MAPLE LEAFS-SABRES PREGAME NOTES




2021-22 Matchups vs. Buffalo: Third of Four
2021-22 Record vs. Buffalo: 1-1-0
Toronto Season Record: 37-16-5
Toronto Road Record: 17-9-3
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590


RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 10, 2022
Goaltender Erik Källgren has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies
(AHL) on an emergency basis.
March 8, 2022
Defenceman Mac Hollowell has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies
(AHL).
March 4, 2022
Defenceman Mac Hollowell has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies
(AHL).
February 25, 2022
Forward Nick Robertson has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies
(AHL).

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 4 vs. Arizona 5 – OTL
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
TOR Goals: Engvall, Kerfoot, Matthews, Nylander
ARI Goals: Galchenyuk, Chychrun, Boyd, Fischer, Chychrun (OTW)
TOR Goaltender: Mrazek, 8/12, .667 SV%, Kallgren, 10/11, .909 SV%
ARI Goaltender: Wedgewood, 34/38, .895 SV%
TOR Power Play: N/A
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1
Team Notes:

  • Alexander Kerfoot recorded three points (1G, 2A) in Thursday’s
    overtime loss tying a single-game career-high which he has marked on
    seven occasions during his NHL career. Kerfoot registered his third threepoint game of the season.
  • Timothy Liljegren posted a single-game career-high five shots on
    Thursday. With his assist on Engvall’s second period goal, Liljegren has
    registered an assist in four-consecutive games (4A) marking the longest
    point streak of his NHL career.
  • TJ Brodie recorded a single-game career-high seven shots during the
    game. He surpassed his previous career-high of six shots marked on Dec.
    30, 2011 at OTT.
  • John Tavares recorded a single-game career-high seven hits in
    Thursday’s overtime loss.
    NEXT GAME


    Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
    Opponent: vs. Dallas Stars
    Time: 7:00 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: TSN (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)
  • INJURY REPORT
    Jack Campbell Rib Injury
    Jake Muzzin Concussion
  • ALL-TIME VS. BUFFALO SABRES:
    First Matchup between Clubs: November 18, 1970 (Toronto 2 vs. Buffalo 7)
    All-Time Record: 84-107-18-11 (220 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 51-41-12-5 (109 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 33-66-6-6 (111 Games)
    Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 13, 2021 (Toronto 5 at Buffalo 4)
    Record in Last Five Games: 3-2-0
    Record in Last 10 Games: 7-3-0
  • ACTIVE LEADERS VS. BUFFALO SABRES:
    Games Played: Jason Spezza (68), John Tavares (36), Wayne Simmonds (31)
    Goals: Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (22), Auston Matthews (11)
    Assists: Jason Spezza (50), John Tavares (20), Morgan Rielly (14)
    Points: Jason Spezza (73), John Tavares (42), Auston Matthews (18)
    Penalty Minutes: Jason Spezza (46), Wayne Simmonds (27), John Tavares (18)
  • 2022 TIM HORTONS NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC NOTES PER NHL STATS PACK:
  • The 2022 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will be the fourth outdoor game for the Maple Leafs and third for the Sabres.
  • The Maple Leafs (2-1-0) are in search of their third win outdoors, which would tie the Capitals (3-0-0) and Bruins (3-1-0) for the second-most in
    the outdoor game standings, behind the Rangers (4-0-0).
  • A total of 13 Toronto players have appeared in at least one NHL outdoor game: Morgan Rielly (0-1—1 in 3 GP), Wayne Simmonds (3 GP), Kyle
    Clifford (1-0—1 in 2 GP), Mitchell Marner (1-0—1 in 2 GP), Jake Muzzin (0-1—1 in 2 GP), William Nylander (0-1—1 in 2 GP), Auston
    Matthews (2-0—2 in 1 GP), Travis Dermott (0-1—1 in 1 GP), David Kampf (0-1—1 in 1 GP), Petr Mrazek (1-0-0 in 1 GP), Jason Spezza (0-1—1 in
    1 GP), TJ Brodie (1 GP) and John Tavares (1 GP).
  • Morgan Rielly is the only skater on the Maple Leafs current roster to have appeared in each of the franchise’s three outdoor games to date. He
    logged 13:06 as a rookie in the 2014 Winter Classic, tallied a third-period assist in the 2017 Centennial Classic and collected a game-high six shots on
    goal in the 2018 Stadium Series.
  • 2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .681 3.71 3.02 29.9% 83.9% 34.6 30.6 56.0%
    Buffalo .390 2.63 3.54 19.9% 76.3% 29.6 34.1 46.0%
    THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22

    Power Play: 46/154 (29.9%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 13 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 23 – Matthews (13G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 135/161 (83.9%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
  • FAST FACTS
    Sunday games 4th of 7 (2 home, 5 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 9 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 5-3-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 4-4-1
    March games 6th of 14 (9 home, 5 road)
  • UPCOMING MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie One point away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Six assists away from his 300th career NHL assist
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    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 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 Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT

    2021-22 TEAM LEADERS
    CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
    GOALS 44 – Matthews HITS 98 – Simmonds
    ASSISTS 40 – Rielly BLOCKED SHOTS 82 – Brodie
    POINTS 76 – Matthews (44G, 32A) TAKEAWAYS 61 – Matthews
    POWER PLAY POINTS 23 – Matthews (13G, 10A) TOI PER GAME 24:01 – Rielly
    SHORTHANDED POINTS 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A) PP TOI PER GAME 2:51 – Marner, Matthews
    PIMs 51 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:41 – Muzzin
    SHOTS 248 – Matthews WINS 24 – Campbell
    FACEOFF% 61.2% – Tavares GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.98 – Källgren
    SHOT ATTEMPTS% 59.60% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .914 – Campbell
  • BUFFALO SABRES

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 10
Vegas 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Krebs, Olofsson, Tuch
Goalie: Anderson (30 saves/31 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: Vegas 31 – Buffalo 24
CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 404)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Drake Caggiula (upper body, Nov. 26; IR) – 40 games
Malcolm Subban (upper body, Jan. 13; IR) – 24 games
Colin Miller (upper body, Jan. 17; IR) – 22 games
Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed, Jan. 29; IR) – 17 games
Will Butcher (lower body, Jan. 30; IR) – 16 games
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/6: Activated F Vinnie Hinostroza off IR
UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 17: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Friday, March 18: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 20: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 25: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
TODAY’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 5-1 in Toronto on March 2.
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 12 in Toronto.
The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs; 4-5-1 at home.
This is the 221st game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 118-74-28 series record.
The Sabres are 72-30-9 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.
THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY
The Sabres are 7-8-4 all-time on March 13.
March 13, 1977: Don Edwards turns aside 32 of 33 Toronto shots and the Sabres get goals from five different scorers as they defeat the Maple Leafs,
6-1, in Buffalo.
March 13, 1991: The Sabres top the Jets, 6-2, on the strength of a Dale Hawerchuk hat trick and a 37-save performance by Clint Malarchuk.
March 13, 2001: The Sabres acquire Donald Audette from Atlanta for Kamil Piros and a fourth-round pick in 2001 NHL Draft and acquire Steve Heinze
from Columbus for a third-round draft pick in 2001 NHL Draft.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Sabres goaltender Craig Anderson earned his 300th career NHL win career on Thursday, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced.
Anderson became the 39th goaltender in NHL history to win 300 career games and the sixth American-born goaltender to reach the 300-win plateau.
Anderson is now one of five active NHL goaltenders to win 300 games in their career.
Kyle Okposo has seven points (4+3) in his last eight games.
Buffalo Sabres: Media Notes

















25 of Buffalo’s last 27 games have been decided in regulation, including each of the last 13 contests.
Since Jan. 1, the Sabres have gone 11-for-39 on the power play (28.1 percent) and have scored at least one goal with the man advantage in eight of
those 13 contests.
GOING TO PLAY OUTSIDE
Today’s game marks Buffalo’s third appearance in an outdoor game as a franchise (2008 Winter Classic vs. Pittsburgh at Ralph Wilson Stadium; 2018
Winter Classic vs. NY Rangers at Citi Field).
The Sabres will become 12th team in NHL history to play in at least three regular-season outdoor games and the fourth to have three appearances as
the designated home team.
Buffalo is the first U.S.-based team to appear in a Heritage Classic.
Buffalo has earned a point in each of its previous two outdoor games.
Craig Anderson has won both of his previous two outdoor games: the 2014 Heritage Classic at BC Place (29 saves w/ OTT) and NHL100 Classic at
Lansdowne Park (28 saves w/ OTT).
Only Henrik Lundqvist (4-0-0) has more career outdoor wins among NHL netminders.
Kyle Okposo has appeared in two outdoor games in his career, including the 2018 Winter Classic at Citi Field vs. the NY Rangers, where he recorded
two assists.
Seven Sabres have previously appeared in an NHL outdoor game: Craig Anderson (2-0-0 in 2 GP), Kyle Okposo (0+2 in 2 GP), Robert Hagg (2
GP), Vinnie Hinostroza (2 GP), Alex Tuch (1+0 in 1 GP), Anders Bjork (1 GP) and Zemgus Girgensons (1 GP).
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Sabres are playing a regular-season home game away from the team’s home arena for the ninth time in franchise history today. Buffalo is 1-4-3 in
the eight previous games, with the lone win coming against the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.
TAKING IT TO TORONTO
Rasmus Dahlin has eight points (2+6) in eight career games against the Maple Leafs and currently holds a five-game point streak against Toronto,
registering six points (2+3) in the five contests.
Dahlin has registered a plus-2 rating in each of his last three games against Toronto.
Kyle Okposo has six points (3+3) in his last five games against Toronto, including at least a point in each of the last four meetings.
Okposo has tallied three points (1+2) and holds a plus-3 rating in two games against Toronto this season.
Jeff Skinner has five points (3+2) in two games against Toronto this season, recording multi-point performances in both contests.
Victor Olofsson has five points (3+2) in five career games against the Maple Leafs, including at least a point in each of the last three games.
Mark Pysyk has seven points (4+3) and holds a plus-9 rating in his last six games against Toronto.

Pysyk recorded a hat trick on Feb. 3, 2020 at Toronto as a member of the Florida Panthers.
Tage Thompson has three points (2+1) in two games against Toronto this season.
In 34 career games (33 starts) against Toronto, Craig Anderson holds a record of 18-9-4, along with a .918 save percentage and 2.85 goals against
average.
Sabres Regular-Season Home Games Away From Home Arena
Season Date Opponent Result City

1992-93 March 3, 1993 Vancouver 5-2 loss Hamilton, Ontario
1993-94 Nov. 3, 1993 Pittsburgh 6-2 loss Sacramento, California
2003-04 Nov. 12, 2003 New Jersey 2-2 tie Rochester, New York
2005-06 Oct. 26, 2005 Washington 3-2 loss Rochester, New York
2007-08 Jan. 1, 2008 Pittsburgh 2-1 loss (SO) Orchard Park, New York
2011-12 Oct. 7, 2011 Anaheim 4-1 win Helsinki, Finland
2017-18 Jan. 1, 2018 NY Rangers 3-2 loss (OT) Queens, New York
2019-20 Nov. 8, 2019 Tampa Bay 3-2 loss Stockholm, Sweden


Pysyk recorded a hat trick on Feb. 3, 2020 at Toronto as a member of the Florida Panthers.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

Jeff Skinner has recorded 23 goals this season, marking the eighth 20-goal season of his 12-year NHL career.
Since Jan. 13, Skinner has recorded 22 points (12+10) in 24 games played, including 13 points (7+6) in his last 14 games.
Entering play Saturday, Skinner was tied for 14th in the NHL with 20 even-strength goals this season.
Since he entered the league in 2010-11, Skinner ranked 14th among all NHL skaters with 288 goals and was sixth in the league during that span with
231 even-strength tallies going into Saturday’s games.
Among all players to have played at least 10 career games for the Sabres, Skinner ranks eighth with .287 even-strength goals per game (72 EVG in
251 GP).
SETTING THE PACE
A number of Sabres players are on pace for or have already established new career highs in goals, assists and points this season.
With two goals on Nov. 26 in Buffalo’s 20th game of the season, Tage Thompson set a new single-season career high in goals (10) and points (15).
His previous career highs of eight goals and 14 points came in 38 games during the 2020-21 season.
Dylan Cozens has already eclipsed his 2020-21 totals in goals (4), assists (9) and points (13).
Cozens established new career highs in goals (5 goals in 21 GP), assists (10 assists in 38 GP) and points (14 points in 23 GP) in fewer games than
the 41 contests he played in as a rookie.
Kyle Okposo is on pace for 22 goals and 49 points this season, which would be Okposo’s highest totals since he registered 22 goals and 64 points in
his last season as a member of the New York Islanders in 2015-16.
Rasmus Dahlin is on pace for 11 goals, 41 assists and 52 points, all of which would surpass his previous career-high marks.
Despite missing 22 games this season, Henri Jokiharju is on pace for five goals, 16 assists and 21 points, all of which would be new career highs.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE A DAHL-STAR
Rasmus Dahlin currently leads the Sabres in assists (29) and is third on the team in points (37).
Dahlin’s 15 power-play points are also good for the team lead.
Since Nov. 21, 2021, Dahlin was tied for 11th among NHL defensemen in scoring entering play Saturday, tallying 29 points (6+23) during that span.
In less than four full seasons, Dahlin is already climbing up Buffalo’s record books. Among all Sabres defensemen in franchise history, Dahlin ranks…
17th in goals (26), one away from matching Richie Dunn for 16th all-time
14th in assists (118)
16th in points (144), one away from tying Dmitri Kalinin for 15th all-time
14th in power-play goals (10), two shy of moving into a five-way tie for 10th all-time
Eighth in power-play points (65)
Among Sabres defensemen to play at least 82 games for the franchise, Dahlin ranks fifth in both assists per game (0.46) and points per game (0.57)
and 11th in goals per game (0.10).
Including this season, Dahlin owns two of the three most productive seasons by a Sabres defenseman in the last 25 years (dating back to 1996-97).
Brian Campbell, .683 P/GP (2008-09)
Rasmus Dahlin, .678 P/GP (2019-20)
Rasmus Dahlin, .650 P/GP (2021-22)
SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Hayden (94), Hagg (87), Dahlin (77)
Blocked Shots: Hagg (88), Pysyk (81), Dahlin (66)
Shots: Thompson (183), Skinner (182), Okposo (129)
SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-4-1 (11), 29/27, 7/27, 25/28
11-20: 3-6-1: (7), 28/40, 4/26, 17/26
21-30: 2-5-3: (7), 24/36, 3/23, 18/21
31-40: 2-6-2 (6), 23/35, 6/30, 20/31
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 30/36, 7/31, 24/30
51-60: 3-6-0 (6), 22/35, 5/24, 15/20
OVERTIME RESULTS (1-7; 127-145 all-time)
Oct. 23 at NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Zacha)
Oct. 28 at ANA: W, 4-3 (GWG-Asplund)
Nov. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GWG-Seider)
Nov. 27 at DET: L, 3-2 (GWG-Raymond)
Dec. 17 at PIT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Carter)
Jan. 1 at BOS: L, 4-3 (GWG-Coyle)
Jan. 17 vs. DET, L, 3-2 (GWG-Larkin)
Feb. 10 vs. CBJ, L, 4-3 (GWG-Voracek)
SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 83-75 all-time)
Oct. 16 vs. ARI: W, 2-1 (GDG-Ruotsalainen)
Dec. 11 vs. WSH: L, 3-2 (GDG-Oshie)
Dec. 16 at MIN: W, 3-2 (GDG-Thompson)
RECENT MILESTONES
Craig Anderson won his 300th career NHL game on March 10 vs. Vegas
Tage Thompson played in his 200th career NHL game on March 10 vs. Vega

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