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NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (16-31-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (32-14-8)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NOTES:

TONIGHT’S BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: TNT – Brendan Burke (PxP), Darren Pang (analyst) and Jackie Redmond (reporter)
RADIO: WGN-AM 720 – John Wiedeman (PxP), Troy Murray (analyst) and Caley Chelios (analyst)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, Feb. 17 at OTT, 6:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Sunday, Feb. 19 vs. TOR, 5:00 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Hulu, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))
Tuesday, Feb. 21 vs. VGK, 7:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))
Wednesday, Feb. 22 at DAL, 8:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, TNT, WGN Radio)
Saturday, Feb. 25 at SJS, 9:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Feb. 7 – Activated Tyler Johnson and Jarred Tinordi off IR … Feb. 5 – Recalled Jaxson Stauber from Rockford … Jan. 29 – Assigned Luke Philp, Filip Roos and Jaxson Stauber to Rockford … Jan. 23 – Recalled Luke Philp and Filip Roos from Rockford … Assigned Isaak Phillips to Rockford … Placed Tyler Johnson on IR … Jan. 17 – Recalled Jaxson Stauber from Rockford … Jan. 14 – Activated Patrick Kane off IR and assigned Jaxson Stauber to Rockford … Jan. 13 – Assigned Lukas Reichel to Rockford … Jan. 11 – Recalled Jaxson Stauber from Rockford and assigned Brett Seney to Rockford … Jan. 4 – Recalled Lukas Reichel and Brett Seney from Rockford … Placed MacKenzie Entwistle and Jujhar Khaira on IR.

LAST TIME OUT
Score: Chicago (0) at MTL (4) – Tue., Feb. 14 – Bell Centre
CHI Goals:
MTL Goals: Barron (2; PP), Armia (4), Savard (2), Dvorak (9)
Goalies: CHI – Stauber (27/31, 60:00) MTL – Allen (22/22, 60:00)
CHI PP: 0/4; PK: 2/3
MTL PP: 1/3; PK: 4/4
Recap: The Blackhawks fell to the Canadiens on Tuesday night 4-0 … Jake McCabe led the club with four shots … Reese Johnson registered a team-high five hits … Connor Murphy led all Blackhawks with three blocked shots.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
The Blackhawks face the Maple Leafs for the first time this season … Chicago has points in 12 of their last 13 games against Toronto (8-2-4) … Jake McCabe (1G, 1A) and Connor Murphy (1G, 1A) each notched two points in the Blackhawks’ last contest against Toronto on Dec. 11, 2021 … Patrick Kane has eight points (4G, 4A) over his last six games against the club … Andreas Athanasiou has six points (1G, 5A) over his last five games against Toronto, including two multi-point efforts … Colin Blackwell played for the Maple Leafs during the 2021-22 season, registering three points (2G, 1A) in 19 games … Petr Mrazek also played in Toronto that season, going 12-6-0 with a 3.34 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.

2022-23 Schedule/Results: HOME: Feb. 19 | AWAY: Feb. 15
All-Time Record: 268-287-100 | Home: 164-120-45 | Road: 104-167-55
Last Home Win: Nov. 10, 2019 (5-4) | Last Road Win: Jan. 18, 2020 (6-2) | Last Home Loss: Oct. 27,
2021 (2-3 OT) Last Road Loss: Dec. 11, 2021 (4-5)

ACTIVE BLACKHAWKS VS. TOR ALL-TIME
GOALS: Patrick Kane, 14; Jonathan Toews, 8; Tyler Johnson, 7
ASSISTS: Patrick Kane, 16; Seth Jones, 11; Max Domi, 10
POINTS: Patrick Kane, 30; Jonathan Toews, 15; Max Domi/Seth Jones, 14

BLACKHAWKS RECORD ON…
One-Day Rest: 10-13-1
Two-Days Rest: 3-4-0
Three+ Days Rest: 2-2-2
First Game of a B2B: 1-5-1
Second Game of a B2B: 0-7-1

BLACKHAWKS RECORD BY DAY
Monday: 0-1-0
Tuesday: 2-7-1
Wednesday: 0-5-0
Thursday: 4-4-1
Friday: 4-2-1
Saturday: 4-6-1
Sunday: 2-6-1

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 3 vs. Columbus 4
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
TOR Goals: Nylander, Bunting, Rielly (PP)
CBJ Goals: Jenner, Marchenko, Kuraly, Johnson
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 36/40, .900 SV%
CBJ Goaltender: Merzlikins, 26/29, .897 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-1
TOR Penalty Kill: 4-for-4
Player Notes: – William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 2:39 of the first period and posted the secondary assist on Rielly’s goal. Nylander has recorded 61 points this season (29G, 32A), a feat he has reached in four seasons during his NHL career. Per NHL Stats, “Since his debut in 2015-16, the only Maple Leafs players with more such campaigns are Mitchell Marner (7x) and Auston Matthews (6x).” Nylander posted his 15th multi-point game of the season.

  • Michael Bunting scored for Toronto at 10:40 of the first period. Bunting has recorded a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A) and has scored in two of his last four games (2G).
  • Morgan Rielly scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 1:20 of the third period. With his goal, Rielly is currently two points away from 400 career NHL points. Rielly is currently on a four-game point streak where he has recorded four points (2G, 2A).
  • Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on Bunting’s goal and the primary assist on Rielly’s goal. Marner extended his current point streak to six games where he has posted eight points (2G, 6A). Marner has recorded a multi-point outing in back-to-back games. Marner posted his ninth multi-assist game of the season and his 16th multi-point game of the season. Marner recorded a single-game NHL career-high with 28:05 in time on ice.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 36 of 40 shots in Toronto’s loss. Woll appeared in his season debut for the Maple Leafs and in his NHL career debut at Scotiabank Arena. Woll posted a single-game NHL career-high with 36 saves.

TONIGHT’S GAME
2022-23 Matchups vs. Chicago: First of Two
2021-22 Record vs. Chicago: 2-0-0
Toronto Season Record: 32-14-8
Toronto Home Record: 20-6-4

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Maple Leafs are facing-off against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in the first of two games between the clubs this season. Toronto’s next meeting with Chicago will be played at United Center on February 19th. The Maple Leafs have earned two-consecutive wins against the Blackhawks. Toronto has earned a 20-6-4 record on home ice this season, currently tied for the second-best home record in the league. The Maple Leafs are playing in their second matchup of a three-game homestand. Toronto will conclude their homestand on Saturday against the Montréal Canadiens.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

NEXT GAME
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Opponent: vs. Montréal Canadiens
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
February 14, 2023 The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Pontus Holmberg, forward Alex Steeves and goaltender Joseph Woll from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 13, 2023 The Maple Leafs have loaned forward Pontus Holmberg, forward Alex Steeves and goaltender Joseph Woll to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 29, 2023 The Maple Leafs have loaned forward Bobby McMann to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 24, 2023 The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Joey Anderson from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

INJURY REPORT
Carl Dahlström Shoulder (LTIR)
Auston Matthews Knee Sprain (IR)
Victor Mete Lower Body (LTIR)
Matt Murray Ankle (IR)
Jake Muzzin Neck (LTIR)
Nick Robertson Shoulder (LTIR)

ALL-TIME VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:
First Matchup between Clubs: November 17, 1926 (Toronto 1 at Chicago 4)
All-Time Record: 291-265-96-3 (655 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 168-102-54-2 (326 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 123-163-42-1 (329 Games)
Last Home Win vs. Opponent: December 11, 2021 (Toronto 5 vs. Chicago 4)

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:
Games Played: Mark Giordano (41), Calle Järnkrok (37), Jordie Benn (30)
Goals: John Tavares (10), William Nylander (8), Calle Järnkrok (5)
Assists: TJ Brodie (10), John Tavares (9), Mark Giordano (9)
Points: John Tavares (19), TJ Brodie (11), Calle Järnkrok (11), Wayne Simmonds (11)
Penalty Minutes: Mark Giordano (33), Wayne Simmonds (30), John Tavares (18)

2022-23 AVERAGES
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .667 3.35 2.67 25.4 80.2 32.0 29.0 52.2
Chicago .356 2.40 3.62 18.0 75.6 26.6 33.5 55.5

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2022-23
Power Play: 25.4%
Power Play Goal Leader: 10 – Matthews, Tavares
Power Play Point Leader: 27 – Marner (6G, 21A)
2021-22 Power Play: 63/231 (27.3%)

ON THE PK IN 2022-23
Penalty Kill: 80.2%
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 3 – Järnkrok (1G, 2A), Marner (2G, 1A)
2021-22 Penalty Kill: 192/234 (82.1%)

FAST FACTS
Wednesday games 8th of 11 (8 home, 3 road)
Back-to-Backs played 8 of 14
Record in first game of back-to-back 5-3-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 5-2-1
February games 4th of 9 (5 home, 4 road)

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