Player News - Maple Leafs

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Auston Matthews has been awarded with the second star of the week distinction.

Matthews netted four goals, including two overtime winners, in three games. The sophomore center has accounted for at least one point in five consecutive contests this season.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 16 - 5:20 PM

Mitch Marner skated on the fourth line during Monday's practice.

Marner has contributed one goal and three assists in five games this season, but he has struggled in the defensive zone and has a minus-6 rating. Connor Brown took Marner's place alongside Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk during the session.
Oct 16 - 11:23 AM

Toronto's 4-3 overtime win over Montreal was the 600th of Mike Babcock's career as a head coach.

Babcock is the 16th coach to ever reach that record with Jets coach Paul Maurice just behind him at 599 victories. Babcock's career record is 600-355-19-145 and his career .609 PTS% is the seventh highest among coaches who oversaw at least 500 games. Babcock is in his third season with Toronto and his young team has the potential to have a great campaign after finishing with a 40-27-15 record last season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 15 - 6:37 AM

Frederik Andersen made 31 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Andersen did his best to keep his team in the game despite allowing three goals on 34 shots. It won't do too many wonders to his goals-against-average, which was near 4.00 before tonight's game. Despite that, Andersen has four wins this season.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 14 - 10:31 PM

Auston Matthews scored twice for the Leafs in a 4-3 overtime win over the Canadiens Saturday night.

Matthews gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead in the first period, thanks to a wicked wrister that bypassed netminder Carey Price, before scoring the overtime winner. He's now scored in three straight games and has scored in all but one game this year.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 14 - 9:58 PM

Dominic Moore will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Moore scored a goal in last Wednesday's defeat to the New Jersey Devils, but head coach Mike Babcock is mixing things up. Josh Leivo and Calle Rosen will also be scratched against Montreal.
Oct 14 - 6:52 PM

Frederik Andersen will get the start in Saturday's game against Montreal.

Andersen has a 3-1-0 record with a 3.97 goals-against-average and a .871 save percentage. Andersen and the Leafs will look to put an end to their 14-game losing streak against Montreal.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 14 - 6:44 PM

Calle Rosen is expected to be a healthy scratch against Montreal on Saturday night.

Someone has to sit now that Connor Carrick is ready to return from injury. Rosen was practicing with Roman Polak, who is practicing with the team without a contract. Rosen has one assist and a minus-3 rating in three games this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 14 - 10:14 AM

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock wants better goaltending from Frederik Andersen.

The Leafs are 3-1-0 this season, but Andersen owns a 3.97 goals-against-average and an .871 save percentage. Of course, the goalie isn't the only one to blame for those poor numbers. "Freddy has to be better, just like the team," Babcock said. "But we have to be better structurally in front of him. Our goals against, we worked really hard last year and went from 27th to 17th in the second half. Then we’re right back to where we were. We have to fix that. Everyone is aware of that in our room."
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 14 - 10:11 AM

Mike Babcock is still bothered by his team's loss to New Jersey earlier this week.

It was Toronto's first loss of the season, but it definitely rubbed Babcock the wrong way. "You look at the last game for sure and if it’s still bugging you two days later, something’s wrong," The Leafs head coach said. "That’s on me, I didn’t have the team prepared. We were no good in the morning skate and I could have zipped them. No matter what we said, they weren’t prepared to get engaged at a high enough level and we were outchanced 7-3 in the first period. We didn’t battle and that’s unacceptable. We’re four games into the season and that can’t happen." The Maple Leafs will try to get back to their winning ways against Montreal on Saturday night.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 14 - 10:08 AM

Connor Carrick (upper body) has declared himself good to return to the Leafs' lineup.

Carrick missed Monday and Wednesday's games due to the injury. He has an assist in two games this season.
Oct 13 - 2:35 PM

Dominic Moore got his second goal of 2017-18 in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to New Jersey.

Moore has generated two goals in two appearances this year. He has been rotating games with Eric Fehr as Toronto's fourth-line center, but if he keeps managing to find the scoresheet then that could end fairly quickly.
Oct 12 - 9:01 AM

James van Riemsdyk potted his third goal of the season in a 6-3 loss to New Jersey on Wednesday night.

Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring in the first period with a power-play marker. He finished the match with seven shots on net. JVR has produced five points in four games this year. He said before Wednesday's contest that he is focused on helping the Leafs and isn't worried about his contract situation or a potential trade.
Oct 12 - 8:57 AM

Frederik Andersen stopped just 25 shots while letting in six goals in his team's 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday Night.

Andersen did not look good in his first loss of the season, as his save percentage dropped to .871 and his goals-against average is at 3.96. His defense core hasn't been stellar in front of him and they struggled mightily on Wednesday, but he still has work to do to improve his numbers.
Oct 11 - 11:13 PM

Auston Matthews scored a late goal but it wasn't enough as the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped their first game of the season 6-3 to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

With the goal, Matthews now has six points (three goals, three assists) in four games, which is exactly the same number of points he had last year through four games. Considering he had 69 points in last year's Calder Trophy-winning rookie campaign, that is good news for fantasy owners. The Leafs' offense is potent this season and Matthews can definitely put up enough points to challenge for the Art Ross.
Oct 11 - 11:05 PM


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