MAPLE LEAFS-BLUE JACKETS PREGAME NOTES



2021-22 Matchups vs. Columbus: Third of Three
2021-22 Record vs. Columbus: 1-0-1
Toronto Season Record: 35-16-4
Toronto Road Record: 16-9-3
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 4, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled defenceman Mac Hollowell from the
Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 25, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Nick Robertson from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).
February 24, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Kyle Clifford from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 4 vs. Vancouver 6
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
TOR Goals: Tavares, Robertson, Matthews (2x)
VAN Goals: Miller, Hamonic, Boeser, Pearson, Chiasson, Motte
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 23/28, .821 SV%
VAN Goaltender: Demko, 34/38, .895 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-2
Team Notes: – Wayne Simmonds skated in his 1,000th career NHL game.

  • Nick Robertson recorded the first regular-season goal of his NHL career.
    Robertson scored his first career NHL goal in the 2020 Stanley Cup
    Qualifiers on August 6th against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • John Tavares tied a season-high 17 face-off wins on Saturday. Tavares
    leads the Maple Leafs with a 61.4 face-off win percentage.
  • Auston Matthews recorded two goals during Saturday’s game.
    Matthews regained sole possession of first place among league goals
    leaders with 39.
  • NEXT GAME
    Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
    Opponent: vs. Seattle Kraken
    Time: 7:30 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
    INJURY REPORT

    Ondrej Kaše Day-to-Day
    Jake Muzzin Concussion
  • ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
    First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2)
    All-Time Record: 15-11-1-5 (32 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 7-6-1-3 (17 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 8-5-0-2 (15 Games)
    Last Road Win vs. Opponent: October 4, 2019 (Toronto 4 at Columbus 1)
    Record in Last Five Games: 3-0-2
    Record in Last 10 Games: 5-2-3
  • ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
    Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (42), John Tavares (29), Jason Spezza (23)
    Goals: John Tavares (15), Wayne Simmonds (10), Auston Matthews (6)
    Assists: John Tavares (20), Morgan Rielly (13), Jason Spezza (8), Mitch Marner (8)
    Points: John Tavares (35), Wayne Simmonds (17), Morgan Rielly (14)
    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 .673 3.64 2.95 29.3% 83.8% 34.6 30.7 56.2%
    Columbus .527 3.27 3.63 18.1% 80.0% 32.4 31.5 51.2%
  • THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
    Power Play: 43/147 (29.3%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 12 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 129/154 (83.8%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
    FAST FACTS

    Monday games 9th of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 8 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 4-3-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 3-4-1
    March games 3rd of 14 (9 home, 5 road)
  • UPCOMING MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie Six points away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Eight assists away from his 300th career NHL assist.
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
    Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
    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
    Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
    Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
    Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Jan. 31, 2022 vs. NJD
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
    Mitch Marner Skated in his 400th career NHL game, March 4, 2022 vs. BUF
    Mitch Marner Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Feb. 14, 2022 at SEA
    Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    William Nylander Skated in his 400th career NHL game, Feb. 1, 2022 at NJD
    William Nylander Recorded his 300th career NHL point, Jan. 19, 2022 at NYR
    Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
    Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 1,000th career NHL game, March 5, 2022 vs. VAN
    Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
    John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
    John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
    John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT

    2021-22 TEAM LEADERS
    CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
    GOALS 39 – Matthews HITS 97 – Simmonds
    ASSISTS 39 – Rielly BLOCKED SHOTS 76 – Brodie
    POINTS 70 – Matthews (39G, 31A) TAKEAWAYS 60 – Matthews
    POWER PLAY POINTS 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A) TOI PER GAME 24:08 – Rielly
    SHORTHANDED POINTS 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A) PP TOI PER GAME 2:56 – Marner
    PIMs 51 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:41 – Muzzin
    SHOTS 232 – Matthews WINS 23 – Campbell
    FACEOFF% 61.4% – Tavares GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 2.61 – Campbell
    SHOT ATTEMPTS% 58.95% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .915 – Campbell
  • BLUE JACKETS

THE LAST GAME: MAR. 5, 2022 – CBJ 4 vs. BOS 5 (SO)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Nyquist (14), Gavrikov (3), PP – Werenski (9), PP – Voracek (3)
BOS Goal Scorers: DeBrusk (15), Haula (8), Smith (10), PP – Bergeron (16), SO – Pastrnak
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (28/32; 63:33); BOS– Swayman (20/24; 64:57)
CBJ PP: 2/3; PK: 1/2 | Shots: CBJ: 24 / BOS: 32
3 Stars: 1. Pastrnak, BOS; 2. Voracek, CBJ; 3. Bergeron, BOS
Noteworthy: CBJ fell in the shootout for the 2nd time this season and 3rd time after reg. (9-1-2)… CBJ scored game-tying goal with 2.8 seconds left –
2nd latest tying goal in club history (3/7/08; 59:59)… Laine recorded team-leading 13th multi-point game of campaign with 2 assists… Voracek tallied
10th multi-point effort of season (1-1-2)… Domi skated in 100th career CBJ game.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Tarasov (hip); Placed on Injured Reserve (1/4); out for season (26 games)
Texier (fractured finger); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/26); 4 weeks (16 games)
Bean (groin strain); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/30); 4 weeks (14 games)
Robinson (MCL strain right knee); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/31); 6 weeks (13 games)
Korpisalo (lower body); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 2/15); day-to-day (9 games)
Boqvist (upper body); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 2/27); day-to-day (3 games)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 229
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Mar. 5 Assigned Christiansen to Cleveland (AHL)
Mar. 4 Placed Boqvist on IR retroactive to 2/27
Feb. 28 Added Christiansen to roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 26 Assigned Christiansen to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 25 Activated Merzlikins off IR and assigned Greaves to Cleveland (AHL)
AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS
2021-22 Series: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 vs. TOR)
2020-21 Series: Did Not Play
2019-20 Series: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 vs. TOR)
All-Time Series: 16-15-1-0 (7-8-0-0 vs. TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 5-5-0 | 5-5-0
All-Time GF/GA: 94/99
All-Time SF/SA: 1,001/978
All-Time PP: 19-of-102
All-Time PK: 79-of-96
THE LAST GAME VS TOR: FEB. 22, 2022 – CBJ 4 vs TOR 3 (OT)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Laine (17), PP – Boqvist (10), Gaunce (3), OT – Laine (18)
TOR Goal Scorers: Bunting (17), Matthews (34), Spezza (10)
Goalies: CBJ – Berube (39/42; 60:20); TOR– Campbell (26/30; 59:50)
CBJ PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3 | Shots: CBJ: 30 / TOR: 42
3 Stars: 1. Laine, CBJ; 2. Berube, CBJ; 3. Gaunce, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ won 3rd-straight game… CBJ came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficit… Berube notched 1st career NHL point (assist)… Gaunce scored in
2nd-straight game (2-2-4)… Jenner recorded assist in new career-high 4th-straight game (2-5-7)… Laine recorded 5th multi-goal game of the season (2-
0-2), including GWG 20 seconds into OT, giving him points in 10-straight (12-8-20)… Werenski stretched points-streak to 6 games with 2 assists (2-6-8).
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series complete.

CBJ/TOR CONNECTIONS
CBJ: McRae (Beaverton), who played in four games for TOR (1983-85), served as GM of London Knights from 2014-16)… Legace (Toronto), Danforth
(Oshawa), Gaunce (Sudbury) and Jenner (Dorchester) were all born in Ontario.
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
The teams met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… CBJ are 9-6-0 since 1/13/16, but TOR has
earned victories in 5 of the last 8 meetings since 2/14/18… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 19-straight games and 4-plus in each of the last 8
meetings… CBJ have both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored vs. TOR: 5 – 3x (MR: 2/15/17)… Most goals allowed
vs. TOR: 6 – 2x (MR: 10/16/15).
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Berube notched 1st career NHL point (assist) on 2/22/22… Carlsson posted 1st NHL point (assist) on 4/9/17 at TOR… Domi tallied 100th NHL career
assist on 10/3/18 at TOR… Voracek played 500th NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 21, Injured Reserve: 6)
Drafted (13): Bemstrom, Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Chinakhov, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo (IR), Merzlikins, Peeke, Sillinger, Tarasov (IR), Texier (IR),
Werenski
Trade (6): Bean (IR), Boqvist (IR), Domi, Laine, Roslovic, Voracek
Free Agent (8): Bayreuther, Berube, Danforth, Gaunce, Kukan, Kuraly, Nyquist, Robinson (IR)
BLUE JACKETS NOTES
HONORING NASH
Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets’ all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played, became the first player in CBJ history to have his number retired
when his number “61” was lifted to the rafters at Nationwide Arena prior to Saturday’s game vs. Boston. The former captain, who finished his NHL career
with the Bruins in 2017-18, registered 289-258-547 in 674 games and appeared in five All-Star games as a Blue Jacket from 2002-12.
HOME AT NATIONWIDE
The Blue Jackets picked up a point for the third consecutive game with a 5-4 shootout loss to Boston on Saturday. The team picked up a point in both
games of a back-to-back set vs. the Kings and Bruins. The club closes out its five-game homestand on Monday vs Toronto. It’s part of a stretch of 9-of11 contests played at Nationwide Arena from Feb. 27-Mar. 19. CBJ moved to 10-4-2 in their last 16 games and rank second-T in the NHL in wins and
third-T in points since Jan. 27.
COMEBACK JACKETS
The Blue Jackets have earned their victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in 18 of their 28 wins, including eight of
their last ten victories. The 18 comeback victories are tied for the most in the NHL (COL, NYR & TBL). The club leads the league with seven wins when
trailing heading into the third period. Columbus also has five multi-goal comeback wins this season (Nov. 3 at COL, Nov. 15 vs. DET, Jan. 27 vs. NYR,
Feb. 8 at WSH and Feb. 10 at BUF).
PUTTING PUCKS IN THE NET
Columbus has been able to fill the back of the net this season, averaging 3.27 goals-per-game through 56 contests (9th in NHL). The club ranks third in
the NHL in goals-per-game since Jan. 27 (4.06 avg), trailing only Florida (4.33) and Toronto (4.31). Columbus has scored three-plus goals in 34 of its
contests (includes SO goals). The club is 23-3-1 when scoring four goals or more in a contest this season, recording four-plus goals in six of the last nine
games. CBJ, who averaged 2.39 goals-a-game in 2020-21, 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).
LAINE HOT STREAK
Patrik Laine notched his team-leading 13th multi-point effort of the season and stretched his points streak to three-straight games (2-3-5) with two
assists on Saturday. The forward leads the NHL in goals and GWG (tied) and ranks third in points since Jan. 27 with 15-11-26 and four GWG in 16
contests, recording points in 14 of those outings. He also leads the League in overtime winners (3, tied) and ranks third-T in game-winners (7) this
season.
JENNERATING RESULTS
Boone Jenner has posted 5-9-14 in the last 13 games and 11-13-24 with six multi-point efforts in the last 24 contests. The 28-year-old captain leads the
club in goals, points and PPG with 23-21-44 and 8 PPG in 56 appearances. He is on pace to set single-season career highs in both goals and points
(30-19-49 in 82 GP in 2015-16). His 144 career goals are the third-most in club history, trailing only Rick Nash (289) and Atkinson (213).
UPCOMING MILESTONES
•Bemstrom is 7 games from 100 for his NHL career
•Domi is 1 goal from 100 for his NHL career
•Kuraly is 11 points from 100 for his NHL career
•Merzlikins is 3 games from 100 for his NHL career
•Werenski (74-149-223, 384 GP) is 1 point from surpassing Seth Jones (50-173-223, 381 GP) for the most in CBJ history among blueliners
2021-22 TEAM QUICK HITS
•CBJ are 9-1-2 in OT/SO this season (3-1 in SO) with the club ranking 2nd the NHL in W% (.750) and 2 off the League-lead in wins
•CBJ rank 2nd in the NHL in goals (33) and 11th-T in the NHL in points (126) by defensemen
•CBJ are 3-0-0 when their game has been on ESPN+/Hulu this season (6-0 W at CAR on 1/13, 6-3 W at FLA on 2/24 and 4-3 W vs NJD on 3/1)
•CBJ are 3-1-0 in Mon. games this season
2021-22 PLAYER QUICK HITS
•Bjorkstrand has recorded points in 4-straight games (3-1-4) and has points in 10 of last 13 games (7-4-11)
•Danforth picked up his 5th goal of the season on Fri., recording 4 of his 5 goals in his last 10 games played
•Gavrikov, who notched a goal on Sat. and has points in 2-straight (1-1-2), has already set single-season career highs in assists and points (3-22-25, 54
GP)
•Kuraly is on pace to set single-season career highs with 8-13-21 in 55 GP
•Nyquist has 4-7-11 in last 16 games and 10-12-22 with 7 multi-point outings in 29 games since 12/16
•Peeke has played 21-plus minutes in each of the last 22 games since 1/13 (avg. 24:54, 19th in NHL), including a career-high 29:09 vs. NJD on 3/1
•Voracek notched his 10th multi-point effort on Sat. (1-1-2), including the game-tying goal with 2.8 seconds left in regulation; has 1-9-10 in the last 9
appearances, ranks 3rd in the NHL in primary assists (30) and leads the club in assists (39)
•Voracek averaging .72 A/GP – 2nd highest avg. in CBJ history, trails only Panarin .75 A/GP (2018-19; 59 assists, 79 GP)
•Werenski notched his 9th goal of season on Sat. and has 3-10-13 in his last 14 games
CBJ 2021-22 TEAM GAME HIGHS
GOALS: 8 (10/14 vs ARI)… GOALS AGAINST: 9 (1/15 at FLA)… PPG: 2 – 5x (MR: 3/5 vs BOS)… PPGA: 3 – 2x (MR: 1/4 vs TBL)… SHOTS: 46 (11/18
at ARI)… SHOTS AGAINST: 62 (1/26 vs CGY)… PIM: 22 (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 43 (2/24 at FLA)… FOW: 44 (3/1 vs NJD)… BKS: 24 (3/1 vs NJD)
CBJ 2021-22 PLAYER SEASON HIGHS
GOALS: 3, Laine (2/17 at CHI)… ASSISTS: 3 – 2x, Werenski (MR:1/27 vs NYR)… POINTS: 4, Bjorkstrand (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 9, Kuraly (10/16 vs
SEA)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +4 – 3x, MR: Gavrikov (1/13 at CAR)… SOG: 10, Werenski (11/6 vs COL)… TOI: 33:03 – Werenski (10/31 at NJD)…
SAVES: 56, Merzlikins (1/26 vs CGY, 62 shots

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