Maple Leafs’ Andersen eager to play in any NHL restart plan — Toronto Sun

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Maple Leafs’ Andersen eager to play in any NHL restart plan — Toronto Sun

After a month in quarantine at Auston Matthews’ home in Arizona, Frederik Andersen isn’t going to quibble where, when or how the NHL re-starts its season.

Not that the Maple Leafs goaltender is complaining about his teammate’s extended hospitality, but he’d like to get back on ice instead of solely facing Matthews in  the small condominium sports court.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said one of the ideas being discussed after more than six weeks on hold from COVID-19 concerns is wrapping up regular season play with a concentration of games in designated league cities, perhaps one in each division.

“I’ve heard a lot of different ideas and scenarios, but I’m pretty much open to anything that can be done to salvage the season,” Andersen told the Toronto media on a Thursday afternoon conference call.

Even if it means a couple of weeks in strict isolation-type conditions again in one place and possibly without spectators for the games?

“I’m not against that. Everyone wants sports back on. I think if there’s a chance we can go back to play, we owe it to ourselves to play the game we’re so passionate about and  owe it to the fans who’ve been waiting. It will give them something to watch. Fans are starving for something other than a re-run of old shows. It will be a big part of returning to normal.”

Andersen would like to see those missing March and April regular season games completed as a prelude to normal playoffs at some point in the summer.

“There are 31 teams who’ve put a lot of time and effort in. I’d definitely like to see something done to finalize the season, move on and not lose out on all the hard work.”

Andersen chose not to return to his native Denmark when the NHL shuttered on March 12, with that country ahead of North America in closing its borders. But rather than stay in Toronto, he elected to hang out with fellow bachelor Matthews in Scottsdale. He brought his gear with him and when there’s space open on then court, there’s 1-on-1 shooting.Toronto Maple Leafs@MapleLeafs

KINGS 1, LEAFS 0 (SO). WHAT THEY SAID: “It was a great game, a beautiful game. It was great to play behind a team like that. The way we played made it easy for me. It was unfortunate, obviously, we couldn’t get the extra point.” –FREDERIK ANDERSEN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s game:

I thought it was a pretty even hockey game all the way through. I thought our team did a good job in the game, especially as we got through that first period, staying with the process just with the way that they play, clogging the neutral zone and defend really well. I thought as we found our way through that, adjusted in the second and third I thought we did a good job as a team. It’s a game that really could have gone either way. We’re happy to get one point, we could have two in overtime or the shootout, it didn’t go our way in that sense, but not a lot to complain about for us as a group.

On how the team managed frustration when it couldn’t convert scoring chances:

I thought they dealt with it pretty well at times. I think they were 0-for-3 on breakaways so the guys that are missing those type of chances, you can see there’s a little frustration setting in, but in terms of the way the game was going I thought we managed it okay. At times I felt we turned it over a little bit through the neutral zone, but that’s the number one team in the NHL at holding their blueline. They’re going to make it hard on you, you know that going into the game and they did that at times. I thought we stayed with it, Fred in net was outstanding for us. We just couldn’t find a way to get one in. Tonight is a night where we need our power play to be the difference. So if there’s an area we’d like to certainly be better in, that would be it.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (30 SAVES)

On playing behind tonight’s defensive effort:

It was a great game, a beautiful game. It was great to play behind a team like that. The way we played made it easy for me. It was unfortunate, obviously, we couldn’t get the extra point.

On how he felt after a few days without playing:

I felt pretty dialed in.

On how unusual it is for the team to be shutout:

I mean, he played incredible down there too. So I don’t think that’s odd. He’s one of the best in the League, I think, when he’s on his game. We could have easily scored but he pulled out some nice saves when we had our chances.

KYLE CLIFFORD (5 HITS)

On Jonathan Quick’s performance tonight:

Yeah, he’s a — Quick is a competitor. Obviously, he had a pretty good game and I felt like he stole it for them.

On tonight’s performance:

I thought for the most part we controlled the game, we played pretty well. We had a lot of scoring chances. I’m familiar with them, I know they’re a tight defensive team. It just would have been nice to come out with the win here.

MAPLE LEAFS AT KINGS PREGAME NOTES: Frederik Andersen is tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (28).- Ranks fourth in saves (1,372).- Is 8-1-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 16 career games against Los Angeles.- Has a 16-6-0 record on the road in 2019-20, with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-24-8 – 78 Points) vs.

LOS ANGELES KINGS (25-35-6 – 56 Points)

MARCH 5, 2020 ▪ 10:30 PM EST

STAPLES CENTER (LOS ANGELES, CA) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus LOS ANGELES

ALL-TIME RECORD:65-64-21-2 (152 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:25-38-10-1 (74 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:5-4-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus LOS ANGELES

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (24), Tyson Barrie (21), John Tavares (18)
GOALS:John Tavares (4), Tyson Barrie (4), Jason Spezza (4)
ASSISTS:John Tavares (12), Tyson Barrie (10), Jason Spezza (9)
POINTS:John Tavares (16), Tyson Barrie (14), Jason Spezza (13)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (12), Tyson Barrie (10), Mitch Marner (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – KINGS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOLOS ANGELES
GOALS FOR (Rank):232 (1st)164 (30th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       219 (28th)203 (t-15th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/184 [23.4%] (6th)32/180 [17.8%] (22nd)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):141/184 [76.6%] (26th)138/181 [76.2%] (28th)
SHOTS (Rank):2199 (4th)2186 (6th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3323 (3rd)3276 (4th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (6th)53.3% (4th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.8% (3rd)50.7% (9th)

MAPLE LEAFS – KINGS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 25, 1967 vs. LAK (Toronto 4, Los Angeles 2)
All-Time Record:65-64-21-2 (152 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:40-26-11-1 (78 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:25-38-10-1 (74 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:November 13, 2018 (Toronto 5, Los Angeles 1)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. KINGS

Jack CampbellPlayed for Los Angeles from 2016-20.
With LAK: 57 GP, 20-24-5; 2.51 GAA; .918 SV%
Kyle CliffordPlayed for Los Angeles from 2010-20.
With LAK: 660 GP, 60 G – 69 A – 129 P 
Alex Kerfoot100th career NHL game (Nov. 21, 2018 (COL) at LAK)
Jake MuzzinPlayed for Los Angeles from 2010-19.
With LAK: 496 GP, 51 G – 162 A – 213 P 
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS46 (Matthews)
ASSISTS49 (Marner)
POINTS79 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS275 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.4% (Matthews, Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.5% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS74 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:09 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.8%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs hold the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (159).
Goals by Period– Toronto is second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (86) and are tied for fifth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (77).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs have the fewest power play opportunities (184) among NHL teams that have scored at least 40 power play goals (43).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 184 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fourth-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (28).- Ranks fourth in the NHL in saves (1,372).- Is 8-1-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 16 career games against Los Angeles.- Has a 16-6-0 record on the road in 2019-20, with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage
Tyson Barrie– Has eight multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (12).
– Averages 14.29 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fifth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 16th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:18).- Ranks 15th among NHL defencemen in slap shots taken (56).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-1-1 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.73 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.- Acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with Los Angeles on February 5.
Kyle Clifford– Eighth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.2%).
– Averages 14.97 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 18th among left wingers.- Ranks 10.14 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 30th among NHL skaters.- Acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with Los Angeles on February 5.
Pierre Engvall– Ninth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.5%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.6 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for the seventh highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks fourth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.97).
Justin Holl– Has started the eighth-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.0%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.7%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.0%).- Has the second-highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.3%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.0%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.77).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:07).- Ranks third among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:47).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 20 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+12) and ranks tied for 12th among NHL forwards.- Tied for third among Maple Leafs and tied for 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 21 (9-12-21) of his 36 points on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in assists (49).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.16 points per game, which is tied for the 16th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.78 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for ninth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Eighth in the NHL in primary assists (31).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:29)
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (46).- Leads the NHL with 35 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (30).- Tied for first in the NHL in wrist shot goals (27).- Tied for second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for sixth in the NHL in multi-point games (25).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (46-33-79).- Fourth in the NHL with 275 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- Tied for 11th in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- One of 13 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.21).- Ranks eighth among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:30) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks eighth among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.07) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks fifth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.05 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaging 0.80 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaging 1.25 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Ranks 10th among NHL centres in 5-on-5 ice time per game (15:29).- Tied for 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (588)- Has recorded 13 points (6-7-13) in 13 games against Pacific Division teams.- Has 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 31 games on the road.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Martin MarincinHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanOne game from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenOne game from 200 NHL games
Mitch MarnerThree games from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

None 
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 187

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 26Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  

Andersen returns to Leafs crease on Thursday versus Kings — Toronto Sun

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Andersen returns to Leafs crease on Thursday versus Kings — Toronto Sun

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Sheldon Keefe’s head triumphed over his heart.

Rather than give goaltender Jack Campbell a start on Thursday against his former club, the Los Angeles Kings, Keefe will turn to Frederik Andersen after Campbell was sharp against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Campbell will start on Friday in Anaheim against the Ducks, giving Andersen another rest.

“The biggest thought process for us is we wanted to get Jack in two out of three games this week,” Keefe said. “That trumps anything in terms of him playing against his former team.

“Also, Fred’s our starting goaltender. It makes sense for him coming off (the fact) he didn’t play (Tuesday) night, had a full practice day (Wednesday) and he goes in and plays a game. He deserves that. At this time of year especially, you have to make those right decisions.”

Keefe has spoken of load management regarding Andersen, without using those words specifically.

Andersen has made 50 starts this season, tying him for third-most in the NHL prior to games on Wednesday. Campbell gives the Leafs a legitimate, don’t-need-to-worry backup, and we assume Campbell will be used more in the final month of the regular season.

Defenceman Rasmus Sandin will be back in the lineup after sitting in San Jose, with Calle Rosen likely to be scratched.

— Terry Koshan

CANUCKS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: John Tavares is tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (34-23-6 – 74 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (34-23-8 – 76 Points)

FEBRUARY 29, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus VANCOUVER

ALL-TIME RECORD:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:6-2-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus VANCOUVER

GAMES PLAYED:Kyle Clifford (38), Jake Muzzin (32), Jason Spezza (27)
GOALS:John Tavares (9), Jason Spezza (6), Three players tied (4)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (11), Jason Spezza (10), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (16), Tyson Barrie (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:Kyle Clifford (61), Jake Muzzin (24), Morgan Rielly (9)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOVANCOUVER
GOALS FOR (Rank):228 (1st)206 (11th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       212 (28th)192 (12th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/177 [24.3%] (4th)54/220 [24.6%] (3rd)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):138/180 [76.7%] (26th)159/198 [80.3%] (t-16th)
SHOTS (Rank):2142 (4th)1963 (22nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3241 (3rd)2763 (24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.2% (6th)48.3% (22nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)54.1% (2nd)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 11, 1970 (Vancouver 5, Toronto 3)
All-Time Record:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-37-11-2 (76 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:January 5, 2019 (Toronto 5, Vancouver 0)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. CANUCKS

Kyle CliffordFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
Travis DermottFirst NHL game (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
Mitch Marner200th NHL game (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)
Jake MuzzinFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 15, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS44 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS76 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS265 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.7% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.9% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS72 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.7%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs hold the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (154).
Goals by Period– Toronto is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (84) and are tied for sixth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (75).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (43) with fewer than 180 power play opportunities (177).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 180 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fifth-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (27).- Ranks third in the NHL in saves (1,347).- Has a save percentage of .914 in 20 games played on one day rest.- Is 9-2-5 with a 1.52 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in 16 career games against Vancouver.
Tyson Barrie– Has seven multi-assist games, which is tied for eighth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (11).
– Averages 14.57 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 18th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:14).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Seventh among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
– Averages 14.88 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 17th among left wingers.- Ranks 9.76 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 33rd among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Ninth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.5%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is the eighth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks fifth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.62).
Justin Holl– Has started the eighth-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.7%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.0%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.7%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.7%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.78).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:04).- Ranks second among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 18 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+10) and ranks tied for 23rd among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs and 11th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.28) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.- Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (48).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the sixth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.17 points per game, which is tied for the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Tied for eighth in the NHL in primary assists (30).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:28)
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (44).- Leads the NHL with 33 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- Second in the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in multi-point games (24).- Ranks 11th among NHL skaters in points (44-32-76).- Fourth in the NHL with 259 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- One of 11 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.25).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:31) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.9%).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks 10th among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (0.92) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.13 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.83 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.30 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in the NHL in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanThree games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenThree games from 200 NHL games
Mitch MarnerFive games from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 177

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 26Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired forward Matt Lorito from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
February 24Acquired Vegas’ 2020 fifth-round pick in a three-team trade with Chicago and Vegas in exchange for forward Martins Dzierkals.
February 24Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
February 22Acquired forward Miikka Salomaki from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ben Harpur.
  

MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 0– WHAT THEY SAID: “It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.” — FREDERIK ANDERSEN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked about the team’s performance tonight vs. the previous two games:

I think we’ve talked about it before. We’ve shown at different times that this is a group with a lot of character and a lot of pride, and we showed that today with how we responded.

On if the performance tonight started with success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, for sure, those guys had strong nights. I think it’s just a sign of how engaged we were in the game. I would say that was where the game begins in a lot of cases. Guys were hard on the puck in all areas of the game.

On Muzzin’s performance tonight:

Just complete. He battled, he was competitive, he shot one into the net, found a way to get a couple of assists. Just all over the game. He was a real leader for us back there.

On Kerfoot’s role in kickstarting the third line tonight:

Yeah, I think it really helps us. That line has really been struggling for us to find an identity and to find some consistency. It’s tough for us because I thought Kerf was doing an excellent job with [Tavares] and [Nylander] and playing well there. Just talking we said the acquisition of Malgin gives us an opportunity to give him a look with those guys. I just thought that Alex could bring something back to that line. We wanted to give him a chance to be a centre and get that line going. The wingers, Engvall and Kappy, are two guys we think have more to give us. That happened today.

On Andersen’s performance on a late first period penalty kill:

Yeah, he was excellent. He was perfect, he keeps it out of the net. He battled, he looked solid there. It was just a really good sign for our team. He made saves on the pucks that they were throwing around the net, but there was also a lot of loose ones hanging out there. Our guys collapsed real hard on the loose pucks to maybe not necessarily get it out like we would have liked, but at least kept away from our net and allowed us to settle the game. I thought that penalty kill was a really important time in the game, obviously it didn’t crack. It was a good chance for our penalty kill, which had been outstanding for us. I think the 12 games or so in the month leading up to the game in Pittsburgh we had the number one penalty kill in the NHL. So the penalty kill has been really strong for us and today was a chance for us to bring it right back.

On Kapanen’s impact on the game tonight:

That’s what he’s capable of doing. That’s the impact that he has on our team. So just really great to see that. It gives us consistency all throughout our lineup.

On the challenge of trying to maximize the team’s performance after the last two games:

This season is going very different; different things. It’s going to require different things from me, it’s going to require different things from our players. We didn’t like how the last little bit has gone. I was excited about the opportunity to get to work yesterday and put in the work and respond. You’re playing against the same team, it has a playoff feel to it when you take a beatdown in the first game, you have a chance to regroup and make a plan and push your team, challenge the team, motivate your team. That’s the best part of this game. I was excited about it; I think our players were too and it showed tonight.

On if there were any keys to getting the right response from the team after Tuesday:

I think there was a lot said, a lot done and all that kind of stuff, but a part of it too is you just don’t like to get embarrassed. Our guys have a lot of pride in themselves, a lot of pride in the jersey and the organization. So, we could have said or done nothing, and we might have gotten this type of response. We’ll never really know. Regardless of the route, we like that we got the response, we like the outcome, we love the result. Get the shutout and didn’t give up much against a very good team. I thought we controlled play for good chunks of time against a very good team. A lot of really good healthy signs here so we’ll enjoy it.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (24 SAVES)

On the effort from the team’s blueliners tonight:

It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.

On the team scoring first and building its lead:

I think it goes without saying it’s better to score than give anything up. I thought we did a good job.

On if the team defended differently late to shut down Pittsburgh’s attack:

No, I thought we just stuck with our game for the most part of the game. We played a complete effort. That was a great response by everyone, I think, the way we want to be like.

KASPERI KAPANEN (1 GOAL)

On playing with emotion tonight:

I think the whole team showed a lot of emotion tonight, not just me in particular. You know, that’s the outcome when we play like that, we play with emotion and we stick to the structure and play the Maple Leaf way. That’s what happens and it was a good game throughout.

On his fight:

Stuff happens on the ice. I think Sandin got hit there and if it wasn’t me out there, I’m sure someone else would have stood up and defended one another. He came over and it just happened.

ALEX KERFOOT (1 ASSIST)

On Kapanen dropping the gloves:

It shows emotion, that’s what we were looking for. We wanted kind of a little more bite to our group. He’s a fiery guy at times and he had a great game tonight.  I thought he was all over the forecheck, he was physical all night. When you see a guy like him drop the gloves, everyone on the bench gets a boost from that.

On if it’s frustrating why the team can’t have this effort more consistently:

I don’t think frustrating is the right word. I think maybe it’s disappointing the effort we’ve had a times this year but whether you’re a team who wins games or can’t win games, every team in this league can win games so it’s not a matter of we’re some upper echelon team that on certain nights can win games — I think that there’s a lot of teams in this league that when they’re playing well can win games. We’ve just got to find that energy, that bite, that jam that we had tonight and be able to bring that on a consistent basis.

DENIS MALGIN (FIRST GAME AS A MAPLE LEAF)

On playing his first game as a Maple Leaf:

I was trying to do my best you know, I felt good.

On playing with Tavares and Nylander:

It’s a great opportunity for me and now I’m just going to build off it.

On what being traded felt like:

Actually I don’t think so much, so I just took it and I was happy to be here.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

I think it was a solid team game. I think this is what we needed. We had two terrible games, so to come back this is a good start, but we’ve just got to stick with this kind of game and keep playing like this and we’ll be good.

On what led to this effort after two straight losses:

Getting ready for the game, it’s just think that we haven’t been practicing so much and yesterday was a battle practice so we got into that kind of mode again. I think that was a good practice for us just to refresh in those kinds of areas of the game, which needed to improve.

JOHN TAVARES (2 ASSISTS)

On what he liked from the team tonight:

I think the intensity of the group, the way we started. It was a tight hockey game and we just stuck with it, got our opportunities, capitalized and didn’t let up in their end, I think that’s key for us. Good win, but obviously we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for Saturday. Lots of big hockey games coming up.

On the team’s success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, we got a couple [goals] off them, so you just try to be as well prepared for those situations and those scenarios and take advantage of them when you can. Great shot by Muzz on the first one and then anytime you get a 5-on-3 and you’re able to win it clean, you’re able to get a good look right off of it. So good play [Matthews], great shot by Will. Just good areas to be sharp in and we generate a lot just everyone competing, hard work and fighting for their space and that led to open ice and good looks and following up on second opportunities.