Friday, March 24, 2023

NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (34-14-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (17-32-5)


Score: Toronto 5 vs. Montréal 1
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
TOR Goals: Bunting (PP), Engvall, Bunting, Nylander, Kämpf
MTL Goals: Anderson
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 29/30, .967 SV%
MTL Goaltender: Allen, 36/41, .878 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-3
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1
Player Notes: – Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari skated in their Maple Leafs debut in Saturday’s win. O’Reilly posted his first point as a Maple Leaf with an assist. O’Reilly won 12 of his 14 face-off attempts, posting a face-off win percentage of 86%. This marks the highest face-off win percentage he’s recorded during a regular season game since Oct. 6, 2018 with St. Louis against Chicago (87%). – Michael Bunting scored twice on Saturday, posting his fourth multi-goal game of the season and seventh of his NHL career.

  • Pierre Engvall scored for the Maple Leafs at 13:20 of the second period and posted the primary assist on Kämpf’s goal. Engvall tied a single-game NHL career-high with two points which he has marked on nine occasions during his NHL career. Engvall recorded his third game-winning goal of the season, tying an NHL career-high.
  • William Nylander scored for Toronto at 3:47 of the third period. Nylander has scored in three-consecutive games and has recorded six points during that span (3G, 3A).
  • Auston Matthews recorded the primary assist on Bunting’s power play goal and the primary assist on Nylander’s goal. Matthews has posted 31 assists this season, surpassing 30 or more assists on four occasions during his NHL career. Matthews has posted four points (1G, 3A) through his last two games. Matthews recorded his fifth multi-assist game of the season and his 15th multi-point game of the season.
  • David Kämpf scored for Toronto at 14:53 of the third period. Kämpf posted his fifth goal of the season. Kämpf registered seven hits during Saturday’s game, a single-game NHL career-high.
  • Rasmus Sandin registered the secondary assist on Bunting’s power play goal and the secondary assist on Kämpf’s goal. Sandin has posted four points (1G, 3A) through his last two games. Sandin registered his fifth multi-point game of the season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced in Toronto’s win. Woll earned his first win on home ice.

Team Notes: – The Maple Leafs posted 41 shots during Saturday’s win. The team has registered 40 or more shots in nine games this season and have posted a 9-0-0 record in those games.

2022-23 Matchups vs. Chicago: Second of Two
2021-22 Record vs. Chicago: 2-0-0
Toronto Season Record: 34-14-8
Toronto Road Record: 12-8-4
Toronto Maple Leafs: Media Notes

The Maple Leafs are scheduled to take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in the second of two matchups between the clubs this season. Toronto won their first meeting of the 2022-23 campaign against Chicago 5-2 on February 15th at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has won three-consecutive games against Chicago. Toronto has earned at least one point through their last five road games against Chicago (3-1-1), four of five meetings required extra time. The Maple Leafs are playing in their second game of a back-to-back, the club has posted a 5-2-1 record in such games this season. Tonight kicks off a two-game road trip for the club. The Maple Leafs will conclude their trip against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at KeyBank Center.

TV: Sportsnet Ontario RADIO: TSN 1050

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Opponent: at Buffalo Sabres
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

February 18, 2023 The Maple Leafs have recalled goaltender Erik Källgren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis. Forward Pontus Holmberg has been loaned to the Marlies. February 17, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari in a three-team trade with St. Louis and Minnesota. St. Louis receives Mikhail Abramov and Adam Gaudette, Toronto’s 1st round pick in ’23, Ottawa’s 3rd round pick in ’23 and Toronto’s 2nd round pick in ’24. Minnesota receives Toronto’s 4th round pick in ’25. St. Louis will retain 50% and Minnesota will retain 25% of O’Reilly’s salary as part of the trade. Toronto also received Josh Pillar from the Minnesota Wild as part of the transaction. February 15, 2023 The Maple Leafs have loaned forward Alex Steeves to the Toronto Marlies (AHL). February 14, 2023 The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Pontus Holmberg, forward Alex Steeves and goaltender Joseph Woll from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Carl Dahlström Shoulder (LTIR)
Victor Mete Lower Body (LTIR)
Matt Murray Ankle (LTIR)
Jake Muzzin Neck (LTIR)
Nick Robertson Shoulder (LTIR)

First Matchup between Clubs: November 17, 1926 (Toronto 1 at Chicago 4)
All-Time Record: 292-265-96-3 (656 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 169-102-54-2 (327 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 123-163-42-1 (329 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: October 27, 2021 (Toronto 3 at Chicago 2 – OTW)

Games Played: Ryan O’Reilly (45), Mark Giordano (42), Calle Järnkrok (38)
Goals: Ryan O’Reilly (14), John Tavares (11), William Nylander (9)
Assists: Ryan O’Reilly (22), Auston Matthews (12), TJ Brodie (11)
Points: Ryan O’Reilly (36), John Tavares (21), Auston Matthews (19)
Penalty Minutes: Mark Giordano (33), John Tavares (18), Jordie Benn (12), TJ Brodie (12)

2022-23 AVERAGES
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .679 3.41 2.63 25.1 80.7 32.3 29.0 52.5
Chicago .361 2.43 3.63 17.3 76.5 26.8 33.6 55.2

Power Play: 25.1%
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: 80.7%
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 3 – Järnkrok (1G, 2A), Marner (2G, 1A)
2021-22 Penalty Kill: 192/234 (82.1%)

Sunday games 5th of 8 (2 home, 6 road)
Back-to-Backs played 8 of 14
Record in first game of back-to-back 6-3-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 5-2-1
February games 6th of 9 (5 home, 4 road)


TV: ESPN+/Hulu – Mike Monaco (PxP), Kevin Weekes (analyst) and Emily Kaplan (reporter)
RADIO: WGN-AM 720 – John Wiedeman (PxP) and Troy Murray (analyst)
SPANISH RADIO: Univision Sports Radio 1200 AM – Miguel Esparza (PxP) and Jorge Moreno (analyst)

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)
Monday, Feb. 27 at ANA, 9:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at ARI, 8:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)

Feb. 15 – Recalled Cole Guttman, Isaak Phillips and Brett Seney from Rockford … Placed Alex Stalock,
Jarred Tinordi and Jonathan Toews on IR … 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.

Score: Chicago (4) at OTT (3) – OT – Fri., Feb. 17 – Canadian Tire Centre
CHI Goals: Kane (10), Lafferty (10; SH), Kane (11), Athanasiou (12; OT)
OTT Goals: Pinto (13), Giroux (22), Tkachuk (23)
Goalies: CHI – Mrazek (28/31, 62:52) OTT – Sogaard (28/32, 62:40)
CHI PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3
OTT PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3
Recap: The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 4-3 in overtime on Friday night in Ottawa … Patrick Kane scored twice to surpass Jeremy Roenick for the third-most points in NHL history by an American-born skater with 1,217 (441G, 776A) … Andreas Athanasiou scored his first overtime game winner of the season … Jake McCabe and Max Domi each tallied two assists … Sam Lafferty scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season, tied for the most in the NHL … The Blackhawks have scored eight shorthanded goals so far this season, tied for eighth most in the league.

The Blackhawks finish off their season series against the Maple Leafs tonight at the United Center … Chicago has points in 12 of their last 14 games against Toronto (8-3-4) … The Blackhawks fell to Toronto 5-2 on Wednesday with Sam Lafferty and Philipp Kurashev scoring for Chicago … Jake McCabe has three points (1G, 2A) over his last two games against the Leafs, as does Max Domi (3A) … Patrick Kane has eight points (4G, 4A) over his last seven games against the club … Andreas Athanasiou has six points (1G, 5A) over his last six 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 (2-5)
All-Time Record: 268-288-100 | Home: 164-120-45 | Road: 104-168-55
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: Feb. 15, 2023 (2-5)

GOALS: Patrick Kane, 14; Tyler Johnson, 7; Max Domi, 4
ASSISTS: Patrick Kane, 16; Seth Jones/Max Domi, 11; Tyler Johnson, 6
POINTS: Patrick Kane, 30; Max Domi, 15; Seth Jones, 14

One-Day Rest: 11-13-1
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: 0-8-1

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

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