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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2-0) at Dallas Stars (4-0-1)


Score: Toronto 4 at Washington 1
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
TOR Goals: Rielly (PP), Tavares, Nylander, Matthews (PP)
WSH Goals: Ovechkin (PP)
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 36/37, .973 SV%
WSH Goaltender: Kuemper, 13/17, .765 SV%
TOR Power Play: 2-for-3
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-3
Player Notes: – Morgan Rielly scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 12:53 of the first period and added an assist in Toronto’s win. Rielly posted his second multi-point game of the season. Per NHL Stats, “Rielly recorded the 80th career multi-point game, moving into a tie with Tim Horton (80) for the fourth most by a defenseman in franchise history.”

  • John Tavares scored the game-winning goal for Toronto at 5:41 of the second period. Tavares has scored in back-to-back games and extended his point streak to six games where he has posted 10 points (3G, 7A).
  • William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 6:29 of the second period. Nylander has scored in backto-back games and extended his point streak to six games where he has posted 10 points (5G, 5A).
  • Auston Matthews scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 15:07 of the second period, posting his seventh goal of the season. In scoring the 79th power play goal of his NHL career, Matthews is now tied for fourth with Wendel Clark on the franchise all-time list for most power play goals. The goal also marked Matthews’ 140th career road goal, tying him with Dave Keon for fourth on the franchise all-time list for most goals scored on the road. Matthews also registered the primary assist on Nylander’s goal, marking his third multi-point game of the season.
  • Max Domi recorded the secondary assist on Rielly’s power play goal. Domi has registered three assists through his last two games.
  • John Klingberg recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Klingberg has registered an assist in back-to-back games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 36 of 37 shots he faced in Tuesday’s win, the second-most saves (36) he has made in a single-game in his NHL career.

2023-24 Matchups vs. Dallas: First of Two
2022-23 Record vs. Dallas: 2-0-0
Toronto Season Record: 4-2-0
Toronto Road Record: 2-1-0

The Maple Leafs are scheduled to play against the Dallas Stars tonight at the American Airlines Center in the first of two games between the
clubs this season. The Maple Leafs have won four-consecutive games against the Stars and have won 16 of their last 20 meetings.
The Maple Leafs are skating in their fourth game of a five-game road trip (2-1-0), the longest road trip of the season for the team. The Maple
Leafs posted a 23-13-5 road record during the 2022-23 season, tying a franchise win for most road wins during a single-season with 23.

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Matt Murray LTIR

First Matchup between Clubs: November 11, 1967 (Toronto 1 at Minnesota 2)
All-Time Record: 101-92-28-1 (222 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 57-39-17-0 (113 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 44-53-11-1 (109 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: December 6, 2022 (Toronto 4 at Dallas 0)

Power Play: 7/20 (35.0%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 3 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 3 – Matthews (3G), Marner (1G, 2A), Nylander (1G, 2A), Tavares (3A)
2022-23 Power Play: 64/246 (26.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2023-24
Penalty Kill: 15/20 (75.0%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A
Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A
2022-23 Penalty Kill: 203/248 (81.9%)

Thursday games 2nd of 16 (6 home, 10 road)
Back-to-Backs played 0 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 0-0-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 0-0-0
October games 7th of 9 (4 home, 5 road)


Oct. 24, 2023 – STARS 4 at PENGUINS 1
Multi-point performances from forward Jason Robertson (1-1—2) and defenseman Thomas Harley (1-1—2) and a dazzling 38-save effort from goaltender Jake Oettinger led the Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night. Robertson’s goal marked his first of the season, while Harley’s two-point night marked the first multi-point game of his NHL career. Forwards Joe Pavelski (0-1—1) and Roope Hintz (0-1—1) extended their point streak to four consecutive games, respectively, as did captain Jamie Benn (two games) and forward Wyatt Johnston (two games). Forwards Evgenii Dadonov (1-0—1) and Matt Duchene (0-1—1) picked up their first points of the season and Craig Smith earned his second point with the Stars with an assist (0-1—1).
PP: 0-2 | PK: 3-3 | SF: 34 | SA: 39 | DAL TOI: M. Heiskanen (22:56) | Attendance: 17,209
Three Stars: 1. DAL – J. Oettinger 2. DAL – J. Robertson 3. DAL – T. Harley

Date Opponent Time (CT) Location TV/Radio
Thu., Oct. 26, 2023 Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m. American Airlines Center BSSW/KTCK
Mon., Oct. 30, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets 7 p.m. American Airlines Center BSSWX/KTCK
Wed., Nov. 1, 2023 Calgary Flames 7:30 p.m. Scotiabank Saddledome BSSWX/KTCK
Thu., Nov. 2, 2023 Edmonton Oilers 8 p.m. Rogers Place BSSW/KTCK
Sat., Nov. 4, 2023 Vancouver Canucks 9 p.m. Rogers Arena BSSW/KTCK

Oct. 24 – Activated C Chase Wheatcroft from injured non-roster and loaned to Texas (AHL)

Man-games lost, 2023-24: 1
C Roope Hintz Upper body 1 Oct. 12

TONIGHT’S GAME: After a quick trip to Pittsburgh, the Stars are back in Dallas for a two-game homestand beginning tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (7 p.m. CT, Bally Sports Southwest, The Ticket 96.7-FM/1310-AM). One of two meetings against the Leafs this season and the lone contest in Big D, these two clubs will meet once more on Feb. 7, 2024 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Dallas enters tonight’s matchup with a 4-0-1 record (nine points), including a 2-0-0 mark at home. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in with a 4-2-0 record (eight points), with a 2-1-0 mark on the road. Both clubs come in with winning streaks, as the Stars have won their previous three while Toronto has won their past two games. The Stars will wrap up their homestand next Monday vs. Columbus before embarking on a three-game Canadian road trip.

Oct. 26 vs. Toronto
Feb. 7, 2024 at Toronto


  • The Stars went 0-1-1 against the Maple Leafs last season, falling 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 20, 2022 in Toronto and losing 4-0 on Dec. 6, 2022 at home.
  • Dallas is 93-96-33 all-time vs. Toronto, including a 54-42-13 mark at home.
  • The Stars have earned points in six of the past 12 home games (4-6-2) against Toronto, while the team owns an 11-9-2 record over its last 22 games against the Maple Leafs at American Airlines Center.
  • Forward Tyler Seguin leads the Stars and shares 10th among active NHL skaters in career scoring vs. Toronto with 35 points (17- 18—35) in 34 games. The Brampton, Ontario native enters Thursday’s matchup with 16 points (7-9—16) in his past 12 games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Forward Joe Pavelski has 23 points (13-10—23) in 21 career games vs. Toronto.
  • Forward Matt Duchene enters tonight’s contest with 15 points (5-10—15) in 21 career games vs. the Maple Leafs.
  • Forward Evgenii Dadonov has 11 points (3-8–11) in 27 career games against the Leafs.
  • Forward Craig Smith has nine points (2-7—9) in 18 career games vs. Toronto.
  • Captain Jamie Benn has five points (3-2—5) in his previous nine games overall against Toronto. In his career, Benn has registered 14 points (6-8—14) in 21 games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Forward Mason Marchment began his NHL with Maple Leafs, signing as an undrafted free agent on March 17, 2018. He appeared in four games with the Maple Leafs in 2019-20, earning one assist (0-1–1).
  • Marchment made appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2018 and 2019, both with Toronto, adding 16 points (10-6—16) in 33 games and becoming a Calder Cup Champion in 2018.
  • Rookie forward Wyatt Johnston, a Toronto native, played for the Toronto Marlboros Hockey Club in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) as a youngster.
  • Goaltender Jake Oettinger is 0-2-0 with a 3.07 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in two career appearances against the Maple Leafs.
  • In four career appearances vs. Toronto, netminder Scott Wedgewood is 1-1-2 with a 4.12 GAA and .890 SV%
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