Toronto Maple Leafs Player News: All Positions

News: Kadri (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Capitals, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Unfortunately, Shilton said that Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock does not have any more details on Kadri's injury. By default, the proven scoring pivot is day-to-day ahead of Saturday's clash with the Canadiens.
News: Andersen will start in goal Thursday evening against the visiting Capitals, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Andersen snapped a five-game winning streak with losses in each of the past two contests, though he's maintained a robust .923 save percentage through 42 games on the season. The Dane will be stacked against a Capitals team that ranks eighth in the league offensively by means of averaging 3.32 goals per game.
News: Kadri (concussion) was not on the ice for morning skate Thursday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: This doesn't bode well for Kadri's chances of playing against the Capitals on Thursday, even though he left Tuesday's game against the Blues merely for precautionary reasons. Toronto's extra forward is Tyler Ennis, but the Leafs could opt to promote a player from the AHL's Marlies if Kadri is deemed unfit to play in the upcoming contest.
News: Johnsson (leg) recorded 15:27 TOI and two PIM during Tuesday's loss to the Blues.
Impact: He missed the previous game due to a leg injury but was able to slot back onto the third line in this outing. He's having a breakout season with 31 points -- five on the power play -- in 52 games despite averaging just 12:46 TOI. That's not too shabby for a 2013 seventh-round pick.
News: Matthews scored a goal during Tuesday's loss to the Blues.
Impact: Matthews redirected Nikita Zaitsev's pass into the net with his foot to notch his 28th goal of the season. Despite missing 14 contests, Matthews remains on pace to match his career high of 40 goals, which he posted through 82 games during his rookie campaign.
News: Hyman scored a goal and fired four shots on net in Tuesday's loss to the Blues.
Impact: Hyman was looking for John Tavares in the slot with his pass, but it deflected off a Blues defender and into the back of the net. It all counts the same, as the Maple Leafs cut the Blues' lead to one and Hyman notched his 11th goal of the season. Hyman is working on Toronto's top line with Tavares and Mitch Marner, and he's working with those two and Auston Matthews on the power play, so he should continue to be an offensive threat moving forward.
News: Andersen allowed three goals on 41 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Blues.
Impact: The Maple Leafs were outshot 19-9 in the first period, which is when Andersen yielded both of his goals in regulation. They were even with the Blues in the shot column for the remainder of the game, and they scored two third-period goals to send the game to overtime. That was as far as Andersen could carry them, however, as Ryan O'Reilly scored just 34 seconds into the extra frame to hand the Maple Leafs their second straight loss.
News: Kadri suffered a concussion and won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Blues, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: It was originally reported that Kadri would be kept out of the game for precautionary reasons, but further evaluation deemed the 28-year-old has a concussion. He likely won't be ready for Thursday's game versus the Capitals. The Maple Leafs are expected to recall a forward from AHL Toronto before that contest.
News: Kadri won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Blues for precautionary reasons, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Kadri was decked by Blues defenseman Vince Dunn in the first period, and he didn't appear on the bench to start the second frame. The Maple Leafs don't want to risk anything with their third-line center, so he'll be shut down for the night. Connor Brown bumped up into Kadri's spot.
News: Andersen will be the road starter versus the Blues on Tuesday, Paul Hendrick of Leafs Nation Network reports.
Impact: The Danish goalie is having his best season with Toronto with a 2.56 GAA and .923 save percentage. Andersen has also enjoyed a nice run recently, as he has seven wins in his last 10 starts. He should get offensive from a team that has averaged 3.55 goals per game, which is good, because the Blues have averaged 3.00 goals per contest.
News: Johnsson (leg) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Blues, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnsson will have only missed one game with this injury if this holds true. Though he's surrounded by talented teammates, the Swede is having a fine season in his own right. The 24-year-old has been hot recently as well, as he has six goals and six assists in his last 13 contests.
News: Johnsson (leg) might be ready to go for Tuesday's matchup with St. Louis, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Johnsson's potential return to the lineup would bolster the Maple Leafs' depth scoring, considering he racked up nine points in his previous six games prior to getting hurt. The winger is having a breakout campaign with 31 points in 51 contests and could challenge for both the 20-goal and 40-point thresholds.
News: Andersen made 27 saves in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Arizona.
Impact: The Leafs failed to capitalize early when the Desert Dawgs seemed asleep. And then they had no answer for the aggressive and relentless speed of the Coyotes, who pressured the Leafs into giveways and errant passes. Andersen did his best, but he got no help at all. He'll put it behind him, just like you should do.
News: Andersen will start in the road net Saturday versus the Coyotes.
Impact: He rides a five-game win streak into this matchup and has an impressive .926 save percentage and 2.58 GAA in that span. The Coyotes rank 28th in the league with 2.60 goals per game and they struggle in their home barn with a 10-14-3 record, giving Andersen a solid opportunity to nab his 28th victory of the campaign.
News: Ennis (ankle) will return to action against the Coyotes on Saturday, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Ennis was activated from injured reserve ahead of last Saturday's game against the Canadiens, but the Leafs opted to keep him out for three more games post-activation. Look for the veteran winger to handle bottom-six minutes upon his return.
News: Johnsson (leg) is day-to-day and won't be in the lineup against Arizona on Saturday, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Johnsson was injured after just 5:32 of ice time versus Vegas on Thursday, but still managed to find the back of the net. The winger has been lighting it up of late, as he has tallied nine points in his last six outings, including two power-play points. With Johnsson sidelined, Par Lindholm or Tyler Ennis figures to slot into his spot on the third line with Nazem Kadri and William Nylander.
News: Nylander has a goal and two assists in his last five games.
Impact: The assists came in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche and a 6-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Thursday. His lengthy contract dispute has made 2018-19 a bit of a lost season, as Nylander has only 12 points in 28 games. Nylander's shooting percentage of 5.7 percent is well below his career mark of 10.5 percent, explaining why he has only three goals after earning back-to-back 20-goal seasons.
News: Muzzin collected a pair of assists in the third period of Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The second of the apples came shorthanded on a tally from forward Mitch Marner. Muzzin had gone four games without a point entering the contest, but including Thursday, he has racked up 11 hits and seven blocked shots in that span. He has averaged a modest 1:24 in power-play time since being traded from the Kings on Jan. 29, but the fourth-ranked Maple Leafs offense has plenty of points to go around in all situations.
News: Kapanen delivered two assists in 20:25 of ice time during Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Kapanen also tallied three hits and three shots on goal. The spike in ice time can likely be attributed to forward Andreas Johnsson leaving in the second period with a leg injury. Kapanen is a worthy replacement in Toronto's star-studded top six, with 36 points in 57 games this season.
News: Marner scored a shorthanded goal on four shots and added an assist in Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Marner had the primary assist on defenseman Morgan Rielly's go-ahead goal in the third period before capping the scoring on a shorty with 3:27 left in the contest. He has equaled the career-high 69 points he had last season, and with 25 games to go, Marner has plenty of time to set the bar higher.
News: Marleau netted his 13th goal of the season in a 6-3 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Impact: Marleau had been held without a goal for six straight contests entering the game. He added three shots on goal. Marleau is up to 28 points in 57 games, giving him a chance to reach 40 for the year. The veteran forward has adapted well to his mentor role in Toronto, and he can still chip in offensively alongside his younger teammates.
News: Rielly scored his 15th goal of the year and added an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Rielly had a rare two-game pointless stretch entering the match, but one of his four shots on goal found twine and counted as the game-winner. He has 57 points in as many games in a breakout year for the 24-year-old defenseman. Rielly's been well worth the roster spot all season.
News: Andersen stopped 30 of 33 shots in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: It wasn't his best outing of the season by any means, but he got plenty of support from the league's fourth-best offense. Andersen improves to 27-11-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He'll likely draw the start Saturday, when the Maple Leafs visit the Coyotes.
News: Matthews had two goals, one on the power play, and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Impact: Matthews recorded six shots on goal in the game, his second consecutive appearance with three points. He's up to 53 points in 43 games, with 15 of those points coming on the power play.
News: Johnsson (leg) won't return to Thursday's game against the Golden Knights, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Johnsson suffered his injury when he took a knee-on-knee hit from Vegas' Brayden McNabb early on in the second period of Thursday's contest. The Maple Leafs will hope Johnsson's not facing an extended absence, as he's been red hot recently, racking up five goals and nine points in his last six games, including a power-play goal before the injury Thursday.
News: Andersen will start Thursday's road tilt against Vegas, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Andersen will take a personal four-game win streak into the contest, posting a 2.48 GAA and .930 save percentage in that span. While T-Mobile Arena was a fortress for the Golden Knights last season, they have struggled there of late, dropping each of their last four home games.
News: Marner's assist Tuesday in a win over Colorado gave him 47 -- the same number he had last season.
Impact: Marner is also just two points from hitting his career mark in overall points (69), but he's only played 56 games. At this rate, he will flirt with his first 100-point season. Marner is in line for a huge payday this offseason.
News: Brown has just five goals this season.
Impact: It's a far cry from the 20 he sniped in his rookie season. But then again, Brown played up the lineup as a rookie and he's mired on the fourth line this season. It's clear Brown can play with talented players, but he may not get that chance again with the Leafs.
News: Gauthier has three assists in his last 10 games, including two in his last five.
Impact: The Goat is a cheap, fourth-line pivot who happily plays under 10 minutes a game in a clearly defined role. There's huge value to have a guy like him on your team, especially in the cap era. But Gauthier will never have fantasy value.
News: Holl has not played since Dec. 23 and remains a fixture in the press box.
Impact: Holl is a 27-year-old defender with four games of NHL experience. He may become a sixth defender one day, but right now, there's no fantasy value in a guy who barely sees the ice. Put simply, the Leafs have too many defenders and not enough ice time, especially with the arrival of Jake Muzzin.
News: Lindholm has just one point in his last 18 games.
Impact: Lindholm has the ability to play in many roles, but his upside is limited. On the Leafs, his ice time is limited and so is his value. There's little room in fantasy for a 12-point pivot who goes on long dry spells.
News: Gardiner skated with Travis Dermott, not Nikita Zaitsev, at practice Wednesday.
Impact: Gardiner has alternated good and bad play, so putting him down on the third pairing could be a way to diminish the team's exposure when he does something bad. Or it could just be an experiment that doesn't last beyond Wednesday. Gardiner is struggling through a period of depressed output -- he has just six assists in his last 20 games. And he hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 4.
News: Zaitsev skated with Jake Muzzin at practice on Wednesday.
Impact: Coach Mike Babcock had juggled pairings Tuesday in a win over the Avs and shifted Muzzin to a spot beside Zaitsev. The righty has just seven points in 56 games this season and has been weak defensively, so a move to skate with the strong Muzzin would certainly solve that worry -- or showcase Zaitsev for a trade. Even it that was to happen, he's not fantasy worthy at this point.
News: Rielly was paired with
Impact: We're not sure what to make of this. Muzzin was brought in to log heavy minutes against the opposition's best. But coach Mike Babcock split the pair in Tuesday's game. Hainsey played with Rielly before Muzzin's arrival, so we can't help but wonder if it's an attempt to showcase Nikita Zaitsev with Muzzin. Rielly will deliver no matter who he skates with, and this change will put him back on his dominant side again.
News: Hainsey practiced with Morgan Rielly on Wednesday on the top Toronto pairing.
Impact: The switch actually happened mid-game Tuesday in a win over the Avs. Hainsey had lost his top-pair gig to newcomer Jake Muzzin when he arrived, but he looked comfortable back with Rielly on Tuesday. He won't help you from a fantasy perspective, and this may not last. Either way, the Leafs' blue line seems to be in flux again.
News: Muzzin and Morgan Rielly were split up during Tuesday's win over Colorado and practiced on different pairings at practice Wednesday.
Impact: Muzzin practised with Nikita Zaitsev on Wednesday, while Ron Hainsey slotted back up with Rielly. Of course, Twitter exploded afterward with criticism of coach Mike Babcock. It remains to be seen if this is the new normal, a method to limit Jake Gardiner's exposure or a showcase of Zaitsev, who might be trade bait. Muzzin has logged heavy ice with the Leafs, but hasn't put up any points in his last four games.
News: Johnsson moved up to the third line Tuesday night and notched an assist.
Impact: He has been white hot. Johnsson's 13 points in 15 games are third in team scoring since Jan. 5, behind only John Tavares and Auston Matthews. He's tenacious, especially down low. Johnsson acquired most of those points while on the fourth line, but by the end of most games he'd moved up to the third anyway. So why not start there and see what happens? He could be a strong play with Nazem Kadri and William Nylander.
News: Tavares had two power-play assists, one to Auston Matthews and one to Nazem Kadri, helping his team earn a 5-2 win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: Whether he's finding the twine or finding a teammate, Tavares has been a reliable producer for the Leafs all season. It won't be easy, but his pace suggests a 90-point season is a realistic possibility, which would also be a career high.
News: Kapanen netted a pair of goals in a 5-2 win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: The Finnish winger opened the scoring and later added a power-play marker, giving him 18 goals for the season. A first-round pick in 2014, Kapanen has loads of talent and will be a reliable point producer if he continues in a top-six role.
News: Kadri potted two goals in Tuesday's 5-2 demolition of Colorado.
Impact: One of his goals came with the man advantage and was his first point since scoring a hat trick in a four-point effort seven games prior. Despite his lack of production over that period, Kadri continued to play a role on the Leafs' top power play and began to repay head coach Mike Babcock's faith Tuesday.
News: Matthews notched a goal and two assists Tuesday to help his team earn a 5-2 win over Colorado.
Impact: It's a shame that Matthews had to miss 14 games this year, or he'd be making a run at the Art Ross Trophy. As it is, he now has 50 points on the year and has 25 each in goals and assists, showing just how versatile he can be. He's fantastic to have on your team.
News: Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots Tuesday, earning a 5-2 win over Colorado.
Impact: Any time you can hold Colorado's big guns silent, you've done a great job. Andersen is playing very good hockey right now and has a .926 save percentage in the month of February. The Leafs are riding him right now, and you'd be wise to do the same.
News: Andersen will start in goal for Tuesday's road game against Colorado, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: The Toronto starter has been quite good in his past five starts, racking up a 4-0-1 record to go along with a 2.76 GAA and .924 save percentage. Andersen will likely be busy against the Avs, who sit at 11th in shots per game (32.4). The 29-year-old will continue to be the lead man in goal for Toronto, with backup Garret Sparks mixing in sparingly.
News: Bracco picked up a goal and an assist in AHL Toronto's 4-3 overtime loss to Belleville on Sunday.
Impact: Bracco is currently fifth in the AHL in scoring with 49 points in 48 games. A second-round pick of the Leafs in 2015 (61st overall), Bracco is an exceptional passer and an elusive skater. The downside is that he is has a tendency to lose physical battles because he is undersized and he offers nothing defensively. Bracco should have a long career as a power-play specialist who can chip in some offense at even strength. Given the depth Toronto has on its NHL roster, Bracco could be potential trade bait as the NHL's trade deadline approaches February 25.
News: Kadri failed to record a point but finished Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers with a game-high 12 shots on goal.
Impact: Kadri has not found the scoresheet in six straight games, still in search of his first point since the All-Star break. Next up will be Colorado on Tuesday, with Kadri hopeful that he'll break out of his slump against a struggling Avalanche squad. He failed to record a point in the two team's only other meeting this season.
News: Kapanen scored Toronto's lone goal Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: The goal, Kapanen's first since Jan. 24, was just his second point in the last eight games and gives the Maple Leafs forward 16 goals and 32 points in 55 games this season. Kapanen also dished out a team-high three hits in the loss.
News: Sparks allowed three goals on 29 shots in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Sparks' teammates fell asleep on Mats Zuccarello in the opening period, leading to Mika Zibanejad's opening goal. Kasperi Kapanen would tie the game midway through the first, but New York would score three unanswered and win the game 4-1. The 25-year-old goaltender, playing for just the third time in 2019, will see his record fall to 7-4-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .906 save percentage.
News: Andersen permitted three goals on 35 shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Andersen permitted a goal in each regulation period, but the Maple Leafs would fashion a pair of unanswered goals -- including the overtime dagger from John Tavares -- late in the contest to bail out Andersen and afford him his 25th win of the 2018-19 campaign. With a 2.57 GAA and .923 save percentage, the Dane is rocking his strongest ratios since an otherworldly debut season with the Ducks six years ago.
News: Sparks will defend the road goal in Sunday's game versus the Rangers, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Sparks has just two starts in 2019 and a 1-1 record with a .931 save percentage in that span. This will be his first start at the historic Madison Square Garden, and he'll draw a struggling Rangers team that has lost three of the last four and averaged 2.25 goals per game in that span. Sparks could be a low-cost option in daily formats with high upside.
News: Rielly set up two Toronto goals in a 4-3 overtime win over Montreal on Saturday night.
Impact: Rielly just stacks points on points when he starts scoring. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last six games. Rielly remains in the hunt for a Norris Trophy and runs with the likes of Brent Burns when it comes to offensive production from the blue line. You know what to do.
News: Tavares scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Montreal. The goal was the game-winner.
Impact: It was his third straight two-point game. Tavares has 60 points, including 33 goals, in 54 games this season. He and Mitch Marner are a perfect fit. A new career mark in points awaits. So does a shot at 50 goals.
News: Ennis (ankle) has been activated from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game against the Canadiens -- per Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock -- Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports. However, there's no guarantee that he plays in this one.
Impact: Ennis obviously would need to bump someone from the lineup, and Hornby notes it likely wouldn't be Frederik Gauthier, who has a large family contingent attending the game to watch him play. Check back around warmups to see whether Ennis will suit up, and if so, it'll be interesting to see who he's tagging in for after a 17-game injury layoff.
News: Andersen will slide in between the pipes Saturday against the Canadiens in Montreal, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Andersen stopped just enough shots, 40 of the 44 flung his way Wednesday, to take home his second straight victory and 24th of the season. He's performed noticeably worse on the road this season from a statistical standpoint, notching a 2.80 GAA and .915 save percentage; both numbers fall short of his 2.34 and .930 marks at the home rink. To pick up his 25th win of the season, Andersen will need to fend off a Canadiens team that has won four of its last five games.
News: Rielly is the first Toronto defender on a point-per-game pace since Borje Salming in 1976-77.
Impact: Rielly has 53 points in as many games and is tied with Mark Giordano for second in the NHL in scoring from the blue line. He also has three points in four games since moving to the right side to accommodate the arrival of new partner Jake Muzzin (just in case you were worried about that). Rielly has become a Norris candidate at just 24 and could easily stay there for the next decade.
News: Kapanen brought his five-game pointless streak to a close with his assist against Ottawa on Wednesday.
Impact: While Kapanen is back on the scoresheet, he remains bogged down in an eight-game goal drought. Despite the winger's slump, coach Mike Babcock continues to deploy him on Auston Matthews' line, but may have to consider other options if Kapanen can't start finding the back of the net soon.
News: Hyman scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Senators.
Impact: While the 26-year-old is far overshadowed by current linemates John Tavares and Mitch Marner in the raw talent department, Hyman is providing solid numbers of his own, scoring two goals and five points in the last three games and eight points (three goals, five helpers) in 11 games since returning to the lineup from an ankle injury. As long as he's doing the dirty work on the Leafs' top even-strength unit -- Hyman has 17 hits in those 11 games -- coach Mike Babcock will be inclined to keep the line together, preserving the winger's fantasy value.
News: Marner picked up two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Senators.
Impact: He's slowed down a bit since the calendar flipped to 2019, scoring seven goals and 12 points in 14 games, but Marner is still putting together a massive campaign, and the 21-year-old is already only two goals and four points away from tying the career highs he set last season. Much like current linemate John Tavares, consistency has been the hallmark of Marner's elite production -- his longest streak without a point all season is only two games, and he's only done that twice.
News: Tavares scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Senators.
Impact: His first season as a Maple Leaf continues to go swimmingly. Tavares has six goals and 14 points in 14 games to begin 2019, and while he's on pace to set a new career high in goals -- he's only six back of the 38 he potted in 2014-15, with 29 games left on the schedule -- there may actually be some untapped upside in his overall production, given that he's managed only 10 points with the man advantage all season. Better luck on the power play could see Tavares wind up with the first 90-point campaign of his career.
News: Andersen stopped 40 of 44 shots in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Senators.
Impact: The 29-year-old took a 4-2 lead into the third period, but two quick goals by Ottawa had Andersen on his heels before Morgan Rielly was able to put home what proved to be the game-winner, and the netminder slammed the door on the Sens the rest of the way. He's now 4-2-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .920 save percentage since returning from a groin injury, but the Leafs' defense hasn't been making life easy for him -- Andersen's faced over 35 shots a night over that stretch.
News: Andersen will defend the home net Wednesday against the Senators, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Andersen has performed spectacularly on home ice this season, compiling a 2.25 GAA and a .931 save percentage. His 11-7-0 record at Scotiabank Arena doesn't reflect that, but Andersen should have a good opportunity to improve on the wins column versus a Senators team with a minus-37 goal differential over 25 road games.
News: Muzzin will prepare for his 500th career contest Wednesday evening against the Senators, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
Impact: With one-and-a-half seasons left on his five-year contract with the Kings, Muzzin was sent to the contending Maple Leafs on Jan. 28. He has looked quite comfortable with his new team, chipping in a goal, two helpers, five blocked shots and six hits over a three-game span. The skilled two-way defenseman has 52 goals and 164 assists in his eight-year career. Expect his offensive production to climb steadily now that he's on a Toronto team with the league's fourth-best offense.
News: According to his agent, Marner will wait until after the season to renew discussions on a contract extension, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Marner -- who will be a restricted free agent in the offseason -- will likely be looking for an annual average value in the $10 million range, though whether the team can afford to pay him that much will be something to monitor. The winger is leading the the team with 63 points and could set career highs in goals and assist before the end of the season.
News: Matthews agreed to terms with the Maple Leafs on a five-year contract extension valued at $11.634 million annually.
Impact: Matthews' contract will be paid out primarily in the form of signing bonus, as he is set to make $54.5 million in bonus money and just $3.65 million in actual salary, per Bob McKenzie of TSN. The world-class center is off to a career-best pace this season, having racked up 23 goals and just as many assists through 38 games. The sniper's shooting percentage (19.0) is off the charts, with the Leafs also benefiting heavily from his power-play exploits -- he has eight goals and four helpers on the man advantage. Just 21 years old, Matthews will make $634,000 more per season than John Tavares, who signed a seven-year deal with Toronto last July. While Matthews is the face of the franchise, it's clear that the two stud forwards can co-exist in their quest to lead the club to its first Stanley Cup win since 1967.
News: Matthews is expected to sign a contract extension with the Leafs in the coming days. The deal will reportedly be a five-year contract worth $11.5 million annually, per Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Impact: Signing Matthews to a long-term extension has been a priority for the Leafs since the league year started. By getting it done now, the Leafs will not only avoid another William Nylander-esque holdout, but also can then begin working on an extension for pending restricted free agent Mitch Marner.
News: Nylander collected an even-strength goal and assist and was a plus-3 in Monday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: The 22-year-old was able to find the back of the net for the first time since Jan. 3 against Minnesota. After sitting out much of the campaign due to a contract dispute, Nylander is now up to two goals and nine points in 24 games. With a modest 1:43 of average power-play time and no power-play points, Nylander's point opportunities come almost exclusively on the five-on-five.
News: Hyman assisted on two even-strength goals in Monday's 6-1 blowout win over Anaheim.
Impact: Monday marked Hyman's first multi-assist game of the campaign. The 26-year-old is now up to nine goals and 21 points in 42 games but has only racked up 81 shots, which could explain his low goal total. Hyman will hope to make it three games in a row with a point when he and the Leafs face Ottawa on Wednesday.
News: Tavares scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Like clockwork, the 28-year-old found his way back onto the scoresheet, potting his 31st goal of the season to open the scoring early in the second period. Tavares hasn't gone more than two games all season without registering a point, an amazing display of consistency that gives him added value in weekly head-to-head formats, and he's on pace for career highs in both goals and points in his first campaign with the Leafs.
News: Muzzin scored a power-play goal and added two assists at even strength in Monday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Faced with a familiar Pacific Division foe, the former King scored his first points in blue and white and showed why the Leafs were willing to part with a big package of future assets to land the defenseman before the trade deadline. Muzzin had only two points (both assists) with the man advantage through 50 games with Los Angeles this season, but a larger role on Toronto's power play should kick-start his production down the stretch.
News: Johnsson scored two goals and two assists in Monday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: One of his helpers came on the power play, and his first goal of the game proved to be the game-winner. Johnsson had been held off the scoresheet in his prior four contests, sandwiched around a one-game absence due to a concussion, but the second-year winger appears to be back in the form that saw him pile up three goals and nine points through 11 games beginning in late December.
News: Andersen turned aside 24 of 25 shots in Monday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
Impact: After a scoreless first period, the Leafs' offense began lighting the lamp like it was a pinball machine, and Andersen had a comfortable 3-0 lead before Rickard Rackell ruined his shutout bid early in the third period. It's the netminder's best performance since returning from injury in mid-January, and Andersen now has a 3-2-1 record with a 2.67 GAA and .922 save percentage over that six-game stretch.
News: Ennis (ankle) skated for the first time Monday, but won't be in the lineup against the Ducks, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Ennis -- who will miss his 16th game due to his ankle injury -- was providing some quality depth scoring prior to getting hurt, as he notched six points in his previous 12 contests. Once given the all-clear, the winger figures to slot into a bottom-six role while Par Lindholm or Frederik Gauthier gets bumped from the lineup.
News: Andersen will get the starting nod for Monday's home clash with Anaheim, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Andersen has struggled with consistency since returning from injury, as he is 2-2-1 with a 3.00 GAA in his previous five outings. It will be only the fourth time the 29-year-old has faced off with the Ducks, having posted a 1-1-0 record and .918 save percentage in his previous encounters.
News: Marincin cleared waivers Sunday and will be assigned to AHL Toronto.
Impact: With the demotion, Marincin will finally start getting some ice time in the minors since he only suited up 10 times in 50 games for the Maple Leafs.
News: Matthews scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: He has now potted a goal in each of his last three games and has four points in that span. Matthews is a fantasy beast -- his 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in just 37 games puts him among the NHL's best scorers.
News: Gardiner (back) set up two goals in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: The rest must have helped -- he had sat out two games prior to the All-Star break. Gardiner is a solid fantasy contributor, but he had just a single assist in his previous 10 games. He'll want to put on a show as the Leafs head toward the postseason, as he's a free agent this summer. And given salary cap issues in Toronto, Gardiner will likely be inking a new deal in another city.
News: Sparks made 28 saves Saturday in a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: He allowed two goals in a 3:19 span in the first but battened down the hatches otherwise. Sparks had strong rebound control and looked very steady -- not as sloppy or frantic as he had in other games this season. He'll continue to get the second halves of back-to-backs for the Leafs and if this strong play continues, Sparks could see a few more starts than that.
News: Dermott scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Dermott is a top-four defender of the future for the Leafs. As his game continues to develop, he contributes sporadic fantasy production. But it's not enough for him to play a regular role on your squad. Dermott has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 48 games this season.
News: Marincin was waived by the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Marincin's deemed expendable following Toronto's acquisition of skilled two-way defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Kings. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound blueliner from Slovakia provided 27 points in 72 games -- including the playoffs -- for the AHL's Marlies last season, and that's likely where Marincin will end up if he clears waivers.
News: Sparks will patrol the crease Saturday against the visiting Penguins, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Sparks has compiled a 6-3-1 record, 2.91 GAA and .907 save percentage through 11 games this season. Those are mediocre numbers, but Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock obviously has a lot of faith in the 25-year-old; otherwise, he wouldn't be sending him between the pipes against a Penguins team that is ranked fourth in the league offensively by virtue of averaging 3.53 goals per game.
News: Marleau chipped in a goal and an assist Friday, but it wasn't enough as the Maple Leafs lost to the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.
Impact: Marleau was the lone assist man on Auston Matthews' first-period equalizer, and the esteemed veteran would send the game to overtime with 2:19 remaining in regulation. While his numbers don't jump off the page -- 12 goals and 12 assists over 50 games -- Marleau remains a budget-friendly DFS option in most contests. His track record consisting of 1,153 points (547 goals, 606 assists) over 21 years of service time (primarily with the Sharks) speaks for itself.
News: Muzzin blocked two shots over 18:08 of ice time in his Maple Leafs debut Friday night. The Leafs lost to the Red Wings in overtime, 3-2.
Impact: The Kings sent Muzzin to Toronto for Carl Grundstrom, Sean Durzi and a 2019 first-round pick Monday, and there's a lot to look forward to in that regard. Muzzin figures to provide a stable presence on the top pair with Morgan Rielly, moving from the NHL's worst offense to the fifth-best scoring team in the league. One game is not nearly enough to draw conclusions about Muzzin's impact with the new club, but it is worth noting that he saw 51 seconds on the man advantage and 2:18 shorthanded in his Leafs debut. "It's going to be an adjustment, not just from sand to snow, but to a team that is so much faster," Muzzin said in a report by Dave Hogg of NHL.com. "As a defenseman, it is great to know that when those guys break out, I can lead them with the puck because they are going to go and get it."
News: Andersen managed 30 saves in Friday's 3-2 overtime road loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: Andersen and his allied skaters had trouble containing fleet-footed forward Andreas Athanasiou, who generated three assists for a Wings that team most felt had no chance of winning this contest. Detroit's Gustav Nyquist jammed in a loose puck to open the scoring and alternate captain Dylan Larkin scored a go-ahead goal in the third period on the man advantage, but Andersen was saddled with the OT loss due to Nyquist's slick across-the-crease dish to defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
News: Matthews delivered a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: Matthews only has three goals in 11 games since the calendar flipped to 2019, but he's found the net in back-to-back games to get fantasy owners excited about him again after a brief slump that saw him skate to a minus-6 rating over three straight pointless outings.
News: Gardiner (back) will play in Friday's game versus the Red Wings, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Gardiner watched the final two games before the All-Star break from the press box, but he's ready to fit back into the second pairing. Gardiner has been an effective puck distributor this season with 22 assists in 47 games, but he has fired just 57 shots on net in that span, which has blossomed into just two goals.
News: Andersen will guard the goal in Friday's road game against the Red Wings, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Andersen was rock solid in his last start Jan. 23 against the Capitals, turning aside 41 of 44 shots en route to a 6-3 victory. The Danish netminder will look to keep rolling and secure his 23rd win of the season in a favorable road matchup with a Detroit team that's only averaging 2.81 goals per game at home this campaign, 28th in the NHL.
News: Rielly is moving to his off side to help ease Jake Muzzin's transition to the Maple Leafs, reports NHL.com.
Impact: Rielly is having a season for the ages -- he has 50 points (13 goals, 37 assists) in 49 games, which is third among NHL defenders. But Muzzin has almost always played on the left and the move will help ease him into his new team. Rielly is a great player and while playing the off side isn't ideal, he should continue to produce for his owners.
News: Muzzin practiced with the Maple Leafs for the first time Thursday, and while he was paired with Morgan Rielly on the top pairing, coach Mike Babcock intends to start him on the left side for now, reports Mark Masters of TSN.ca.
Impact: This is a bit of a surprise, as speculation about a right-side deployment with Rielly has been the talk of the NHL since the deal went down. It may eventually come, but for now the Toronto blue line appears to be in major flux. Rielly is the one switching to his off side, not Muzzin. The Leafs did experiment with Muzzin as a second defender on the second-unit power play, but even that remains up in the air. Muzzin is a beast five-on-five and brings 40-point ability, but we need to see what Babcock decides once his new defender gets comfortable. Friday against Detroit will mark Muzzin's Maple Leafs debut.
News: Johnsson (concussion) is expected to be in action against the Red Wings on Friday, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Johnsson missed last Wednesday's game against the Capitals, but the All-Star break evidently afforded the rookie ample recovery time. He's been quite the find based on his output of 10 goals and 12 assists and a plus-13 rating over 43 games.
News: Gardiner is "feeling good," but coach Mike Babcock indicated a final decision on his status against the Red Wings will come Friday morning, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Gardiner's return would be a boon for the Leafs after a pair of games on the mend. The 28-year-old blueliner has compiled 22 assists and two goals to go along with a plus-17 rating over 47 games this season. His return would likely bump Martin Marincin out of the defensive pairings.
News: Ozhiganov will likely be relegated to the media box with the arrival of Jake Muzzin in Toronto.
Impact: Muzzin immediately slots onto the Leafs' top pairing, pushing Ron Hainsey down to the third pairing, where he can mentor Travis Dermott. That leaves Ozhiganov on the outside looking in, barring injury.
News: Muzzin was sent to Toronto from Los Angeles on Monday in exchange for Carl Grundstrom, Sean Durzi and a 2019 first-round pick.
Impact: In the first "blockbuster" trade as the deadline approaches, Toronto added a major boost to its lacking blue line. Muzzin is a shutdown defenseman that has averaged over 21 minutes of ice time in each of the last five seasons. But he also has three 40-point campaigns on his resume and should see an even bigger role for the Leafs. This all bodes well for Muzzin's owners.
News: Moore was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Thursday, TSN reports.
Impact: The Maple Leafs will hope to get Andreas Johnsson (concussion) back in the fold after the All-Star break, so it's safe for Moore to head back to the minor league in the meantime. The rookie has produced a goal and two helpers over his first seven games at the top level.
News: Marner scored his 20th goal of the season in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Impact: It wasn't the result of playing with Auston Matthews. And it did go into an empty net. But the fact remains that Marner has taken his goal scoring to a whole new level in 2019. After being criticized for his pass-first mentality, Marner has found twine seven times in 10 January games. He also has two assists in that span. This change in approach only elevates his value even more. He'll be back and well-rested after the break. After all, he was snubbed by the All-Star committee this year.
News: Zaitsev scored his first goal of the season Wednesday against the Capitals.
Impact: He's been a steady minute-muncher this season, but the offensive touch he showed in his rookie season (36 points in 2016-17) has all but dried up. Zaitsev's value is on the ice, not in the fantasy arena ... other than the protection he provides to his netminders.
News: Matthews scored his first goal in seven games in Wednesday's 6-3 victory over Washington.
Impact: You could see the relief on this face as he yelled in joy. Matthews has been snakebitten since before Christmas and this goal was just his second in 14 games. Perhaps more importantly, he got the power-play monkey off his back -- this was Matthews' first marker with the man advantage in 14 contests. He now heads off to San Jose for this weekend's All-Star festivities and can hopefully translate this break into a fresh start next week.
News: Rielly generated two assists -- including a power-play helper -- in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Impact: Rielly's produced at least one point in every other game since Jan. 5 -- that's a nine-game sample, but while he has gently hit the brakes on his offensive production of late, the fact remains that the B.C. native is just three points shy of establishing a new career high. Specifically, Rielly has generated 13 goals and 37 assists -- including 15 power-play points -- to rocket within the elite tier of fantasy defensemen.
News: Brown recorded a pair of assists in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Impact: Brown, on top of bagging a pair of helpers, finished the night a plus-4. He's produced at a similar rate compared to a season ago, but the majority of Brown's points have come in the form of assists, with his goal-scoring numbers -- he has just four all season after posting 14 in 2017-18 -- down significantly in 2018-19.
News: Nylander notched three assists in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Impact: While the Leafs' bigger names, like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, also chipped in, it was the third-line pairing of Nylander and Nazem Kadri that carried the offense in this one. Nylander has had trouble shaking off the rust after his long holdout to begin the season, but he'll head into the All-Star break with four points (all helpers) in his last two games, offering some hope that he'll pick up the pace in the second half.
News: Kadri scored three goals and added an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Impact: He also chipped in four shots, a hit and a whopping plus-5 rating, and his second tally of the night proved to be the game-winner. Kadri has had some trouble finding the back of the net consistently this season, but he'll now head into the All-Star break with a solid 13 goals and 32 points through 49 games.
News: Anderson stopped 41 of 44 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Impact: It's the third time this season Andersen has made 40 or more saves in a game. The netminder will head into the All-Star break with a 2.56 GAA and .923 save percentage, and his 22 wins ranks third in the NHL behind Marc-Andre Fleury (27) and Martin Jones (23).