TFC: Benezet to Colorado for allocation money

TORONTO FC ACQUIRES ALLOCATION MONEY FROM COLORADO
            Toronto FC announced today that the club has acquired $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the rights to forward Nicolas Benezet. Toronto FC could receive an additional $50,000 in GAM if Benezet meets certain performance-based metrics with the Rapids.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC announced today that the club has acquired $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the rights to forward Nicolas Benezet. Toronto FC could receive an additional $50,000 in GAM if Benezet meets certain performance-based metrics with the Rapids.

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DEVILS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is second in the NHL with 31 goals.- First to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Leads NHL with 23 even-strength goals.- Leads in goals scored at 5-on-5 (20).- Leads in multi-goal games (8).- Tied for 10th among in even-strength points (23-15-38).- Fifth with 175 shots on goal.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (17-21-7 – 41 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-16-6 – 54 Points)

JANUARY 14, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus NEW JERSEY

ALL-TIME RECORD:74-41-20-9 (144 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:47-17-5-3 (73 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:7-2-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus NEW JERSEY

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (41), John Tavares (41), Morgan Rielly (19)
GOALS:John Tavares (18), Jason Spezza (8), Auston Matthews (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (27), John Tavares (16), Morgan Rielly (6)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (35), John Tavares (34), Auston Matthews (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (18), John Tavares (16), William Nylander (8), Morgan Rielly (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – DEVILS TEAM STATS

 TORONTONEW JERSEY
GOALS FOR (Rank):165 (1st)118 (t-28th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       150 (27th)152 (29th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):29/122 [23.2%] (7th)32/139 [14.3%] (30th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):99/130 [75.8%] (26th)90/115 [80.1%] (17th)
SHOTS (Rank):1547 (5th)1401 (21st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2342 (3rd)1868 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.8% (6th)47.1% (28th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.6% (3rd)47.3% (29th)

MAPLE LEAFS – DEVILS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 9, 1974 vs. Kansas City (Toronto 6, Kansas City 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:74-41-20-9 (144 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:47-17-5-3 (73 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:27-24-15-5 (71 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:November 9, 2018 (Toronto 6, New Jersey 1)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. DEVILS

Alex KerfootSelected by New Jersey in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
William Nylander200th NHL game (Jan. 10, 2019 at NJD)
John Tavares300th NHL goal (Jan. 10, 2019 at NJD)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS31 (Matthews)
ASSISTS31 (Marner)
POINTS54 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS16 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS175 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.8% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.6% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS71 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS51 (Matthews)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:05 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:58 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 9-4-5 at home this season with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
– Has made eight career appearances against the Devils and is 6-2-0 with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.- Third in the NHL in wins (21).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,010) and second in even-strength saves (856).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 12th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7)
– One of 13 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 115 shots on goal (118).- Has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 14 games against Metropolitan Division opposition.
Cody Ceci– 14th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (136:35).- Has played 61.7 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 14th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Pierre Engvall– Second among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.18).- Averages 4.2 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time while shorthanded.
Justin Holl– Has started 45.2 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 52.8 percent at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 55.3 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Has a 2-1-1 record with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage on home ice this season. 
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.7 percent, which is tied for fourth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 58.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is third among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:20 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Tied for third among Maple Leafs in points (2-7-9; 8 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 10th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-15-23).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-9-15).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (35) and 25 blocked shots (26) this season.
Mitch Marner– Has eight multi-assist games, which is tied for the ninth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.26 points per game, which is tied for the 10th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.30 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is sixth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 13th in the NHL in primary assists (19). His 19 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Tied for 14th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (24.9).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (31).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 23 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (20).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (8).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (23-15-38).- Fifth in the NHL with 175 shots on goal. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.17 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 22nd among NHL skaters who have appeared in 40 games.- One of 17 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.10 (1.17).- Had a goal and two assists against the Devils on December 27.  
Jason Spezza– Has recorded seven points (3-4-7) in 11 games against Metropolitan Division opposition.- Averaging 2.24 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Averaging 1.31 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 19th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (12).- Tied for 32nd among NHLers in even-strength goals (14). His 14 even-strength goals are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent, which is 20th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.75 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 30 games.- Averaging 9.46 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

Kasperi KapanenHas assists (6) and points (1-6-7) in five consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (3-6-9) in seven consecutive games.
Morgan RiellyHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootTwo games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne game from 1,100 NHL games

RECENT MILESTONES

Mason MarchmentFirst NHL point (January 6 vs. EDM)

INJURY REPORT

Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 107
From Toronto Sun

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January

14 Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies.

January 13Recalled defenceman Rasmus Sandin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Placed defenceman Morgan Rielly on injured reserve.
January 12Activated forward Andreas Johnsson from injured reserve. Placed defenceman Jake Muzzin on injured reserve.
January 10Signed defenceman Martin Marincin to a one-year contract extension.
  

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DEVILS NOTES

LAST GAME vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
The Devils defeated the Lightning, 3-1, in the second of three contests of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey improves to
(1-0-1; 3 pts) against Tampa Bay this season. New Jersey will face-off against Tampa for the third and final time, March 15 at Amalie
Arena.
Tonight concludes the clubs 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back action. The Devils improve their 5-6-1 record in second games. The victory
marks the first time the Devils have won both games in back-to-back play this season (last: 11/15 vs PIT, 11/16 @ MTL).
New Jersey improves to 6-6-2 (3-3-2 home) against Atlantic Division opponents this season. The Lightning outshot the Devils, 27-20.
The 20 shots on goal ties a season low for the Devils in one game. New Jersey was 23-37 (62%) in face-offs tonight. The Devils are 4-
3-1 at Prudential Center and 5-8-1 overall against the Lightning since the 2015-16 season.
Andy Greene notched the Devils first goal of the game, 3:10 into the second period assisted by Miles Wood and Jack Hughes. The
tuck gives Greene his first of the season, and is now two goals away from his 50th of his NHL/NJD career.
Travis Zajac tallied the game winner for the Devils 9:52 into the second frame, assisted by Nikita Gusev and Damon Severson. Zajac
is now two goals shy from tying Zach Parise for fourth place on the Devils all-time goals list. Gusev extends his point streak to three
games (1/9-12; 1G-2A).
Wood notched the empty net goal, 19:59 into the third frame, the latest recorded goal in a period this season for New Jersey. Wayne
Simmonds and Greene assisted Wood’s tuck. Wood extends his goal streak to two games, Greene notches his second multi-point
game this season (1G-1A) and Simmonds extends his assist streak to two games.
Louis Domingue got the start for his seventh of the season (second consecutive). Domingue stopped 26 of 27 shots faced, and
improves to 3-4-0 this season (2-1-0 vs. Atlantic).
TONIGHT’S GAME @ TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Tonight’s contest marks the second of three contests between New Jersey and Toronto in the 2019-20 regular season series. The
Leafs defeated the Devils in the first matchup at Prudential Center, Dec. 27, 5-4, in overtime.
The club opens up a three game road trip before the All-Star break. After Toronto, the Devils will travel to Washington and end in
Columbus on Saturday.
New Jersey is 2-4 on the penalty kill, and 1-3 on the power play through one contest. The Maple Leafs are outshooting the Devils, 37-

  1. New Jersey is 24-46 (52%) in the face-off circle through one game played.
    Nico Hischier (1G-2A), Kyle Palmieri (1G-2A) and Jesper Bratt (1G-2A) lead New Jersey in scoring against Toronto, tallying three
    points each in the late December matchup.
    Mackenzie Blackwood fell in overtime in the first matchup. Blackwood stopped 32 out of 37 shots against. Louis Domingue is a
    career 1-0-0 against Tampa Bay, allowing two goals on 39 shots against (.949 SV%). Cory Schneider is 7-1-4, posting a 2.05 GAA in
    his career against the Leafs.
    William Nylander (1G-2A) and John Tavares (1G-2A) lead Toronto in scoring against the Devils. Nylander notched the game winner for
    the Maple Leafs in the contest. Michael Hutchinson earned the victory allowing four goals in 62:30 minutes of action. Frederik Anderson
    is a career 6-2-0 against the Devils allowing 15 goals posting a 1.87 GAA.
    The Devils are 1-2-3 at Scotiabank Arena and 4-5-4 overall against the Maple Leafs since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey will face-off
    against Toronto for the third and final time this season, March 17 at Scotiabank Arena.
    INJURIES
    Ben Street (I.R.) – 2 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Jan. 9
    Mackenzie Blackwood (Day-to-day) – 2 games missed; Upper-body sustained Jan. 9
    Kyle Palmieri (Day-to-day) – 1 game missed; Lower-body sustained Jan. 11
    Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 84
    PRIDE NIGHT
    The New Jersey Devils will host their Fourth Annual Pride Night on Saturday, Jan. 4 vs. the Colorado Avalanche (7:00 p.m. game. In
    honor of the NHL’s “Hockey is For Everyone” initiative, the Devils will hold a pregame Panel featuring gold medalist and U.S Women’s
    Ice Hockey Team Captain Meghan Duggan and LGBTQ athletes and coaches. Proceeds from the sales of player-used sticks wrapped
    with pride tape, pride-themed hats, shirts and more will benefit You Can Play and Garden State Equality. This year’s game is being held
    in collaboration with Newark Gay Pride, a volunteer organization that engages in advocacy, education, programming and recreational
    events in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Newark.
    Pre-Game Pride Night Panel:
    The Annual Pride Night Pregame Panel, in partnership with OutSports, featured Centenary University wrestler Alec Donovan, former
    student-athlete Arman Bashiri and Greenburgh North Castle UFSD Athletic Director and Basketball Coach Anthony Nicodemo and U.S.
    Women’s Olympic Team Captain and Gold Medalist Meghan Duggan as moderator. The diverse panel of athletes shared their insights
    on the challenges facing the LGBTQ community, recent successes and milestones, and ambitions for the future.
    Pride Tape Stick and Drum Auction:
    Devils players warm-up sticks and Mascot “N.J. Devil’s” drum, wrapped in Pride Tape, will be will be autographed and auctioned off
    following the game at NewJerseyDevils.com/Auction. The online auction is live through Jan. 18, 2020 with proceeds benefitting You
    Can Play and Garden State Equality.
    Game Presentation Honors for LGBTQ Community Leaders:
    In celebration of local LGBTQ community and industry leaders, the National Anthem will be sung by long-time Devils National
    Anthemguest singer Max DeFrancesco, a member of the LGBTQ community; Newark Gay Pride will act as Honor Guard; and
    Backward Flag Brewery owner Torie Fisher will be honored as Hero of the Game.

Devils Pride
On Monday, March 23, the New Jersey Devils will host Hockey is for Everyone: Gender Equality Night. The night will include an allwomen pregame panel and networking event titled, Women in the Business of Hockey. The panel will feature influential women who
hold various roles on the business side of hockey. Proceeds from 50/50 sales will benefit Devils Care Foundation with funds earmarked
for Girls Youth Hockey Initiatives.

MILESTONES

*Jesper Boqvist – 1st
NHL goal (Nov. 26 vs. MIN)
*Will Butcher – 200th NHL GP (Jan. 11 @ WSH)

*Blake Coleman – 200 GP NJD/NHL (Nov. 19 vs. BOS)

*Andy Greene – Passed Scott Niedermayer for 7 th place all time in Devils/franchise GP (893)(Dec. 3 vs. VGK) -900 th NJD/NHL GP (Dec. 20 vs. WSH) -2 G to 50 NJD/NHL -5 A to 200 NJD/NHL

*Nikita Gusev – 1 st NHL goal (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)

*John Hayden – 1 st Devils point (1A; Nov. 23 vs. DET) -1 st Devil goal (Dec. 23 @ CHI)

*Nico Hischier – 100 th NHL/Devils career points (Oct. 5 @ BUF; 1A)

*Jack Hughes – 1 st NHL point (Oct. 17 vs. NYR; 1A) -1 st NHL goal (Oct. 19 vs. VAN)

*Kyle Palmieri – 500 th NHL GP (Oct. 10 vs. EDM) -100 th Devils assist (Nov. 1 vs. PHI) -300 th NHL point (Oct. 30 vs. TB; 3G) -50 th PPG (Oct. 30 vs. TB) -150 th NHL assists (Nov. 28 @ MTL)

*Damon Severson – 400 th NHL/NJD GP *Ben Street – 1 st NJD point (1A; Jan. 7 vs. NYI) *P.K. Subban – 100 th NHL goal (Nov. 2 @ CAR)

*Sami Vatanen – 100 th Devils GP (Jan. 15 @ CBJ) -400 th NHL GP (Nov. 4 @ WPG)

*Miles Wood – 200 th NHL/NJD GP (Oct. 4 vs. WPG)

*Travis Zajac – Passed John MacLean for fifth place in GP in NJD franchise history with 935 (Nov. 5 @ WPG) -Tied Kirk Muller for third place on the Devils all-time points list (520) (Jan. 2 @ NYI; 1A) -Passed Muller for third place on the Devils-all-time points list (522)(Jan. 9 @ NYR; 2A) -2 G to tie Zach Parise four fourth place on the Devils all-time goals list

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Dec. 14: Placed Louis Domingue on I.R.

-Recalled Evan Cormier from Binghamton (AHL) Dec. 16: Traded Taylor Hall and Blake Speers to Arizona in exchange for Arizona’s first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (top-three protected), Arizona’s third-round selection (conditional) in 2021, defenseman Kevin Bahl and forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr Dec. 17: Assigned Evan Cormier to Binghamton (AHL)
-Recalled Gilles Senn from Binghamton (AHL) Dec. 18: Activated Connor Carrick off of I.R. Dec. 24: Assigned Michael McLeod to Binghamton (AHL) Dec. 28: Activated Louis Domingue off of I.R. and assigned to Binghamton (AHL) Dec. 30: Signed prospect Nikita Okhotyuk to a three-year entry level contract. Jan. 1: Assigned Gilles Senn to Binghamton (AHL)

-Recalled Louis Domingue from Binghamton (AHL) Jan. 4: Recalled Ben Street from Binghamton (AHL) Jan. 5: Activated Matt Tennyson off of I.R. and placed on waivers Jan. 6: Matt Tennyson cleared waivers, assigned to Binghamton (AHL) Jan. 11: Recalled Evan Cormier from Binghamton (AHL) Jan. 12: Placed Ben Street on I.R. -Assigned Evan Cormier to Binghamton (AHL) –Recalled Cory Schneider from Binghamton (AHL)


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