Clippers prepare for stretch run, in flux but formidable — Press Telegram

In the immediate aftermath of a stinging 141-133 overtime loss in Boston, even Amir Coffey, a young guard on a two-way contract, seemed to be channeling some of the angst associated with this season’s Clippers, telling reporters on the scene: “We have a lot to work through.” That might be true: The Clippers limped into…

Clippers prepare for stretch run, in flux but formidable — Press Telegram

PENGUINS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.8%) and are tied for third among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (53.7%).

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (37-15-6 – 80 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-22-8 – 70 Points)

FEBRUARY 20, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus PITTSBURGH

ALL-TIME RECORD:83-80-17-7 (187 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:46-32-11-3 (92 Games)
2019-20:0-2-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus PITTSBURGH

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (48), Jason Spezza (47), Cody Ceci (19), Morgan Rielly (19)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (19), John Tavares (11), Tyson Barrie (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (22), Mitch Marner (9)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (52), John Tavares (33), Jake Muzzin (11)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (31), John Tavares (12), Kyle Clifford (6), Martin Marincin (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOPITTSBURGH
GOALS FOR (Rank):212 (2nd)193 (t-8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       200 (29th)154 (4th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):40/165 [24.2%] (4th)37/169 [21.9%] (8th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):131/171 [76.6%] (25th)131/158 [82.9%] (6th)
SHOTS (Rank):2034 (3rd)1848 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3064 (2nd)2539 (25th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.3% (t-5th)50.6% (12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.8% (3rd)48.4% (t-27th)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:December 13, 1967 (Pittsburgh 2, Toronto 1)
All-Time Record:83-80-17-7 (187 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:46-32-11-3 (92 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:37-48-6-4 (95 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:February 2, 2019 (Toronto 3, Pittsburgh 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. PENGUINS

Kyle CliffordFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (February 18, 2020 at Pittsburgh)
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
GOALS43 (Matthews)
ASSISTS45 (Marner)
POINTS72 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS22 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS247 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.3% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.2% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS100 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS66 (Matthews)
HITS105 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:05 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.8%) and are tied for third among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (53.7%).
Goals by Period– Toronto ranks third in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (77) and fifth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (72).
When Leading– The Maple Leafs are 15-2-1 when leading after a period, which is the fifth-highest win percentage (.833) when leading through 20 minutes.
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals with fewer than 170 power play opportunities.
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 171 times this season, which is tied for the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .778 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for sixth in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for fourth among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Ranks fifth in the NHL in saves (1,232).- Has a save percentage of .915 in 17 games played on one day rest.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 14th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Averages 14.71 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 goal as a Maple Leaf on February 16 at Buffalo.- Tied for sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.7%).
– Averages 15.04 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 18th among NHL forwards.
Pierre Engvall– Has scored four of his seven goals in nine games against Metropolitan Division opposition.- Has played 32.7 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 53.3 percent at 5-on-5, which is the eighth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.2%) 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 (52.6%) 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 17 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 27th among NHLers in points since January 1 (9-9-18; 20 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 26th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 13th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.20) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.23) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in primary assists (10).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (45). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.20 points per game, which tied for is the 13th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.83 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for 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 (43).- Leads the NHL with 32 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- 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 (43-29-72).- Fourth in the NHL with 247 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of 10 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:34) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.26).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Averaging 13.20 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks ninth among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:34).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks sixth among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.12) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.6 percent, which ranks third among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.05 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.90 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 1.16 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 10 games during the month of February.- Tied for 13th in the NHL in faceoff wins (529)- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has 17 points (6-11-17) in 14 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Kyle CliffordHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

William NylanderTwo games from 300 games.
Jason SpezzaThree assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Kyle CliffordFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (February 18 at Pittsburgh)
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: 160

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 19Acquired forward Denis Malgin from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Mason Marchment.
February 18Loaned forward Mason Marchment to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
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).
  

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