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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (36-15-8) at Seattle Kraken (32-20-6)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 2 vs. Minnesota 1 – OTW
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023
TOR Goals: Kämpf, Nylander (OTW)
MIN Goals: Duhaime
TOR Goaltender: Samsonov, 24/25, .960 SV%
MIN Goaltender: Gustavsson, 22/24, .917 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1
Player Notes: – William Nylander scored the game-winning goal for Toronto at 1:05 of overtime. Nylander leads the Maple Leafs with three overtime goals this season and is currently tied for the league lead. Nylander also registered the primary assist on Kämpf’s goal. Nylander posted his 18th multipoint game of the season. Nylander extended his point streak to six games where he has recorded 11 points (5G, 6A). Nylander has posted an assist in three-consecutive games and has scored in back-to-back games. With his overtime goal, Nylander recorded his 70th point of the season (33G, 37A). Nylander has reached the 70-point mark on two occasions during his NHL career (2021-22, 2022-23). Per NHL Stats, “Nylander (32-36—68) became just the fifth Maple Leafs player in the past 30 years to record consecutive 70-point seasons. The others: Mats Sundin (12x), Mitchell Marner (2x), Auston Matthews (2x) and Doug Gilmour (2x).”

  • Mark Giordano recorded the secondary assist on David Kämpf’s goal, posting his 18th assist of the season. Giordano registered three blocks in Friday’s win posting the 2,044th block of his NHL career, tying Kris Russell for the all-time NHL record for most career blocked shots.
    Giordano leads the Maple Leafs this season with 113 blocked shots.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 of 25 shots he faced, improving to a 21-7-2 record this season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly posted a season second-best in both face-off wins (15) and face-off win percentage (83%).

Team Notes: – Toronto improved to a 6-8 record in overtime this season.

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill in Friday’s win. The club hasn’t allowed a power play goal against in eight-consecutive games.

TONIGHT’S GAME
2022-23 Matchups vs. Seattle: Second of Two
2021-22 Record vs. Seattle: 2-0-0
Toronto Season Record: 36-15-8
Toronto Road Record: 13-9-4

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Maple Leafs are set to face-off against the Seattle Kraken tonight in the second of two matchups between the clubs this season. Toronto lost their first meeting of the 2022-23 campaign against Seattle 5-1 on January 5th at Scotiabank Arena. John Tavares scored Toronto’s lone goal in the loss. Toronto has won four of their last five games. In three of their last four wins, they’ve scored five or more goals. The Maple Leafs have posted a 13-9-4 record on the road this season. With tonight’s game, the Maple Leafs kick off a five-game road trip.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: Sportsnet Ontario RADIO: TSN 1050
NEXT GAME
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Opponent: at Edmonton Oilers
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
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).

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

ALL-TIME VS. SEATTLE KRAKEN:
First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2022 (Toronto 6 at Seattle 2)
All-Time Record: 2-1-0-0 (Three Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 1-1-0-0 (Two Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 1-0-0-0 (One Game)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: February 14, 2022 (Toronto 6 at Seattle 2)

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. SEATTLE KRAKEN:
Games Played: Ryan O’Reilly (5), 13 Players Tied (3), Four Players Tied (2)
Goals: Auston Matthews (3), John Tavares (2), Mitch Marner (2)
Assists: Mitch Marner (4), Auston Matthews (3), William Nylander (3), Timothy Liljegren (3)
Points: Auston Matthews (6), Mitch Marner (6), John Tavares (4), William Nylander (4)
Penalty Minutes: Nine Players Tied (2)

2022-23 AVERAGES
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .678 3.42 2.64 25.4 81.3 32.2 29.0 52.9
Seattle .603 3.48 3.12 20.2 72.6 29.9 27.8 45.6

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2022-23
Power Play: 25.4%
Power Play Goal Leader: 11 – Tavares
Power Play Point Leader: 28 – Marner (6G, 22A)
2021-22 Power Play: 63/231 (27.3%)

ON THE PK IN 2022-23
Penalty Kill: 81.3%
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
Sunday games 6th of 8 (2 home, 6 road)
Back-to-Backs played 9 of 14
Record in first game of back-to-back 6-3-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 5-3-1
February games 9th of 9 (5 home, 4 road)

SEATTLE KRAKEN NOTES:

LAST GAME
Boston 6 at Seattle 5
Goals: Beniers, Dunn, Oleksiak, Gourde, Schwartz
Goalie: Grubauer (27/33)
PP: 1/4 PK: 1/1 Shots: Boston 33 – Seattle 41

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 156)
Chris Driedger (ACL; IR) – 58 games – month-to-month
Joonas Donskoi (upper body; IR) – 58 games – no timeline for return
Andre Burakovsky (lower body) – 8 games – week-to-week

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
Feb. 17, 2023: Reassigned F John Hayden to Coachella Valley (AHL)
Feb. 22, 2023: Recalled F Jesper Froden from Coachella Valley (AHL)
Feb. 24, 2023: Reassigned G Chris Driedger to Coachella Valley (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Seattle at St. Louis, 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 2: Seattle at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. PT
Friday, March 3: Seattle at Columbus, 4 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 5: Seattle at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7: Anaheim at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Tonight’s matchup is the final of two games the Kraken will play against the Maple Leafs this season and the first time the teams are playing in Seattle this year.

• A Kraken win would give the team its fourth sweep of the season, having previously swept the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

• Jared McCann (1.82) was leading the NHL in goals-per-60 at five-on-five this season among players that have played in at least 11 games this year entering play Saturday. McCann has a point in six of the last seven games he has played, totaling three goals and three assists during that span.

• Entering play Saturday, Adam Larsson, the Islanders’ Alexander Romanov and the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba were the only three players to have at least 150 hits and 100 blocks this season.

• The Kraken have played 14 games this season in which they have had at least five different goal scorers, including the team’s most recent game on Feb. 23 vs. Boston when Matty Beniers, Vince Dunn, Jamie Oleksiak, Yanni Gourde and Jaden Schwartz all scored.

• Since the start of the New Year, the Kraken are tied for fourth the league in wins (14) and tied for fifth in points (30). The team’s 85 goals rank third in the league since Jan. 1.

• Despite only playing in 58 games this season, the Kraken are the first team to have scored at least eight goals in a game four different times since the Pittsburgh Penguins also had four eight-goal games in 2011-12.

RAKING THE LEAFS
• Jordan Eberle has 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 23 career games against Toronto. His 1.14 points per game played against the Maple Leafs is his best mark against a single opponent.

• Yanni Gourde made his NHL debut and recorded his first NHL point (an assist) on Dec. 15, 2015 against Toronto.

• Jaden Schwartz has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 13 career games against the Maple Leafs.

• Jared McCann recorded his 100th NHL point on Nov. 16, 2019 against Toronto. He has three points (two goals, one assist) in his last three games against the Maple Leafs.

• Eeli Tolvanen has three points (two goals, one assist) in three career games against Toronto.

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