AVALANCHE-MAPLE LEAFS pregame notes


2021-22 Matchups vs. Colorado: First of Two
2020-21 Record vs. Colorado: N/A
Next Game vs. Colorado: Saturday, January 8 at Colorado
Toronto Season Record: 16-6-1
Toronto Home Record: 9-3-1
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
November 29, 2021
Forward Joey Anderson has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies
(AHL)
November 29, 2021 Forward Kirill Semyonov has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 5 at Anaheim 1
Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021
TOR Goals: Matthews, Bunting, Kerfoot, Nylander, Simmonds
ANA Goals: Lindholm
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 39/40, .975 SV%
ANA Goaltender: Gibson, 26/30, .867 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-1
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1

NEXT GAME
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Opponent: at Minnesota Wild
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

INJURY REPORT
Ondrej Kaše Upper Body
Petr Mrázek (Groin) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Man Games Lost: 43

ALL-TIME VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
First Matchup between Clubs: November 18, 1979 (Toronto 2 at Quebec Nordiques 4)
All-Time Record: 32-40-9-3 (84 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 18-22-4-1 (45 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 14-18-5-2 (39 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 17, 2015 (Toronto 5 vs. Colorado 1)
Record in Last Five Games: 2-3-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-4-1

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
Games Played: Jason Spezza (33), Kyle Clifford (30), Wayne Simmonds (28)
Goals: Jason Spezza (6), Wayne Simmonds (6), Kyle Clifford (6)
Assists: TJ Brodie (14), Jason Spezza (11), Wayne Simmonds (9)
Points: Jason Spezza (17), Wayne Simmonds (15), TJ Brodie (14)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (57), Kyle Clifford (18), Jake Muzzin (16)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .717 2.87 2.13 24.2% 86.7% 33.8 30.4 55.0%
Colorado .639 4.00 3.11 21.9% 75.5% 33.1 29.9 47.8%

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 15/62 (24.2%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 4 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 8 – Nylander (3G, 5A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 52/60 (86.7%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Wednesday games 5th of 12 (7 home, 5 road)
Back-to-Backs played 4 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-2-0
December games 1st of 13 (6 home, 7 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

TJ BRODIE Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
JACK CAMPBELL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16 vs. NSH
JACK CAMPBELL Recorded his 50th career NHL win, Nov. 18 vs. NYR
PIERRE ENGVALL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25 at CAR. Per NHL Stats,
Matthews required the second-fewest games to reach 200 goals in Maple
Leafs history among players who debuted with the team, trailing only
Charlie Conacher (317 games)
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27 at CHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JASON SPEZZA Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28 at ANA
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18 vs. NYR
JOHN TAVARES Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13 at BUF

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
MICHAEL BUNTING One game away from 50 career NHL games played
TRAVIS DERMOTT Two points away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE Two goals away from 50 career NHL goals
DAVID KÄMPF Five assists away from 50 career NHL assists
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
MORGAN RIELLY Five games away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Eight games away from 900 career NHL games played
HOW THE MAPLE LEAFS WERE BUILT

Draft (9) Free Agent (11) Trade (5)
2018 – Sandin (29th overall) 2021 – Kaše (July 31) 2021 – Clifford (Nov. 16)
2017 – Liljegren (17th overall) 2021 – Ritchie (July 31) 2020 – Anderson (Oct. 10)
2016 – Matthews (1st overall) 2021 – Bunting (July 28) 2020 – Campbell (Feb. 5)
2016 – Woll (62nd overall) 2021 – Kämpf (July 28) 2019 – Kerfoot (July 1)
2015 – Marner (4th overall) 2021 – Mrázek (July 28) 2019 – Muzzin (Jan. 28)
2015 – Dermott (34th overall) 2020 – Brodie (October 9)
2014 – Engvall (188th overall) 2020 – Simmonds (October 9)
2014 – Nylander (8th overall) 2019 – Spezza (July 1)
2012 – Rielly (5th overall) 2019 – Mikheyev (May 6)
2018 – Tavares (July 1)
2016 – Holl (July 2)

2021-22 TEAM LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER

GOALS 10 – Tavares, Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 36 – Holl
ASSISTS 13 – Marner TAKEAWAYS 25 – Marner
POINTS 22 – Tavares (10G, 12A) HITS 57 – Ritchie
POWER PLAY POINTS 8 – Nylander (3G, 5A) TOI PER GAME 24:09 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:03 – Nylander, Marner
PIMs 19 – Ritchie SH TOI PER GAME 2:32 – Muzzin
SHOTS 85 – Matthews WINS 12 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 60.0% – Marner GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.64 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 57.5% – Sandin SAVE PERCENTAGE .946 – Campbell

RECORD BY MONTH
OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY
HOME 3-1-1 6-2-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 1-3-0 6-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 4-4-1 12-2-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
MARCH APRIL
HOME 0-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 0-0-0 0-0-0

RECORD BY DAY
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
2-0-0 0-2-1 2-0-0 4-0-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 4-2-0

AVALANCHE NOTES

UPCOMING GAMES (times MT)
Date Opponent Time TV Radio
Wed, Dec. 1 at Toronto 5:30 p.m. Altitude 950 AM
Thu, Dec. 2 at Montreal 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5
Sat, Dec. 4 at Ottawa 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5
Mon, Dec, 6 at Philadelphia 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5
Wed, Dec, 8 at NY Rangers 5 p.m. Altitude 2 92.5
LAST GAME (Colorado 6, Nashville 2)
Mikko Rantanen had a hat trick and one assist to lead the Avalanche to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Ball Arena … Valeri Nichushkin and
Tyson Jost had the other goals for Colorado, and Cale Makar notched three assists … Nazem Kadri, Gabriel Landeskog and Devon Toews added two
helpers apiece and Jonas Johansson made 26 saves.
SF: 35 SA: 28 PP: 2-4 PK: 2-2
NOTING LAST GAME
• The Avalanche finished with their highest points percentage ever in a single November (.750, 7-2-1) … The previous mark was held by the 1995-96
and 1996-97 teams, who were both 8-2-3 for a .731 points percentage in November.
• The Avalanche averaged 4.90 goals-a-game in November, the highest ever by an Avalanche team in a single month … The previous mark was 4.69
in November 1995
• Colorado’s last five home games featured goal totals of 7, 6, 7, 5, 6 for 31 goals … This is the fourth time in franchise history—and first time since
relocating to Colorado—that the club has scored at least five goals in five consecutive home games.
• The Avs are 7-1-0 in their last eight games and 9-2-1 in their last 12 after starting the year 2-4-0 in their first six.
• Colorado has won five straight at home and is 6-0-1 in its last seven at Ball Arena … The Avs are 23-2-2 in their last 27 home games dating back
to March 10, 2021 (27-3-2 including playoffs).
• Rantanen tallied his third career hat trick (also Jan 4, 2020 at New Jersey and Feb. 7, 2017 vs Montreal).
• Rantanen’s four points equaled a personal best for the 10th time.
• Rantanen scored twice on the power play, both in the first period, the first Avalanche player to score two PPG in a single period since Dec. 31, 2017
(Gabriel Landeskog vs. NY Islanders).
• Byram’s goal was his fourth of the season, which leads all rookie defenseman despite him playing only 12 games.
• Makar saw his five-game goal streak end but did extend his point streak to six games, a new career high.
• Makar finished with 14 points (7g/7a) in eight November games, the first NHL defenseman to average 1.75 points/game in a single month (min 8 GP)
since Ray Bourque (1.80) in March 1994.
• Kadri finished with a team-best 21 points (4g/17a) in 10 November games, becoming only the second player in Avalanche history to average two
points-per-game in a single month (Joe Sakic, March 2000).
TONIGHT’S GAME
COLORADO @ TORONTO
7:42 p.m. ET / 5:42 p.m. MT
Sportsnet, Altitude / 950 AM
TV: Chris Cuthbert, Craig Simpson, Shawn McKenzie (Sportsnet). Marc Moser, Peter McNab (Altitude) / Radio: Conor McGahey
The Avalanche begins a season-long, five-game road trip tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs … This is Colorado’s first visit to Toronto since Dec.
4, 2019 (3-1 Avs win) … This five-game trip will include stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Manhattan … Tonight is the first half of a back-to-back for the Avs, who will play in Montreal tomorrow night.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Tonight is the Avalanche’s 1,000th regular-season road game since relocating to Denver in 1995.
• Cale Makar, the NHL’s Third Star in each of the last two weeks, has a career-long six-game point streak.
• Devon Toews has a four-game assist/point streak, one shy of his career best (five, Feb. 14-23, 2019)
• Nazem Kadri needs two goals to reach 200 for his NHL career.
• Erik Johnson needs one goal to pass Rob Blake (62) for fourth among franchise defensemen.
BACK-TO-BACK

The Avalanche are playing their second consecutive back-to-back as they split games at Dallas (L, 1-3) and at home against Nashville (W, 6-2) last
weekend … Colorado will play 11 back-to-back sets in 2021-22 … The Avalanche went a combined 16-1-3 in their back-to-back games last season, 9-1-
0 in the first contest and 7-0-3 in the second.
Colorado Avalanche: Media Notes
STAR STRUCK
Cale Makar has been named the NHL’s Third Star in each of the last two weeks, Nov. 15-21 and again Nov. 22-28 … He becomes only the second
Avalanche player to ever be named one of the weekly stars in consecutive weeks, joining Pavel Francouz in February 2020.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
The Avalanche finished 7-2-1 (.750) in November, posting their highest points percentage ever in a single November … The previous mark was held by
the 1995-96 and 1996-97 teams, who were both 8-2-3 (.731) in that month … Nazem Kadri led the team with 21 points (4g/17a) in 10 November games,
becoming only the second player in Avalanche history to average two points-per-game in a single month (min 10 GP) … Joe Sakic had 26 points in
13 contests (2.00) in March 2000 … Kadri’s 21 points were a career high for a single month, besting his 18 in March of 2013 with Toronto … Cale Makar
had seven goals and 14 points in eight November games, with his seven goals tying a franchise record for a defenseman in a single month and his 1.75
points-per-game average being the highest by an NHL defenseman in any month since Ray Bourque (1.80) in March 1994 with Boston.
ALL HAIL CALE

As of Tuesday, Cale Makar was leading all NHL defensemen in goals (9) and points-per-game (1.25) while ranking third in points (20-tied) … Makar has
reached the 20-point mark faster than any blueliner in franchise history (18 team games) … Jeff Brown (1988-89) and Steve Duchesne (1992-93) both
hit 20 in Quebec’s 19th contest … Seven of Makar’s nine goals came in November, tying the franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a single
month … His 1.75 points-per-game average in November was the highest by an NHL defenseman in any month (min 8 GP) since Ray Bourque (1.80) in
March 1994 with Boston … Makar scored in five straight games from Nov. 17-26, setting a new franchise record for the longest goal streak by a
defenseman … He was only the second NHL blueliner over the last 10 years to score in five straight (Roman Josi, Dec 16-23, 2019).
LONGEST GOAL STREAK BY COL/QUE DEFENSEMAN
5 – Cale Makar, Nov. 17-26
4 – Sandis Ozolinsh, Nov. 13-20, 1996
4 – Erik Johnson, Dec. 20-27, 2014
GOALS BY COL/QUE DEFENSEMAN, MONTH
7 – Cale Makar, Nov. 2021
7 – Cale Makar, Nov. 2019
7 – Rob Blake, Mar. 2003
7 – Ray Bourque, Mar. 2000
7 – Sandis Ozolinsh, Dec. 1999
THE KADRI MAN CAN
Nazem Kadri leads the Avalanche with 27 points (7g/20a) in 18 games, tied for fourth in the NHL as of Tuesday … His 20 assists were tied for second in
the league … Naz has points in 11 of his last 12 games (5g/17a), which included a 10-game point streak … Kadri’s 27 points this season are tied for the
third-highest total through 18 team games in Avalanche history, behind onl
y Mikko Rantanen (29 in 2018-19) and Peter Forsberg (28 in 1995-96).
GETTING OFFENSIVE
The Avs are averaging 4.00 goals-per-game, the only NHL team to average over four goals a game (as of Tuesday) … The Avalanche averaged 4.90
goals-a-game in November, the highest ever by an Avalanche team in a single month … The previous mark was 4.69 in November 1995 … The Avs
scored 36 goals during their recent six-game win streak, equaling the most over a six-game stretch in Avalanche history (Dec. 3-13, 1995) … Colorado
scored seven goals in consecutive games, Nov. 19-22, the first Avalanche team to ever accomplish that feat … The Avs are the only NHL team to score
seven goals on three different occasions in 2021-22.
D-LIGHTFUL
Colorado’s defensemen have combined for 20 goals, the most of any team … The blueline’s 61 points were also leading all teams as of Tuesday.
AN AVALANCHE OF WINS
With a 5-2 victory over Anaheim on Nov 24, Jared Bednar became the winningest coach in Avalanche history with 194 regular season wins … He
surpassed Bob Hartley, who won 193 contests …. Bednar, who agreed to a two-year contract extension on Nov. 19, owns a 195-155-40 (.551) career
record in six seasons behind the bench, which includes a 173-99-36 (.620) mark and four straight playoff appearances since 2017-18 … Overall,
Bednar’s 195 wins and 390 games trail only Michel Bergeron (265 wins, 634 games) in franchise annals … Hired on Aug. 25, 2016, Bednar is the fifthlongest tenured coach in the NHL behind Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper (March 25, 2013), Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice (Jan. 12, 2014), Detroit’s Jeff Blashill
(June 9, 2015) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan (Dec. 12, 2015).
MOST COACHING WINS
AVALANCHE HISTORY
195 – Jared Bednar
193 – Bob Hartley
135 – Marc Crawford
131 – Joel Quenneville
MOST COACHING WINS
FRANCHISE HISTORY
265 – Michel Bergeron
195 – Jared Bednar
193 – Bob Hartley
165 – Marc Crawford
AVALANCHE & MAPLE LEAFS

Tonight is Colorado’s first visit to Toronto since Dec. 4, 2019 (3-1 win) … The Avs have won four straight here at the Air Canada Centre and are 8-1-1 in
their last 10 trips to Toronto.
SERIES RECORD
All-Time: 43-31-10
H: 20-14-5
A: 23-17-5
Since 1995-96: 20-15-3
H: 7-9-0
A: 13-6-3
SEASON SCHEDULE
Dec. 1 @ TOR
Jan. 8 vs. TOR
CONNECTIONS
Former Avs: Alexander Kerfoot (2017-19)
Former Leafs: Nazem Kadri (2010-19, first round pick 2009)
SHORT AND TO THE POINT
The Avs have scored four shorthanded goals, tied for the most in the NHL as of Tuesday.
TIP OF CAP
Gabriel Landeskog is in his 11th NHL season and 10th as team captain … He is the second-longest serving captain in franchise history behind only Joe
Sakic (17 seasons, 16 consecutive) … Only four players have been captain of their current teams longer
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 15th season (since 2007-08)
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 14th (2008-09)
Alex Ovechkin (WSH) 13th (2009-10)
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) 12th (2010-11)
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) 10th (2012-13)
Claude Giroux (PHI) 10th (2012-13)
THIS DAY IN AVALANCHE HISTORY
Dec. 1, 2000 — Patrick Roy made 40 saves to lift the Avs to a 4-2 victory over the Stars in Denver
CURRENT INJURIES – Man Games Lost: 92
Compher (upper body)
Francouz (lower body)
MacKinnon (lower body)
Matteau (lower body)
Murray (lower body

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