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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (38-17-8) at New Jersey Devils (41-15-6)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 1 at Vancouver 4
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
TOR Goals: Tavares (PP)
VAN Goals: Kuzmenko (PP), Pettersson (SH), Miller (SH), Aman
TOR Goaltender: Murray, 20/24 .833 SV%
VAN Goaltender: Demko, 36/37, .973 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-4
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-3
Player Notes:

  • John Tavares scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 1:32 of the third period. Tavares posted his 28th goal of the season and his 12th power play goal of the season. Tavares’ career-high for most power play goals in a single-season currently stands at 13 (set in 2014-15). Tavares won 12 of 14 face-off attempts on Saturday earning an 86% face-off win percentage, posting his second-best win percentage of the season. Tavares tied a single-game, season-high with eight shots registered.
  • William Nylander posted the primary assist on Tavares’ power play goal. Nylander has recorded an assist in back-to-back games and has registered 10 assists through his last 10 games.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the secondary assist on Tavares’ power play goal. Rielly has recorded an assist in three-consecutive games.
  • In his return from injury, Matt Murray stopped 20 of 24 shots he faced in Saturday’s loss.

TONIGHT’S GAME
2022-23 Matchups vs. New Jersey: Third of Three
2021-22 Record vs. New Jersey: 3-0-0
Toronto Season Record: 38-17-8
Toronto Road Record: 15-11-4

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Maple Leafs are taking on the New Jersey Devils tonight in the third of three matchups between the clubs this season. Toronto has posted a 1-0-1 record against New Jersey this season. The Maple Leafs have recorded at least one point in 10-consecutive games against the Devils (8-0-2). Toronto concludes their five-game road trip tonight against New Jersey and will return to Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, March 11 against the Edmonton Oilers for a four-game homestand.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: TSN4 RADIO: Sportsnet 590

NEXT GAME
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Opponent: vs. Edmonton Oilers
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 6, 2023 The Maple Leafs recalled forwards Pontus Holmberg and Alex Steeves from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Goaltender Joseph Woll has been loaned to the Marlies.

INJURY REPORT
Carl Dahlström Shoulder (LTIR)
Victor Mete Lower Body (LTIR)
Jake Muzzin Neck (LTIR)
Ryan O’Reilly Broken Finger (LTIR)
Nick Robertson Shoulder (LTIR)

ALL-TIME VS. NEW JERSEY DEVILS:
First Matchup between Clubs: October 9, 1974 (Toronto 6 vs. Kansas 2)
All-Time Record: 79-41-20-10 (150 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 50-17-5-5 (77 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 29-24-15-5 (73 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 23, 2022 (Toronto 2 at New Jersey 1)

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. NEW JERSEY DEVILS:
Games Played: John Tavares (47), Luke Schenn (38), Morgan Rielly (23)
Goals: John Tavares (20), Auston Matthews (13), William Nylander (6), Mitch Marner (6)
Assists: John Tavares (18), Mitch Marner (11), Auston Matthews (9), Mark Giordano (9), Morgan Rielly (9)
Points: John Tavares (38), Auston Matthews (22), Mitch Marner (17)
Penalty Minutes: Luke Schenn (30), John Tavares (20), Sam Lafferty (10)

2022-23 AVERAGES
Points% GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .667 3.37 2.65 25.1 81.3 32.2 28.9 53.3
New Jersey .710 3.58 2.69 21.6 81.9 34.5 28.3 51.6

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2022-23
Power Play: 25.1%
Power Play Goal Leader: 12 – 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: 81.3%
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
Tuesday games 10th of 13 (6 home, 7 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 4th of 14 (5 home, 9 road)

NEW JERSEY DEVILS NOTES:

Last Game:
New Jersey Devils 5 (OT) Arizona Coyotes 4
(41-15-6 – 88 PTS) (21-32-10- 52 PTS)
Three Stars: 1. N. Hischier 2. J. Boqvist 3. J. McBain
SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD OT SO FINAL
Arizona 1 1 2 0 – 4
DEVILS 2 2 0 1 – 5
Goals:
ARI: M. Maccelli, Z. Kassian, N. Schmaltz, J. McBain
NJD: T. Meier, J. Boqvist, D. Severson (PPG), J. Boqvist, N. Hischier (OTG)

INJURIES/ILLNESS
PLAYER INJURY OUT SINCE GAMES MISSED
Jonathan Bernier – LTIR Lower-body, hip 2021-22 62
Mackenzie Blackwood I.R. Lower-body 2/21/23 6
2022-23 Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/illness: 172

TRANSACTIONS
DATE PLAYER ACTION
3/3/23 Kevin Bahl & Akira Schmid Loaned to & recalled from Utica
3/3/23 Graeme Clarke Reassigned to Utica

WHAT TO KNOW
Jersey concluded its three-game road trip vs Western Conference opponents, after Sunday’s 5-4 overtime victory at Arizona.
Mar. 1, at COL, 7-5, W
Mar. 3, at VGK, 4-3, Lso
Mar. 5, at ARI, 5-4, Wo
Newly acquired Timo Meier inked his anticipated NHL debut, after the Devils acquired the Switzerland native from San Jose on Feb. 26th. Sunday’s contest vs Arizona marked Lindy Ruff’s 200th career game as head coach with the New Jersey Devils since he was hired in 2020 (87-91-22). Ruff is one of five coaches in franchise history who reached the 200 marker for regular-season games:
Jacques Lemaire, 509 games, 276-166-57-10
John Hynes, 354 games, 150-159-0-45
Doug Carpenter, 290 games, 100-166-24-0
Peter DeBoer, 248 games, 114-93-0-41
Lindy Ruff, 200 games, 87-91-0-22

OVERTIME/SHOOTOUT
The Devils earned their 10th overtime win, which marks the most overtime wins in a single season for franchise history. The team earned nine overtime wins in a single season on three occasions:
2022-32: 10-3
2015-16: 9-2
2013-14: 9-5
2008-09: 9-2

The Devils are 1-3 in games decided in a shootout this season. The team’s lone shootout victory was earned on Jan. 16, in a 4-3 win at SJS.

VS CONFERENCE/DIVISION
The Devils improved to 21-4-4 vs the Western Conference this season. The franchise record for most wins vs the Western Conference
was 18, which was logged in 2000-01.
The Devils enter tonight’s contest with a 20-11-2 record vs the Eastern Conference and an 8-6-0 record vs the Pacific Division.

MOST WINS FROM START OF A SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
The team’s 41 wins after 62 games played from the start of a season are the most in franchise history:
41 wins: 2022-23
40 wins: 2008-09
39 wins: 1997-98
38 wins: 2006-07
38 wins: 2009-10
37 wins: 2002-03

Jersey’s team is 38-5-5 when scoring three or more goals in a game this season. The most wins that the Devils earned in franchise history when scoring three-or-more goals in a game for a single season was 43 wins, which was earned in 2000-01. As of Mar. 6, New Jersey’s 38 wins for this matter ranked second in the NHL, while Boston ranked first with 47 wins. Tampa ranked third with 37 wins when scoring three-or-more goals in a game this season. The Devils are 33-4-4 when Nico Hischier recorded a point in a game this season and 19-6-2 when Jack Hughes earned a goal in a game this season.

THE BIG MOVE
Newly acquired forward Timo Meier met the team in Denver and did join the Devils at practice on Tue., Feb. 28. Meier is the first player in franchise history who will wear No. 96. There are seven different skaters all-time in franchise history who wore a number that was 90 or higher.
90: T. Tatar, J. Boqvist, M. Johansson
91: D. Mercer
93: D. Gilmour
96: T. Meier
97: N. Gusev

The Devils enter Tuesday’s contest with four active Switzerland born players on their roster. Per NHL Pr, one team has never dressed four, or more, Switzerland born players in a single game. (N. Hischier, T. Meier, A. Schmid, J. Siegenthaler). The Devils enter Tuesday’s contest with an 18-4-4 record since January 1, 2023. Per March 6, New Jersey’s record with 40 PTS since that time ranks second in the NHL behind Boston (21-4-1=43 PTS). The team’s 102 goals scored since that time also ranks third in NHL, while Edmonton ranks first with 112 goals for, and then Seattle ranks second with 103 goals for.

COMEBACK KIDS
Jersey’s team owns 21 comeback victories this season, while the most comeback wins earned in franchise history is 23, which was earned in 2017-18. New Jersey’s 21 comeback wins lead the NHL for 2022-23, while Toronto ranks second with 19, per Mar. 6. The Devils and Chicago rank first in the NHL with seven multi-goal comeback victories for the 2022-23 campaign. Jersey’s team has not recorded a 3-goal comeback win this season.

No. 1 Vibes
The Devils are 33-4-4 when Nico Hischier recorded a point in a game this season and 19-6-2 when Jack Hughes earned a goal in a game this season.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Overall: 10-5-1
First game: 4-3-1 | home: 0-1-0 | road: 4-2-1
Second game: 6-2-0 | home: 2-2-0 | road: 4-0-0

VS TORONTO
The Devils and the Leafs face-off for the third time this season, which concludes the season series (1-1-0). A victory tonight would mark the first time since 2017-18 (2-0-1) that the Devils won a season series vs Toronto.

ALL-TIME vs TORONTO
Record: 50-67-20-12
Home: 29-24-15-5
Road: 21-43-5-7

DID YOU KNOW…
The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs Toronto is eight, which was earned twice, last: Dec. 1, 1992, in a 8-3 win at the Meadowlands. The most goals allowed in a single game vs Toronto is 10 after a 10-7 loss at Toronto on Dec. 4, 1985. The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs Toronto was 53, while the franchise was located in Colorado via Dec. 18, 1976, in a 4-2 loss. The most shots in franchise history allowed in a single game vs was in the same contest noted above on Dec. 18, which was 51 shots against. The last time the Devils shut out Toronto was Jan. 10, 2004, in a 1-0 win at Toronto. The last time Toronto shut out the Devils was on Nov. 16, 2017, at Toronto in a 1-0 loss.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE .
Thu. Mar. 9, at WSH, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Mar. 11, at MTL, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sun. Mar. 12, vs CAR, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Tue. Mar. 14, vs TBL, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Thu. Mar. 16, vs TBL, 7:00 P.M.

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