BLUE JACKETS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES




2021-22 Matchups vs. Columbus: First of Three
2020-21 Record vs. Columbus: N/A
Next Game vs. Columbus: Monday, December 27 at Columbus
Toronto Season Record: 17-7-2
Toronto Home Record: 10-3-1
TV: TSN4 RADIO: Sportsnet 590


RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 7, 2021 Forward Joey Anderson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) December 7, 2021
Defencemen Alex Biega and Kristins Rubns and forward Alex Steeves
have been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
December 5, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies
(AHL)
December 3, 2021
Goaltender Petr Mrázek has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
on an LTIR conditioning loan

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 3 at Winnipeg 6
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
TOR Goals: Bunting, Matthews, Kaše
WPG Goals: Dubois, Copp, Svechnikov, Connor, Ehlers, Scheifele
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 35/41, .854 SV%
WPG Goaltender: Hellebuyck, 32/35, .914 SV%
TOR Power Play: 2-for-5
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-5
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

NEXT GAME
Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

INJURY REPORT
Travis Dermott (Shoulder)
Rasmus Sandin (Knee) *On Injured Reserve
Mitch Marner (Shoulder) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Games Lost to Injury: 28

ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2)
All-Time Record: 14-11-1-4 (30 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 6-6-1-3 (16 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 8-5-0-1 (14 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 19, 2018 (Toronto 4 vs. Columbus 2)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-1-1
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-3-2

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (40), John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (22)
Goals: John Tavares (14), Wayne Simmonds (10), Mitch Marner (5)
Assists: John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (9), Jason Spezza (8)
Points:
John Tavares (33), Wayne Simmonds (17), Jason Spezza (12), Mitch
Marner (12)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), Kyle Clifford (23), John Tavares (16)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .692 3.08 2.35 25.7% 82.4% 34.5 31.2 55.0%
Columbus .565 3.22 3.26 20.0% 84.1% 29.6 34.4 50.9%

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 19/74 (25.7%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 6 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 10 – Matthews (6G, 4A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22

Penalty Kill: 61/74 (82.4%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Tuesday games 3rd of 14 (8 home, 6 road)
Back-to-Backs played 5 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-3-0
December games 4th 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 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
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
TRAVIS DERMOTT One point away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE One goal 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 Two games away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Five games away from 900 career NHL games played

2021-22 TEAM LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
GOALS 15 – Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 37 – Holl
ASSISTS 15 – Marner, Rielly, Tavares TAKEAWAYS 27 – Marner
POINTS 26 – Tavares (11G, 15A) HITS 61 – Ritchie
POWER PLAY POINTS 10 – Matthews (6G, 4A) TOI PER GAME 24:12 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:12 – Matthews
PIMs 38 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:36 – Muzzin
SHOTS 104 – Matthews WINS 13 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 60.0% – Marner GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.78 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 58.98% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .942 – Campbell

BLUE JACKETS

THE LAST GAME: DEC. 5, 2021 – CBJ 6 vs. SJS 4
CBJ Goal Scorers: Boqvist, Kuraly, Sillinger, Roslovic, Boqvist, EN – Texier
SJS Goal Scorers: Bonino, Karlsson, Burns, Hertl
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (30/34, 60:00); SJS – Hill (24/29, 58:59)
CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0 | Shots: CBJ: 30 / SJS: 34
3 Stars: 1. Boqvist, CBJ; 2. Peeke, CBJ; 3. Sillinger, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ snapped season-long 4-game losing streak… CBJ picked up 4th-straight home win… The club was not whistled for a penalty for 1st
time this season… Boqvist notched 2nd 2-goal game of the season/career… Danforth tallied assist for 2nd-straight game… Peeke notched 1st career
multi-point game (0-2-2)… Texier recorded his 1st multi-point game of the season (1-1-2).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Kukan (wrist fracture); Placed on Injured Reserve (10/26); 8 weeks (17 games)
Laine (oblique strain); Placed on Injured Reserve (11/5); 4-to-6 weeks (14 games)
Korpisalo (non-COVID illness); Placed on Injured Reserve (12/1); (3 games)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 69
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Dec. 3 Placed Korpisalo on IR retroactive to Dec. 1 (non-COVID illness)
Dec. 2 Activated Bemstrom off IR and assigned to Cleveland (AHL) and added Tarasov to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Nov. 20 Activated Domi off COVID-19 list
AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS

2021-22 Series: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 at TOR)
2020-21 Series: Did Not Play
2019-20 Series: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at TOR)
All-Time Series: 15-14-1-0 (9-6-1-0 at TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Away): 5-5-0 | 7-3-0
All-Time GF/GA: 86/91
All-Time SF/SA: 939/896
All-Time PP: 17-of-98
All-Time PK: 74-of-90
THE LAST GAME VS. TOR (REG. SEASON): Oct. 21, 2019 – CBJ (4) at TOR (3) OT
CBJ Goal Scorers: SH – Nash, Dubois, PP – Wennberg, PS – Nyquist
TOR Goal Scorers: SH – Kapanen, Matthews, Nylander
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (28/31, 61:57); TOR – Andersen (34/38, 61:57)
CBJ PP: 1/5; PK: 0/2 | Shots: CBJ: 38 / TOR: 31
3 Stars: 1. Nyquist, CBJ; 2. Matthews, TOR; 3. Foligno, CBJ
Noteworthy: Nyquist scored 1st penalty shot OT winner in CBJ history… 2nd time in CBJ history club scored a PPG, SHG and PSG (12/17/05 at
NSH)… 18 blocked shots were a season-high for CBJ… Wennberg tied it with 9:51 remaining before Nyquist won the game 1:57 into OT.
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Dec. 27 at CBJ… Mar. 7 at CBJ
CBJ/TOR CONNECTIONS
CBJ: McRae (Beaverton), who played in four games for TOR (1983-85), served as GM of London Knights from 2014-16)… Harrington, born in Kingston,
had 0-1-1 in 15 games (2015-16)… Legace (Toronto), Danforth (Oshawa) and Jenner (Dorchester) were all born in Ontario.
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
The teams most recently met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… CBJ have won 12-8-0 in the past
20 games of the series… CBJ are 9-3-0 in last 12 games at TOR… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 28-of-30 victories and 17-straight… CBJ have
both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored at TOR: 6 (11/25/13)… Most goals allowed at TOR: 6 (2/14/18).
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Carlsson notched his 1st NHL point (assist) on 4/9/17 at TOR… Domi tallied his 100th NHL career assist on 10/3/18 at TOR… Voracek played his 500th
NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 23, Injured: 3)
Drafted (12): Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Chinakhov, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo (IR), Merzlikins, Peeke, Sillinger, Tarasov, Texier, Werenski
Trade (8): Bean, Boqvist, Domi, Harrington, Hofmann, Laine (IR), Roslovic, Voracek
Free Agent (6): Bayreuther, Danforth, Kukan (IR), Kuraly, Nyquist, Robinson
BLUE JACKETS NOTES
PUTTING PUCKS IN THE NET
The Blue Jackets have been able to fill the back of the net this season, ranking 11th in the NHL in goals-per-game through the first 23 contests (3.22).
The club has scored three-plus goals in 15 of their contests and four-plus goals in ten of them, including posting six on Sunday vs. the Sharks. The team
has averaged almost a goal-a-game more compared to last season (2.39). CBJ have twice finished a campaign averaging better than three goals a
game (club record 3.12 avg. in 2018-19 and 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).
COMEBACK JACKETS
The Blue Jackets have earned their victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in nine of their 13 wins. The club leads the
NHL in wins when allowing the first goal of the game (7, tied) and when trailing heading into the second period (4). Columbus has come back from
multiple goal deficits in two of its contests (Nov. 3 at COL and Nov. 15 vs. DET). The club has also had the flair for the dramatics this season, scoring the
game-winning goal with less than 1:30 left in regulation twice (Nov. 6 vs. COL; Nov. 15 vs. DET).
STAYING STRONG WHILE PLAYING SHORT
CBJ’s penalty kill units have come up big over the past five weeks. The team has killed off all opponent power play attempts in 13 of the last 16 games
since Oct. 31. The club is second in the NHL in penalty kill pct. over that span (PIT, 90.7), killing off 35-of-39 attempts (89.7).
THE ROAD WELL TRAVELED
Columbus is in the middle of a stretch dominated in road games. Prior to Sunday’s home game, the club had completed a four-game road trip. Following
Thursday’s contest vs. Anaheim at Nationwide Arena, the team will head out on a five-game road trip to face Seattle, western Canadian teams
(Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary) before finishing at Buffalo from Dec. 11-20. CBJ play 7-of-9 games from Nov. 18-Dec. 4 and 13-of-17 from Nov. 18-
Dec. 20 away from Nationwide Arena.
THE KIDS ARE MORE THAN ALRIGHT
The Blue Jackets kicked off the season as the youngest team in the NHL (avg. age 25.71) and many of the club’s youngest players have already made a
big impact just 23 games into the season. Alexandre Texier (22), has already surpassed his career high in goals (8) and has recorded 6-4-10 in the past
14 games. Cole Sillinger (18), a 2021 first round pick, is the NHL’s youngest player and has 5-5-10 in 23 GP. Adam Boqvist (21) has racked up 5-3-8
and 2 multi-goal/point contests in the last 7 games and ranks 4th-T among NHL defensemen in goals this season with 6-3-9 in 16 GP .
SUCCESS IN NET
Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (10-4-0 in 14 GP) made franchise history in requiring the fewest games to reach 10 wins in a season with the victory on
Sunday vs. San Jose. Sergei Bobrovsky previously held the record at 10 wins in the first 15 contests (2016-17 and 2017-18). Merzlikins ranks first-T in
the NHL in wins and second in SV% at home this season (min. 8 home GP), going 9-1-0 with a 2.20 GAA and .935 SV% in 10 contests. Merzlikins
notched his 1st shutout of the season on Nov. 24 vs. Winnipeg (8th of NHL career) and has a 2.72 GAA and .920 SV% in 14 GP.
UPCOMING MILESTONES
•Bjorkstrand is 4 points from 200 for his CBJ/NHL career
•Boqvist is 8 games from 100 for his NHL career
•Domi is 7 goals from 100 for his NHL career and 8 assists from 200 for his NHL career
•Kuraly is 7 games from 300 for his NHL career
•Nyquist is 7 games from 600 for his NHL career and 7 games from his 100 for his CBJ career
•Voracek is 9 games from 1,000 for his NHL career
2021-22 TEAM QUICK HITS
•CBJ had the most diverse roster to open the season with 10 countries represented
•CBJ’s 9 wins and 18 points are the most through the 1st 12 home games of a season in club history
•CBJ are 5-0-0 in OT/SO this season; marking the 2nd time the club has started a campaign with wins in their 1st 5 games that were decided after
regulation (2005-06, finished 14-1-3)
•CBJ rank 13th-T in the NHL on the power play at 20.0 percent (12-of-60), which would represent the 2nd-best PP pct. in club history (21.7 pct., 2014-
15)
•CBJ rank 3rd in goals with 18 (COL-25, ANA-20) and 7th in the NHL in points (61) by defensemen
•CBJ are in the middle of a stretch of 13-of-16 games played against Western Conference teams from 11/18-12/18
•CBJ rank 5th in the NHL in goals scored in the 3rd period (31)
•CBJ, in partnership with WBNS-10TV, are holding a toy collection on 12/9 vs. ANA with the toys donated to The Salvation Army of Central Ohio’s
Christmas Cheer program
2021-22 PLAYER QUICK HITS
•CBJ have had 20 different players record goals this season, while 22-of-24 skaters have recorded at least 1 point
•Domi has 2-4-6 in the last 8 GP
•Gavrikov leads CBJ in +/- rating (+9), CBJ D-men in assists-T (11) and has 2-8-10 in his last 14 GP
•Jenner scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season on 12/2 at DAL and has 7-4-11 in his last 14 GP
•Kuraly leads CBJ in hits (60) and has a hit in 21-of-23 games
•Peeke (44) and Gavrikov (40) lead the club in blocked shots
•Peeke, who notched his 1st career multi-point game (0-2-2) and played a career-high 23:16 on Sun. vs. SJS, has played 20+ minutes in 6 of last 7
games
•Tarasov set the CBJ record for most saves in his NHL debut after stopping 34-of-37 shots on 12/2 at DAL
•Voracek ranks 2nd in the NHL with 15 primary assists and 4th-T in PP assists (9) and 17th in assists overall (18)
•Werenski became the 2nd blueliner in CBJ history (Jones, 223) to record 200 career points with his 1st of 2 assists on 11/18 at Vegas and ranks 3rd-T
in the NHL in TOI/GP (26:10)
CBJ 2021-22 TEAM GAME HIGHS
GOALS: 8 (10/14 vs ARI)… GOALS AGAINST: 6 – 2x (MR: 11/30 at NSH)… PPG: 2 – 3x (MR: 11/27 at STL)… PPGA: 3 (10/23 vs CAR)… SHOTS: 46
(11/18 at ARI)… SHOTS AGAINST: 45 (10/19 at DET)… PIM: 22 (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 29 – 2x (MR: 11/6 vs COL)… FOW: 40 (11/20 at VGK)… BKS:
21 (11/3 at COL)
CBJ 2021-22 PLAYER SEASON HIGHS
GOALS: 2 – 9x, MR: Boqvist (12/5 vs SJS)… ASSISTS: 3, Bjorkstrand (10/21 vs NYI)… POINTS: 4, Bjorkstrand (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 9, Kuraly (10/16
vs SEA)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +4 – 2x, MR: Werenski, Domi (11/22 at BUF)… SOG: 10, Werenski (11/6 vs COL)… TOI: 33:03 – Werenski (10/31 at
NJD)… SAVES: 41, Korpisalo (10/19 at DET, 43 shots

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