where the Leafs topped the Oilers 4-1.

James Neal leads the Oilers in career points against Toronto (15) and Riley Sheahan leads the team in career games (24) against the Leafs.

HATS OFF – REAL DEAL NEAL James Neal posted a hat trick on Dec. 31 vs. New York Rangers, marking his second hat trick this season. The hat trick was the 9th of his career and Neal is the only active player in the NHL to record hat tricks with four different NHL franchises (PIT: 3, NSH: 2, DAL: 1, EDM: 2). Neal is the fifth player to record multiple hat trick’s in his first regular season with the Oilers (NHL debut or otherwise). Both of Neal’s hat trick’s this season have come against teams from the state of New York (NYI/NYR).

END OF A DECADE The Oilers closed out a decade in 2019 with a 7-5 win over the New York Rangers on Dec. 31. The win marked the Oilers first win in a New Year’s Eve game since 1985, when the Oilers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. An Oilers player has scored the final NHL goal in each of the past two decades. 2000’s – Shawn Horcoff 2010’s – Kailer Yamamoto

YAMAMOTO NAMED AHL ALL STAR Yamamoto was also named to the AHL All-Star Game on Jan. 3, which will take place on Jan. 26-27 in Ontario, California. He has posted 16 points (8G-8A) in 23 games with the Condors this season and leads the team with three game-winning goals and leads all AHL rookies in shooting percentage. Yamamoto was selected by Edmonton in the 1st round, 22nd overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.

NHL ALL-STAR GAME – MCDAVID & DRAISAITL NAMED TO PACIFIC DIVISION ROSTER Leon Draisaitl was named to the Pacific Division roster for the NHL All-Star game, along with teammate Connor McDavid who was named the Pacific Division captain.

2020 NHL ALL-STAR LAST MEN IN VOTE PRESENTED BY ADIDAS Edmonton Oilers: Media Notes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was added as the Edmonton Oilers representative for the ‘2020 Last Men In’ fan vote presented by adidas to decide the final player spot for the Pacific Division. Leon Draisaitl won the 2019 NHL Last Men In vote. Voting for the Last Men In opened Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 12 p.m. ET and closes Friday, Jan. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Pacific Division (2020 Last Men In Vote) Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (F) Arizona Coyotes: Clayton Keller (F) Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau (F) Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (F) Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty (D) San Jose Sharks: Tomas Hertl (F) Vancouver Canucks: Quinn Hughes (D) Vegas Golden Knights: Max Pacioretty (F)

ONE-TWO PUNCH Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl rank 1st and 2nd in NHL scoring with 65 points each. McDavid has points in eight of his last 12 games, posting 13 points (4G, 9A), including a goal on Jan. 4 at BOS. McDavid has points in 22 of his last 29 games, posting 42 points (17G, 25A) and has posted 34 points (12G, 22A) in his last 24 games. He also has points in four of his last five games (2G, 2A). Draisaitl registered two points (1G, 1A) on Jan. 4 at BOS, giving him points in 13 of his last 16 games (8G, 9A, 17PTS) and points in four of his last five games (2G, 3A). Draisaitl has now recorded points in 28 of his last 33 games, posting 49 points (18G, 31A), registering five two-goal games and 18 multi-point games on the season. Draisaitl is just one of four NHL players to post a point streak of at least 13 games this season (Marchand, MacKinnon, Pastrnak). Draisaitl ranks 4th with 38 even strength points, while McDavid ranks 9th with 36. McDavid ranks 1st in the league with 29 power play points and Draisaitl 2nd with 27 power play points.

PUTTING IN THE TIME Defenceman Oscar Klefbom ranks 2nd in the NHL in total ice time (1130:12), averaging 25:41 per game which ranks 3rd . On Nov. 19 at San Jose, Klefbom posted a career high 31:38 of ice time, Klefbom’s ice time was the most by an Oiler in a regulation 60 minute game in nearly 14 years, dating back to Chris Pronger’s 31:51 on Jan. 16, 2006 against Buffalo. Leon Draisaitl in and Connor McDavid rank first and second in both total and average ice-time among all NHL forwards. Draisaitl has 990:38 in total ice-time, averaging 22:31 per game, while McDavid is at 974:29 in total ice-time, averaging 22:09 per game.

REAL TIME STATS – OILERS TOP 10 PERFORMERS Blocked Shots Oscar Klefbom – 1st – NHL (138) Kris Russell – 8th – NHL (88) Takeaways Connor McDavid – 9th – NHL (40) REAL TIME STATS – TEAM RANKINGS Blocked Shots – 671 (2nd) Hits – (949) 10th Takeaways – 360 (6th) INJURY REPORT 2019-20 Man games lost: 140

PLAYER INJURY DATE GAMES F ***Kyle Brodziak (Back) Oct. 2 – Present 44 D *Matt Benning (Concussion) Dec. 1 – Present 15 F Joakim Nygard (Foot) Dec. 14 1 NOTE – The Oilers had 200 man games lost in 2018-19. *on IR (Injured Reserve) **on INR (Injured – Non-Roster) ***on LTIR (Long Term Injured Reserve)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS Dec. 8 F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was activated off injured reserve; F Colby Cave was assigned to Bakersfield (AHL) Dec. 9 D Caleb Jones was recalled from Bakersfield (AHL); D Joel Persson was assigned to Bakersfield (AHL) Dec. 28 F Markus Granlund and D Brandon Manning were placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Bakersfield (AHL) Dec. 29 F Kailer Yamamoto and D William Lagesson were recalled from Bakersfield (AHL); F Markus Granlund and D Brandon Manning were assigned to Bakersfield.

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LEHIGH VALLEY 4, MARLIES 2: “I’m happy right now with what the process is. We have the right guys in the room, they’re saying the right things, they’re doing the right things. Again, tonight the result wasn’t there but I’m excited about what the next few weeks will hold for this group.” — GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (20-12-2-1 – 43 Points) vs. LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS (13-18-1-4 – 31 Points)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Lehigh Valley: G. Fitzgerald (5) (K. Gabriel, C. Bigras), P. Laberge (7) (G. Rubtsov, N. Prosser), C. Bunnaman (3) (D. Kase), M. Frost (6) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: A. Lyon (25/27)

Toronto: T. Liljegren (4) (T. Gaudet), G. Fiore (1) (T. Liljegren, M. Read)
Goaltender: J. Woll (31/34)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Timothy Liljegren put the Marlies on the board at 3:29 of the third period and later added the primary assist on Fiore’s goal. He has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in his last seven games. This is his fifth multi-point game of the season.
  • Giovanni Fiore scored at 15:33 of the third period. This was his first goal for the Marlies in his second game. Fiore has 49 points (29 goals, 20 assists) through 120 career AHL games.
  • Tyler Gaudet picked up the lone assist on Liljegren’s third period goal. Gaudet has 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) through 32 games this season.
  • Matt Read recorded the secondary assist on Fiore’s third period goal. Read has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in his last five games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced. Woll is now 6-8-1-1 on the season with a .892 Save Percentage and a 3.50 Goals Against Average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
  • Lehigh Valley had a 35-27 edge in shots in all situations. Kristians Rubins led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and are 0-1-0-0 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
  • Toronto heads out on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (18)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (24)
  • Points:  P. Aberg, K. Agostino (29)
  • PPG: P. Aberg, K. Agostino,E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (96)
  • +/-:  G. Wilson (+10)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 7-7-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-9-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 13-8-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 5-2-1-0 in Sunday games and are 1-2-0-0 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Timothy Liljegren has points (1-5-6) in five consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Lehigh Valley.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 4: Returned defenceman Teemu Kivihalme on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 4: Recalled forward Scott Pooley from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 1: Returned defenceman Michael Kapla on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 1: Recalled forward Mason Marchment from loan by Toronto (NHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:
They were hard and heavy. They definitely had some energy. They kept it simple, they just got pucks in behind our D, made it tough on us to have to get out of our end. We came up a bit short tonight. Although they made it difficult on us and the result was not what we wanted, I still thought there were some pieces of our game that are still moving in the right direction. These guys have gone through a lot in the last month and a half within the chemistry of the team and some changes. I think naturally these things happen where they might feel like they’re going through a process. I’m happy right now with what the process is. We have the right guys in the room, they’re saying the right things, they’re doing the right things. Again, tonight the result wasn’t there but I’m excited about what the next few weeks will hold for this group.

On what he expects from the upcoming Boat Show road trip:
Simple road hockey, I guess. I think it will be a good time on the road for me to spend more time with the team and get to know more guys individually and continue to build those relationships, I think it’s very important. I think if we have the right approach and the right mindset within this road trip, we can gain some momentum for our club.

On Joseph Woll:
Yeah, in the second period he really kept us in it. We had a hard time again, like yesterday in the second period, coming out of our end. Second period is just a different period, your line changes are further away. We have to manage those things a little bit better, we’ll learn from that. He definitely gave us a chance to win tonight.

On what he liked from his team in the third period:
The desperation to win battles, the desperation to keep it simple and do the right things and play heavy. Like I said, there’s things that we’re doing better, we’re doing well. We’ve just got to keep building on it and find consistency but we’re seeing signs in the third period.

NEXT GAME:

January 10 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 11 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 12 at San Antonio – 3:00 p.m. CST
January 16 at San Antonio – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 18 at Charlotte – 6:00 p.m. ET

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