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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (40-18-9) at Ottawa Senators (33-31-4)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 5 vs. Carolina 2
Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
TOR Goals: Aston-Reese (2x), Marner, Matthews (PP), Rielly
CAR Goals: Skjei, Necas
TOR Goaltender: Samsonov, 32/34, .941 SV%
CAR Goaltender: Kochetkov, 19/24, .792 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-1
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-3
Player Notes: – Zach Aston-Reese opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 2:54 of the first period and scored his second goal of the game at 14:59 of the second period. Aston-Reese tied a single-game NHL career-high with two goals which he has marked on four occasions during his NHL career.

  • Mitch Marner scored for Toronto at 12:30 of the first period. Marner extended his point streak to five games where he has posted 10 points (3G, 7A). Per NHL Stats, “Marner recorded a point in a game for the 58th time this season. Marner has only been held off the scoresheet 10 times in 2022-23, the only player with as many or fewer outings without a point is Connor McDavid (7 GP).”
  • Auston Matthews scored the game-winning goal on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 17:38 of the first period. Matthews has scored in four of his last five games, posting seven points (4G, 3A) during the five-game span.
  • Erik Gustafsson posted the primary assist on Aston-Reese’s first goal of the game. With the assist, Gustafsson recorded his first point as a Maple Leaf.
  • John Tavares posted the secondary assist on Marner’s goal and the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Tavares posted his eighth multi-assist game of the season and his 18th multipoint game of the season.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced in Friday’s win. With his 24th win of the season, Samsonov set a new career-high in wins.

TONIGHT’S GAME
2022-23 Matchups vs. Ottawa: Third of Four
2021-22 Record vs. Ottawa: 3-1-0
Toronto Season Record: 41-18-9
Toronto Road Record: 16-11-4

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Maple Leafs are set to take on the Ottawa Senators tonight in the third of four matchups between the clubs this season. Toronto has posted a 1-1-0 record in the team’s first two meeting against the Senators during the 2022-23 campaign. The Maple Leafs will play their fourth and final meeting against the Senators on April 1st in Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre. The Maple Leafs have won four of their last five games against the Senators, with only one of their last five games being played on the road. Toronto is playing in their second game of a back-to-back, they have posted a 6-3-1 record in such games during the 2022-23 season. Tonight marks the first of five-consecutive road games for the Maple Leafs.

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

NEXT GAME
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Opponent: at New York Islanders
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 12, 2023 The Maple Leafs recalled forward Alex Steeves from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
March 3, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired forward Radim Zohorna from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Dryden Hunt.

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. OTTAWA SENATORS:
First Matchup between Clubs: October 20, 1992 (Toronto 5 vs. Ottawa 3)
All-Time Record: 65-57-3-13 (138 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 37-23-2-8 (70 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 28-34-1-5 (68 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: April 16, 2022 (Toronto 5 at Ottawa 4 – OTW)

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. OTTAWA SENATORS:
Games Played: John Tavares (49), Luke Schenn (39), Morgan Rielly (38)
Goals: Auston Matthews (23), Mitch Marner (11), Wayne Simmonds (11), John Tavares (11)
Assists: Mitch Marner (23), John Tavares (22), Auston Matthews (18)
Points: Auston Matthews (41), Mitch Marner (34), John Tavares (33)
Penalty Minutes: Luke Schenn (49), Wayne Simmonds (38), John Tavares (28)

2022-23 AVERAGES
Points% GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .669 3.41 2.66 25.6 81.0 31.8 29.0 53.6
Ottawa .515 3.12 3.28 23.6 82.6 33.0 31.6 51.5

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2022-23
Power Play: 25.6%
Power Play Goal Leader: 13 – Tavares, Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 32 – Marner (7G, 25A)
2021-22 Power Play: 63/231 (27.3%)

ON THE PK IN 2022-23
Penalty Kill: 81.0%
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 3 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 4 – Marner (3G, 1A)
2021-22 Penalty Kill: 192/234 (82.1%)

FAST FACTS
Saturday games 19th of 22 (10 home, 12 road)
Back-to-Backs played 10 of 14
Record in first game of back-to-back 7-4-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 6-3-1
March games 9th of 14 (5 home, 9 road)

OTTAWA SENATORS NOTES:

LAST GAME: March 16, 5-4 loss vs. Colorado: Eller scored the game-winning goal at 18:09 of the second period as Colorado won their 11th one-goal game on the road this season with a 5-4 victory over Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre. Rantanen (one goal, two assists) and MacKinnon (three assists) both recorded three-point games while Makar added one goal and one assist to become the second defenceman in franchise history with 60 career multi-point games. Nichushkin and Rodrigues rounded out the scoring for the Avalanche. Batherson became the fifth 20-goal scorer of the season for the Senators while Pinto, Hamonic and Tkachuk also found the back of the net. Stützle recorded his second career three-assist contest. Johansson made 32 saves to earn the win for Colorado while Sogaard turned aside 25 shots in the taking the loss for Ottawa. Scratches: Holden, Kastelic; Injuries: Forsberg, Joseph, Kelly, Norris, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 36, COL – 30; PP: OTT – 2-5, COL – 1-3.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Toronto will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet Ontario and CBC as a part of Hockey Night in Canada. On the radio, the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 Unique-FM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa begins a two-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Monday evening at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the third of three regular-season meetings and the second of two matchups at PPG Paints Arena.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, C Norris and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Maple Leafs this evening. F Joseph and F Kelly have missed the last two games with lower-body injuries. Total man-games lost: 238.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled C Greig from Belleville (AHL) on March 15.

OTTAWA vs. TORONTO – History:
2022-23 (1-1-0): Oct. 15 @ Toronto (3-2 loss), Jan. 27 @ Toronto (6-2 win), March 18 @ Ottawa, April 1 @ Ottawa
2021-22 (1-2-1): 10/14/21 @ Ottawa (3-2 win), 10/16/21 @ Toronto (3-1 loss), 1/1/22 @ Toronto (6-0 loss), 4/16/22 @ Ottawa (5-4 OT loss)
Series record: Overall: 70-53-3-12; Home: 39-21-1-7; Away: 31-32-2-5
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 10/14/21 (3-2); @ Toronto: Jan. 27 (6-2)
Last Toronto win: @ Ottawa: 4/16/22 (5-4 OT); @ Toronto: Oct. 15 (3-2)
Last OT result: 4/16/22 (5-4 OT loss) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: 1/21/17 (3-2 SO win) @ Toronto
Most goals, game: Scored: 8, (3x, Last: 4/3/08, 8-2 win); Allowed: 7, (2/18/21, 7-3 loss); Both teams: 11, (3x, Last: 4/10/21, 6-5 loss)
Last Game: Jan. 27, 6-2 win @ Toronto; OTT Goals: Tkachuk (x2), Chabot, Brassard, Batherson, Giroux; TOR Goals: Anderson, Nylander; OTT Scratches: Kastelic, Larsson; OTT Injuries: Motte, Norris, Talbot, Zub; OTT Goalie: Forsberg; TOR Goalie:
Samsonov; OTT PP: 1-5; TOR PP: 1-3; Shots: 34-33.
Career vs. Toronto: Giroux leads all players in career games played (43), in goals (17), in assists (28) and in points (45); Hamonic leads in penalty minutes (24) against Toronto.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has a record of 19-13-2 at home this season … Tim Stützle is the Senators leader with 21 goals at home while also maintaining the club lead with 27 assists at Canadian Tire Centre … Through 34 home games, Stützle leads the team with 48 points on home ice … The Senators earned a record of 15-22-4 at home through 41 home contests in 2021-22.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ottawa will play back-to-back games on 12 occasions in 2022-23 and will open their 11th set of the season on Monday when the team visits Pittsburgh ahead of a game at Boston the following night … The Senators played 17 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 6-9-2 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (6-4-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (6-4-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 61 for 258 (23.6%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 13 powerplay goals while Alex DeBrincat maintains the club lead with 26 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple power-play goals 16 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 204 of the 247 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 82.6% through 68 regular-season games … The team has registered seven (Watson x3, Joseph x2, Motte, Stützle) shorthanded markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.

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