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2021-22 Matchups vs. Winnipeg: First of Two
2020-21 Record vs. Winnipeg: 6-4-0
Next Game vs. Winnipeg: Thursday, March 31 vs. Winnipeg
Toronto Season Record: 17-6-2
Toronto Road Record: 7-3-1


December 3, 2021
Goaltender Petr Mrázek has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
on an LTIR conditioning loan
December 1, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been recalled from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL)

Score: Toronto 3 at Minnesota 4 – SOL
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
TOR Goals: Spezza (2), Matthews
MIN Goals: Greenway, Zuccarello, Foligno, Kaprizov (SOW)
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 37/40, 9.25 SV%
MIN Goaltender: Talbot, 39/40, .929 SV%
TOR Power Play: 2-for-5
TOR Penalty Kill: 4-for-5

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Opponent: vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Games Lost to Injury: 25

First Matchup between Clubs: October 27, 1999 (Toronto 4 vs. Atlanta 0)
All-Time Record: 40-23-1-9 (73 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 19-12-1-4 (36 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 21-11-0-5 (37 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: April 24, 2021 (Toronto 4 at Winnipeg 1)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-2-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 6-4-0

Games Played: Jason Spezza (60), John Tavares (38), Wayne Simmonds (34)
Jason Spezza (16), John Tavares (12), Wayne Simmonds (8), Auston
Matthews (8), Mitch Marner (8)
Jason Spezza (39), John Tavares (25), Mitch Marner (13), Auston
Matthews (13)
Jason Spezza (55), John Tavares (37), Mitch Marner (21), Auston
Matthews (21)

Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (36), Wayne Simmonds (29), John Tavares (27)
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .720 3.08 2.20 24.6% 85.5% 34.4 30.8 55.4%
Winnipeg .565 2.91 2.74 17.4% 68.3% 32.9 31.4 50.0%

Power Play: 17/69 (24.6%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 5 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 9 – Matthews (5G, 4A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 59/69 (85.5%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

Sunday games 3rd of 8 (1 home, 7 road)
Back-to-Backs played 4 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-2-0
December games 3rd of 13 (6 home, 7 road)

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 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
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 BUFJ BRODIE 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 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
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


TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
TRAVIS DERMOTT One point 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 Three games away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Six games away from 900 career NHL games played.

The Winnipeg Jets host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night in the third game of a four-game homestand. The Jets improved to 1-1-0 on the
homestand with the 8-4 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. Winnipeg wraps up the four-game set at Canada Life Centre on Tuesday
against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Things to Know
Blake Wheeler is slated to play in his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, joining Paul Stastny as the two players on the
Jets roster to reach the milestone.

The Jets are in the midst of playing seven of nine games on home ice.
Winnipeg is tied for third in the Central Division with a record of 11-8-4 and have won two of their past three games.
Kyle Connor is seventh in the NHL with 14 goals this season and tied for ninth with 25 points.
Last Game
Dec. 3 vs. NJD – 8-4 W
Jets Scorers: Scheifele (3, 4, 5), Ehlers (7, 8), Vesalainen (2), Morrissey (4), Lowry (3)
Devils Scorers: Hughes (3), Hischier (3), Graves (3), Severson (2)
Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck – 34 sv, 4 ga
Devils Goaltenders: Jonathan Bernier – 26 sv, 6 ga; Mackenzie Blackwood 6 sv, 2 ga
Jets PP: 1-for-4
Devils PP: 1-for-2
Recap: The Winnipeg Jets scored three consecutive goals to open the game and five unanswered goals to end the game in an 8-4 victory over the New
Jersey Devils on Friday night. Mark Scheifele tallied a hat trick, while Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and Blake Wheeler tallied three assists.
Current Injuries
Man Games Lost: 34
Recent Transactions
Nov. 8 – Recalled F – Kristian Vesalainen from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Nov. 8 – Reassigned G.- Mikhail Berdin to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Nov. 15 – Activated D – Dylan Samberg from injured reserve and reassigned him to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Upcoming Milestones
Nathan Beaulieu – needs nine points to reach 100 in his NHL career
Pierre-Luc Dubois – needs one point to reach 200 for his NHL career
Paul Stastny – needs three assists for 500 in his NHL career
Games Played
Blake Wheeler – needs one game played to reach 1,000 for his NHL career
Riley Nash – needs seven games played to reach 600 for his NHL career
Nathan Beaulieu – needs nine games played to reach 100 as a member of the Jets
Mark Scheifele – needs eight games played to reach 600 for his NHL career
The Jets set a season-high with eight goals in Friday’s win, surpassing the previous high of six.
It matched the most goals scored in a game by an NHL team this season, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Jets had scored eight goals combined in their previous six games prior to Friday.
Two-Faced November
The Jets went an even 6-6-2 in November, but were 5-1-2 in their first eight games and 1-5-0 in their last six games.
Winnipeg outscored their opponents 23-14 in the first eight games, while they were outscored 19-8 in the last six games.
Kyle Connor led the Jets in November with 10 points and seven goals in 14 games, while Andrew Copp (1G, 7A) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (5G, 3A) each
had eight points.
Dubois accounted for three of Winnipeg’s five power play goals in the month.
Connor Hellebuyck was 4-4-2 during the month in goal for the Jets with a 2.00 goals-against average and .934 save percentage, while Eric Comrie
went 2-2-0 with a 2.59 GAA and .907 SV%.
Eastern Foes
Sunday’s game is Winnipeg’s fifth against an Eastern Conference opponent, but first against an Atlantic Division squad.
Friday’s win was Winnipeg’s first against an Eastern Conference team this season.
The Jets play an Eastern Conference team just six times in their first 25 games of the season.
PK Plugging Away
Winnipeg is 13-for-16 (81.3%) on the penalty kill in its past five games.
The Jets haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their past 10 games.
Winnipeg has gone consecutive games without allowing a power play goal against just twice this season.
Home Comforts
Winnipeg is 8-3-1 at home this season, which ranks tied for ninth in the NHL.
Prior to Friday, Winnipeg had lost consecutive games in regulation at home for the first time this season.
The Jets went 13-13-2 at home last season, but started the season 10-5-1.
Winnipeg’s power play clicked at 22.5% at home last season, which was tied for 12th in the NHL, while their penalty kill was 13th at 81.9%.
Winnipeg is 213-137-34 at Canada Life Centre and have posted a .500 record or better at home in five consecutive seasons.
Extra Time
Winnipeg is 2-4 in games that have gone to extra time this season, including 1-2 in overtime and 1-2 in shootouts.
The Jets went 6-1 in games decided in overtime last season, which was tied for second in the NHL with a .857 winning percentage.
Winnipeg is 4-3-4 in one-goal games this season. Monday’s game was the first time in their past five games for the Jets that the game was decided by
one goal.
Meanwhile, the Jets are 2-2 in games decided by two goals and 5-3 in games decided by three goals or more, which includes four of their past six wins.
Goals By Period
The Jets have scored 26 of their 67 goals in third periods this season.
In fact, the Jets have gotten better throughout games with 17 first period goals and 23 second period goals.

Quick Starts
Winnipeg is 7-2-2 when scoring first this season. The Jets scored first on Friday for the first time in five games.
The Jets have scored 24 of their 67 goals this season in the first five minutes of a period, including three in the opening minute.
Reaching 1,000
Jets captain Blake Wheeler is slated to play in his 1,000th game on Sunday against Toronto.
He joins Paul Stastny as the only two players on the Jets roster that have reached the 1,000-game milestone.
Wheeler will become the 26th active player (played in the NHL this season) to reach 1,000 games played.
Wheeler made his NHL debut on Oct. 9/08 with the Boston Bruins in Colorado against the Avalanche. He had a goal in a 5-4 win.
He holds the franchise record for points (707), assists (478), and power play assists (163).
Multiple Multi-Point Outings
The Jets had five players tally a multi-point game on Friday, which is a season high.
Mark Scheifele netted Winnipeg’s first hat trick of the season, while Nikolaj Ehlers had two goals. It’s the first time this season the Jets had two players
score multiple time in the same game.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had his fifth multiple point game of the season with two assists, which matches his total of multi-point games from last season.
Winnipeg is seventh in the NHL for fewest penalty minutes per game with an average of 7.7.
The Jets have taken eight or less penalty minutes in 16 of their past 18 games, including four or less in seven games.
Nate Schmidt is second among NHLers that haven’t taken a penalty this season with 21:29 of average ice time per game.
Home Performers
Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring at home with 12 points (8G, 4A) in 12 games. His eight goals also lead the team.
Connor had a goal in four consecutive home games from Nov. 9-16.
Nate Schmidt leads the Jets with nine assists at Canada Life Centre.
Mark Scheifele has scored all five of his goals this season at home.
Josh Morrissey, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and Andrew Copp each have a team best plus-seven rating at home.
As Expected
The Jets have carried the share of expected goals in each of their past two games at 75.3% on Monday and 52.2% on Friday, according to Natural Stat
Trick at five-on-five.
The Jets has had more than 50% of the expected goals in 13 of their 23 games this season.
Winnipeg has generated 24 high danger chances in their past two games after having a combined 17 high danger chances in their previous three
games. Winnipeg had 23 high danger chances on Nov. 11 vs. San Jose, which is the most by a team in the NHL this season.
On the Farm
The Manitoba Moose have won three in a row after a 3-1 victory over the Belleville Senators on Saturday night.
The Moose are 12-6-1 this season, which places them second in the Central Division.
Cole Perfetti leads the Moose in scoring with 14 points (6G, 9A) in 15 games, while David Gustafsson (5G, 9A), Austin Poganski (4G, 10A), and Ville
Heinola (2G, 12A) each have 14 points.
Manitoba continues a three-game road trip on Sunday with their second tilt against Belleville.
Jets vs. Maple Leafs Notes
Life in the North
The Jets went 4-4-2 against the Leafs last season in the all-Canadian North Division, including 1-3-1 in Winnipeg and 3-1-1 in Toronto.
Winnipeg’s lone win at home against the Maple Leafs last season was in the last game of the regular season.
Excluding shootouts, Winnipeg was outscored by a narrow 29-28 margin in the 10 games against Toronto, but only three of the games were decided by
one goal.
The Jets penalty kill allowed a goal in each of the first two meetings, but then went a perfect 23-for-23 in the last eight contests.
Mark Scheifele led the Jets in scoring against Toronto last season with 11 points (3G, 8A) in 10 games, while Kyle Connor had 10 points (7G, 3A) in 10
Season’s Past
Prior to last season, the Jets and Leafs had split their usual two-game season series in four of the past seven seasons.
Winnipeg swept the two games during the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons, while the Leafs swept the Jets in 2018-19.
Player Notes
Mark Scheifele has 30 points (14G, 16A) in 24 career games against Toronto.
Blake Wheeler is a perfect three-for-three in shootouts during his career against Toronto.
Kyle Connor has 15 points (9G, 6A) in 16 career games against Toronto, including six points (5G, 1A) in his past four games. Two of Connor’s past four
games against the Maple Leafs have been multi-goal games.
Neal Pionk has 11 assists in 15 career games against Toronto. Pionk had a six-game assist streak against the Maple Leafs from Jan. 2/20-Mar. 13/21.



• The Toronto Raptors (10-13) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Sunday night against the Washington Wizards (14-9) at Scotiabank Arena. Fred VanVleet scored 29 points as he Raptors snapped a five-game home winless streak with a 97-93 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday. Toronto and Washington have split the first two meetings this season with the road team winning both games. The Raptors have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Wizards.
• Giants of Africa, the not-for-profit founded by vice-chairman and president of the Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri, hosted a celebratory lunch gala today in honour of Nelson Mandela, on the anniversary of his passing. The event kicked off Giants of Africa’s eighth annual celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life. Following the gala, festivities will continue at Scotiabank Arena where Mandela will be recognized with ingame presentations and performances as the Raptors take on Washington.
Scottie Barnes has scored in double figures in six straight games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2). He is averaging 16.2
points and shooting .480 (36-75) from the field during this stretch. Barnes has made 13 threes over the last
six games after making two in his first 15 games of the season. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring (15.3), rebounds (8.1) and minutes (35.6), and ranks second with a .489 (130-266) field goal percentage. Barnes has paced Toronto in scoring and assists five times, and rebounds in seven games.
Fred VanVleet scored 26 of his game-high 29 points in the second half in Thursday’s victory vs. Milwaukee. VanVleet has now scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 24 – Dec. 2). He is averaging
24.0 points, while shooting .519 (41-81) from the floor and .429 (18-42) from beyond the arc, over the last
five games. VanVleet has scored 20+ points in a team-high 10 games this season.
• Fred VanVleet (81) and Gary Trent Jr. (80) currently rank second and tied for third respectively, in the
NBA in deflections. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons.
Trent Jr. is also fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has recorded multiple steals in 13-of-21
games. Toronto leads the NBA in deflections per game (19.7) and ranks third in steals (9.5).
Pascal Siakam has scored 20 points in consecutive games (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2). He is shooting .486 (18-37)
from the field over the last two games. Siakam missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season
recovering from left shoulder surgery.
Goran Dragic is taking time away from the team for a personal matter. There is no definite timeline, and
updates will be provided as appropriate. Dragic is averaging 8.0 points in five games this season.

MIN: 35.6 REB: 8.1 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.3
• Recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Has made 13 threes in the last six games (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2) after making two in his first 15 games of the season.
• Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles.

MIN: 33.2 REB: 7.2 AST: 3.8 STL: 0.8 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 18.1
• Finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Has led (or tied) the team in assists in each of the last four games (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2); totaling 18 assists.
• Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery.

MIN: 26.3 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 7.9
• Tallied six points, eight rebounds (five offensive boards) and two blocks in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Tied with Isaiah Stewart for the lead among sophomores in rebounding (8.0).
• Averaging 7.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 26.4 minutes in 16 games as a starter.

MIN: 34.4 REB: 3.3 AST: 1.7 STL: 2.1 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 16.9
• Contributed eight points, a career-high eight rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05); has recorded multiple steals in 13 games.
• Averaged 19.3 points and shot .382 (39-102) from three-point range during 13 games in November.

MIN: 38.3 REB: 5.2 AST: 6.2 STL: 1.6 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 20.3
• Scored a game-high 29 points Dec. 2 vs. Milwaukee; added five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.3), has logged 40+ minutes in six games this season.
• Has scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 24 – Dec. 2), averaging 24.0 points during this span.

OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out
Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
UPDATED: Dec. 5, 2021

2021-22 RECORDS
OVERALL 10-13 8-8 2-5
HOME 3-8 3-6 0-2
AWAY 7-5 5-2 2-3
OVERTIME 0-0 0-0 0-0

Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, December 8
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Television: Sportsnet
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

2021-22 1-1 1-0 0-1
ALL-TIME 19-30 10-14 9-16
STREAKS Won 1 Won 1 Lost 1
LAST WIN: Apr. 18, 2021 (112-106)
LAST HOME WIN: Apr. 18, 2021 (112-106)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +17 (Jan. 23, 2000)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -44 (Jan. 15, 1997)



• Beal (1,878) recorded his fifth-straight season with at least 1700 points in
2020-21, the longest streak in team history and second behind Elvin Hayes’
total of six seasons overall. Beal also tallied his third season with at least
1,800 points, tied for the second-most in franchise history.
• Beal (625) needs 19 games played to surpass Greg Ballard (643, 1978-85) for
the third-most games played in Wizards history.
• Netted 34 points (13-24 FGs, 6-9 3PT) on 10/22 vs. IND, the most he’s scored
in a single game since MIN on 12/30/19 (36).
• Dinwiddie (987) needs 13 rebounds to register 1,000 total rebounds for his
• Has recorded double figure scoring on 13 occasions, including five 20+ point
• Gafford is averaging career-bests in points (9.1), rebounds (5.9) and blocks
(2.0) in 21.2 minutes per game through 23 games this season.
• Recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds on 12/1 vs. MIN, tallying double-double
efforts in three-consecutive games for the first time in his career.
• His career-best eight blocks on 11/26 at OKC is the most blocks recorded by
a Wizards player since JaVale McGee on 3/15/11 (12).
• Kuzma (299) will reach 300 games played in his career if he plays tonight.
• His eight double-doubles through the first 23 games of the season are the most
in his career.
• Caldwell-Pope (990) needs 10 free throws to reach 1,000 for his career.
• Is shooting the ball at a .377 clip from beyond the arc this season.
Beal: 26 g, 23.8 pts, 4.7 reb, 4.9 ast | 2 g, 24.0 pts, 5.0 reb, 5.5 ast
Dinwiddie: 19 g, 12.7 pts., 2.9 reb, 5.1 ast | 2 g, 12.5 pts, 3.0 reb, 4.5 ast
Gafford: 6 g, 5.3 pts, 2.8 reb, 0.3 ast | 2 g, 8.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 0.0 ast
Kuzma: 10 g, 12.9 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.2 ast | 2 g, 6.5 pts, 8.5 reb, 2.0 ast
Caldwell-Pope: 23 g, 9.8 pts, 2.7 reb, 1.9 ast | 2 g, 6.5 pts, 5.5 reb, 0.5 ast



Ht: 6-5, Wt: 207, Exp: 9
Age: 28, From: Florida
22.3 pts, 5.0 reb, 5.9 ast



Ht: 6-10, Wt: 234, Exp: 2
Age: 23, From: Arkansas
9.1 pts, 5.9 reb, 1.1 ast



Ht: 6-5, Wt: 204, Exp: 8
Age: 28, From: Georgia
10.9 pts, 3.1 reb, 1.6 ast



Ht: 6-10, Wt: 221, Exp: 4
Age: 26, From: Utah
13.0 pts, 8.7 reb, 2.8 ast



Ht: 6-5, Wt: 215, Exp: 7
Age: 28, From: Colorado
13.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 5.4 ast

OVERALL 14-9 8-3 6-6 2-0
DIVISION 3-4 2-1 1-3 0-0
WEST 5-2 3-0 2-2 0-0
EAST 9-7 5-3 4-4 2-0
STREAK 1 Loss 1 Loss 1 Loss 2 Wins


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (17-6-2 – 36 Points) at
MINNESOTA WILD (17-6-1 – 35 Points)
TORONTO 0 3 0 0 0 (1-3) 3
MINNESOTA 1 2 0 0 1 (2-3) 4


  • Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 12:47 of the second period. Spezza scored his second goal of the
    game on a Toronto power play opportunity at 17:51 of the second period. Spezza also recorded the
    primary assist on Matthews’ power play goal. Spezza posted his first multi-goal game of the season
    and his first three-point game of the season.
  • Auston Matthews scored on a power play opportunity at 19:10 of the second period. Matthews has
    scored in five-consecutive games (7G). Matthews also registered the primary assist on Spezza’s power
    play goal recording his 10th assist of the season. During Matthews’ five-game point streak, he has
    posted nine points (7G, 2A).
  • Nick Ritchie recorded the primary assist on Spezza’s first goal. Ritchie posted his sixth assist of the
  • Morgan Rielly registered the secondary assist on both of Spezza’s goals as well as Matthews’ goal.
    Rielly recorded his first three-point outing of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 6 (5) 20 (14) 11 (11) 5 (0) 42 (30)
    MINNESOTA 9 (9) 7 (3) 22 (15) 2 (0) 40 (27)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 16 (14) 28 (21) 15 (15) 6 (0) 65 (50)
    MINNESOTA 16 (16) 12 (7) 31 (22) 6 (0) 65 (45)
  • The Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 12-11-0-2 in 25 games against the Minnesota Wild and 4-6-0-2 in 12
    games played in Minnesota.
  • Toronto is 8-2-1 against the Western Conference this season and 3-0-1 against the Central Division
    this season.
    Shots 8 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 9 (Matthews, Nylander
    Faceoff Wins 17 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 74% (Tavares – 17 won, 6 lost)
    Hits 1 (Holl, Simmonds, Kaše, Kämpf)
    Blocked Shots 5 (Rielly)
    Takeaways 1 (Spezza, Matthews, Nylander, Tavares)
    TOI 26:55 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 4:59 (Rielly)
    Shorthanded TOI 4:34 (Muzzin)
    Shifts 30 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 66.67% (Ritchie – 8 for, 4 against, Simmonds – 10
    for, 5 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 2-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 5-5-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-3-2 when trailing after one period and 2-0-2 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 11-3-2 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 4-2-1 in Saturday games and 2-2-1 in the first game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews recorded his sixth career five-game goal streak. Only two Maple Leafs players have recorded more: Babe Dye (8x) and Rick Vaive (7x).
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 25 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Nick Ritchie (8 for, 4 against) and Wayne Simmonds (10 for, 5 against) finished the game with a
    team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 66.67 percent.
    Dec. 5 Leafs at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 7 Leafs vs. Columbus Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 9 Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
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    Q: On tonight’s game:
    Sheldon Keefe: “It’s a big point for us. Love that our guys didn’t go away in 3-0 and instead just dug in
    and wanted to make a game of it. We took over the game at the back half of that second period and that
    was enough to earn us a point.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Sheldon Keefe: “Yeah, it was difficult. We knew that going in. I mean Mitch is an important player for us
    for obvious reasons. Not having him and having Kaše coming back and it being his first game it would be
    a tough ask for him to go up into that situation, we wanted to give him some familiarity. I knew going into
    the game, I had talked to Wayne Simmonds before the game that I was going to start him there but that I
    fully expected that I was going to move things all over the place and move Auston all over the place, give
    him different wingers at different times. I wanted Spezza to get time there, but I knew that if I did that, that
    I would lose a centre in doing so and I didn’t want to move Kerfoot out. I was trying to have as little
    disruption as possible. Once we got down, I really just kind of lost some of our guys, Joey Anderson didn’t
    get much here today just because I felt we were a few guys short when I was moving other people around
    and then penalties of course were another factor.”
    Q: On coming back from a 3-0 deficit and getting a point:
    Morgan Rielly: “Yeah, it’s a good thing obviously. We haven’t had to do that a lot lately, but I think it’s a
    good sign that we were able to come back, obviously you don’t want to put yourself in a hole. But I
    thought we did a good job of coming back, power plays were a big part of that. I mean we’ll take the point
    but moving forward we want to have better starts.”
    Q: On the team killing off a five-on-three:
    Morgan Rielly: “Yeah. Huge kill. Obviously I thought those guys did a great job, Holl and Muzzin on the
    back end. That’s just character, I think those are the kills that you like late in the game to see and
    obviously a big point in the game for us.”
    Q: On tonight’s game:
    Auston Matthews: “I think there’s a lot of good that we can take from it except being down by three. Just
    the resiliency of this group to continue to play and battle back. It would have been easy to just pack it in
    and hope for best, to live to fight another day, but we just continued to work and compete and got some
    big goals and got the point. Obviously we’re still leaving a little bit sour but I think we could be proud of
    the effort that we had.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Auston Matthews: “He’s not a guy you can just replace but we have a lot of belief in our group. No
    matter who I play with, I have confidence in every single guy out there and obviously tonight we had lot of
    mixing and matching and that’s fine with me. We just go out there and compete no matter who’s on the
    ice and just try to create plays and create offensive zone time and look to attack so obviously, like I said,
    Mitch is a guy you just can’t replace but we got a lot of really good players in this locker room and a lot of
    believe here within our group so not matter who it is I know we have full confidence.”
    Q: On tonight’s game:
    Jason Spezza: “Great character win for us. I thought they got some lucky breaks on their goals and it
    didn’t deter us. We got a lucky break on my first one and good power plays and a little back and forth.
    Penalty kill came up huge to get us that point, but two good hockey clubs settled by a shootout, pretty
    good game.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Jason Spezza: “It’s not ideal but we’re pros and we go through this stuff all the time. Take Mitch out and
    it’s a huge cog to our team to be out of the lineup obviously. He’s not replaced by just plugging someone
    else in and expecting it to be replaced, but we’re pros and we’re used to this stuff happening.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Jack Campbell: “Mitch is such a huge part of our team everybody knows that and anytime he’s in the
    lineup it’s huge but it’s also a huge opportunity for guys to step up and handle some adversity there, three
    kind of flukey goals and we battled back to force overtime and a shootout and just proud of the way those
    guys battled all night.”
    Q: On his performance during tonight’s game:
    Jack Campbell: “I felt really good. I felt like I was dialed in all night and just had a couple unfortunate
    bounces and that’s a part of hockey, 82 games in a year, you’re going to have some of those nights and
    just focus on the next shot and we were able to get a point but obviously I expect myself to make some of
    those saves in the shootout for sure.