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Jason Spezza (24), Tyson Barrie (21), John Tavares (18)
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MAPLE LEAFS – KINGS TEAM STATS
GOALS FOR (Rank):
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):
43/184 [23.4%] (6th)
32/180 [17.8%] (22nd)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):
141/184 [76.6%] (26th)
138/181 [76.2%] (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):
FACEOFF % (Rank):
MAPLE LEAFS – KINGS NOTES
First Matchup between Clubs:
October 25, 1967 vs. LAK (Toronto 4, Los Angeles 2)
65-64-21-2 (152 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:
40-26-11-1 (78 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:
25-38-10-1 (74 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:
November 13, 2018 (Toronto 5, Los Angeles 1)
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. KINGS
Played for Los Angeles from 2016-20. With LAK: 57 GP, 20-24-5; 2.51 GAA; .918 SV%
Played for Los Angeles from 2010-20. With LAK: 660 GP, 60 G – 69 A – 129 P
100th career NHL game (Nov. 21, 2018 (COL) at LAK)
Played for Los Angeles from 2010-19. With LAK: 496 GP, 51 G – 162 A – 213 P
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
POWER PLAY POINTS
2 (Engvall, Kapanen)
55.4% (Matthews, Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %
TOI PER GAME
PP TOI PER GAME
SH TOI PER GAME
MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS
– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.8%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength
– The Maple Leafs hold the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (159).
Goals by Period
– Toronto is second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (86) and are tied for fifth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (77).
– The Maple Leafs have the fewest power play opportunities (184) among NHL teams that have scored at least 40 power play goals (43).
– Toronto has been shorthanded 184 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fourth-highest in the NHL.
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (28).- Ranks fourth in the NHL in saves (1,372).- Is 8-1-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 16 career games against Los Angeles.- Has a 16-6-0 record on the road in 2019-20, with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage
– Has eight multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (12). – Averages 14.29 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fifth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 16th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:18).- Ranks 15th among NHL defencemen in slap shots taken (56).
– Has a 3-1-1 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.73 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.- Acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with Los Angeles on February 5.
– Eighth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.2%). – Averages 14.97 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 18th among left wingers.- Ranks 10.14 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 30th among NHL skaters.- Acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with Los Angeles on February 5.
– Ninth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.5%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.6 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for the seventh highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks fourth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.97).
– Has started the eighth-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.0%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.7%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.0%).- Has the second-highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.3%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.0%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.77).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:07).- Ranks third among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:47).
– Has drawn 20 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+12) and ranks tied for 12th among NHL forwards.- Tied for third among Maple Leafs and tied for 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 21 (9-12-21) of his 36 points on the road this season.
– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
– Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in assists (49).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.16 points per game, which is tied for the 16th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.78 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for ninth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Eighth in the NHL in primary assists (31).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:29)
– Second among NHL skaters in goals (46).- Leads the NHL with 35 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (30).- Tied for first in the NHL in wrist shot goals (27).- Tied for second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for sixth in the NHL in multi-point games (25).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (46-33-79).- Fourth in the NHL with 275 shots on goal.
– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- Tied for 11th in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- One of 13 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.21).- Ranks eighth among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:30) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
– Ranks eighth among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.07) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks fifth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
– 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 50 games.- Averaging 0.80 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaging 1.25 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Ranks 10th among NHL centres in 5-on-5 ice time per game (15:29).- Tied for 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (588)- Has recorded 13 points (6-7-13) in 13 games against Pacific Division teams.- Has 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 31 games on the road.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
Has goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games.
One game from 300 NHL games
One game from 200 NHL games
Three games from 300 NHL games
One assist from 600 assists
Cody Ceci (Ankle)
On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)
On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)
On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)
Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)
On injured reserve.
Man Games Lost: 187
Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — As much as Kyle Clifford, and Jake Muzzin, can bring a winning pedigree to the Maple Leafs, the man coaching their former club sees their potential impact a little differently. Read More
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — As much as Kyle Clifford, and Jake Muzzin, can bring a winning pedigree to the Maple Leafs, the man coaching their former club sees their potential impact a little differently.
“I think that sometimes the winner tag is overrated,” Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan said on Wednesday. “I think it’s the ability to fit in — the chemistry tag should be the one that is addressed more than the winner tag.”
The Leafs have been getting that symmetry with Muzzin, who signed a four-year extension with Toronto last week, for more than a year after acquiring Muzzin from the Kings in January 2019. The experience of having Clifford, and goalie Jack Campbell, as an influence on the group will hit one month on Thursday following the trade with the Kings on Feb. 5 that brought both to Toronto.
Clifford and Muzzin hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Kings, though as McLellan indicated, that’s only part of the package.
While Muzzin has taken on the status of a spectator after breaking a knuckle on his right hand last week against Tampa Bay — Muzzin said on Wednesday he would like to be back before the original prognosis of four weeks’ absence is up, but only if it “makes sense” — Clifford continues to take on a greater role, off the ice as much as on.
“He has really been terrific,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said following practice at the Kings’ facility near the Los Angeles International Airport. “His perspective that he has, the experiences he has, also the type of personality he has to be able to talk to anyone on the team.
“He is a competitor and he brings it every day. Those types of things rub off on the rest of your team.”
The Leafs could have used Muzzin’s guidance and presence on the ice on Tuesday night in San Jose, when there was general disorganization in the defensive zone during a 5-2 loss against the Sharks. While Muzzin and the rest of the injured Leafs might not have liked what they witnessed, the defenceman had some perspective a day later.
“It’s tough to be at the top of your game consistently night in and night out,” Muzzin said. “The teams that find a way to do that the most are at the top of the league and get themselves to win a Cup.
“It’s a battle throughout the season to continually bring your emotion and compete level. We’re working to get to that.
“We believe in the group in there. It’s just that getting there is tough.”
The Leafs, who take on the Kings on Thursday night at the Staples Center, won their previous three games and four in five before the Sharks attacked.
Veterans such as Muzzin, Clifford, Jason Spezza and captain John Tavares, whether they have won the Cup, are a positive influence, but with the emphasis in Toronto on a younger core of players, the learning curve will have bumps.
“We don’t want to be responding to anything that is happening,” Keefe said. “We want to be dictating it and we want to be confident when we come to the arena every day.”
So the work continues to try to be, as Muzzin said, as close to consistent every night as possible.
“We don’t want to say ‘Hey, we put together three pretty good games last week and that was just a one-off,’” Keefe said of the San Jose loss. “There have been other times where we have looked like that.
“One of the bigger issues is that when we have looked bad, we have been really bad. We’re not going to have great nights every night and we’re not going to win every night. But we’re capable of putting together a level of competitiveness and work ethic and structure every day to make sure it doesn’t go south to that degree.”
The Leafs will be better once Muzzin returns. Clifford is making in-roads.
We come back to something else McLellan said, which applies to the NHL as a whole.
“Sometimes coaches, media, fans, we live in this fantasy world that we’re just going to run over teams and take advantage no matter how we are built,” McLellan said. “The parity in the league is immense and they’re human beings. They’re going to have off-nights.”
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Sheldon Keefe’s head triumphed over his heart.
Rather than give goaltender Jack Campbell a start on Thursday against his former club, the Los Angeles Kings, Keefe will turn to Frederik Andersen after Campbell was sharp against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
Campbell will start on Friday in Anaheim against the Ducks, giving Andersen another rest.
“The biggest thought process for us is we wanted to get Jack in two out of three games this week,” Keefe said. “That trumps anything in terms of him playing against his former team.
“Also, Fred’s our starting goaltender. It makes sense for him coming off (the fact) he didn’t play (Tuesday) night, had a full practice day (Wednesday) and he goes in and plays a game. He deserves that. At this time of year especially, you have to make those right decisions.”
Keefe has spoken of load management regarding Andersen, without using those words specifically.
Andersen has made 50 starts this season, tying him for third-most in the NHL prior to games on Wednesday. Campbell gives the Leafs a legitimate, don’t-need-to-worry backup, and we assume Campbell will be used more in the final month of the regular season.
Defenceman Rasmus Sandin will be back in the lineup after sitting in San Jose, with Calle Rosen likely to be scratched.
Toronto: M. Salomaki (7) SH (Unassisted), S. Pooley (8) (H. Elynuik), M. Read (13) PP (K. Agostino, M. Lorito), E. Korshkov (16) (M. Kapla) Goaltender: J. Woll (21/29)
Belleville: N. Baptiste (4) (M. Klimchuk, P. Kelly), F. Chlapik (8) (J. LaBate, D. Archibald), M. Lajoie (3) (J. Norris, V. Abrmaov), J. Szwarz (18) (M. Carcone, J. Aspirot), J. Norris (31) (D. Batherson, V. Abramov), M. Carcone (13) (Unassisted), D. Archibald (11) (J. Aspirot), M. Klimchuk (12) (P. Kelly, N. Baptiste) Goaltender: A. Dubeau (19/23)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Miikka Salomaki put the Marlies on the board with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 19:05 of the first period. He has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) through five games with the Marlies this season. This was his first career AHL shorthanded goal.
Scott Pooley scored at 5:07 of the second period. Pooley has 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in 27 games this season.
Matt Read scored on the power play at 17:26 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season.
Egor Korshkov scored at 3:06 of the third period. He has six points (5 goals, 1 assist) in seven games against Belleville. Korshkov has 25 points (16 goals, 9 assists) through 41 games.
Hudson Elynuik registered the lone assist on Pooley’s second period goal. Elynuik has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 49 games this season.
Kenny Agostino recorded the primary assist on Read’s second period power play goal. Agostino has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in his last five games.
Matt Lorito had the secondary assist on Read’s second period power play goal. He has three assists in his last two games. Lorito has 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists) in 55 games this season.
Michael Kapla picked up the lone assist on Korshkov’s third period goal. Kapla has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 13 games this season.
Joseph Woll stopped 21 of 29 shots he faced. Woll is now 11-14-3-2 on the season with a .879 save percentage and a 3.83 goals against average.
Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-8 on the power play. Toronto has six shorthanded goals this season.
Belleville had a 29-23 edge in shots in all situations. Miikka Salomaki led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
The Marlies are 15-17-3-1 against North Division opponents and 5-5-0-0 against the Belleville Senators.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: K. Agostino (25)
Assists: J. Bracco (30)
Points: K. Agostino (47)
PPG: K. Agostino (7)
Shots: P. Aberg (138)
+/-: E. Korshkov, M. Salomaki (+11)
PIMS: G. Wilson (75)
The Marlies are 9-14-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 5-19-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
Toronto is 19-15-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
The Marlies are 3-5-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 1-1-0-0 in March.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Kenny Agostino has points (2-1-3) in consecutive games.
Matt Lorito has assists (3) in consecutive games.
Scott Pooley has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games).
Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville.
Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville.
Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.
February 27: Recalled defenceman Sergei Sapego from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
February 26: Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from loan by Toronto (NHL).
February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On what was different in tonight’s loss versus the comeback win against Texas: Our lack of compete right from the start. For how many points we need right now and what this week is and what we’ve been talking about and they know our playoff lives are on the line here, that first period wasn’t good enough and to think that we can turn it on late against a good team like this, the players should be really down on themselves.
On what kind of team the Marlies are when they have success: Our team, we can play our possession style if we have the compete and we do at times and when our brains are turned on and we’re engaged and active in the game, we’re not shoulder-checking, we’re not identifying what the time and space is around us before we get the puck, it ends up playing too slow. They just think that they can take a game off all of sudden, just because they had two decent games they put together and they’ve got to find a way to want more than that for themselves within our brand and we’ve had success winning hockey games by all five guys on the ice being active and holding onto the puck and making plays with each other, it’s when we get individual.
On if it was tough leaving Joseph Woll in for the entire game: It was tough. We were finding our way back in the game so it didn’t feel as though we got too far away from it. He’s a great goaltender, he deserves a lot better. I could hear guys after in the room not happy with themselves and know that our goalie deserves a lot better than what they gave him here tonight.
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET March 7 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET March 11 at Bridgeport – 7:00 p.m. ET March 13 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m. ET March 14 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m. ET