ESPN considering removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

ESPN is considering removing analyst Jessica Mendoza from her role on Sunday Night Baseball. It is apparently not related to her recent controversy.

ESPN considering removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

MAPLE LEAFS AT PREDATORS. PREGAME NOTES: Frederik Andersen is 12-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. – Has made 11 career appearances against the Predators and is 8-2-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.- Tied for second in the NHL in wins (22).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,094) and second in even-strength saves (929).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-17-7 – 57 Points) vs.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS (22-18-7 – 51 Points)

JANUARY 27, 2020 ▪ 8:00 PM EST

BRIDGESTONE ARENA (NASHVILLE, TN) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus NASHVILLE

ALL-TIME RECORD:11-12-1-1 (25 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:5-4-0-1 (10 Games)
2018-19:0-2-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:5-5-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus NASHVILLE

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (31), Tyson Barrie (29), Jake Muzzin (18)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (15), John Tavares (10), Tyson Barrie (3)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (15), Tyson Barrie (10), Jake Muzzin (7), Morgan Rielly (7)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (30), John Tavares (15), Tyson Barrie (13)
PENALTY MINUTES:Tyson Barrie (12), Jason Spezza (12), Jake Muzzin (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – PREDATORS TEAM STATS

 TORONTONASHVILLE
GOALS FOR (Rank):175 (3rd)155 (t-13th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       161 (27th)151 (t-16th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):33/135 [24.4%] (6th)27/160 [16.9%] (24th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):106/139 [76.3%] (25th)109/148 [73.7%] (29th)
SHOTS (Rank):1650 (5th)1593 (11th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2490 (3rd)2263 (10th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (6th)52.3% (7th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):53.0% (3rd)52.1% (5th)

MAPLE LEAFS – PREDATORS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 19, 1998 vs. Nashville (Toronto 2, Nashville 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:11-12-1-1 (25 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:6-8-1-0 (15 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:5-4-0-1 (10 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:March 22, 2018 (Toronto 5, Nashville 2)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. PREDATORS

Tyson BarrieFirst NHL goal (Feb. 18, 2013 (COL) vs. NSH)
Morgan RiellyFirst NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 10, 2013 at NSH)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS34 (Matthews)
ASSISTS34 (Marner)
POINTS57 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS17 (Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS195 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.4% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.5% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS72 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS53 (Matthews)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:12 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:54 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 12-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
– Has made 11 career appearances against the Predators and is 8-2-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.- Tied for second in the NHL in wins (22).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,094) and second in even-strength saves (929).
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for ninth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (8)
– One of 20 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 115 shots on goal. Is 11th among defencemen in shots (127).- Has registered six assists in eight games during the month of January.
Cody Ceci– 18th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (142:11).- Has played 61.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is the 13th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 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 (1.02).- Fourth among NHL rookie forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:10).
Justin Holl– Has started 45.1 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 52.2 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 52.9 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Has made the third most saves (309) among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 15 games.
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 54.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is fourth highest 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– Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 14th-most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-15-23).- One of five NHL right wingers with multiple shorthanded goals this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (7). – Tied for ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-9-16).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (36) and 25 blocked shots (30) this season.
Mitch Marner– Has nine multi-assist games, which is tied for the eighth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.24 points per game, which is tied for the 10th-highest average in the NHL.- 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 11th in the NHL in primary assists (22). His 21 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:01).
Auston Matthews– Tied for 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) and is the only player in the NHL with at least 20 goals at 5-on-5.- Tied for the NHL lead in multi-goal games (9).- 10th among NHL skaters in 5-on-5 points (21-11-32).- Fifth in the NHL with 195 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Averages 1.18 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 eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:33) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.10 (1.18).- Has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 24 road games this season.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.08 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 1.21 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 19th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (13).- Tied for 22nd among NHLers in even-strength goals (15). His 15 even-strength goals are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in 45 or fewer games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent, which is 18th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.49 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.11 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is eighth among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 21 road games this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists

RECENT MILESTONES

None 
  

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: 119

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 26Recalled forward Tyler Gaudet from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 25Recalled forward Trevor Moore and defenceman Jake Muzzin from their conditioning loans with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 23Assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.
  

Leafs coach Keefe welcomes return of defenceman Muzzin — Toronto Sun

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Leafs coach Keefe welcomes return of defenceman Muzzin — Toronto Sun

NASHVILLE — No one was happier to see Jake Muzzin walk through the door of the Maple Leafs dressing room here — with his equipment — than Sheldon Keefe.

Putting the brakes on Toronto’s recent skid has proven harder without the defenceman the coach calls “in many ways the conscience of our team.”

“It means a great deal, both in terms of his play on the ice and his voice,” said Keefe of Muzzin’s month-long absence with a broken foot. “He speaks a lot, has great presence, great experience of course. He’s an important part of our backend and makes everyone else better.”

Muzzin was asked — and accepted — a conditioning game with the Marlies in Cleveland on Friday en route here, something maybe other veterans might balk at.

“Credit to him for having no ego, not being concerned about anything other than getting himself as prepared as possible. Talking with him, it sounded like a very positive experience and he looked great today.”

lhornby@postmedia.com

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