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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1-0) at Florida Panthers (1-2-0)


Score: Toronto 1 vs. Chicago 4
Date: Monday, October 16, 2023
TOR Goals: Tavares
CHI Goals: Entwistle, Perry, Johnson (PP), Raddysh (SH)
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 27/30, .900 SV%
CHI Goaltender: Söderblom, 35/36, .972 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-3
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-4
Player Notes: – John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs at 5:14 of the second period. Tavares is currently on a threegame point streak where he has recorded six points (1G, 5A).

  • William Nylander registered the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Nylander is currently on a three-game assist and point streak where he has recorded six points (3G, 3A).
  • Mark Giordano posted the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal, registering his first assist of the season.
  • Joseph Woll appeared in his season debut and stopped 27 of 30 shots he faced in Toronto’s loss.

2023-24 Matchups vs. Florida: First of Four
2022-23 Record vs. Florida: 3-0-1
Toronto Season Record: 2-1-0
Toronto Road Record: 0-0-0

The Maple Leafs are scheduled to take on the Florida Panthers tonight at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida, the first of four games between the clubs this season. Toronto has earned at least one point in four-consecutive games against Florida (3-0-1) and at least one point
in five-consecutive road games against the Panthers (3-0-2). Toronto kicks off a five-game road trip tonight against Florida, the longest road trip of the season for the team. The Maple Leafs posted a 23-13-5 road record during the 2022-23 season, tying a franchise win for most road wins during a single-season with 23.

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First Matchup between Clubs: October 21, 1993 (Toronto 4 at Florida 3 – OTW)
All-Time Record: 48-35-7-8 (98 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 27-16-2-2 (47 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 21-19-5-6 (51 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: April 10, 2023 (Toronto 2 at Florida 1 – OTW)

Power Play: 4/10 (40.0%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 2 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 2 – Matthews (2G), Nylander (1G, 1A), Tavares (2A)
2022-23 Power Play: 64/246 (26.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2023-24
Penalty Kill: 7/9 (77.8%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A
Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A
2022-23 Penalty Kill: 203/248 (81.9%)

Thursday games 1st of 16 (6 home, 10 road)
Back-to-Backs played 0 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 0-0-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 0-0-0
October games 4th of 9 (4 home, 5 road)



  • F Sam Bennett | Games Missed: 3
  • D Aaron Ekblad | Games Missed: 3
  • D Brandon Montour | Games Missed: 3
  • F Jonah Gadjovich | Games Missed: 1
    Total Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 10 Games
    Panthers 4, Devils 3 – Oct. 16 – Prudential Center
    FLA Goals: Reinhart (2), Verhaeghe (2), Mikkola (1), Reinhart (3-PPG)
    NJD Goals: Haula (2-PPG), McLeod (1), Bratt (3-PPG)
    FLA Goalie: Bobrovsky (W) – 31 Saves
    NJD Goalie: Vanecek (L) – 26 Saves
    FLA Shots: 30
    NJD Shots: 34

Notes: Justin Sourdif made his NHL debut…Head Coach Paul Maurice served as bench boss in his 1,769th NHL game, moving into sole possession of third-most games as a head coach in NHL history…Sam Reinhart tallied two goals (2-0-2), his second straight multi-point outing (3-1-4)…Matthew Tkachuk notched two assists (0-2-2) for the second consecutive game (0-4-4)…Evan Rodrigues notched an assist for his fifth point (2-3-5) over his past two games…Dmitry Kulikov notched one assist for the second straight game…Oliver Ekman-Larsson logged an assist for his first point with the Panthers and tied for the team lead w/ 4 blocked shots…Josh Mahura posted an assist for his first point of the campaign…Aleksander Barkov notched an assist, his third helper over his past two games (0-3-3)…Carter Verhaeghe scored a goal for the second straight game (2-0-2)…Sergei Bobrovsky earned his 106th win w/ FLA, tying John Vanbiesbrouck for 2nd-most in club history… FLA PP: 1-4, FLA PK: 3-5 RECENT

  • Oct. 17: F Will Lockwood recalled from Charlotte (AHL) | F Mackie Samoskevich loaned to Charlotte (AHL)
  • Oct. 16: F Jonah Gadjovich agreed to terms on a one-year contract

ALL-TIME vs. TOR: 43-40-7-8
ALL-TIME HOME vs. TOR: 25-17-5-4
2022-23 vs. TOR: 1-1-2


  • The Panthers registered a season-high 22 blocked shots Oct. 16 at NJD
  • Florida has won 11 of their past 13 home-opening games since 2008-09
  • Kevin Stenlund leads the Cats in faceoff win percentage (64.3%)

Tonight, the Panthers will skate in their 30th home-opening contest as an NHL franchise. The Cats own an 18-7-2-2 record in home openers with wins in each of their past four home-opening contests. The Cats have scored at least four goals in each of their prior six home openers and have won seven of their past eight of their first home games of the season. The Cats have never faced off against the Maple Leafs in their home opener. Tonight will mark just the third time the Panthers have faced off against a Canadian club in their home opener, the last being against Vancouver in the 2000-01 season. In last season’s home opener vs. PHI on Oct. 19, 2022, Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves in 4-3 victory. The Cats owned a 23-13-5 home record during the 2022-23 campaign, scoring the second-most home goals in a season in franchise history (153). Florida’s 3.73 goals per game at home ranked third among NHL teams this past season, led by Matthew Tkachuk whose 60 points (20-40-60) over 39 home games ranked fourth among League skaters.

Florida and Toronto will face off for the first time since the Panthers five-game second round series win over the Maple Leafs in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Of the nine total meetings between the two clubs in 2022-23, five went to overtime, with Florida winning three of those five OT contests (two in the postseason). Carter Verhaeghe amassed seven points (4-3-7) over the nine contests against Toronto last season. Sergei Bobrovsky surrendered just 10 goals against over the five-game second round series, posting a .943 cumulative save percentage and 1.89 goals against average against Toronto in the playoffs.

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