FLAMES AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner has nine multi-assist games, tied for the seventh in the NHL. – Averaging 1.28 points per game, 10th among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.38 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 10th in primary assists (21). His 21 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- 15th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (24.9).

CALGARY FLAMES (25-18-5 – 55 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-6 – 56 Points)

JANUARY 16, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY

ALL-TIME RECORD:61-60-12-4 (137 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:36-19-7-2 (64 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:5-5-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY

GAMES PLAYED:Jake Muzzin (31), Jason Spezza (27), Tyson Barrie (23)
GOALS:John Tavares (8), Jason Spezza (6), Zach Hyman (4)
ASSISTS:Jake Muzzin (15), Tyson Barrie (15), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (18), Jake Muzzin (17), Tyson Barrie (17)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (33), Jake Muzzin (14), Tyson Barrie (6), Morgan Rielly (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCALGARY
GOALS FOR (Rank):172 (1st)127 (t-23rd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       154 (t-26th)141 (14th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):31/129 [24.0%] (5th)27/141 [19.1%] (21st)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):103/136 [75.7%] (t-25th)124/149 [83.2%] (4th)
SHOTS (Rank):1581 (4th)1495 (t-14th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2379 (3rd)2255 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (6th)50.4% (12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.8% (3rd)48.6% (t-23rd)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:November 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:61-60-12-4 (137 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:36-19-7-2 (64 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:25-41-5-2 (73 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:December 6, 2017 (Toronto 2, Calgary 1 SO)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. FLAMES

Morgan Rielly400th NHL game (October 29, 2018 vs. CGY)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS34 (Matthews)
ASSISTS33 (Marner)
POINTS57 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS17 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS179 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.6% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS72 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS51 (Matthews)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:08 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:58 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 10-4-5 at home this season with a 3.14 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.
– Has made 13 career appearances against the Flames and is 8-2-1 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.- Tied for second in the NHL in wins (22).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,035) and second in even-strength saves (876).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 13th-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 (123).- Has 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists) in 23 career games against Calgary, which is his fourth-highest point total against a single opponent.
Cody Ceci– 12th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (139:12).- Has played 61.2 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is the 15th-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 (1.12).- Fifth among NHL rookie forwards in shorthanded time on ice (30:18).
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 52.5 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 53.7 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 54.9 percent, which is third among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 59.0 percent at 5-on-5, which is second among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:13 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Fifth among Maple Leafs in points (2-7-9; 9 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 11th 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). – 10th 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 (27) this season.
Mitch Marner– Has nine multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.28 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.38 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 10th in the NHL in primary assists (21). His 21 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- 15th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (24.9).
Auston Matthews– Had his second career hat trick on January 14 vs. New Jersey.- Second among NHL skaters in goals (34).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 25 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (21).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (9).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in even-strength points (25-15-40).- Fifth in the NHL with 179 shots on goal. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.24 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 14th among NHL skaters who have appeared in 40 games.- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:25) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.24).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.19 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Averaging 1.28 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 15th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (13).- Tied for 17th among NHLers in even-strength goals (15). His 15 even-strength goals are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 40 or fewer games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.5 percent, which is tied for 20th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.63 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 9.39 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.- Had a goal and an assist against Calgary on December 12.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas goals (2), assists (3) and points (2-3-5) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (3-8-11) in eight consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootOne game from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists

RECENT MILESTONES

Jason Spezza1,100th NHL game (January 14 vs. New Jersey)

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: 111

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 14Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned forward Mason Marchment to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
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.
  

Where does Josh Donaldson best fit in Twins batting order?

From the Minneapolis StarTribune

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Where does Josh Donaldson best fit in Twins batting order?

By Phil Miller JANUARY 15, 2020 — 12:06PMTEXT SIZE75EMAILPRINT

Rocco Baldelli said he spent a lot of time thinking about lineups last season, had almost daily conversations about some wrinkle or new possibility with bench coach Derek Shelton. The result was 145 different batting orders over the season’s 162 games.

Now he’s got Josh Donaldson to add to the mix, in the wake of the free agent third baseman’s decision on Tuesday to accept a four-year, $92 million contract from Minnesota, and it will be fascinating to see where the Twins’ manager slots in one of the more versatile and dangerous hitters in the league. Donaldson’s huge comeback season last year in Atlanta came mostly from the cleanup slot, batting right behind Freddie Freeman to form a formidable left-right combo. But that might not be the best spot for him in Minnesota.

For one thing, Nelson Cruz, another right-handed hitter, occupied the No. 3 spot in Baldelli’s lineup whenever he was available. Baldelli normally chose Eddie Rosario, his second-best left-handed power hitter — Max Kepler, who hit 36 home runs and slugged .519, normally hit in the leadoff spot — to bat behind Cruz. Baldelli could choose to keep that alignment intact in 2020, perhaps lining up Donaldson to bat fifth, a spot he’s occupied only 75 times in his career.

Then again, perhaps the left-right dynamic isn’t as critical for Donaldson, who experienced an unusual, but pronounced, reverse split in 2019. Donaldson normally feasts on left-handed pitching — a career .951 OPS catches your eye — but last year was an outlier. Donaldson batted .215 against lefties in 2019, albeit with a .395 on-base percentage, and hit only seven of his 37 homers off left-handers. He started the year 3-for-20 against lefties, and went 3-for-17 in September.

There’s a pretty good chance, however, that Baldelli may arrive at the answer several other managers have chosen: Bat him second. That’s where Donaldson hit during his best seasons, including his 2015 American League MVP season, and the reason is an obvious one: In addition to being an elite hitter, Donaldson’s plate discipline is among the best in the league.

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