Toronto Maple Leafs Player News: Centers

News: Gauthier (foot) won't travel with the team on its upcoming two-game road trip.
Impact: The news is unexpected as Gauthier hasn't been dealing with any injuries in recent days. The 23-year-old will be re-evaluated Thursday, which means he won't play in the team's next two games. With Gauthier out, Nicolas Petan should likely draw into the lineup barring any callups.
News: Tavares scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-2 loss to Ottawa.
Impact: J.T. was a bright spot in an otherwise dark night for the Buds, who have allowed far too many goals in games this week. That aside, Tavares now has his first 40-goal season and is just two goals from second overall in the league. He won't catch Alex Ovechkin, who has 48, but Leon Draisaitl's 42 are close. And he sits tied with Mark Scheifele with 79 points -- that's good enough for 16th in the league. Tavares' first season in blue and white has been like a dream.
News: Matthews scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Friday's 7-6 win over the Flyers.
Impact: He nearly had a hat trick, but his second-period tally got overturned on replay after Brian Elliott knocked the post off its mooring before Matthews got the puck behind him. The 21-year-old superstar has now scored in three straight games, giving him 34 goals and 65 points on the season through only 57 contests.
News: Matthews scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Both points came in a wild third period, as the Leafs tried unsuccessfully to climb out of a 5-1 hole. Matthews had just two points (a goal and a helper) in his prior six games, but the 21-year-old is still on pace for a career-best campaign with 32 goals and 63 points through 56 contests.
News: Kadri (concussion) returned Saturday and delivered a power-play assist in 12:50 of ice time in a 3-2 win over Edmonton.
Impact: He played 2:23 on the power play -- that was a team-high mark shared with Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly. Get him back in your lineup.
News: Tavares scored a goal and added two assists in a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Saturday.
Impact: His point streak stands at four games and eight points (two goals, six assists). The goal was Tavares' 38th and that ties his career best, set in 2014-15. And it moves him into fourth in the NHL, just two behind Patrick Kane.
News: Gauthier (illness) is expected to play Saturday against the Oilers, NHL.com's Derek Van Diest reports.
Impact: Gauthier missed Friday's practice due to an illness, but he was never in serious danger of missing Saturday's contest. The 23-year-old will slot into his usual role centering Tyler Ennis and Connor Brown on the Maple Leafs' fourth line against Edmonton.
News: Kadri (concussion) will return Saturday versus the Oilers, Derek Van Diest of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Look for Kadri to slot in on the third line with Patrick Marleau and William Nylander as his flankers. We can also expect Kadri to return to a power play that ranks eighth in the league at 22.4 percent between the two groupings, as he continues to fly under the radar with the likes of John Tavares and Auston Matthews drawing so much attention in the top six.
News: Gauthier is under the weather, but he could be healthy enough to play in Saturday's clash with Edmonton, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Gauthier was absent from Friday's practice session, though coach Mike Babcock didn't seem to think it would affect the center's availability versus the Oilers. In the event the Quebec native is unable to suit up, Tyler Ennis figures to slot into the lineup.
News: Gauthier has been thrust into part-time duty with the arrival of Nicolas Petan.
Impact: Coach Mike Babcock seems to be alternating the 6-foot-5 Gauthier with the 5-foot-9 Petan to give the fourth line a dramatically different look based on matchup. Gauthier doesn't bring much offense to his role, so this shift to part-time work won't impact fantasy lineups.
News: Matthews fired four shots on goal but failed to find the scoresheet in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: The American-born All-Star did not have a particularly great outing versus Vancouver, going pointless and also winning just 20 percent of his faceoffs. At 60 points through 53 games, Matthews is averaging more than a point per game in 2018-19. However, with just two assists in his last five outings, the 21-year-old's production has slowed a bit of late. Matthews will undoubtedly be looking to make an impact in Toronto's next game, that being a road affair in Edmonton versus Connor McDavid and the Oilers. No. 34 has four points in four career contests versus Edmonton.
News: Kadri (concussion) won't play Wednesday against Vancouver, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Kadri will miss an eighth consecutive contest Wednesday and remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return to game action. His next opportunity to rejoin the lineup will arrive Saturday against the Oilers, but he should probably be considered iffy at best for that match at this point.
News: Moore registered two assists in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: Since his recall on Feb. 25, Moore has four assists in five games despite being limited to fourth-line minutes. He has seven points in 12 games this season, but he only averaged 8:56 per game entering Monday's contest. The scoring pace he's on can't be considered sustainable for the rest of the season.
News: Kadri (concussion) will miss Monday's game in Calgary, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: After Monday's game, Kadri's latest concussion will have robbed him of seven appearances, and it wouldn't be surprising if he missed all three games of Toronto's western road swing, though nothing beyond Calgary has been confirmed. The Leafs travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks on Wednesday before returning to Alberta to take on Edmonton on Saturday. Kadri has not played since Feb. 19.
News: Tavares scored his 37th goal of the season and added two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Tavares is now just a single goal from matching his career mark set in 2014-15. His 71 points in 65 games put him on a 90-point pace. JT is clearly at home in Toronto. He should be at home on your roster, too.
News: Kadri (concussion) participated in morning skate, but he doesn't appear fit to play in Saturday's game against the Sabres, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Barring a quick turnaround, fantasy owners will need to continue seeking alternatives to Kadri in daily contests. He has missed five consecutive games but remains off injured reserve, partially due to the 23-man roster limit being lifted. Kadri's next opportunity to suit up will arrive Monday for a road game against the Flames.
News: Tavares was held without a point Thursday in his first return to Long Island as a member of the Maple Leafs. New York defeated his new team by a 6-1 score.
Impact: The fans were relentless. They threw rubber snakes at him during line rushes in the warm-up. And then chanted many things, including "we don't need you," every time he touched the puck. Tavares brushed it off like water off a duck's back. The game broke a four-game scoring streak, but he'll be back on the scoresheet again in very short order.
News: Tavares will make his first appearance on Long Island since leaving the Islandes via free agency Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Tavares faced the Islanders earlier this season in Toronto, a 4-0 loss, but this will be his first trip back to Long Island. He played for the Isles for nine season before leaving to sign a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Leafs last July. Tavares will likely set a career high in goals this season, as he is only two off of the career best (38) he had in 2014-15. The reception for JT on Thursday is likely to be less than friendly as fans still feel like Tavares left them at the altar when he bolted for his hometown Leafs even though the Islanders offered him more money. The truth is, that anger is better directed at former general manager Garth Snow, who decided not to trade Tavares at the trade deadline last season despite the team being out of playoff contention, thus assuring that the team would receive nothing in return if Tavares left in free agency, which of course, he did.
News: Marleau garnered a goal and a helper against the Oilers on Wednesday.
Impact: Marleau has three multipoint games in his previous seven outings and appears to be rediscovering his scoring touch at the right time. The veteran winger needs just seven more points to earn his sixth straight 40-point campaign.
News: Tavares recorded a goal and a helper versus Edmonton on Wednesday.
Impact: Tavares will take his four-game point streak onto Long Island on Thursday, as he makes his return to New York. The All-Star center may not match his 84-point 2017-18 campaign, but he needs just three more goals to set a new career high. The only real knock on the 28-year-old's play this season is his lack of power-play production, as he's scored just 15 of his 68 points with the man advantage, but at this point, we are splitting hairs.
News: Kadri (concussion) took the ice Tuesday ahead of practice, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: The fact that Kadri is still unable to join his teammates on the ice probably means he is more week-to-week at this point than day-to-day, though no official timeline has been provided by the team. In the meantime, William Nylander figures to continue featuring as a third-line center, while Andreas Johnson gets bumped up to a second-line role with Auston Matthews.
News: Gauthier scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's 5-3 win over Buffalo.
Impact: It was the his first multi-point game in the NHL. Nice night for Gauthier, but it doesn't make him relevant in fantasy. It was his first goal in 24 games and just his 12th point in 53 games this season.
News: Matthews scored his 30th goal of the season Monday in a 5-3 win over the Sabres.
Impact: The goal extended his point streak to four games and five points (three goals, two assists). But more importantly, Matthews became the first Maple Leaf in franchise history to score 30 goals in each of his first three seasons.
News: Matthews is one goal from his third-straight 30-goal season.
Impact: When he snags his next snipe, Matthews will be the first Maple Leaf in team history to have accomplished that feat. He has 103 goals and 189 points in 191 NHL games so far.
News: Kadri (concussion) won't play Monday against the Sabres, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Kadri has yet to resume skating since suffering a concussion Tuesday against St. Louis, so at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to return to game action. William Nylander will continue to fill in on the Maple Leafs' third line uintil Kadri is cleared to play.
News: Moore was recalled from the AHL's Marlies on Monday, Elliott Friedman of CBC reports.
Impact: Moore got his first action with the Leafs earlier this season, notching a goal and two assists in seven games. The fact the 23-year-old got called up on trade deadline day does certainly raise eyebrows, as it could mean more moves on the way for Toronto. For fantasy owners curious about Moore, though, he's likely to only get fourth-line minutes, if he plays at all.
News: Kadri (concussion) was not on the ice for Monday's morning skate and is expected to be out of the evening's lineup against the Sabres, Dan McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The absence suggests that Kadri will miss his third straight game with the issue and remain day-to-day. In the interim, William Nylander is expected to fill in for the 28-year-old on the third line between Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown.
News: Matthews delivered a goal and added an assist in Toronto's 6-3 win over Montreal on Saturday.
Impact: Matthews has five goals and 10 points in his last six games. Four of the points, including three of the goals, have come on the power play. Matthews may have missed time to injury this season, but he's still on track to score 40 goals. The guy is a fantasy beast.
News: Marleau set up two goals in Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Canadiens.
Impact: Marleau's scoring has declined slightly this year, but the guy is 39 in a young man's game. He has heated up recently with five points, including four helpers, in his last six games. It's hard to recommend Marleau, but this warming trend may make him relevant to owners in deep leagues. And especially those in leagues with unlimited transactions, where you can troll the wire for the week's hottest hands.
News: Kadri (concussion) will remain in the press box for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kadri's absence from morning state essentially guaranteed this outcome. He remains day-to-day, making Monday's clash with the Sabres his next opportunity to draw into the lineup. Without the longest-serving (current) Maple Leaf, William Nylander will presumably center the third line with Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson.
News: Tavares snapped a five-game goal slump with his 34th of the season in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Washington.
Impact: Tavares continues to shred toward a career mark in both goals and points. This guy is a natural in blue and white. And he should be the same in your fantasy roster.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Matthews is encouraged by the progress his agent is making on a contract extension with the Maple Leafs, reports Sportsnet.ca.
Impact: Matthews is set to become a restricted free agent July 1, but the Leafs will have him inked long before then. "They're [agent and general manager Kyle Dubas] obviously talking and making some progress," said Matthews. "And that's great. I'm not really too worried or too focused about it." He has 20 goals and 42 points in 30 games, but is mired in a bit of a slump right now. Matthews has just one goal in 13 games but hopes to snap that skating with Mitch Marner on Wednesday night.
News: Moore, as expected, was promoted from AHL Toronto on Wednesday.
Impact: Moore is expected to slot into the Leafs' fourth line against Washington on Wednesday with Andreas Johnsson (concussion) sidelined. With the 23-year-old Moore brought up under emergency conditions, fantasy owners should anticipate him being sent back down during the All-Star break.
News: Matthews has just three assists and a minus-11 rating in his last seven games.
Impact: He has also scored just one goal in his last 13 games (dating back to Dec. 22). Coach Mike Babcock continues to shuffle lines in practice and in games to try to spark his young superstar, but to no effect so far. Matthews was with Mitch Marner at practice Monday, but there's no guarantee that will stick. Nonetheless, Matthews will be fine in due time and should continue to be counted on in fantasy.
News: Gauthier's assist Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Arizona was his first point in 10 games.
Impact: Gauthier is a trench digger -- he slugs it out game in and game out, and rarely picks up points. But Sunday, Goat skated with the talented William Nylander on his wing and that probably helped him deliver that point. He won't have Nylander as his wing man for long, so don't expect him to become a fantasy factor. Gauthier has just two goals and six assists in 39 games.
News: Tavares scored his 30th goal of the season in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Tavares has 19 points in his last 15 games, dating back to Dec. 18. The 28-year-old hometown has been huge for the Maple Leafs all season and is now up to 53 points in 48 games. He was a minus-1 in the loss but is still an impressive plus-14 in 2018-19.
News: Moore will be recalled from AHL Toronto, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Moore will be promoted to the NHL in the next 24 hours, as Toronto needs to call up a player to replace Andreas Johnsson who left Sunday's game with a concussion. The 23-year-old has just three points with the Maple Leafs this season (in six games) but has been scorching in the minors, posting 26 points in 31 games with the Marlies.
News: Tavares recorded a pair of assists in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Lightning.
Impact: Tavares now has five points in his last two road games and remains second on the Maple Leafs with 52 points, trailing only Mitch Marner (60). Tavares' assist on Marner's game-winning goal was his 22nd of the year, and he would add another helper on Zach Hyman's empty-net goal.
News: Kadri scored his 10th of the season and added an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Lightning.
Impact: His goal was just his third since Dec. 1. Even though goals haven't come as easy as they did the past two seasons -- both 32-goal campaigns -- Kardi continues to produce at a high level, averaging 0.61 points per game in 2018-19. He remains a key piece to the power-play puzzle, logging 2:35 of ice time per game on the man advantage. However, Kadri's shooting percentage, currently at 9.0 percent, is his lowest mark since 2015-16.
News: Marleau scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Lightning.
Impact: Marleau got his night started with a secondary assist before adding a goal of his own in the second period. The two points ended his nine-game pointless skid and tied him for 24th on the all-time goals list with 257. The 39-year-old now has 11 goals and 22 points in 46 games this season. While he's still performing at a consistent level for Toronto, Marleau's average of 0.48 points per game is his lowest mark since his rookie campaign with the Sharks back in 1997-98.
News: Lindholm's goal drought has reached 39 games.
Impact: He came oh-so-close early this week, but his snipe was called off because of an offside. Lindholm's ice time has dropped under 10 minutes a game in eight of his last nine contests. He does have three helpers in his last 12 games (and 11 points in 45 games overall), but that doesn't make Lindholm fantasy worthy.
News: Matthews picked up two assists in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: The 21-year-old has had a quick start to 2019, scoring a goal and seven points in six games, but his minus-3 rating is more a reflection of the Leafs' record over that stretch than his own play. Matthews missed a month earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury, but despite that he's still on pace for his first 90-point campaign with 20 goals and 42 points through 31 games.
News: Moore signed a two-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Sunday worth $775,000 per season, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Moore was in line to become a restricted free agent this summer, but the Maple Leafs wanted to lock down forward depth before a busy offseason. The 23-year-old has been a strong fourth-line asset this season during limited action, posting a goal and two helpers in six games. Moore has shown his potential with AHL Toronto, too, racking up 19 goals and adding seven assists in 30 games.
News: Tavares recorded two goals and an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Devils.
Impact: The Devils were forced to turn to slumping netminder Keith Kinkaid with injuries eliminating all viable alternatives, and Kinkaid had no answer for the ex-Islander, who scored twice in the opening frame. Tavares needs just one more goal to reach 30 for the season -- a feat he accomplished four times in nine seasons with his previous employer. His first goal in this contest was the 300th of Tavares' career.
News: Moore was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Tuesday.
Impact: The Leafs can be expected to continue shipping Moore between levels in an effort to save cap space. The winger will almost certainly be back ahead of Thursday's clash with New Jersey.
News: Moore has signed with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League, Julia Kreuz of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The 38-year-old had 12 points in 50 games with the Maple Leafs last season, which is primed to be his final year with an NHL team. Moore had a solid career as a depth forward, but at this age, playing overseas is probably more his speed until he decides to hang up his skates for good.
News: Matthews scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Canucks.
Impact: He'd gone five whole games without lighting the lamp, tying his longest goalless streak of the season, before firing one past Jacob Markstrom in the third period. Matthews now has 20 goals and 39 points through 27 games, and despite missing a month earlier this season with a shoulder injury, the 21-year-old is still on pace to tease a 100-point campaign.
News: Moore was recalled from AHL Toronto on Wednesday.
Impact: Moore has been a frequent shuffler around the franchise ranks, but the California native hasn't appeared in an NHL game since Dec. 23. We're eager to see what Moore can do in a full-time capacity since the early returns -- two points over his first three games at the top level -- look promising.
News: Moore was sent back down to AHL Toronto on Monday.
Impact: The winger will return to the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate but should be back up with the parent club before long. Moore is clearly the preferred option to fill in as long as Tyler Ennis (ankle) and Zach Hyman (ankle) remain out. In three NHL games, the 23-year-old has tallied a pair of assists.
News: Moore was called up from the minors Monday.
Impact: Moore's promotion comes just a few days after being sent down to the minors. In his three outings this season, the winger has notched two helpers and one shot on goal while averaging just 7:37 of ice time. Until Tyler Ennis (ankle) or Zach Hyman (ankle) is eligible to play, Moore figures to slot into a fourth-line role.
News: Moore was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Saturday.
Impact: Moore logged 9:16 of ice time in Saturday's clash with the Islanders, in which he registered a minus-1 rating. The winger was shipped back to the minors following the game, but will likely be brought back up ahead of Thursday's clash with Minnesota unless Tyler Ennis (ankle) or Zach Hyman (ankle) is cleared to play.
News: Tavares fired five shots in 17:17 of ice time Saturday against the Islanders, his former team. He did not register a point.
Impact: His six-game point streak was snapped Saturday by an Isles squad led by Mathew Barzal, who rubbed the match in 91's face by notching a natural hat trick. Still, Tavares is on pace for career numbers in his first season in blue and white. And his chemistry with Mitch Marner is remarkable. He's golden.
News: Tavares scored two goals, one on the power play, in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: He grabbed the Leafs' first two tallies on the night, giving Tavares nine goals in his last 10 games and an eye-popping 26 goals and 44 points through 38 games to begin his tenure with Toronto. The 28-year-old has been worth every penny of his $77 million contract so far as he takes aim at the career-high 38 goals he racked up with the Islanders in 2014-15.
News: Moore was promoted from AHL Toronto on Thursday.
Impact: Fortunately for Moore, the Maple Leafs and Marlies are both located in Toronto, so he hasn't needed to rack up miles on his car as he has flipped between levels for the third time since Dec. 23. With Zach Hyman (ankle) and Tyler Ennis (ankle) both unavailable, Moore figures to slot into a fourth-line role versus Columbus on Friday.
News: Moore was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Monday
Impact: The move was made with the understanding that the Maple Leafs can recall Moore before their next game, of which comes Dec. 28 in Columbus. In his only game at the NHL level this season, Moore picked up an assist in 5:27 of ice time.
News: Marleau is projected to finish this season with 44 points.
Impact: Through 37 games, the 39-year-old Marleau has 10 goals and 10 assists. With so many offensive weapons to choose from, Toronto hasn't needed to rely on the veteran as much as in past seasons. If he continues on his current pace, Marleau would wind up with 22 goals and 22 assists, marking his lowest point total since the 2012-13 season. That year, as a member of the Sharks, Marleau appeared in just 48 games and still managed 31 points. He's definitely lost a step but continues to benefit from a star-studded supporting cast.
News: Kadri had an assist Sunday in a 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Kadri has really warmed up of late, putting up eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last seven games. His goal pace is way down, but this spurt gets him back to the 50-point range for the season. Kadri will continue to benefit from the line realignment that happened with William Nylander's return, so he may recover some fantasy value.
News: Tavares found twine and also generated an assist in Sunday's 5-4 overtime home win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Kasperi Kapanen delivered the game-winner in overtime, but Tavares was clutch in his own right, as he scored the equalizer with eight seconds remaining in regulation. It comes as no surprise that Tavares has been a seamless fit in Toronto, leading the Original Six club with 24 goals through 37 games.
News: Gauthier registered his first goal of the season Sunday, helping his club to a 5-4 overtime home win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Gauthier is a fourth-line center who frequently watches from the press box, so we wouldn't get too excited about his goal against the Wings.
News: The Maple Leafs recalled Moore from AHL Toronto on Sunday, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Tyler Ennis broke his ankle during Saturday's game versus the Rangers, and Zach Hyman was already facing a long-term ankle injury of his own, so the Maple Leafs needed a body to fill in. Moore, 23, will be that guy after scoring 17 goals and adding seven assists in the minors this year. He'll make his NHL debut Sunday against the Red Wings.
News: Tavares delivered two assists Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Rangers.
Impact: The points stretch his current scoring streak to four games and seven points (four goals, three assists). Tavares sits at 23 goals and 17 assists in 36 games, a pace that would deliver him a 50-goal, 90-point season. Drop the mic.
News: Matthews scored twice and added two assists in Thursday's 6-1 win over Florida.
Impact: One of the goals stood as the winner. Remarkably, Matthews has 19 goals in just 21 games. He's the 59th player in the modern NHL era to score at least 19 in his first 21 games in a season. Matthews just makes it look so easy.
News: Kadri recorded three assists in a 7-2 victory against the Devils on Tuesday.
Impact: Amazingly, all seven Maple Leafs goals came at even strength. Kadri picked up an assist on nearly half of them, helping to give him five assists in the last five games. Three points is a season high, and this was his first night with multiple assists since Oct. 11. He has eight goals and 21 points in 34 games this season.