MAPLE LEAFS AT DEVILS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is tied for second in the NHL in goals (24).- Tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (18).- Tied for 10th in even-strength points (18-13-31).- 10th in the NHL with 136 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 63.9 percent at 5-on-5, which leads Toronto.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (20-14-4 – 44 Points) vs.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (12-19-5 – 29 Points)

DECEMBER 27, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

PRUDENTIAL CENTER (NEWARK, NJ) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus NEW JERSEY

ALL-TIME RECORD:73-41-20-9 (143 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:26-24-15-5 (70 Games)
2018-19:3-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:6-3-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus NEW JERSEY

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (40), John Tavares (40), Morgan Rielly (18)
GOALS:John Tavares (17), Jason Spezza (8), Auston Matthews (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (26), John Tavares (14), Auston Matthews (5), Morgan Rielly (5)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (34), John Tavares (31), Auston Matthews (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (18), John Tavares (16), William Nylander (8), Morgan Rielly (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – DEVILS TEAM STATS

 TORONTONEW JERSEY
GOALS FOR (Rank):132 (3rd)90 (30th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       120 (23rd)124 (28th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):23/103 [22.3%] (9th)17/130 [13.0%] (t-29th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):86/113 [76.1%] (26th)100/124 [80.6%] (16th)
SHOTS (Rank):1271 (4th)1108 (25th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1935 (2nd)1443 (30th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (5th)46.9% (28th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.2% (4th)46.3% (30th)

MAPLE LEAFS – DEVILS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 9, 1974 vs. Kansas City (Toronto 6, Kansas City 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:73-41-20-9 (143 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:47-17-5-3 (73 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:26-24-15-5 (70 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:January 10, 2019 (Toronto 4, New Jersey 2)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. DEVILS

Alex KerfootSelected by New Jersey in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
William Nylander200th NHL game (Jan. 10, 2019 at NJD)
John Tavares300th NHL goal (Jan. 10, 2019 at NJD)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS24 (Matthews)
ASSISTS25 (Marner)
POINTS43 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS12 (Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs32 (Muzzin)
SHOTS136 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.8% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS66 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS41 (Marner)
HITS86 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:22 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME2:57 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:08 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 10-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
– Has made eight career appearances against the Devils and is 6-2-0 with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (19).- Leads the NHL in saves (857) and ranks second in even-strength saves (719).- Fourth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the fifth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has been on the ice for the eighth-most shot attempts for (731) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-124, which is 10th among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– Has an on-ice goal differential of plus-seven at even-strength, which is tied for the third highest even-strength goal differential among Toronto skaters.- 11th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (119:00).- Has played 62.1 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 10th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Justin Holl– Has started 44.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.3 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for the highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Second among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (226).
Zach Hyman– Established a new single-game career-high for assists (3) on December 23 vs. Carolina, which also tied his career-high for points in a game.
– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.2 percent, which ranks seventh among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Averaging 15:33 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.  
Kasperi Kapanen– Tied for seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Has played 35.3 percent of the Maple Leafs’ shorthanded ice time, which ranks fourth among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Eighth among Toronto skaters in even-strength goals (5).- Lone Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (28) and 20 blocked shots (24) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 0.56 primary assists per game, which is ninth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Tied for 14th in the NHL in primary assists (15). – Second in the NHL in takeaways (41). Averages 4.45 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.5).
Auston Matthews– Tied for second among NHL skaters in goals (24).- Tied for the lead among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (18).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (18-13-31).- 10th in the NHL with 136 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 63.9 percent at 5-on-5, which leads Toronto skaters.
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 8.9 shots on goal per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is the fourth-highest average among NHLers who have played at least 60 shorthanded minutes.- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (74:07).- Leads NHL rookies and is tied for third among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-15-21).
Jake Muzzin– Has drawn 12 penalties this season, which leads Toronto defencemen and is tied for fourth among NHL defencemen.- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.
William Nylander– Has recorded nine primary assists, which is tied for fourth among Toronto skaters.  – Averages 1.09 goals per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Has recorded six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in nine career games against New Jersey.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 17th among NHL defencemen in points (3-21-24).- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- 14th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:22).- Tied for 11th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.4).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.55 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the second-highest average among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.27 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which leads the Maple Leafs and is the ninth-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 25 games.
John Tavares– Has 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 40 career games against New Jersey, which is the sixth-highest point total against the Devils since 2009-10.- Averaging 17.03 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 8.95 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 14th among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas assists (4) and points (2-4-6) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (5) in two consecutive games and points (6-11-17) in eight consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (3) in two consecutive games, assists (4) in three consecutive games and points (5-4-9) in four consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (3) and points (1-3-4) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen23 minutes from 20,000 career minutes
Alex KerfootTwo points from 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

None 
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Trevor MooreDid not play on December 23 vs. Carolina
 Man Games Lost: 77

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 23Loaned forward Jeremy Bracco to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 23Recalled forward Jeremy Bracco from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 21Loaned forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Activated forward Trevor Moore from the injured reserve.
  

DEVILS NOTES

LAST GAME @ CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS The Devils defeated the Blackhawks, 7-1, in the second and final contest of the 2019-20 regular season series. New Jersey finishes 1- 0-1 (3PT) against Chicago this season. New Jersey improves to 2-4-2 (2-3-0 road) against Central Division rivals this season. The Devils are 3-1-1 at United Center and 6-1-3 overall against the Blackhawks since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey was 7-7 on the penalty kill tonight, and 0-3 on the power play. The Devils were 27-56 (48%) in face-offs in the contest. The club notched five goals in the second period tonight, the most the club has tallied in one period this season. 14 different Devils tallied at least one point in the contest, marking a season high. The club tallied 29 PIM in the tilt, marking a season high (prev. 23 vs VAN; 10/19). The Devils six goals tonight is the 11th time in franchise history they have tallied six or more goals vs Chicago. New Jersey has scored at least six goals in a game vs Chicago in now three consecutive seasons(7-5 NJ; 8-5 NJ; 7-1 NJ) (credit: Craig Seiden, NJD Radio). Jack Hughes opened the scoring for the Devils 14:46 into the first period assisted by Wayne Simmonds and Sami Vatanen. The tuck marks Hughes’ first since Nov. 7 @ CGY (18 GP). Simmonds helper marks his first point in seven games (1A; 12/13 @ COL). Vatanen extends his assist streak to two games (2A). P.K. Subban notched his third goal of the season and the game-winner for the Devils, 0:51 into the second frame assisted by Jesper Bratt and Kyle Palmier. The goal gives Subban his first goal since Nov. 2 @ CAR (23 GP). Damon Severson tallied the Devils third goal of the contest in the second period assisted by Travis Zajac and Nikita Gusev. John Hayden tallied his first goal of his 2019-20 campaign, 10:40 into the second frame. The goal was assisted by Will Butcher and Pavel Zacha. Travis Zajac tallied the Devils second short handed goal of the season assisted by Blake Coleman and Andy Greene. With his shorthanded goal, Zajac has scored at least one short handed goal in six consecutive seasons for the Devils, joining Patrik Elias as the only other Devils to accomplish the feat (credit: Leo Scaglione Jr, NY Hockey Journal). Zajac is now one point from tying Kirk Muller for third place on the Devils all-time points list, and three goals to tie Zach Parise four fourth place on the Devils all-time goals list. Greene’s helper ends a 23 game pointless streak (11/2 @ CAR; 1A). Blake Coleman tallied his 11th goal of the season, 18 seconds into the third frame. The goal marks a new season high for fastest to start a period (prev. T. Hall @ PIT; 0:31). Severson and Gusev, giving each their second multi-point game of the season, assisted Coleman’s goal. Zacha notched the Devils seventh and final goal of the contest assisted by Gusev and Severson. The helper gives Gusev his first NHL career three-point game. Mackenzie Blackwood got the start for his 24th this season. Blackwood stopped 32 of 33 shots faced, and improves to 11-10-4 this season.

TONIGHT’S GAME vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Tonight marks the first of three contest between New Jersey and Toronto. The Maple Leafs swept the Devils in the 2018-19 regular season series (3-0-0; 6PTS). New Jersey was 8-8 on the penalty kill tonight, and 0-8 on the power play in the three games played. Toronto outscored New Jersey 17-5. Blake Coleman (1G-1A) led New Jersey in scoring tallying two points in three games played. Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood led their squad in shots tallying 11. Andy Greene will suit up for the 40th time against the Maple Leafs. The blueliner has tallied 12 assists against Toronto through 39 games played. New Jersey Devils: Media Notes Mackenzie Blackwood saw 20 minutes of action in the regular season series, allowing two goals posting a 6.00 GAA. Ron Hainsey (4A) and Morgan Rielly (2G-2A) notched four points against New Jersey in three games played last season. Rielly and Mitch Marner led their club in goals in the regular season series with two each. Frederik Anderson saw 120 minutes of action against the Devils, allowing three goals posting a 1.50 GAA. Anderson went 2-0-0 in the regular season series. Michael Hutchinson played in one game against New Jersey allowing two goals and picking up the victory. The Devils are 4-3-0 at Prudential Center and 5-5-2 overall against the Maple Leafs since the 2015-16 season. INJURIES Matt Tennyson (I.R.) – 8 games missed; Upper-body injury sustained Dec. 3 Louis Domingue (I.R.) – 5 games missed; Lower-body injury sustained Dec. 13 Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 64

HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER The New Jersey Devils will support the National Hockey League’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer initiative on Saturday, Nov. 23, when the team faces off against the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. EST. Local 11-Year Old Brain tumor Survivor Serves as Guest of honor The team will honor eleven-year old Grace Eline, a Morris County brain tumor survivor. Through the Devils partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, Grace joined the team for practice on Monday, worked on some drills and met the guys. On Saturday, she will be the guest of honor, read the starting lineup, and drop the puck on the ceremonial puck drop. Grace was treated at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabs Health facility, and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Grace has achieved N.E.D. status meaning there is no evidence of disease. RWJBarnabas Health is the Official Healthcare Provider of the New Jersey Devils. Celebrating the Survivors As part of the “I Fight For” placard unveiling, the Devils have brought back three of their recent honorees from previous HFC games – Quinn Knapp and Santino Anastasia. Supporting a Regional Medical Center Fundraising efforts throughout the game will help to renovate the Clara Maass Medical Center Infusion Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Clara Maass Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health provide patients access to the most advanced treatment options close to home. The Cancer Center at Clara Maas Medical Center continues to receive the prestigious accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a community hospital comprehensive cancer program. Lavender Warm-Up Jerseys and Players Sticks Auctioned for Charity: Lavender players jerseys worn during warm-ups, and sticks adorned with lavender tape, will be auctioned off through December 7 online at newjerseydevils.com/auction. All proceeds from the auction, as well as the game’s 50/50 raffle, will go towards the Clara Maass Medical Center Infusion Center renovation.

Maple Leafs captain Tavares lines up behind coach with plenty of confidence — Toronto Sun

John Tavares loves playing with Mitch Marner on his wing, but if Sheldon Keefe sees fit to keep Marner with Auston Matthews, the Maple Leafs captain is cool with that. “He’s trying to do what’s best for the team and get us to play the best we can,” Tavares said of his coach. “We all […]

Maple Leafs captain Tavares lines up behind coach with plenty of confidence — Toronto Sun

LEAFS 8, CANES 6 QUOTES: FREDERIK ANDERSEN: “(Marner is) smooth, he skates like the wind and then I think he sees the ice as good as anyone in the League. You combine that with the good hands and he’s just a playmaker out there. He can create free space for himself and the guys he plays with are good to help him out as well. He finds open space really well and, you saw today, he’s a special player.”

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

Opening Remarks:

Well, everything went exactly as planned so there’s not a lot to talk about.

On today’s game:

Just lots of emotions in the game, obviously. From our start, you’re feeling great. Then it gets away on you and you start to come back in the third and you give it up again. Lots of emotions, but obviously, we really like how our team stays with it and finds a way and everybody goes home happy.

On if the result makes up for some of the mistakes made:

Yeah, it does. We need wins and we need points. Because of the way things go there — you give up the lead and the nature of some of the goals, you don’t feel great about them — but we can’t forget about the good things that we did. We scored seven plus an empty netter. We had a terrific start against a very good team that we knew was going to come — in fact, getting a lead like that probably was not the greatest thing for us in terms of our mindset playing against a team that is so hard to play against. I think it’s part of our growth here in trying to figure things out. That’s partially the reason why I didn’t call a timeout in that second period. I just thought this is a good time for our team to sort themselves out here and see if we can. Whether we did or not, I don’t really know in that second period, but we found a way. Our best players made big time plays.

On how he felt during the three consecutive goals in the third period:

I do a pretty good job of keeping things inside. I’ve been through a lot of these types of games and a lot of different things as a coach at various levels. I try not to get too caught up in it, but it was pretty fun to watch how quickly things changed and how our team responded to that.                              

On where he evaluates the Matthews and Marner pairing on a line:

I would say we’re still kind of in the experiment stage. In fact, we talked about it after the second period whether we should switch back and decided not to, obviously. It worked out. How it works out long term — it’s not necessarily just how that goes, but how things underneath them go. We’ll have a look at all of that.

On why he stuck with it through two periods:

We just felt that there’s potential there. Something could spark itself and get going. We also looked at the fact that — we just thought there were mistakes made at key times that ended up in our net that weren’t necessarily a sign that the lines weren’t working. I thought there were a number of good things happening through the game, we just had to get rid of the egregious mistake and how we were going to solve them in the neutral zone. I thought that we’d have a chance.

On if he thinks there’s a future for Matthews and Marner as a pairing long-term:

It makes sense to me in a lot of ways in terms of the way one sees the ice and passes and the way one finishes. But we also have a good line — Mitch and [Hyman] were very successful with John there as well. We have to weigh that and, again, it has a lot to do with how things fall into place underneath them as well. We’ll have to look at that. I think if I’ve shown anything in the early going here it’s that I’m not going to stick with anything for too long.

On the Next Gen Game:

I thought the game was outstanding. I think the whole concept behind it is outstanding. I think if we didn’t make a next generation of fans here today, I’m not sure we ever will with everything that was at play. I thought it was great, the kids on the bench were cool, the interviews before the game, it’s awesome and it’s nice to be a part of that.

On what he has seen from the group to this point and what needs to be worked on:

What we’ve seen is that we have good players and we have good depth and we have the ability to set ourselves up to win games. What we have to work at is just dealing with playing with that lead. Playing with the lead is a big thing for us and what you saw today is just – we want to be a team that controls the puck and controls the play. At times you’re going to face teams or situations where you need to change your decision-making, you need to go quicker, you need to get things through the neutral zone fast. Feeling our way through that. I had a sense that at some point it was going to go bad for us and when it goes bad and you’re trying to play like that, it looks bad like it did today. But we still see lots of positives in there that will help us along the way. The other thing I talked to our team about in the third period is just that we haven’t played from behind very much here in quite a while. We were just talking about kind of enjoy that, enjoy playing from behind, have fun with that, let’s see what we can do here. That’s part of the growth as well.

On the decision to start Spezza in the opening lineup:

To be honest, the biggest thing was I had a sense here frankly that with the next generation game and it being a two o’clock start that he would have his girls in the building so a chance to give him a little moment there and it worked out for us.

On the status of Trevor Moore:

Yeah, he reported not feeling well, much like he did the other day. We thought everything was good, but he just did not feel like himself, so we pulled him out for today. We’ll give him some time over the break to see how that progresses.

On what he liked about the Spezza-Tavares combination in the third period:

I just thought that we’re trying to restart ourselves in the third period and kind of get going so I just went back to that same start but then we’re playing from behind and I like Jason’s ability to play up in the lineup and make a play at an important time. Obviously, he’s got a lot of experience and I think those are the types of things that can help us. Because of his ability I don’t hesitate to give him an opportunity to start the game.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (35 SAVES)

On what was needed to keep battling after the second period:

Of course, just a short memory, I think, is the most important thing. Obviously, a bit of an emotional roller coaster today. We stuck with it then, like I said, we come out really good in the third even though they regained their two-goal lead. We just said, ‘Screw it, we’ll play the last 10 and give it our all.’ The guys were unbelievable.

On if it was the craziest game he has been a part of:

Probably, yeah. I don’t really have anything that could top that off the top of my head but definitely a wild one.

On what makes Marner so effective:

He’s smooth, he skates like the wind and then I think he sees the ice as good as anyone in the League. You combine that with the good hands and he’s just a playmaker out there. He can create free space for himself and the guys he plays with are good to help him out as well. He finds open space really well and, you saw today, he’s a special player.

MITCH MARNER (2 GOALS, 3 ASSISTS)

On if he believes in Toronto Raptor karma following their historic comeback victory yesterday:

I actually didn’t think of that but that comeback from them was amazing yesterday. It was the same kind of afternoon game. I think both teams have confidence in their players and their ability to do what they can. I think both teams stuck to the system and believed they could get it done and they both did.

On Auston’s backhand pass in the third period:

That’s a hell of a play by him, a hell of a pass. I kind of knew — I thought he was going to try something like that and get it over to me. We talked about trying to find that other side of the ice, so as soon as I saw him try the spin-o-rama I thought he was going to sling it over to me. Great pass, great vision and I was lucky enough to put it in.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On tonight’s game:

Yeah, I think it was just a roller coaster. A bit of a run and gun kind of game and I think the third period, we just came in, stayed positive here after the second no matter what the score was and went out there and played. Got one early and then just kind of let the momentum roll over.

On how the team maintained its composure after the second period:

I think it helps when you’ve got guys in here with experience like [Spezza], [Muzzin], guys that have obviously gone through a lot in their careers. I think they kind of keep the team levelheaded whether we’re playing really well or not playing well at all. I think, you know, we held each other accountable today, keep each other in check and then obviously, you know, in the third period we had some fun, I guess.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)

On the team finding a way to win:

Yeah, I think, no question. A lot of ebbs in flow. A lot of swings in momentum. I think just great job, great resolve by the group. Outstanding. It shows our talent and our depth, the plays we were able to make. Guys just believe in themselves. I think it’s huge. But I think when we move forward, I think we know a lot of tonight wasn’t the recipe for success in the long term. You’ve got to find ways to win. It’s not always pretty. Certainly, I think we owe Fred [Andersen] a lot better than we were in front of him today.

On Keefe’s willingness to shuffle the lines to spark offence:

Yeah, he’s trying to do what’s best for the team and get us to play the best we can and get the results we need. So I think we all have a lot of trust in him and believe he’s doing the best thing for the team. So, as a player, you just try to go out there and do your job.

MAPLE LEAFS 8, HURRICANES 6 NOTES: Mitch Marner had his third multi-goal game, his seventh multi-assist game and his 10th multi-point game of the season. He has 17 assists in 16 games on home ice this season. Marner tied his career-high for goals (2 – 7x), assists (3 – 12x) and points (5 – 2x).

CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-13-2 – 46 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (20-14-4 – 44 Points)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2019

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CAROLINA2316
TORONTO3058

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Jason Spezza opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 0:30 of the first period and later registered the primary assist on John Tavares’ first period goal. Spezza’s goal is the fastest goal to open a game by the Maple Leafs this season (Previous: 0:40; Oct. 29, 2019 vs WSH (Johnsson)). Tonight’s game is his third multi-point performance of the season. The goal is his first on home ice.
  • William Nylander scored Toronto’s second goal of the game on the power play at 3:40 of the first period. Nylander has five points (3-2-5) over his last three games played. He has 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games against Metropolitan Division teams in 2019-20.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Spezza’s first period goal and the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal before scoring the third Maple Leafs goal of the night on the power play at 5:10 of the first period. Today’s game is Tavares’ second multi-assist and 10th multi-point game of the season. He has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 10 games during the month of December.
  • Auston Matthews scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game at 2:35 of the third period and later registered the primary assist on Mitch Marner’s first third period goal. Matthews has points (5-4-9) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ 14th multi-point game of the season. In 18 games on home ice this season, he has recorded 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists). He is tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (18).
  • Mitch Marner had the secondary assist on Nylander’s first period goal and later had the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Marner scored the fifth Maple Leaf goal of the night at 11:01 of the third period before recording the primary assist on Tyson Barrie’s third period goal. He added the seventh Maple Leaf goal of the game at 12:00 of the third period. Marner has points (6-11-15) in eight consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his third multi-goal game, his seventh multi-assist game and his 10th multi-point game of the season. He has 17 assists in 16 games on home ice this season. Marner tied his career-high for goals (2 – 7x), assists (3 – 12x) and points (5 – 2x).
  • Tyson Barrie collected the secondary assist on Marner’s first goal in the third period before scoring the sixth Toronto goal of the game at 11:54 of the third period. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-point game of the season. Barrie’s goal is his first on home ice this season. He has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 10 games during the month of December.
  • Pierre Engvall scored the eighth Toronto goal of the game into an empty net at 18:20 of the third period. Engvall has four points (2-2-4) over his last five games played. The Maple Leafs are 6-0-0 when Engvall records a point this season.
  • Ilya Mikheyev collected the secondary assist on Spezza’s first period goal. Mikheyev has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) over his last four games played. He has 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in 24 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Alex Kerfoot picked up the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal. Kerfoot has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games played.
  • Zach Hyman registered the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal and later had the secondary assist on Barrie’s third period goal before collecting the lone assist on Engvall’s third period goal. Hyman has points (2-4-6) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his first multi-assist and third multi-point game of the season. His three assists establish a new career-high for assists in a game and tie his career-high for points in a game (3x).
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 35 shots to earn his 19th win of the season. 

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CAROLINA16 (11)14 (9)11 (9)41 (29)
TORONTO12 (10)8 (6)19 (18)39 (34)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CAROLINA23 (16)25 (17)18 (11)66 (44)
TORONTO20 (15)18 (15)25 (24)63 (54)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home10-4-4 (18 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Carolina47-58-11-7 (123 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Carolina at Home:24-31-5-2 (62 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference11-9-4 (24 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division4-4-3 (11 Games)
Attendance19,176

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Barrie, Marner, Tavares)
Shot Attempts(Marner)
Faceoff Wins13 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage68% (Tavares – 13 won, 6 lost)
Hits2 (Muzzin)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Marner, Matthews, Spezza)
TOI24:36 (Marner)
Power Play TOI4:55 (Nylander, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI4:21 (Ceci)
Shifts29 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage66.7% (Ceci – 18 for, 9 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first13-3-1
Leading after 19-2-1
Trail after 21-8-1
Score multiple power play goals4-1-0
Allow one power play goal8-6-3
Outshot by opponent10-9-3
Monday1-1-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • The Maple Leafs established new season-highs for goals scored (8) and goals in a period (5 – 3rd period) in tonight’s game.
  • Toronto scored three goals in the span of 0:59 (Marner, Barrie, Marner) during the third period of tonight’s game, which is the fastest three goals scored by the team this season (Previous: 4:59,
  • Oct. 25, 2019 vs SJS (Rielly, Mikheyev, Matthews)).
  • The Maple Leafs scored two goals in 0:06 (Barrie, Marner) during the third period of tonight’s game, which is the pair of goals scored by the club this season (Previous: 0:18, Oct. 25, 2019 vs SJS (Mikheyev, Matthews)).
  • Frederik Gauthier and Dmytro Timashov were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 26 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 49.1 percent (26 for, 27 against).
  • John Tavares won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Friday, December 27, 7:00 p.m. at New Jersey Devils (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, December 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Rangers (Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN)
  • Tuesday, December 31, 6:00 p.m. at Minnesota Wild (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, January 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Islanders (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)

HURRICANES AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Andersen is 8-4-3 at home this season with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. – Has made 10 career appearances against the Hurricanes and is 6-3-0 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (18).- Third in the NHL in saves (823) and second in even-strength saves (694).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).

CAROLINA HURRICANES (22-12-2 – 46 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-14-4 – 42 Points)

DECEMBER 23, 2019 ▪ 2:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CAROLINA

ALL-TIME RECORD:46-58-11-7 (122 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:23-31-5-2 (61 Games)
2018-19:1-2-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CAROLINA

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (42), John Tavares (37), Morgan Rielly (18)
GOALS:John Tavares (25), Jason Spezza (19), Tyson Barrie (3), Cody Ceci (3)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (21), John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (6)
POINTS:John Tavares (44), Jason Spezza (40), Morgan Rielly (8)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (26), Jason Spezza (20), Three players tied (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – HURRICANES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCAROLINA
GOALS FOR (Rank):124 (3rd)116 (t-10th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       114 (t-21st)94 (t-3rd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):21/100 [21.0%] (13th)27/113 [23.8%] (5th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):84/110 [76.3%] (26th)110/130 [84.6%] (4th)
SHOTS (Rank):1232 (4th)1219 (5th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1881 (t-1st)1725 (6th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (5th)55.3% (1st)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.4% (t-3rd)50.2% (16th)

MAPLE LEAFS – HURRICANES NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 31, 1979 vs. Hartford (Hartford 4, Toronto 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:46-58-11-7 (122 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:23-31-5-2 (61 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:23-27-6-5 (61 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:December 19, 2017 (Toronto 8, Carolina 1)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. HURRICANES

Frederik AndersenOriginally selected by Carolina in the seventh round (187th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
200th NHL game (Oct. 26, 2017 vs. CAR)
Travis Dermott100th NHL game (April 2, 2019 vs. CAR)
John Tavares700th NHL game (Dec. 11, 2018 at CAR)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS23 (Matthews)
ASSISTS22 (Marner)
POINTS41 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS12 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs30 (Muzzin)
SHOTS135 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%59.3% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.4% (Matthews, Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS63 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS39 (Marner)
HITS84 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:23 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME2:53 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:06 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 8-4-3 at home this season with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Hurricanes and is 6-3-0 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (18).- Third in the NHL in saves (823) and second in even-strength saves (694).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has been on the ice for the sixth-most shot attempts for (715) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-124, which is eighth among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– Has an on-ice goal differential of plus-eight at even-strength, which is tied for the second highest even-strength goal differential among Toronto skaters.- Ninth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (114:39).- Has played 61.7 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 11th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Justin Holl– Has started his 44.7 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.0 percent at 5-on-5, which is the second-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Fourth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (226).
Zach Hyman– Tied his career-high for points in a game with three (2-1-3) on December 21 vs. Detroit
– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.7 percent, which ranks ninth among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Averaging 15:30 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.  
Kasperi Kapanen– Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Has played 35.9 percent of the Maple Leafs’ shorthanded ice time, which ranks fourth among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength goals (5).- Lone Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (28) and 20 blocked shots (23) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 0.54 primary assists per game, which is tied for eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Tied for 15th in the NHL in primary assists (14). – Third in the NHL in takeaways (39). Averages 4.43 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.5).
Auston Matthews– Third among NHL skaters in goals (23).- Second among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (17).- 11th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (17-12-29).-  Tied for eighth in the NHL with 135 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 61.4 percent at 5-on-5, which is second among Toronto skaters.
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 9.1 shots on goal per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is the fourth-highest average among NHLers who have played at least 60 shorthanded minutes.- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (72:22).- Leads NHL rookies and is third among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-14-20).
Jake Muzzin– Has drawn nine penalties this season, which leads Toronto defencemen and is tied for ninth among NHL defencemen.- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.
William Nylander– Has recorded nine primary assists, which is tied for fourth among Toronto skaters.  – Averages 2.23 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters.- Has recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in eight career games against Carolina.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 16th among NHL defencemen in points (3-21-24).- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- Tied for 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:23).- Tied for 11th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.4).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.37 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for third Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.31 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which leads the Maple Leafs and is the seventh-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Has 44 points (25 goals, 19 assists) in 37 career games against Carolina, which is the third-highest point total against the Hurricanes since 2009-10.- Averaging 16.98 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 8.88 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 16th among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas points (4-8-12) in seven consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (3) in two consecutive games and points (4-3-7) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootThree points from 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

None 
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 75

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 21Loaned forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Activated forward Trevor Moore from the injured reserve.
December 19Recalled forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 18Loaned forward Adam Brooks and defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 17Recalled forward Adam Brooks from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 16Recalled defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, RED WINGS 1 QUOTES: “There are always important saves in a game and that ended up being one very early on. I’ve sat on the bench watching Freddy make some big saves early on. This game I tried not to overthink things and just relax and let the game come to me.” –MICHAEL HUTCHINSON

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what went into tonight’s win:

There’s a lot, obviously. We got the saves early, we clearly needed that. And then we just needed some time to find our game. This is a tough game today. There’s a lot of mental challenges and hurdles for our team coming into the game. You look at the fact that we’ve been rolling pretty well as a group and how the game went against Detroit last time we played them. We’re playing back-to-back, they’re here fresh and haven’t played since Tuesday. A lot of different things there. Then you’ve got the [Hutchinson] and the back-to-back factor, all that stuff. There’s a lot of things there for us. Obviously, we didn’t like how we dealt with it early, but once we found our game – in particular in the third period – I thought we were looking good.

On getting Hutchinson his first win:

It’s huge. It’s huge, of course, and all the attention will be on Hutch and I recognize, of course, why that has been a story. But, it’s also for our group. It’s not just Hutch that hasn’t done well in these games. Our team hasn’t done well in these games. It’s important for us to get a good result. In particular, with how it went in the third period especially, a lot of good things for us there that hopefully we can move past this whole thing for us now and it becomes any other game the way that it should be.

On what led to shuffling lines in the second period:

I just felt we kind of needed to mix it up a little bit and try to just change the chemistry and try to spark something and try to accept the rhythm of the game.

On if there were things missing from Kapanen and Nylander’s performances when they got less ice time in the second period:

Yes, there was. That line I just thought they didn’t get much going offensively. They were getting stalled in the neutral zone a lot. Also, I just didn’t really like the other lines and how things were moving so I just wanted to mix things up. I thought we got some really good shifts in that second period from the Gauthier line. I just kind of shortened things up and some guys didn’t play as much as others.

On if moving Marner and Hyman to Matthews’ wing was in the back of his mind or a spur of the moment idea:

I’ve got a number of things that are in the back of my mind all the time. It just kind of felt, like I said, like the Matthews line was getting stalled. I thought the Tavares line was doing fine. The Matthews line didn’t have much going on and I wanted to give Matthews a chance to get going and try to change that chemistry a little bit. I thought that with Mikheyev and Engvall with Tavares — I thought I could still trust that group playing against the Larkin line just fine. It worked out for today.

MICHAEL HUTCHINSON (29 SAVES)

On a making a couple big saves early to set the tempo:

It was big. There are always important saves in a game and that ended up being one very early on. I’ve sat on the bench watching Freddy make some big saves early on. This game I tried not to overthink things and just relax and let the game come to me. Like I said before the game, I feel like I’m in a good headspace right now, so I came in relaxed, waiting for the game to come to me. Once you do that the team that we have, once we have a little momentum going, we’re a tough team to stop. I was fortunate enough that I thought the guys played great, big blocked shots, we were back-checking and making them earn their chances and I was able to make some stops and in the third period we were able to open it up a bit.

On some of the challenges he faced earlier in the year:

It’s a challenge. I think I was doing a good job about it. Getting sent down is always difficult so then regaining and getting back into that good headspace is a process and you can’t do it on your own. It takes conversations with a lot of people. Steve [Briere] and I have a good relationship so it’s good to talk to him about things. There are other people in the Leafs and Marlies organization that you’re able to talk to openly and honestly and get yourself back into that good headspace where you’re able to feel good about yourself and feel positive and ready to play at your best when you get that opportunity.

ZACH HYMAN (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST)

On if he thought his first goal was a goal prior to the review:

I thought it was going to be a penalty shot when they called the trip, so I didn’t see it go in or anything like that. Then I heard the buzzer and I’ve got a chance and then they called it a goal. I was happy, obviously.

On his backhand goal in the third period:

Yeah, it was a great way by Auston, kind of delaying and buying time. Then I was able to get some speed on it. I thought I was by myself there, so I just wanted to throw the back hand on net, and it went in.

MITCH MARNER (2 ASSISTS)

On the decision to switch up line combinations during the game tonight:

I think just the first period we were controlling the puck but making some careless plays and making some bad changes. We weren’t really playing too smart with the puck, but I think in the second and third we got control of it. In the second I still think we were a little reckless with it but it’s a big win for us. [Hutchinson] played great behind us there tonight so big credit to him.

On what playing with Matthews can do to opposing defences:

Hopefully scare them, I guess. We want to be a line that’s out there and that holds the puck and creates a lot of offence but, at the same time, we want to be responsible with that puck and make sure we’re responsible in our D-zone, covering our guys, getting back, helping out and not taking too long of shifts. Thought in the second and third we had good puck movement together, I thought we created a lot of offensive chances. It was a good game for us.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST)

On Hyman scoring his backhand goal after being switched onto his wing:

I thought I was playing with Patrick Kane out there down the left wing. I don’t know, I think so far in the month that Sheldon [Keefe] has been here, he’s got a pretty good feel for the game and doesn’t mind switching things up. I think as players you don’t mind to see that if maybe something’s not working on a particular night to switch it up and see if you can kind of get something going. Tonight it worked.

On how it feels to get a win for Hutchinson:

It felt great. I mean, he made some unbelievable saves, especially early on in the game, they got behind us there — a couple breakaways — and then the second period, we were just not taking care of the puck in the neutral zone. He stayed with it. He made some big saves for us and I think everybody here is extremely happy for him. Obviously, you could hear the crowd chanting his name. It was just an awesome moment for him and an awesome moment for everybody.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, RED WINGS 1 POSTGAME NOTES: Hutchinson stops 29 shots to earn the win. Hyman and Matthews each has two goals and an assist.

DETROIT RED WINGS (9-25-3 – 21 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-14-4 – 42 Points)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2019

 123OTFINAL
DETROIT0011
TORONTO0134

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Zach Hyman opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 17:10 of the second period and later scored the Maple Leafs’ third goal of the night at 8:51 of the third period before adding a secondary assist on Auston Matthews’ second third period goal. Tonight’s game is his second multi-goal and second multi-point performance of the season. Hyman has four points (2-2-4) over his last four games. He has three goals and an assist in five games on home ice this season. Hyman has scored six goals in nine games during the month of December. Tonight’s game ties Hyman’s single-game career-high for points with three (Previous: March 25, 2019 vs. FLA).
  • Auston Matthews scored Toronto’s second goal of the game on the power play at 2:18 of the third period and later had the lone assist on Hyman’s third period goal before adding Toronto’s fourth goal of the game at 13:39 of the third period. Matthews has points (4-3-7) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ sixth multi-goal and 13th multi-point game of the season. His six mutli-goal performances are tied for the most in the NHL this season. He has 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists) in 14 career games against Detroit, which is his highest point total against a single opponent. 
  • Morgan Rielly had the lone assist on Hyman’s second period goal. Rielly has three assists over his last four games. He has three assists in three games against Detroit this season. In 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents, Rielly has recorded 10 points (2-8-10). With his assist in the second period, Rielly tied Phil Kessel for 23rd on the Maple Leafs’ all-time assist register with 213.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first third period goal. Tavares has four points (1-3-4) in three games against the Red Wings this season. He has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 10 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ first third period goal and later had the primary assist on Matthews’ second third period goal. Marner has points (4-8-12) in seven consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-assist and ninth multi-point game of 2019-20.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 29 shots to earn the victory.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
DETROIT10 (10)13 (11)7 (4)30 (25)
TORONTO10 (8)6 (4)7 (5)23 (17)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
DETROIT15 (15)24 (20)13 (9)52 (44)
TORONTO25 (23)15 (13)11 (9)51 (45)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home9-4-4 (17 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Detroit293-281-93-5 (672 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Detroit at Home:175-108-47-3 (333 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference10-9-4 (23 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division7-5-1 (13 Games)
Attendance19,080

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Mikheyev)
Faceoff Wins(Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits4 (Muzzin)
Blocked Shots(Barrie)
Takeaways(Dermott)
TOI22:49 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI2:29 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI2:09 (Marner)
Shifts26 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage69.2% (Hyman – 18 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first12-3-1
Tied after 18-5-2
Lead after 214-1-2
Score one power play goal8-3-2
Allow one power play goal7-6-3
Outshooting opponent10-4-1
Saturday8-2-2

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • At 17:10 of the second period, a video review was initiated to determine whether or not a Zach Hyman shot crossed Detroit’s goal line before the net came off its moorings. Video review determined that the puck completely crossed the Detroit goal line before the net came off its moorings. Result: Goal Toronto
  • Frederik Gauthier and Trevor Moore were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 47.9 percent (23 for, 25 against).
  • John Tavares won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Monday, December 23, 2:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Friday, December 27, 7:00 p.m. at New Jersey Devils (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, December 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Rangers (Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN)
  • Tuesday, December 31, 6:00 p.m. at Minnesota Wild (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, FAN 590)

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RED WINGS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner is averaging 0.52 primary assists per game, which ranks eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games. He leads NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in primary assists (13). Tied for second in the NHL in takeaways (38). Averages 4.48 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.

DETROIT RED WINGS (9-24-3 – 21 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (18-14-4 – 40 Points)

DECEMBER 21, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

 RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus DETROIT

ALL-TIME RECORD:292-281-93-5 (671 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:174-108-47-3 (332 Games)
2018-19:2-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-0-2
LAST 10:7-1-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus DETROIT

GAMES PLAYED:Morgan Rielly (26), John Tavares (24), Jason Spezza (23)
GOALS:Auston Matthews (10), John Tavares (10), Jason Spezza (8)
ASSISTS:John Tavares (24), Morgan Rielly (12), Jason Spezza (9)
POINTS:John Tavares (34), Jason Spezza (17), Auston Matthews (16)
PENALTY MINUTES:Mitch Marner (10), Jason Spezza (10), Jake Muzzin (9)

MAPLE LEAFS – RED WINGS TEAM STATS

 TORONTODETROIT
GOALS FOR (Rank):120 (t-3rd)79 (31st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       113 (t-23rd)140 (31st)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):20/96 [20.8%] (12th)19/115 [16.5%] (25th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):83/108 [76.8%] (t-25th)80/109 [73.4%] (30th)
SHOTS (Rank):1209 (4th)1019 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1836 (1st)1403 (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (5th)46.7% (29th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.3% (4th)48.8% (t-24th)

MAPLE LEAFS – RED WINGS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:January 4, 1927 at Detroit (Toronto 2, Detroit Cougars 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:292-281-93-5 (671 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:174-108-47-3 (332 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:118-173-46-2 (339 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:December 23, 2018 (Toronto 5, Detroit 4 OT)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. RED WINGS

Trevor MooreFirst NHL game (Dec. 23, 2018 vs. DET)
First NHL point (Assist) (Dec. 23, 2018 vs. DET)
Jake Muzzin100th NHL game (Jan. 18, 2014 (LAK) at DET)
First game as a Maple Leaf (Feb. 1, 2019 at DET)
Morgan Rielly100th NHL game (Dec. 10, 2013 at DET)
100th NHL assist (Oct. 18, 2017 vs. DET)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS21 (Matthews)
ASSISTS20 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS38 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS11 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs24 (Muzzin)
SHOTS131 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.9% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Matthews, Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS62 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS38 (Marner)
HITS80 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:26 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME2:55 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:08 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 8-4-3 at home this season with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Red Wings and is 9-0-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (18).- First in the NHL in saves (823) and second in even-strength saves (694).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 14.2 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has been on the ice for the sixth-most shot attempts for (696) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-130, which is tied for eighth among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– Has an on-ice goal differential of plus-seven at even-strength, which is tied for the third highest even-strength goal differential among Toronto skaters.- Ninth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (112:38).- Has played 61.3 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 11th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Justin Holl– Has started his 44.1 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 52.8 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for the second-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Sixth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.9 percent, which ranks 10th among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Averaging 15:36 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.  
Kasperi Kapanen– Has a pair of assists in two games against Detroit in 2019-20.- Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Has played 36.3 percent of the Maple Leafs’ shorthanded ice time, which ranks fourth among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength goals (5).- Lone Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (27) and 20 blocked shots (23) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 0.52 primary assists per game, which ranks eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- First among NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in primary assists (13).- Tied for second in the NHL in takeaways (38). Averages 4.48 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.5).
Auston Matthews– Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in goals (21).- Second among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (16).- 12th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (16-11-27).-  Ninth in the NHL with 131 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 59.2 percent at 5-on-5, which is third among Toronto skaters.
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 9.1 shots on goal per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the second-highest average among NHLers who have played at least 60 shorthanded minutes.- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (72:20).- Leads NHL rookies and is third among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-14-20).
Jake Muzzin– Has drawn nine penalties this season, which leads Toronto defencemen and is tied for ninth among NHL defencemen.- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.
William Nylander– Has recorded nine primary assists, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.  – Averages 2.29 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters.- Has recorded 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 15 career games against Detroit, which is tied for his second highest point total against a single opponent.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 16th among NHL defencemen in points (3-20-23).- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-14-17).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (13).- Ranks 12th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:26).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.5).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.37 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for third Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.31 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which leads the Maple Leafs and is the seventh-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in two games against Detroit this season and has 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 24 career games against the Red Wings. – Averaging 17.01 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 9.04 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 14th among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas points (4-6-10) in six consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.
Ilya MikheyevHas goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootThree points from 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen200th NHL win (December 14 at Edmonton)
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 74

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 19Recalled forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 18Loaned forward Adam Brooks and defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 17Recalled forward Adam Brooks from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 16Recalled defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.

RED WINGS NOTES

LAST GAME DET 3 vs. CBJ 5 (12/17/19) 1ST PERIOD: DET Erne (Nielsen, Perlini) 5:11-EV; CBJ Atkinson (Dubois, Jones) 11:02-EV; CBJ Bjorkstrand (Nyquist, Jenner) 12:06- EV; DET Erne (Glendening, Bowey) 17:17-EV 2ND PERIOD: DET Bertuzzi (Larkin, Hronek) 1:58-PP; CBJ Stenlund (Atkinson, Jones) 6:54-PP 3RD PERIOD: CBJ Dubois (Texier) 1:19-EV; CBJ Nyquist (Bjorkstrand) 19:53-EN SHOTS: DET 21 (4-6-11) / CBJ 39 (13-14-12)

GOALIES: DET Bernier (L, 34-38) / CBJ Korpisalo (W, 18-21) PP: DET 1-3 / CBJ 1-2

MAN GAMES LOST (games missed / out since) Danny DeKeyser – Back (28 / Oct. 23) Jonathan Ericsson – Upper Body (10 / Dec. 17) Jimmy Howard – Mid-Body (8 / Nov. 29) Total Man Games Lost: 137 Individual Man Games Lost: Trevor Daley (20), Justin Abdelkader (15), Luke Glendening (11), Mike Green (8), Adam Erne (8), Anthony Mantha (8), Patrik Nemeth (6), Andreas Athanasiou (4), Frans Nielsen (4), Givani Smith (3), Filip Hronek (2), Dennis Cholowski (1), Darren Helm (1)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS 12/14 – Assigned D Dylan McIlrath to Grand Rapids…Removed RW Antony Mantha from IR 12/16 – Placed G Jimmy Howard on LTIR retroactive to 11/27…Placed D Jonathan Ericsson on IR 12/17 – Recalled D Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids…Assigned G Jimmy Howard to Grand Rapids for conditioning 12/19 – Lost G Eric Comrie on waivers to WPG…Recalled G Calvin Pickard from Grand Rapids

RED WINGS at MAPLE LEAFS TONIGHT: 672nd all-time game, 333rd in TOR…3rd of 4 games this season, 1st of 2 in TOR

ALL-TIME vs. TOR: 286-285-93-7 / ROAD: 111-171-47-3 / LAST 10: 3-6-1 / IN 2018-19: 2-1-1 / THIS SEASON: 0-2 DET top scorers vs. TOR: Mike Green (5-20-25 in 42 GP), Frans Nielsen (10-8-18 in 41 GP), Dylan Larkin (6-7-13 in 17 GP), Justin Abdelkader (5-4-9 in 23 GP), Valtteri Filppula (4-5-9 in 27 GP)

TOR top scorers vs. DET: John Tavares (10-24-33 in 24 GP), Auston Matthews (10-6-16 in 13 GP), Jason Spezza (8-9-17 in 23 GP), Morgan Reilly (4-12-16 in 26 GP), Tyson Barrie (4-7-11 in 14 GP)

MILESTONES: Mike Green scored his 1st NHL goal on 2/3/06 vs. TOR (with WSH)…Darren Helm recorded his 1st career hat trick on 3/29/14 at TOR…Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut on 10/9/15 vs. TOR…Filip Hronek had his 1st NHL assist/point on 10/11/18 vs. TOR…Christoffer Ehn had his 1st NHL assist/point (10/11/18 vs. TOR) and goal (12/23/18 at TOR) against TOR.

NOTES: DET G Jonathan Bernier spent 3 seasons in TOR, compiling a 59-68-17 record, 2.81 GAA, 0.915 save percentage and six shutouts in 151 games from 2013-16…DET D Trevor Daley grew up in Toronto, where he played in his 1,000th NHL game on 12/23/18…DET G Calvin Pickard spent the 2017-18 season in TOR’s organization, playing 1 NHL game for TOR and winning a Calder Cup with the AHL Marlies, posting a 21-9-1 record in 33 regular-season games…TOR F Auston Matthews (2013-15) is a graduate of the U.S. NTDP in Ann Arbor/Plymouth, MI…TOR F Zach Hyman was Dylan Larkin’s linemate at the University of Michigan in 2014-15 and totaled 89 points (35-54-89) in 151 games at the school from 2011-15…TOR F Jason Spezza started his pro career with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins by skating in 3 playoff games in 2001-02…TOR president Brendan Shanahan won three Stanley Cups with DET and amassed 633 points (309-324-633) in 716 games from 1996-06. RECENT RECAPS Dec. 17 vs. CBJ – 5-3 L DET fell to 0-2 against CBJ this season and has lost 6-straight home games to CBJ…Adam Erne scored twice, marking his 1st points with DET and 1st goals since 3/5/19 vs. WPG (with TB)…Erne’s 2-goal game marks his 6th career multi-point game and 3rd multi-goal game…Madison Bowey picked up an assist to give him 3 points (1-2-3) in 2 games…Tyler Bertuzzi stretched his point streak to 3 games (2-1-3), his 4th such streak this season…Since 1999-00, only 6 Red Wings have reached 40 career goals quicker than Bertuzzi (164 games): Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Athanasiou…Filip Hronek logged an assist to become the 4th DET D since 1979-80 to record 30-or-more assists in his first 80 career games, joining Nicklas Lidstrom (49), Yves Racine (43) and Jeff Sharples (32).

HEATING UP DET’s Filip Zadina has found the back of the net in 2 of his last 4 games. After starting the season by producing 13 points (7-6-13) in 20 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins, Zadina ranks as one of the NHL’s top rookies since his initial callup on 11/24. Below is a look at the top point-producing rookies since that date:

LEAFS 6, RANGERS 3 QUOTES: “I think we controlled the puck. We didn’t throw it away. Kept the pedal down. It’s something we’ve just got to make sure we keep doing in the thirds. It’s something that we haven’t been consistent at. We’ve just got to make sure we keep the pedal down in the thirds. Make sure we’re trying to give teams no space.”–MITCH MARNER.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s third period performance:

Well, you know what, I thought like we’ve talked about in some of the previous games when the third periods haven’t gone well that the second period is maybe when some of the issues started to come up. I thought some of the positives of the second period today – which I thought there were lots – carried through to the third period. Obviously, we got a good start and the puck went in the net for us. That helped, but there were a lot of really good signs for our team in terms of how we retained the puck, which I thought was a real key to this game, in particular. When their team has the puck, they’re a tough team to deal with and I thought we handled that well.

On the team not getting discouraged after the Rangers came from behind twice:

Yeah, the message was just to keep going and stay with it. That was the challenge for us. And the guys did, and it worked out for us.

On what he had seen from Nylander coming into tonight:

You know, I talked with him, we actually met this morning. He didn’t feel like he had a great trip out west, in particular. He said he just didn’t feel good, didn’t feel right, but liked his practice and the work that he had done back in Toronto and was excited to get back and playing. So, you know, we met and talked about some things but really, I thought that Will had a much better here game you today and he got rewarded for it.

On if there’s anything he sees in Nylander’s game when he’s at his best:

Yeah, there were times today where he was doing that, which was just that he has the puck a lot in the offensive zone and guys come to try to get it away from him and he’s evading the check, he’s hanging on to the puck, he’s really difficult to knock off the puck. That’s when I really see his game kind of rounding out and a lot of it’s just because of how he protects the puck. When it’s not going well for him those pucks good off his stick too quickly.

MITCH MARNER (2 GOALS)

On tonight’s win:

I think we controlled the puck. We didn’t throw it away. Kept the pedal down. It’s something we’ve just got to make sure we keep doing in the thirds. It’s something that we haven’t been consistent at. We’ve just got to make sure we keep the pedal down in the thirds. Make sure we’re trying to give teams no space.

On if the team did a good job eliminated what the Rangers wanted to do offensively:

Yeah, I think we had some shifts where we did do that and some shifts where we didn’t. That’s going to happen in the game, it’s going to go the opposite way sometimes. I think we did a good job of bouncing back every time. Like I said, that was a big third period for us. We’ve got to make sure we come out and do that every time.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST)

On the performance of his line tonight:

I think we were moving the puck, we were skating a lot, trying to play tight in the D-zone to get transitions, which we got a few of.

On the contributions of the third and fourth lines:

It’s huge when they come up with goals like that. We need guys that can score when we’re getting deep into the playoffs. The third and fourth line are going to be crucial for us, too.

On the third period:

I think we just had a different mentality tonight. We knew it was tied 3-3 and we had to go out and get the game.

JOHN TAVARES (5 SHOTS ON GOAL)

On the importance of the fifth goal to the team:

It was a great play by [Marner]. Anytime you’re able to extend your lead, especially once you get into the third period, it goes a long way. So, big goal by him. Really stepped up there for the group and gave us the lead and kind of the confidence to then just continue to stay on it and not give them a whole lot knowing they needed two.

On what scoring two quick goals in the third period did for the team’s mindset:

Well, we want to score on all of our opportunities. So whether we’re up a goal or down a goal or up two goals, we want to continue to put the pressure on and play our type of game. Keep the puck, create the chances when we can get them and capitalize when we get our opportunities and obviously, we want to create as many as we can.

MAPLE LEAFS AT RANGERS NOTES: Auston Matthews is tied for third in goals (21). He is second in the NHL in even-strength goals (16) and is tied for 12th in the league in even-strength points (16-10-26). He is tied for ninth with 128 shots on goal. He has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.6 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (17-14-4 – 38 Points) vs.

NEW YORK RANGERS (16-13-4 – 36 Points)

DECEMBER 20, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (NEW YORK, NY) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus NEW YORK RANGERS

ALL-TIME RECORD:287-222-95-10 (614 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:168-94-39-5 (306 Games)
2018-19:1-1-1
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:5-3-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus NEW YORK RANGERS

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (46), Jason Spezza (42), Cody Ceci (18)
GOALS:John Tavares (14), Jason Spezza (13), Zach Hyman (5)
ASSISTS:John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (22), Tyson Barrie (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (41), Jason Spezza (35), Tyson Barrie (12)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (44), Jason Spezza (24), Zach Hyman (7)

MAPLE LEAFS – RANGERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTONEW YORK
GOALS FOR (Rank):114 (t-6th)105 (18th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       110 (t-18th)104 (14th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):19/93 [20.4%] (12th)23/116 [19.8%] (t-14th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):80/105 [76.1%] (26th)93/120 [77.5%] (23rd)
SHOTS (Rank):1169 (5th)967 (30th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1784 (4th)1285 (31st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.6% (t-5th)44.0% (32nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.4% (t-2nd)46.0% (30th)

MAPLE LEAFS – RANGERS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:Nov. 20, 1926 vs. New York (New York 5, Toronto 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:287-222-95-10 (614 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:168-94-39-5 (306 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:119-128-56-5 (308 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:Feb. 1, 2018 (Toronto 4, New York 0)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. RANGERS

Tyson Barrie300th NHL game (Dec. 31, 2016 vs. NYR)
Frederik Gauthier100th NHL game (March 23, 2019 vs. NYR)
Zach Hyman100th NHL game (Oct. 7, 2017 vs. NYR)
Alex KerfootFirst NHL game (Oct. 5, 2017 (COL) at NYR)
First NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 5, 2017 (COL) at NYR)
Martin Marincin100th game as a Maple Leaf (Dec. 22, 2018 vs. NYR)
Jason Spezza500th NHL assist (Jan. 5, 2016 (DAL) at NYR)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS21 (Matthews)
ASSISTS20 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS36 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS10 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs24 (Muzzin)
SHOTS128 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.2% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.5% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS60 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS36 (Marner)
HITS79 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:30 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME2:56 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:07 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 9-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
– Has made nine career appearances against the Rangers and is 5-2-2 with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (17).- Third in the NHL in saves (804) and second in even-strength saves (677).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 14.2 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has been on the ice for the 10th-most shot attempts for (668) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-109, which is tied for 11th among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– Has an on-ice goal differential of plus-six at even-strength, which is tied for the third highest even-strength goal differential among Toronto skaters.- 13th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (109:04).
Justin Holl– Has started his 44.4 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.5 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for the lead among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Sixth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.7 percent, which ranks ninth among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.8 percent, which ranks second among Toronto skaters. 
Kasperi Kapanen– Has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in nine games against Metropolitan Division teams.- Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-7-13).- Has played 37.3 percent of the Maple Leafs’ shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength goals (5).- Lone Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (27) and 20 blocked shots (23) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 0.54 primary assists per game, which ranks eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Tied for first among NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in assists (20).- Tied for third in the NHL in takeaways (36). Averages 4.43 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.6).
Auston Matthews– Tied for third among NHL skaters in goals (21).- Second among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (16).- Tied for 12th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (16-10-26).- Tied for ninth in the NHL with 128 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.6 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 9.4 shots on goal per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is the second-highest average among NHLers who have played at least 60 shorthanded minutes.- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (70:26).- Ranks second among NHL rookies and is fourth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (5-13-18).
Jake Muzzin– Has drawn nine penalties this season, which leads Toronto defencemen and is tied for second among Maple Leafs skaters.- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.
William Nylander– Has recorded nine primary assists, which is tied for second among Toronto skaters.  – Averages 2.12 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters.- Has recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in nine career games against the New York Rangers.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in points (3-20-23).- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-14-17).- Fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (13).- Ranks 12th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:30).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.5).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.45 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks second Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.36 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which is the sixth-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Has 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 46 career games against the Rangers, which ranks ninth among active NHLers in points recorded against New York.- Averaging 16.8 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fifth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs in points (10-8-18; 20 GP) since returning to the lineup from injury on November 5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.0 percent, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Frederik GauthierHas goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (2-6-8) in five consecutive games.
Ilya MikheyevHas goals (2) in two consecutive games.
Morgan RiellyHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Dmytro TimashovHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootFour points from 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen200th NHL win (December 14 at Edmonton)
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 72

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 19Recalled forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 18Loaned forward Adam Brooks and defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 17Recalled forward Adam Brooks from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 16Recalled defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.

RANGERS NOTES

INJURIES (67 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
Libor Hajek (knee sprain) – has missed six games

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TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 34th game of the 2019-20 season and continue a three-game homestand tonight, Dec. 20, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has earned at least one point in nine of the last 13 games (7-4-2 record) and has won eight of the last 15 games (8-5-2 record). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 14 of the last 21 games (11-7-3 record) and in 18 of the last 27 games (14-9-4 record).

RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
All-Time*: 232-280-95-7 (133-115-56-4 at home; 99-165-39-3 on the road) *Note: The first three games between the two franchises
were when the Maple Leafs franchise was called the Toronto St. Patricks. The franchise changed its name during the 1926-27
season.
2019-20: Tonight’s game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs, and the first of two meetings between
the two teams at MSG. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Maple Leafs will face each other on the following dates: Dec. 28
(at Toronto), Feb. 5 (at MSG).
2018-19: The Rangers posted a 2-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by two or
fewer goals. Alexandar Georgiev posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.01 GAA and a .956 SV% (130 saves on 136 shots) in three
appearances in the season series. Georgiev made a single-game career-high 55 saves in the Rangers’ win against Toronto on Feb.
10, 2019, and the 55 saves were also the most any Rangers goaltender has made in a game the team won in franchise history.
Georgiev also made 44 saves in the Blueshirts’ 2-1 win on Mar. 23, 2019 at Toronto, and he became the first Rangers goaltender
since expansion (1967-68) to post two 40-save wins against one opponent in the same season.
The Rangers have won eight of their last 13 games against Toronto, dating back to Feb. 10, 2015 (8-5-0 record).

RANGERS-MAPLE LEAFS CONNECTIONS
Greg McKegg was selected by Toronto in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, played in the Maple Leafs
organization for parts of four seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2014-15), and skated in four NHL games with Toronto over parts of two
seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
The Rangers have five Ontario-born players on their roster: Greg McKegg (St. Thomas, ON), Micheal Haley (Guelph, ON), Brendan
Smith (Mimico, ON), Marc Staal (Thunder Bay, ON), and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, ON).
Brendan Shanahan played two seasons with the Rangers (2006-07 and 2007-08).
William Nylander is the son of Michael Nylander, who played two seasons with the Rangers (2005-06 and 2006-07).

Adam Brooks represented the Rangers at the 2015 Traverse City Tournament.
Ryan Strome and John Tavares were teammates with the Islanders for parts of four seasons (2013-14 – 2016-17).
Brendan Smith and John Tavares were teammates with the Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA Team in 2003-04 and the Toronto
Marlboros Minor Midget AAA Team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) in 2004-05.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
Alexandar Georgiev – 3 GP, 2-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .956 SV% – Georgiev has earned a win in each of his last two appearances against
the Maple Leafs, posting a 0.99 GAA and a .980 SV% (99 saves on 101 shots) in those two contests. He made a single-game
career-high 55 saves and earned a win on Feb. 10, 2019 against Toronto at MSG, and he made 44 saves to earn a win on Mar. 23,
2019 at Toronto. Georgiev has stopped 130 of 136 shots he has faced in three career appearances against the Maple Leafs.
Artemi Panarin – 10 GP, 4-8-12 – Panarin has recorded a point in eight of 10 career games against the Maple Leafs.
Chris Kreider – 16 GP, 4-10-14 – Kreider has tallied a point in each of his last four games against Toronto (one goal, five assists).
Ryan Strome – 16 GP, 3-6-9 – Strome has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last 11 games against Toronto, and
he registered the game-winning goal in overtime in the Rangers’ last game against the Maple Leafs on Mar. 23, 2019.
POINT TAKEN The Rangers have posted a 7-4-2 record in their last 13 games, dating back to Nov. 23 at Montreal. New York’s 16 points over the span are tied for the 11th-most in the NHL. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 13-8-3 record in their last 24 games, dating back to Oct. 29 vs. Tampa Bay. The Rangers’ 29 points over the span are tied for the 12th-most in the NHL.

YOUTH SERVED The Rangers are the only NHL team that has had eight players 21 years old or younger appear in at least one game in 2019-20. At least one Ranger who is 21 years old or younger has notched a point on 38 of the team’s last 61 goals.

WINNING WAYS The Rangers have earned 14 wins in regulation this season, which is tied for the ninth-most in the NHL, tied for the fourth-most in the Eastern Conference, and tied for the third-most in the Metropolitan Division.

BREAD AND BUTTER Either Artemi Panarin or Mika Zibanejad has registered nine of the Rangers’ last 10 goals, dating to the second period on Dec. 12 at San Jose, and at least one of the two players has tallied a point on each of the team’s 10 goals over the span. Either Panarin or Zibanejad has recorded 11 of the Blueshirts’ last 13 goals, as well as 12 of the team’s 17 goals over the last five games.

GOALS GALORE The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in 15 of the last 21 games and in 20 of 33 games this season. The Rangers rank 10th in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.18).

ON POINT Rangers defensemen have tallied 91 points (26 goals, 65 assists) in 2019-20. The 26 goals and 91 points by Rangers defensemen are both tied for the most in the NHL this season. Blueshirts defensemen have recorded 24.8% of the team’s goals and 31.9% of the team’s points in 2019-20, which are both the highest percentages in the NHL.

SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS The Rangers have outshot their opponent in three of the last four games and have registered 133 shots on goal (33.3 per game) while only allowing 110 shots on goal (27.5 per game) over the span. New York has recorded 30 or more shots on goal in each of the last four games and has held its opponent to fewer than 30 shots on goal in three of the last four contests.