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MAPLE LEAFS AT PENGUINS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is tied for first in the NHL in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for 10th in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 243 shots on goal.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-21-8 – 70 Points) vs.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (36-15-6 – 78 Points)

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

PPG PAINTS ARENA (PITTSBURGH, PA) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus PITTSBURGH

ALL-TIME RECORD:83-79-17-7 (186 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:37-47-6-4 (94 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus PITTSBURGH

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (47), Jason Spezza (46), Cody Ceci (19), Morgan Rielly (19)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (19), John Tavares (11), Tyson Barrie (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (32), John Tavares (22), Mitch Marner (9)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (33), Mitch Marner (10), Jake Muzzin (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (29), John Tavares (12), Kyle Clifford (6), Martin Marincin (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOPITTSBURGH
GOALS FOR (Rank):210 (2nd)188 (t-8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       195 (t-27th)152 (4th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):40/161 [24.8%] (3rd)34/166 [20.5%] (14th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):131/168 [78.0%] (23rd)127/154 [82.5%] (8th)
SHOTS (Rank):1998 (3rd)1824 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3018 (2nd)2501 (26th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.3% (6th)50.8% (12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)48.5% (t-25th)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:December 13, 1967 (Pittsburgh 2, Toronto 1)
All-Time Record:83-79-17-7 (186 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:46-32-11-3 (92 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:37-47-6-4 (94 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:December 9, 2017 (Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. PENGUINS

Kasperi KapanenSelected by Pittsburgh in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
First NHL goal (April 8, 2017 vs. Pittsburgh)
Jake MuzzinSelected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.
Morgan RiellyFirst NHL Goal (December 16, 2013 at Pittsburgh)
John TavaresFirst NHL game (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
First NHL goal (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
First NHL point (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS42 (Matthews)
ASSISTS45 (Marner)
POINTS71 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS22 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS243 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.5% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.3% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS97 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS65 (Matthews)
HITS105 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:04 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 14-5-0 record on the road with a .918 save percentage and a 2.65 goals-against average.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 54.5 percent of his starts this season, which is the seventh-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.- Has a 4-4-0 record in 10 career games against the Penguins and a 2.46 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 13th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Averages 14.41 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Recorded his first point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on February 16 at Buffalo.- Ranks eighth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.4%).
– Ranks 28th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.31).
Pierre Engvall– Has five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in eight games against Metropolitan Division opposition.- Has played 32.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 55.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the fourth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.0%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (43.6%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.4%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (43.6%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.- Has recorded six (1-5-6) of his 15 points in 16 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 24th among NHLers in points since January 1 (9-9-18; 19 GP).- Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.80).- Fourth among Toronto skaters in even-strength time on ice per game (15:58).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 14 penalties this season and taken five, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+9) and ranks tied for 25th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.22) at 5-on-5.- Has two goals and two assists in seven career games against Pittsburgh.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Has recorded 15 (4-11-15) of his 25 points on the road this season.
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (45). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.22 points per game, which is the 12th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.87 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 243 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:36) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.28).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Averaging 13.40 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.20) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.98 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 40 games.- Averaging 0.92 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.06 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 23rd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 10 points (5-5-10) in nine games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:37).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has 17 points (6-11-17) in 13 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas points (4-3-7) in six consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

William NylanderThree games from 300 games.
Jason SpezzaFour assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Egor KorshkovFirst NHL game (February 16 at Buffalo)
First NHL goal (February 16 at Buffalo)
First NHL point (Goal) (February 16 at Buffalo)
Timothy LiljegrenFirst NHL point (February 15 at Ottawa)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 156

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 16Recalled forwards Egor Korshkov and Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Placed forward Andreas Johnsson on injured reserve.
February 14Loaned forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 13Activated goaltender Frederik Andersen from injured reserve. Placed goaltender Michael Hutchinson on waivers.
February 12Signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year contract extension.
  

As in-game troubles mount, Leafs trying to find ways to get back on course — Toronto Sun

PITTSBURGH — No one said the Maple Leafs’ road to a playoff spot was going to be straightforward, yet the potholes the club creates for itself are becoming more damaging. Read More

As in-game troubles mount, Leafs trying to find ways to get back on course — Toronto Sun

Giants exclude Aubrey Huff from 2010 championship reunion — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Due to his toxic nature on Twitter, Aubrey Huff has not been invited to the Giants’ 2010 championship reunion, to be held in August at Oracle Park.

Giants exclude Aubrey Huff from 2010 championship reunion — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

It’s first base for now, but Travis Shaw offers Blue Jays insurance at third — Toronto Sun

DUNEDIN, Fla. — For Travis Shaw to be a hit with the Blue Jays as the getting closer to being rebuilt team’s likely opening day first baseman, it may literally come down to just that. Read More

It’s first base for now, but Travis Shaw offers Blue Jays insurance at third — Toronto Sun

Chris Antonetti continues to pave way out of Cleveland for Francisco Lindor — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Indians president Chris Antonetti spoke about Francisco Lindor’s status with the team on Monday. It seems likely he will be traded eventually.

Chris Antonetti continues to pave way out of Cleveland for Francisco Lindor — HardballTalk | NBC Sports.

Blue Jays’ Biggio plans for an even bigger sophomore season — Toronto Sun

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Big sports fan that he is, Cavan Biggio is well aware of the concept of the sophomore slump, but the Blue Jays second baseman is having nothing of it. “Have you heard of the Madden Curse, too?,” Biggio said, referring to the popular NFL video game that has often brought trouble to […]

Blue Jays’ Biggio plans for an even bigger sophomore season — Toronto Sun

BINGHAMTON 5, MARLIES 2: “Effort was there, maybe not as consistent as we would like to see. We kind of relied on playing a little bit slower than we have in the last six games and we didn’t take advantage of transition. They played really well against us. They got a lot of pucks towards our net with a lot of bodies.” GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (26-20-3-2 – 57 Points) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (25-23-4-0 – 54 Points)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020

 123OTFINAL
BINGHAMTON1225
TORONTO1102

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Binghamton: J. Boqvist (5) (K. Cumiskey, D. Mermis), B. Seney (18) PP (N. Bastian, J. Boqvist), J. Melichiori (4) PP (D. Mermis, M. Maltsev), M. Studenic (5) (F. Zetterlund, N. Schnarr), E. Sharangovich (6) EN (M. Studenic, R. Schmelzer)
Goaltender: C. Schneider (31/33)

Toronto: P. Aberg (17) PP (T. MacMaster, J. Duszak), K. Agostino (23) (P. Aberg, T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (35/39)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Pontus Aberg put the Marlies on the board at 11:11 in the first period and later added the primary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. This was his fifth power play goal of the season. Aberg has 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) through 45 games.
  • Kenny Agostino scored at 42 seconds into the second period. He has points (2-4-6) in five consecutive games. Agostino has 40 points (23 goals, 17 assists) in 43 games this season.
  • Tanner MacMaster recorded the primary assist on Aberg’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Agostino’s second period goal. MacMaster has 12 points (3-9-12) in his last 12 games.
  • Joseph Duszak registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s first period goal. Duszak has 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) in his last seven games.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 35 of 39 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 14-9-2-1 on the season with a .909 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
  • Binghamton had a 40-33 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 12-12-2-1 against North Division opponents and 0-1-1-0 against the Binghamton Devils.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (23)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  P. Aberg, K. Agostino (40)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (126)
  • +/-:  P. Aberg, B. Harpur (+10)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 7-8-0-0 when tied after the first period and 4-16-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 18-11-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 0-1-0-0 in Monday games and are 4-4-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-4-6) in five consecutive games.
  • Joseph Duszak has assists (5) in consecutive games.
  • Tanner MacMaster has assists (4) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for today’s game against Binghamton. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for today’s game today’s game against Binghamton. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Binghamton. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for today’s game against Binghamton. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on Feb. 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 17: Recalled forward Colt Conrad from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 17: Recalled forward Riley Woods from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 16: Recalled forward Egor Korshkov from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 16: Recalled forward Mason Marchment from loan by Toronto (NHL)
  • February 14: Returned forward Pontus Aberg on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 14: Returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 10: Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 10: Returned goaltender Parker Gahagen on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:
Effort was there, maybe not as consistent as we would like to see. We kind of relied on playing a little bit slower than we have in the last six games and we didn’t take advantage of transition. They played really well against us. They got a lot of pucks towards our net with a lot of bodies. We had a hard time clearing out the front. I thought Kas played great. He saw a lot of rubber but gave us a chance to hang in there and there was a portion of time in the second period where we were up 2-1 but we weren’t winning the game. We were winning the game but we weren’t winning the game. We were out chanced probably two-to-one. Just need a little more compete, little more effort in 50/50 battles in our D-zone, and then playing slow just killed us. We had to play a little faster.

On the line of Tanner MacMaster, Kenny Agostino and Pontus Aberg:
Yeah, they played pretty well. They had a good game. It’s hard to evaluate and stick on a couple guys or a line when we needed more out of the entire team. When we did play slow, we didn’t build or possess the puck the way we wanted to. We didn’t get into the types of regroups that we had in the past that we had success structurally against this type of defence. And then the times where we could have taken advantage and transitioned a little bit quicker when they had line changes or they were tired in the O-zone, we wore them down.  We just didn’t make the right decisions at the right times.

NEXT GAME:

February 19 vs Binghamton – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 22 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
February 26 vs Cleveland – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 28 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 29 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET