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MAPLE LEAFS-CANUCKS PREGAME NOTES

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (28-12-5 – 61 Points) vs.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (17-18-3 – 37 Points)

APRIL 20, 2021 ▪ 9:00 PM EST

ROGERS ARENA (VANCOUVER, BC) 
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus VANCOUVER

ALL-TIME RECORD:64-64-22-4 (154 Games)
ALL-TIME on the ROAD:26-39-11-3 (79 Games)
2020-21:3-2-1
LAST FIVE:2-2-1
LAST 10:6-2-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus VANCOUVER

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (73), TJ Brodie (42), Jake Muzzin (38)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (18), John Tavares (11), Auston Matthews (11)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (56), John Tavares (14), TJ Brodie (13)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (74), John Tavares (25), Jason Spezza (20)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (51), Jake Muzzin (28), Wayne Simmonds (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOVANCOUVER
GOALS FOR (Rank):146 (t-7th)100 (31st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       120 (t-11th)121 (t-13th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):28/128 [21.9%] (11th)21/107 [19.6%] (18th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):89/117 [76.1%] (26th)102/130 [78.5%] (20th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):31.1 (7th)30.0 (t-11th)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.2 (t-6th)33.9 (31st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1980 (7th)1605 (31st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):50.9% (12th)46.8% (28th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):51.7% (7th)52.3 (5th)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Oct. 11, 1970 (Vancouver 5, Toronto 3)
All-Time Record:64-64-22-4 (154 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:38-25-11-1 (75 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-39-11-3 (79 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:Dec. 10, 2019 (Toronto 4, Vancouver 1)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS33 (Matthews)
ASSISTS40 (Marner)
POINTS54 (Marner, Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS13 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Five players tied)
PIMs49 (Bogosian)
SHOTS169 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%56.6% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS75 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS40 (Matthews)
HITS78 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:49 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:17 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:31 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

TJ Brodie– Averaging 19:03 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Has the highest on-ice goals-for percentage (66.1%) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in shifts per game (25.8).- Tied for 14th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (21).
Jack Campbell– Is 11-2-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage this season.- Has a 7-1-1 record with a 1.86 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in eight games on the road this season.- Established a Maple Leafs franchise record for consecutive wins by a goaltender (10) on April 7 vs. Montreal.- Established an NHL record for consecutive wins to start a season (11) on April 10 vs. Ottawa.
Alex Galchenyuk–  Averaging 2.19 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.- Averaging 12.52 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time as a Maple Leaf, which ranks 10th among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.2% through 15 games with the Maple Leafs.
Justin Holl– Ranks 18th among right handed defencemen in the NHL in time on ice at 5-on-5 (17:50).- Tied for 19th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:50) with a shot attempt percentage of 52.2% when the score is within one goal.- Has scored both of his two goals on the road in 2020-21.
Michael Hutchinson– Has a .919 save percentage and a 2.42 goals-against average with a 4-2-1 record through eight starts this season. 
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (1:58).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (67.8%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto skaters.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs in goals (15).
Alex Kerfoot– Sixth among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.5).- Has the eighth highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.68) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averaging 1:25 per game in shorthanded ice time, the highest mark of his career.
Mitch Marner– Ranks fourth among NHLers in assists (40).- Second in the NHL in assists at 5-on-5 (23).- Tied for fourth among NHLers in points (14-40-54).- Tied for 12th in the NHL in even-strength goals (14).- Second among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:33).- Second in the NHL in primary assists (27).- Has the sixth highest on-ice goals for percentage (61.4%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto skaters.
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (33).- Leads the NHL in game-winning goals (9).- Leads the NHL in even-strength goals (23).- Has scored the first goal of the game on eight occasions, which leads the NHL.- Tied for fourth among NHLers in points (33-21-54).- Third in the NHL in shots on goal (169).- Second among Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (53.5%).- Became the first American born player to score 30 or more goals in each of his first five seasons on April 10 vs. Ottawa.
Ilya Mikheyev– Has averaged 15.8 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which the 12th highest among NHLers who have played at least 65 minutes of shorthanded ice time (68:14).  – Has started 36.4% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averages 7.99 shots per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least five games.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 21st among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (11).- Tied for 27th among NHL defencemen and sits ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (1-14-15). – One of 11 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 75 hits (78) and 75 blocked shots (75).
Morgan Rielly– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for 20th among NHLers in average time on ice (23:49).- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in points (4-26-30).- Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in assists (26).- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (13).- Became the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with the club on April 13 vs. Calgary.
David Rittich– Is 0-0-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in two appearances with Toronto.- Had a 4-7-1 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 15 games with Calgary prior to being acquired by Toronto on April 11.
Jason Spezza– Has the third highest points per 60 minutes rate (2.77) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Has won 54.8% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is the 14th highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 175 defensive zone draws (199).
John Tavares– Tied for 30th in the NHL in points (14-26-40).- Tied for 21st in the NHL in even-strength points (9-20-29).- Has the seventh highest faceoff win percentage (56.6%) among NHLers who have taken at least 675 faceoffs (680).- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 61.3% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which is seventh among Toronto skaters.- Averages 14.08 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games.- Has recorded two goals and three assists in six games against Vancouver this season.
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games at 55.7%.- Averaging 1.23 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which is 11th among Toronto skaters.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

John TavaresAssists (5) in three consecutive games and points (2-6-8) in five consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Travis DermottTwo games from 200 NHL games
Zach HymanOne assist from 100 NHL assists
Mitch MarnerThree goals from 100 NHL goals
Joe ThorntonTwo assists from 1,100 career NHL assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

William Nylander100th NHL goal (April 18 at VAN)
Morgan Rielly300th NHL point (April 13 vs. CGY)
David RittichFirst game as a Maple Leaf (April 13 vs. CGY)
Scott SabourinFirst game as a Maple Leaf (April 13 vs. CGY)
Jason Spezza100th game as a Maple Leaf (April 15 vs. WPG)
John Tavares100th assist as a Maple Leaf (April 18 at VAN)
  

INJURY REPORT

Frederik Andersen (Lower Body)On Injured Reserve.
Zach Hyman (Knee)Left Toronto’s game on April 18 at VAN and did not return.
Riley Nash (Knee)On Injured Reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 101
  

NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS

April 12Acquired defenceman Ben Hutton from Anaheim in exchange for a fifth round pick in 2022.
April 12Acquired forward Antti Suomela from San Jose in exchange for forward Alexander Barabanov.