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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (38-16-8) at Vancouver Canucks (24-32-5)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 2 at Calgary 1
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
TOR Goals: Marner, Järnkrok
CGY Goals: Coleman (SH)
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 25/26, .962 SV%
CGY Goaltender: Markstrom, 32/34, .941 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-2

Player Notes:

  • Mitch Marner scored for Toronto at 7:36 of the second period. Marner has scored in back-toback games and extended his point streak to three games where he has posted six points (2G, 4A).
  • Calle Järnkrok scored the game-winning goal for Toronto at 2:20 of the third period. Järnkrok recorded his second game-winning goal of the season and 16th of his NHL career.
  • Auston Matthews posted the primary assist on Marner’s goal. Matthews is currently on a threegame point streak where he has posted four points (2G, 2A).
  • David Kämpf (1G, 1A) and Morgan Rielly (2A) each posted an assist in Thursday’s win and have recorded a point in back-to-back games.
  • Luke Schenn skated in his season debut with the Maple Leafs. The defenceman was originally drafted by Toronto in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft and was with the team for four season (2008-2012).
  • Erik Gustafsson skated in his debut with the Maple Leafs.

TONIGHT’S GAME
2022-23 Matchups vs. Vancouver: Second of Two
2021-22 Record vs. Vancouver: 0-2-0
Toronto Season Record: 38-16-8
Toronto Road Record: 15-10-4

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Maple Leafs are set to face-off against the Vancouver Canucks tonight in the second of two matchups between the clubs this season. Toronto on their first meeting of the 2022-23 campaign against the Canucks 3-2 on November 12th at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has posted a 3-2-0 record through their last five games against Vancouver. The Maple Leafs are skating in their fourth matchup of a five-game road trip. The club will conclude their road trip with a meeting against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, March 7th.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590
Toronto Maple Leafs: Media Notes

NEXT GAME
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Opponent: at New Jersey Devils
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
February 28, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired defenceman Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.
February 28, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired a third round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Pierre Engvall.
February 28, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired defenceman Erik Gustafsson and Boston’s first round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenceman Rasmus Sandin.

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. VANCOUVER CANUCKS:
First Matchup between Clubs: October 11, 1970 (Toronto 3 at Vancouver 5)
All-Time Record: 67-67-22-4 (160 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 41-26-11-1 (79 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 26-41-11-3 (81 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: December 10, 2019 (Toronto 4 at Vancouver 1)

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. VANCOUVER CANUCKS:
Games Played: Mark Giordano (76), TJ Brodie (47), Ryan O’Reilly (42)
Goals: Auston Matthews (18), Mark Giordano (16), John Tavares (14)
Assists: Mark Giordano (27), John Tavares (19), Mitch Marner (17), Ryan O’Reilly (17)
Points: Mark Giordano (43), John Tavares (33), Auston Matthews (22)
Penalty Minutes: Mark Giordano (67), Luke Schenn (25), TJ Brodie (14)

2022-23 AVERAGES
Points% GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .677 3.40 2.63 25.1 81.5 32.2 28.9 53.3
Vancouver .434 3.31 3.93 22.9 67.6 30.5 31.3 49.3

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2022-23
Power Play: 25.1%
Power Play Goal Leader: 11 – Tavares
Power Play Point Leader: 29 – Marner (7G, 22A)
2021-22 Power Play: 63/231 (27.3%)

ON THE PK IN 2022-23
Penalty Kill: 81.5%
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
Saturday games 17th of 22 (10 home, 12 road)
Back-to-Backs played 10 of 14
Record in first game of back-to-back 6-4-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 6-3-1
March games 3rd of 14 (5 home, 9 road)

VANCOUVER CANUCKS NOTES:

TV: Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet 650

MATCH-UP INFO
• Tonight marks the second and final meeting between the Canucks and the Maple Leafs this season: Nov. 12 (3-2 L @ TOR) and Mar. 4 (home).
• Vancouver is 71-64-22-3 all-time against Toronto, including a 44-24-11-2 record on home ice.
• The Canucks are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs (2-3-0 in their last five).
• J.T. Miller leads all active Canucks skaters in career points against Toronto with 26 (12-14-26 in 31 GP).
• Brock Boeser has 16 points (5-11-16) in 17 career games against the Leafs.
• Quinn Hughes has 10 points (1-9-10) in 13 career games against the Leafs.
• Vasily Podkolzin has two points (0-2-2) in three career games against the Leafs.
• Tyler Myers leads all active Canucks skaters in career games played (47) against Toronto.
• Thatcher Demko is 4-3-0 in seven career games against Toronto with a 3.32 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
• Collin Delia has made one career appearance against Toronto with an .897 save percentage.

QUICK NUMBERS
• Elias Pettersson has 24 points (10-14-24) in his last 17 games.
• J.T. Miller has 12 points (2-10-12) in his last 12 games.
• Quinn Hughes has 12 points (1-11-12) in his last 11 games.
• Brock Boeser has nine points (3-6-9) in his last 11 games.
• Conor Garland has seven points (2-5-7) in his last eight games.
• Anthony Beauvillier has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last 10 games.
• Andrei Kuzmenko has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last eight games.

LAST MEETING – NOV. 12/22: VAN 2 at TOR 3
Bo Horvat deflected home the game’s first goal with his team-leading 13th goal of the season just 3:41 into the first period…Luke Schenn and Vasily Podkolzin drew the assists on the play…J.T. Miller added to Vancouver’s lead with a power play market at 12:11 in the first period…Quinn Hughes (9 games) and Brock Boeser (3 games) both extended their assist streaks on the goal…Boeser led the team in shots (5)…Luke Schenn set an NHL-high for hits (12) so far this season, matching his personal career-high and Canucks franchise-high…Spencer Martin faced 35 shots.

2022.23 TEAM RANKS
VAN TOR
Goals For/Game 3.31 (10th) 3.40 (7th)
Goals Against/Game 3.93 (31st) 2.63 (4th)
Power Play % 22.9 (t-9th) 25.1 (t-3rd)
Penalty Kill % 67.6 (32nd) 81.5 (12th)
Penalty Min./Game 9:12 (21st) 8:06 (6th)
*Rankings are accurate as of 3:00pm PT on March 3, 2023

LAST GAME PLAYED – MAR. 2/23: VAN 1 vs MIN 2
Brock Boeser evened the score at 14:03 in the first period with his 12th of the season…Vitali Kravtsov recorded his first point since being acquired by the Canucks with the first assist…Conor Garland was credited with the second assist…Thatcher Demko stopped 34 shots on the night…Sheldon Dries led the team in shots (4)…Dakota Joshua, Noah Juulsen, and Kyle Burroughs co-led the team in hits (6).

LAST 5 vs TORONTO
• Nov. 12/22: VAN 2 at TOR 3
• Mar. 5/22: VAN 6 vs TOR 4
• Feb. 12/21: VAN 3 at TOR 2
• May 1/21 VAN 1 vs TOR 5
• Apr. 29/21: VAN 1 vs TOR 4

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
• Wyatt Kalynuk traded to New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations, Mar. 3
• Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, Vasily Podkolzin, and Phillip Di Giuseppe assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Aatu Räty, Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, and Vasily Podkolzin assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Curtis Lazar traded to New Jersey in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick, Mar. 3
• Curtis Lazar activated from injured reserve, Mar. 2
• Filip Hronek and a 2023 fourth-round draft pick acquired from Detroit Red Wings in exchange for conditional 2023 first-round draft pick and 2023 second-round draft pick, Mar. 1

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