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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (31-13-8) at Columbus Blue Jackets (15-32-4)


Score: Toronto 2 vs. Boston 5
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
TOR Goals: Marner (PP), Järnkrok
BOS Goals: Forbort (SH), Carlo, Greer, Zacha (2x)
TOR Goaltender: Samsonov, 24/29, .828 SV%
BOS Goaltender: Ullmark, 33/35, .943 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1
Player Notes: – Mitch Marner scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 9:25 of the second period. With the goal, Marner recorded his 60th point of the 2022-23 campaign, his seventh-consecutive season reaching this feat. Per NHL Stats, Marner became “the fourth player in Maple Leafs history to reach the mark seven times – he joins Mats Sundin (12x), Darryl Sittler (9x) and Rick Vaive (7x).” Marner extended his point streak to four games where he has posted four points (2G, 2A).

  • Calle Järnkrok scored for Toronto at 8:38 of the third period. Järnkrok recorded his 12th goal of the season. Järnkrok has posted a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
  • Ilya Samsonov registered the primary assist on Marner’s goal. Samsonov posted his second assist of the season and third of his NHL career. Samsonov has posted a 15-2-1 record on home ice this season.

2022-23 Matchups vs. Columbus: First of Three
2021-22 Record vs. Columbus: 2-0-1
Toronto Season Record: 31-13-8
Toronto Road Record: 11-8-4

The Maple Leafs will face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena in the first of three meetings between the clubs this season. Toronto will take on the Blue Jackets tomorrow at Scotiabank Arena in the second game of a back-to-back. The Maple Leafs have earned at least one point in six-consecutive games against Columbus (4-0-2). Toronto has posted a 4-3-0 record in the first game of a back-to-back this season.

TV: TSN4 RADIO: Sportsnet 590

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Opponent: vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)
Toronto Maple Leafs: Media Notes

February 9, 2023 The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Pontus Holmberg, forward Alex Steeves and goaltender
Joseph Woll from 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).

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)

First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2 – T)
All-Time Record: 16-11-1-5 (33 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 7-6-1-3 (17 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 9-5-0-2 (16 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: March 7, 2022 (Toronto 5 at Columbus 4)

Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (43), Mark Giordano (32), John Tavares (30)
Goals: John Tavares (15), Wayne Simmonds (10), Calle Järnkrok (8)
Assists: John Tavares (20), Mark Giordano (17), Morgan Rielly (13)
Points: John Tavares (35), Mark Giordano (20), Wayne Simmonds (18)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), Mark Giordano (39), John Tavares (20)
2022-23 AVERAGES
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .673 3.37 2.69 25.0 79.4 31.9 28.8 52.5
Columbus .333 2.55 3.86 16.4 76.9 28.8 35.0 47.7

Power Play: 25.0%
Power Play Goal Leader: 10 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 25 – Marner (6G, 19A)
2021-22 Power Play: 63/231 (27.3%)

ON THE PK IN 2022-23
Penalty Kill: 79.4%
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 3 – Järnkrok (1G, 2A), Marner (2G, 1A)
2021-22 Penalty Kill: 192/234 (82.1%)

Friday games 4th of 6 (4 home, 2 road)
Back-to-Backs played 7 of 14
Record in first game of back-to-back 4-3-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 5-1-1
February games 2nd of 9 (5 home, 4 road)


Feb. 10, 2023 Game No. 52 (15-32-4, 34 pts.)
vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (31-13-8, 70 pts.), Nationwide Arena Home Game No. 29 (11-15-2, 24 pts.)
The Blue Jackets Press Box website, which includes game notes, stats, releases and video/audio clips as well as the 2022-23 Media Guide can be accessed at Follow @BlueJacketsPR on Twitter for comprehensive information and updates on the team.

THE LAST GAME: JAN. 31, 2023 – CBJ 3 vs. WSH 4 (OT)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Peeke (5), Robinson (4), Gaudreau (14)
WSH Goal Scorers: Hathaway (8), van Riemsdyk (5), van Riemsdyk (6), OT – Kuznetsov (7)
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (30/34; 60:26); WSH – Lindgren (31/34; 60:26)
CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 1/1 | Shots: CBJ: 34 / WSH: 34
3 Stars: 1. Van Riemsdyk, WSH; 2. Gaudreau, CBJ; 3. Kuznetsov, WSH
Noteworthy: CBJ picked up a point for 2nd consecutive home game (1-0-1)… CBJ played past regulation for 3rd time in the last 5 games (1-2-2)… CBJ trailed 2-1 after the 1st period and 3-2 after the 2nd period before scoring 12:44 into the 3rd to tie the game at 3… WSH scored GWG goal 26 seconds into OT… Gaudreau tied for the team-lead with his 14th goal of the season, giving him 2-6-8 in past 7 outings… Laine tallied his 17th assist of the campaign to give him 2-7-9 in the last 7 games.

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (45 games)
Voracek (concussion); Placed on Injured Reserve (Nov. 4); out indefinitely (40 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (38 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (36 games)
Chinakhov (ankle); Placed on IR (Dec. 20); 4 weeks (20 games)
Meyer (oblique strain); Placed on IR (Jan. 11); 6-8 weeks (11 games)
Nyquist (upper body); Placed on IR (Jan. 28); out indefinitely (3 games)
Blankenburg (upper body); day-to-day (3 games)
Boqvist (upper body); day-to-day (2 games)

Feb. 9 Recalled Berni from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 1 Assigned Berni and Bjork to Cleveland (AHL)
Jan. 30 Recalled Bjork from Cleveland (AHL) and assigned Christiansen to Cleveland (AHL)
Jan. 28 Placed Nyquist on Injured Reserve and claimed Pederson off waivers from Vancouver
Jan. 28 Recalled Christiansen from Cleveland (AHL)
Jan. 20 Assigned Tarasov to Cleveland (AHL)
Jan. 14 Activated Jenner, Robinson and Tarasov off Injured Reserve and assigned Bjork to Cleveland (AHL)
Jan. 13 Assigned Greaves and Fix-Wolansky to Cleveland (AHL)

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2022-23 Series: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 vs. TOR)
2021-22 Series: 1-2-0 (1-1-0 vs. TOR)
All-Time Series: 16-16-1-0 (7-9-0-0 vs. TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 4-6-0 | 5-5-0
All-Time GF/GA: 98/104
All-Time SF/SA: 1,036/1,011
All-Time PP: 20-of-105
All-Time PK: 79-of-97

THE LAST GAME VS. TOR: MAR. 7, 2022 – CBJ 4 vs. TOR 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: Kuraly (9), Bjorkstrand (20), PP – Roslovic (10), Laine (22)
TOR Goal Scorers: Mikheyev (10), Marner (22), Matthews (40), Kerfoot (9), Bunting (20)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (28/33; 57:17); TOR– Mrazek (31/35; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1 | Shots: CBJ: 35 / TOR: 33
3 Stars: 1. Matthews, TOR; 2. Bunting, TOR; 3. Domi, CBJ
Noteworthy: TOR scored 3 1st period goals before CBJ answered with 2 2nd period goals and the tying goal 1:45 into the 3rd… Bjorkstrand scored his 5th goal in the last 7 games (5-2-7) to give him points in 5-straight games (4-1-5)… Domi tallied his 4th multiassist outing and 6th multi-point of the season (0-2-2)… Nyquist recorded his 5th multi-assist and 10th multi-point effort (0-2-2).

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Feb. 11 at TOR… Apr. 4 at TOR

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
CBJ have earned wins in 10 of the last 18 games in the series since 4/8/15… CBJ are 5-0-1 (one tie) in overtime in the all-time series, including 2-0-0 at home… Winning team has scored 4+ goals in 13 of last 15 games, including the last 9-straight meetings… CBJ have scored PPG in 5 consecutive games in the series since 10/4/19 (5-of-17; 29.4 pct.)… The teams met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… CBJ have both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored vs. TOR: 5 – 3x (MR: 2/15/17)… Most goals allowed vs. TOR: 6 – 2x (MR: 10/16/15).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Bemstrom made his NHL debut on 10/4/19 vs. TOR… Foudy scored his 1st career NHL goal on 8/9/20 at TOR (Game 5 of Stanley Cup Qualifying Series)… Gaudreau skated in his 200th career NHL game on 1/23/17 at TOR… Laine notched his 1st career NHL hat trick on 10/19/16 vs. TOR… Voracek played 500th NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.

• Gaudreau – 6-9-15 in 21 career GP, including assists in his last 3-straight against the club (1-3-4) and 5-5-10 in 9 career home games

• Jenner – 4-7-11 in 21 career GP, including assists in 2 of his last 3 against Toronto (0-2-2)

• Korpisalo – 5-3-0 with a 2.87 GAA and .914 SV% in eight career GP, including winning his most recent game against the Leafs where he stopped 28-of-31 shots (.903 SV%) on 10/21/19

• Kuraly – 3-3-6 in 13 career GP, including 1-1-2 in his last 3 home outings against the Leafs

• Laine – 9-1-10 in 10 career GP, including goals in 3 of his last 4 matchups (4-0-4) and points in 5 of his 6 career home appearances (7-1-8; 2 multi-point efforts).

The Blue Jackets play their first games following the club’s season break with a home-and-home series against the Maple Leafs. The series is the second of two home-and-home sets for the club in 2022-23 after playing the Colorado Avalanche in the 2022 Global Series in Tampere, Finland from November 4-5. It’s the 10th of 17 back-to-back sets of the season for the club.

Columbus play three sets of back-to-back games in this month (Feb. 10 vs. TOR/Feb. 11 at TOR; Feb. 18 at Dal/Feb. 19 at ARI; Feb. 25 vs. EDM/Feb. 26 at MIN). Last Tuesday’s contest against the Capitals kicked off a run of four consecutive games against the Eastern Conference that runs through February 14 against New Jersey. The club will then play six-straight against the Western Conference from February 16-26

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