SENATORS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Pierre Engvall has started 40 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the fourth lowest percentage among NHL rookies.- Is the lone Maple Leaf to average at least 1:00 per game in shorthanded ice time (1:08) and be even in on-ice goals while shorthanded (2 SHGF, 2 PPGA).

OTTAWA SENATORS (18-24-9 – 45 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (27-17-7 – 61 Points)

FEBRUARY 1, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus OTTAWA

ALL-TIME RECORD:54-53-3-11 (121 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:30-22-2-7 (61 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:2-3-0
LAST 10:4-6-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus OTTAWA

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (32), Morgan Rielly (23), Jake Muzzin (15)
GOALS:Auston Matthews (12), John Tavares (7), Morgan Rielly (5)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (12), John Tavares (12), Mitch Marner (10)
POINTS:Auston Matthews (19), John Tavares (19), Mitch Marner (14), Morgan Rielly (14)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (18), Tyson Barrie (6), Jake Muzzin (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOOTTAWA
GOALS FOR (Rank):185 (2nd)141 (22nd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       166 (27th)170 (28th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):33/139 [23.7%] (6th)23/156 [14.7%] (t-30th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):110/143 [76.9%] (25th)140/173 [80.9%] (15th)
SHOTS (Rank):1715 (4th)1533 (22nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2585 (2nd)2211 (20th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.4% (5th)47.2% (28th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)50.5% (t-11th)

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 20, 1992 (Toronto 5, Ottawa 3)
ALL-TIME RECORD:54-53-3-11 (121 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:30-22-2-7 (61 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:24-31-1-4 (60 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:October 2, 2019 (Toronto 5, Ottawa 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SENATORS

Frederik AndersenFirst game as a Maple Leaf (October 12, 2016 at OTT)
Tyson BarrieFirst game as a Maple Leaf (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
Cody CeciSkated in 440 games with Ottawa from 2013-19.
Alex KerfootFirst game as a Maple Leaf (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
Mitch MarnerFirst NHL game (October 12, 2016 at OTT)
Auston MatthewsFirst NHL game (October 12, 2016 at OTT)
Set NHL record for goals in an NHL debut (4 – October 12, 2016 at OTT)
Ilya MikheyevFirst NHL game (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
First NHL point (Assist) (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
First NHL goal (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
Jake Muzzin500th NHL game (February 6, 2019 vs. OTT)
William NylanderFirst NHL goal (March 5, 2016 vs. OTT)
Rasmus SandinFirst NHL game (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
First NHL point (Assist) (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
Jason SpezzaSkated in 686 games with Ottawa from 2002-14, recording 687 points (251 goals, 436 assists).
John Tavares700th NHL point (March 16, 2019 at OTT)
Dmytro TimashovFirst NHL game (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
First NHL point (Assist) (October 2, 2019 vs. OTT)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS36 (Matthews)
ASSISTS37 (Marner)
POINTS60 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS17 (Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS202 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.2% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.1% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS75 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS53 (Marner, Matthews)
HITS91 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 10-5-6 at home this season with a 3.16 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.
– Second in the NHL in wins (24).- Has recorded a save percentage over .900 in 24 of his starts, which is tied for fourth-most starts with a save percentage of .900 or higher.- Has a .921 save percentage when playing on one day rest, which ranks third among goaltenders who have played at least 10 games on one day rest.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for ninth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Has been on the ice for 53 Toronto goals at even-strength, which is tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in on-ice goals for at even-strength.- Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (41). Lone Toronto skater to have taken over 30 slap shots.
Cody Ceci– One of 17 NHL defencemen to appear in at least 40 games and maintain a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage over 52 percent (52.3%) while starting fewer than 48 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (47%).- One of two Maple Leaf defencemen (Jake Muzzin) to have appeared in 40 games and average at least four hits per 60 minutes of ice time (4.68) and four blocked shots per 60 minutes of ice time (4.18).
Pierre Engvall– Has started 40 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the fourth lowest percentage among NHL rookies.- Is the lone Maple Leaf to average at least 1:00 per game in shorthanded ice time (1:08) and be even in on-ice goals while shorthanded (2 SHGF, 2 PPGA).
Justin Holl– One of 23 right-handed defencemen in the NHL to have an on-ice goals-for percentage of at least 53 percent (53.9%) at even-strength.- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (44.8%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
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.- Has made the fifth most saves (309) among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 15 games.
Zach Hyman– Tied for fourth among Toronto skaters in points during the month of January (5-4-9).- Has seven points (3-4-7) in seven games against Atlantic Division opponents this season.- Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.75).
Andreas Johnsson– Has registered 44 (21 goals, 23 assists) of his 64 career points in 61 games at Scotiabank Arena.- Averages 2.06 shots per game, which ranks seventh among Toronto forwards.- Has drawn 11 penalties this season, which is tied for third-most among Toronto skaters.
Kasperi Kapanen– Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-15-23).- Has been on the ice for four of Toronto’s five shorthanded goals this season.- Has 10 points (3-7-10) in 14 games against Atlantic Division opponents.
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (7). – 10th among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-11-18).- Has eight points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 11 games against Atlantic Division teams.
Mitch Marner– Has 10 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fifth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.25 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.54 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Eighth in the NHL in primary assists (25). His 25 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 40 or fewer games.- Ranks fifth among NHL right wingers in shorthanded ice time per game (2:12).
Auston Matthews– Third among NHL skaters in goals (36).- Leads the League with 27 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (22).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (23).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (9).- Tied for 11th among NHL skaters in points (36-24-60).- Fifth in the NHL with 202 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Ranks first in goals (24) and second in points (24-22-46) among Swedish skaters this season.- Tied for the Maple Leaf lead in game-winning goals (4).- Has scored the first goal of the game three times for the Maple Leafs, which is tied for the most first goals among Toronto skaters.- One of 11 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 1.20 (1.29).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.14 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 1.15 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 23rd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (13).- Has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season.- Has won 58.5 percent (228 won, 162 lost) of his faceoffs on home ice this season, which ranks sixth among NHL skaters who have taken 300 draws at home.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:43).- Has drawn a team-high 14 penalties this season. 
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (4) in three consecutive games.
Zach HymanHas goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
Alex KerfootHas points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (4) in three consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (5) in five consecutive games and points (5-3-8) in six consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists
John TavaresFive games from 800 games

RECENT MILESTONES

Rasmus SandinFirst NHL goal (January 27 at Nashville)
  

INJURY REPORT

Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 123

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 31Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 31Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 30Loaned forward Tyler Gaudet to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 27Activated forward Trevor Moore and defenceman Jake Muzzin from injured reserve.
  

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Leafs’ Marner and coach Keefe seeing eye to eye, positives result — Toronto Sun

Sheldon Keefe knows what Mitch Marner is thinking when the Maple Leafs’ star winger makes eye contact on the bench. Read More

Leafs’ Marner and coach Keefe seeing eye to eye, positives result — Toronto Sun

Sheldon Keefe knows what Mitch Marner is thinking when the Maple Leafs’ star winger makes eye contact on the bench.

“He gives you a little look over his shoulder wondering if he’s next or if he’s not, a ‘Why-aren’t-I’ kind of thing,” Keefe, the Leafs coach, said on Friday. “Those are the cues you look for from players, especially your best guys. You’re trying to gauge whether they are tired. Sometimes if they’re tired, they don’t want the next shift and they’re telling you by not giving you the eye contact, that they need a little bit more of a breather.

“When a players give you the eyes he’s telling you ‘I’m ready, so don’t slow this down anymore. Let’s get this going.’”

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Wolfpack heads to England for Super League action — Toronto Sun

Brian McDermott knows the mountain his team is about to climb.

The Toronto Wolfpack coach will lead his team to its first Super League experience on Sunday, a neutral-site contest in Leeds, England against the Castleford Tigers (9:30 a.m., Sportsnet World), the first of 10 consecutive matches in England to start the season.

And while the team’s first game in the top flight of English rugby league has fans on both sides of the Atlantic excited, McDermott warns about the possibility the team could end up closer to being relegated back to the Championship at year’s end than being in a position to compete for a title. In fact, many pundits have predicted the trans-Atlantic club will finish somewhere between ninth and 11th in the 12-team league.

“We’ve got a few challenges,” he said at a press gathering in Manchester last week. “We genuinely are capable of doing some really special things….”

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MARLIES 6, CHARLOTTE 2: “The break was good to us. You could tell the energy and the excitement for the players to be back on the ice. Got a little mental refresher and really, a lot of how we played tonight I thought we played like in Cleveland as well, we just didn’t get the results. In our staff’s mind, we put together three good games. Hopefully we can continue to find that consistency.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (22-17-3-2 – 49 Points) vs. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (24-17-3-0 – 51 Points)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020

 123OTFINAL
CHARLOTTE1102
TORONTO1416

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Charlotte: M. Geekie (14) (T. Broadhurst, G. Forsling), M. McCormick (13) PP (D. Gust, C. Priskie)
Goaltender: A. Forsberg (13/16), A. Nedeljkovic (8/11)

Toronto: N. Petan (10) (Unassisted), M. Hollowell (1) (N. Petan, B. Harpur), S. Pooley (5) (T. Kivihalme, T. Liljegren), S. Pooley (6) (Unassisted), T. MacMaster (10) PP (M. Read, T. Kivihalme), E. Korshkov (10) (T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (31/33)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Nic Petan scored unassisted at 7:56 of the first period to put the Marlies on the board and added the primary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal. He has points (2-3-5) in three consecutive games. Petan has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 18 games this season.
  • Mac Hollowell scored at 1:19 of the second period. This was his first career AHL goal. Hollowell has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games for the first time this season.
  • Scott Pooley scored at 2:30 and 2:49 of the second period. This is his second two-goal game of the season. Pooley has six goals in 16 games this season.
  • Tanner MacMaster scored on the power play at 18:05 of the second period and later added the lone assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. MacMaster has recorded three points (2 goals, 1 assist) through two straight games.
  • Egor Korshkov scored at 5:00 of the third period. Korshkov has 17 points (10 goals 7 assists) through 28 games.
  • Ben Harpur recorded the secondary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal. Harpur has 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) through 30 games this season.
  • Teemu Kivihalme registered the primary assist on Pooley’s first goal of the second period and the secondary assist on MacMaster’s second period power play goal. This is Kivihalme’s second multi-point game of the season.
  • Timothy Liljegren collected the secondary assist on Pooley’s first goal of the second period. Liljegren has 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists) in his last 12 games. Liljegren is eighth in assists (23) amongst AHL defencemen.
  • Matt Read had the primary assist on MacMaster’s second period power play goal. Read has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) through 31 games this season.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced. He is now 12-6-1-1 on the season with a .912 save percentage and a 2.65 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto’s two fastest goals of the season were both scored by Scott Pooley in the second period (19 seconds).
  • Toronto was 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
  • Charlotte had a 33-27 edge in shots in all situations. Egor Korshkov led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 2-2-0-1 against Atlantic Division opponents and are 1-1-01 against the Charlotte Checkers.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (21)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (29)
  • Points:  P. Aberg (35)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (113)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+11)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (67)

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Toronto’s home record is 14-6-0-0 (28 points) this season. Toronto’s longest home point streak reached 18 points from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24 (9-0-0-0).
  • The Marlies have outscored their opponents 72-52. Kenny Agostino leads the Marlies in goals (14) and Jeremy Bracco in assists (17) at home.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (7-2-0-0) and Joseph Woll (4-4-0-0) have combined to make 451 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 6-5-0-0 when tied after the first period and 14-0-1-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 15-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 5-4-0-0 in Friday games and are 3-7-1-1 in January. This is Toronto’s first home game played on Friday.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Ben Harpur has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
  • Mac Hollowell has points (1-2-3) consecutive games.
  • Tanner MacMaster has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan has points (2-3-5) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kenny Agostino (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte.
  • Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Charlotte. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 31: Returned defenceman Kevin Gravel on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 31: Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • January 30: Released forward Giovanni Fiore from PTO
  • January 26: Returned forward Tyler Gaudet on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • January 26: Recalled forward Tyler Gaudet from loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • January 25: Returned defenceman Jake Muzzin from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • January 25: Returned forward Trevor Moore from conditioning loan to Toronto (NHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On the team being down a goal and pushing back for the win:
For sure the response after going down by a goal. The break was good to us. You could tell the energy and the excitement for the players to be back on the ice. Got a little mental refresher and really, a lot of how we played tonight I thought we played like in Cleveland as well, we just didn’t get the results. In our staff’s mind, we put together three good games. Hopefully we can continue to find that consistency.

On Egor Korshkov (1 goal):
Big size, a lot of skill. He’s an interesting, fun player to watch. He just sheds people off as they approach him. He’s great protecting the puck and possessing. Nice little play he made down low for his goal. He brings an element to our team and some depth.

On Mac Hollowell (first career AHL goal):
He’s a very skilled player. We’ve seen a lot of it. It hasn’t resulted in a goal such as that. He’s such a good skater, he positions himself offensively and defensively really well through the middle of the rink, uses his stick to his advantage, which he’ll have to with a little bit undersized defenceman but he makes up for it with his ability to skate and position himself off of defenders.

FORWARD SCOTT POOLEY (2 GOALS)

On tonight’s win against Charlotte:
I think we just did a lot of the little details right that were kind of hurting us. It was nice to get home after the long road trip and after the break and be able to get back into our routine and I think that helped a lot. We were happy to put a full 60 on the ice and obviously we got the result we wanted.

On what the coaching staff’s message was going into tonight’s game:
Just keep it simple really. Coming back from break, hands might be a little rusty, guys get their legs back under them and stuff. But like I said in games prior, we liked the process, we liked the way we played and we just didn’t get the results we wanted, so we wanted to put a full 60 on the ice and we knew we’d get the result and I think we showed that tonight.

On whether confidence or experience has led to increased scoring:
Yeah, I think obviously confidence is huge for any player so to get the first one and be able to play a little more loose and have the confidence to shoot the puck. There’s lucky bounces and I was a lucky recipient, just put it on net and it went in so, there’s no secret to it or anything but I’ll take it.

NEXT GAME:

February 1 vs Charlotte – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 4 vs Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 7 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 8 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 9 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET