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After enjoying a comfortable 20-point lead through most of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics’ 128-124 win was quite uncomfortable. Jursuf Nurkic (30 points, nine rebounds) and Damian Lillard (30 points, 16 assists) ate away at the Celtics advantage slowly in the third, and took the lead…

Celtics Wrap: Jaylen Brown’s Heroics Help Hold On Vs. Trail Blazers — NESN.com

Albert Pujols hits grand slam for career home run No. 658 — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Angels DH Albert Pujols swatted a grand slam Sunday afternoon to give his team the lead. It’s the 658th homer of his career, two behind Willie Mays.

Albert Pujols hits grand slam for career home run No. 658 — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Tyler Alexander records nine consecutive strikeouts, ties AL record — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Tigers reliever Tyler Alexander tied the AL record for consecutive strikeouts by fanning the first nine Reds he faced on Sunday afternoon.

Tyler Alexander records nine consecutive strikeouts, ties AL record — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

BLUE JACKETS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: The Maple Leafs have played a total of 114 series in their previous 68 playoff appearances, winning 58 of them.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (0-0) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (0-0)

AUGUST 2, 2020 ▪ 8:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus COLUMBUS


ALL-TIME RECORD
: 14-11-1-4
ALL-TIME at HOME: 6-6-1-3

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SERIES RECORD: 0-0

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORD: 0-0
2019-20: 1-0-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus COLUMBUS

GAMES: John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (22), Kyle Clifford (20), Morgan Rielly (20)
POINTS: John Tavares (33), Mitch Marner (12), Jason Spezza (12)

GOALS: John Tavares (14), Mitch Marner (5), Jason Spezza (4)

ASSISTS: John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (9), Tyson Barrie (9)

PENALTY MINUTES: Kyle Clifford (23), John Tavares (16), Jake Muzzin (14)

BLUE JACKETS CAREER LEADERS versus TORONTO

GAMES: Nick Foligno (46), Brandon Dubinsky (32), Gustav Nyquist (27)

POINTS: Brandon Dubinsky (23), Nick Foligno (22), Gustav Nyquist (20)

GOALS: Gustav Nyquist (11), Nick Foligno (10), Brandon Dubinsky (7)

ASSISTS: Brandon Dubinsky (16), Nick Foligno (12), Seth Jones (9), Gustav Nyquist (9)

PENALTY MINUTES: Nick Foligno (38), Brandon Dubinsky (26), Nathan Gerbe (16)

MAPLE LEAFS ACTIVE PLAYOFF LEADERS

GAMES: Jason Spezza (80), Jake Muzzin (57), Kyle Clifford (55)

POINTS: Jason Spezza (70), John Tavares (27), Jake Muzzin (22)
GOALS: Jason Spezza (25), John Tavares (13), Auston Matthews (10)

ASSISTS: Jason Spezza (45), Jake Muzzin (15), John Tavares (14)
PENALTY MINUTES: Kyle Clifford (62), Jason Spezza (28), Jake Muzzin (20)

2019-20 SEASON SERIES

October 4, 2019: Toronto 4 vs. Columbus 1

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Marner (2), Ceci, Matthews

Columbus Goals: Atkinson

October 21, 2019: Columbus 4 vs. Toronto 3 OT

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Kapanen, Matthews, Nylander

Columbus Goals: Nash, Dubois, Wennberg, Nyquist

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Postseason Appearances– The 2020 postseason marks the Maple Leafs’ 69th appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Series History– The Maple Leafs have played a total of 114 series in their previous 68 playoff appearances, winning 58 of them.
Playoff Record– Toronto has a record of 262-285-4 in 551 franchise playoff games.
Best of Five– The Toronto franchise (Arenas, St. Pats, Maple Leafs) has played in 15 best-of-five series in its history and have a 7-8 record in that span
Toronto vs. Columbus– This is the first time the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets have met in a postseason series.
Postseason Experience– Frederik AndersenKasperi KapanenZach HymanAuston MatthewsMitch MarnerWilliam Nylander and Morgan Rielly have appeared in all 20 postseason games contested by the Maple Leafs since the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, per NHL Stats.
In the Atlantic– Toronto finished third in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the NHL standings with a record of 36-25-9 (.569 points percentage).
Team Discipline– The Maple Leafs took the sixth-fewest penalties in the NHL (219) and averaged the third-fewest penalty minutes per game (6.7). 
Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs finished third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.5%) and tied for second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs were third in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (159).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs have the third fewest power play opportunities (195) among NHL teams that have scored at least 40 power play goals (45).
Penalty Kill– Toronto was shorthanded 193 times this season, which was the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto had a .774 win percentage when scoring first, which tied for the third highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS – BLUE JACKETS FINAL 2019-20 TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCOLUMBUS
GOALS FOR (Rank):237 (2nd)180 (t-28th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):     222 (25th)183 (t-3rd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):45/195 [23.8%] (6th)31/189 [16.4%] (27th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):150/193 [77.7%] (21st)138/169 [81.7%] (12th)
SHOTS (Rank):2302 (4th)2272 (6th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3466 (3rd)3133 (14th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (6th)49.2% (19th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (3rd)48.5% (26th)

MAPLE LEAFS 2019-20 LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS47 (Matthews)
ASSISTS51 (Marner)
POINTS80 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS25 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs43 (Holl)
SHOTS290 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.3% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.6% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS78 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:12 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:13 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS NOTABLES

Frederik Andersen– Since joining the Maple Leafs in 2016-17, Andersen is 8-11 in 20 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances. Only nine goaltenders have recorded more postseason wins in a Toronto uniform.- Fourth among NHL goaltenders in wins (29).- Fourth in the NHL in saves (1,434).- Is 6-2-3 in 11 career games against Columbus with a .918 save percentage and a 2.79 goals-against average.
Tyson Barrie– Has appeared in 21 career playoff games and recorded 14 points (one goal, 13 assists).- Had eight multi-assist games, which was tied for the fourth-most among NHL defencemen.- Finished 2019-20 tied for third among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (12).
– Averaged 14.26 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which was the sixth-highest average among NHL defencemen who played in at least 50 games.- Ranked 19th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:12).
Jack Campbell– Could make his Stanley Cup playoff debut this postseason.- Had a 3-2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average after being acquired by the Maple Leafs.- Has made two career appearances against the Blue Jackets and is 1-0-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
Kyle Clifford– Has appeared in 55 career playoff games with the Los Angeles Kings and is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2012, 2014).- Finished 10th among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (53.6%).
– Averagesd14.85 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranked 18th among left wingers.- Averaged 10.33 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranked 32nd among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Could make his Stanley Cup playoff debut this postseason.- Was fifth among NHL rookie forwards who appeared in 40 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.0%). – Had an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.6 percent at 5-on-5, which was the seventh highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 40 games.- Ranked third among rookie forwards who skated in 40 games in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (14.08).
Justin Holl– Could make his Stanley Cup playoff debut this postseason.- Started the eighth-lowest percentage of 5-on-5 shifts (42.3%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranked second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.8%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.3%).- Had the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.0%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Has appeared in 20 career playoff games and recorded nine points (3-6-9).- Tied his career-high for goals in a season (21).- Ranked fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.73).- Finished the 2019-20 season tied for third among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:08).- Ranked third among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:52).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has appeared in 20 career playoff games and recorded five points (4-1-5).- Drew 20 penalties this season and took eight, which gave him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+12) and ranked tied for 14th among NHL forwards.- Fourth among Maple Leafs and 19th among NHL right wingers who appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.19) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Has appeared in 18 career playoff games with the Colorado Avalanche and recorded five points (2-3-5)- Ranked second among Toronto skaters who appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.22) at 5-on-5.- Ranked eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Was tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Has appeared in 20 career playoff games and recorded 17 career points (5-12-17).- Leads Maple Leafs players with 17 postseason points since 2017 (5-12-17 in 20 GP), per NHL Stats.- Was tied for ninth among NHL skaters in assists (51).- Had 13 multi-assist games, which was tied for the sixth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaged 1.12 points per game, which was the 17th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaged 1.69 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranked 14th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Was tied for ninth in the NHL with 32 primary assists.
Auston Matthews– Per NHL Stats, Matthews’ 10 career playoff goals (20 GP) is the third-most among Maple Leafs before age 23. He trails Ted Kennedy (20 G in 38 GP) and Wendel Clark (11 G in 23 GP).
– Ranked third among NHL skaters in goals (47).- Finished tied for first in the NHL with 35 even-strength goals.- Led the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (30).- Was tied for first in the NHL in wrist shot goals (28).- Finished tied for second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ranked seventh in the NHL in multi-point games (25).- Was ninth among NHL skaters in points (47-33-80).- Ranked fourth in the NHL with 290 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Has recorded three goals and eight assists in 20 career playoff games.- Established a new career-high for goals (31), which was tied for 15th in the NHL in goals scored.- Led the Maple Leafs and was tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- Was tied for 14th in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Ranked sixth among NHL forwards who averaged 14:00 per game (14:29) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.6%).
Jason Spezza– Leads the Maple Leafs in career playoff games (80), goals (25), assists (45) and points (70).- Averaged 1.98 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which was the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaged 0.77 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranked fifth among Maple Leafs who appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaged 1.21 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which was tied for the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Has skated in 31 career playoff games and recorded 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists).- Finished tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (18).- Ranked 10th among NHL centres in 5-on-5 ice time per game (15:26).- Ranked 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (617)- Has recorded 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 27 career games against Columbus, which is tied for the 16th most points against the Blue Jackets among active NHLers.
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.

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