Player News - Maple Leafs

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Mitch Marner scored his 14th goal of the year on Sunday night in a 3-2 win over Detroit.

Marner has amassed nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last five games. The sophomore forward already has 107 career points in 138 contests. Marner has been on a roll since he was promoted to a line with Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau.
Feb 19 - 11:46 AM

Curtis McElhinney made 27 saves on 29 shots in the Leafs' 3-2 win over Detroit on Sunday.

The 34-year-old is having a solid season in goal for the Leafs, with a 7-4-0 record, 2.24 goals against average and .932 save percentage so far. The veteran could see a bit more action in the following weeks since Toronto would like to keep Frederik Andersen fresh for the playoffs.
Feb 18 - 10:37 PM

Auston Matthews scored the game winner with just 30.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give Toronto a 3-2 win over Detroit on Sunday.

The 20-year-old rocketed a wrister into the top shelf late in the game to secure the Leafs a victory. Matthews now has 27 goals this season, 25 of which have been scored at even strength. He has 49 points in 51 games altogether.
Feb 18 - 9:49 PM

Connor Carrick will be back in the lineup on Sunday night.

Carrick has been scratched for the last three games. Roman Polak will head to the press box against Detroit instead.
Feb 18 - 5:05 PM

Curtis McElhinney will start Sunday's game against Detroit.

McElhinney will get the second half of Toronto's back-to-back situation after Frederik Andersen was in the cage for Saturday's 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh. The Leafs backup goalie has won his last three starts, while surrendering just two goals. McElhinney has a 6-4-0 record this year with a 2.27 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.
Feb 18 - 11:57 AM

Auston Matthews has five points in his last four games.

Matthews has 26 goals and 48 points in 50 contests so far as a sophomore. The 20-year-old has also been very consistent this season as he's yet to be held off the scoresheet for more than four games in a row. That's a change from his rookie campaign when he had two slumps that exceeded that length despite finishing with 40 goals and 69 points.
Feb 18 - 9:25 AM

James van Riemsdyk registered an assist in Toronto's 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

van Riemsdyk has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. He has 23 goals and 39 points in 59 contests this season. Certainly he's provided the Leafs with some valuable secondary scoring, but this hasn't been one of his best campaigns in terms of offensive production, especially after his 2016-17 showing of 62 points. That's problematic for him as he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Feb 18 - 9:22 AM

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves on 39 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

Andersen allowed five goals in a game for the first time since New Year's Eve 2017, and lost for the first time since Feb. 3 against the Boston Bruins. His record falls to 29-16-4 with a 2.71 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
Feb 17 - 10:54 PM

Patrick Marleau scored his 20th of the season in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

In all but five NHL seasons, the 19-year veteran has scored at least 20 goals in each season he's played in. Marleau scored his 20th of the year in the second period of Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh, tying the game at three goals apiece. Toronto also got goals from Connor Brown and Tyler Bozak in the loss. Marleau now has 20 goals and 33 points in 60 games this season.
Feb 17 - 10:46 PM

Matt Martin will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This will be the 11th consecutive game that Martin watches from the press box. The Leafs tough guy has three goals and eight helpers in 47 games this season. Josh Leivo and Connor Carrick are also expected to serve as a healthy scratches on Saturday night.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 17 - 6:57 PM

Jake Gardiner (lower body) is expected to play in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Phil Kessel.

Kessel and Gardiner played together in Toronto. The Penguins forward said that Gardiner told him he'd be in the lineup for tonight's contest. He left Wednesday's game due a spasm, but appears to be good to go.
Feb 17 - 12:13 PM

Frederik Andersen is expected to get the start in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Andersen stopped 54 of 57 shots in a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this week. He has a 29-15-4 record with a 2.66 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 17 - 9:52 AM

Jake Gardiner (lower body) wasn't on the ice for Friday's practice.

Gardiner left Wednesday's contest due to the issue. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is still hoping that Gardiner will be available for Saturday's game, but he'll have to wait to see if he's an option.
Feb 16 - 12:17 PM

Jake Gardiner (lower body) had "some kind of spasm or something like that," according to coach Mike Babcock.

Babcock added that Gardiner was pulled from Wednesday's game against Columbus because the medical staff couldn't get the spasm to "relax" and "they would not let him come back." It's unclear at this time if Gardiner will be back on the ice for Friday's practice. The Leafs have a day off scheduled for Thursday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 15 - 11:02 AM

Travis Dermott contributed two assists in Wednesday's 6-3 victory versus Columbus.

Dermott has collected six points (one goal, five assists) in the last eight games. The 21-year-old rookie has proven he belongs in the NHL and he should be with the Leafs for the rest of the season.
Feb 15 - 10:54 AM


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