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    Tonight will be a Battle of Ontario, as the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators in a Northeast Division bout. Vesa Toskala will get the nod in goal for the Leafs, while Pascal Leclaire will get the start for the Sens.
    Update: Brendan Shanahan Officially Retires.

    Toronto Maple Leafs / Ottawa Senators Game Notes

    Team Record: TOR 3-10-5 / OTT 8-6-3

    Team Game: TOR 19 / OTT 18

    Road Game: TOR 10 / Home Game: OTT 12

    Home Record: TOR 1-6-2 / OTT 5-3-3

    Away Record: TOR 2-4-3 / OTT 3-3-0

    Point Streaks: TOR – Phil Kessel (4-3-7 / 5 Games), Matt Stajan (1-2-3 / 2 Games) / OTT – None

    Top 3 Points Leaders:

    Toronto – Tomas Kaberle (2-19-21 /  18 Games), Mikhail Grabovski (3-9-12 / 18 Games), Matt Stajan (4-7-11 / 17 Games).

    Ottawa – Daniel Alfredsson (6-13-19 / 17 Games), Mike Fisher (7-7-14 / 17 Games), Jason Spezza (1-10-11 / 15 Games).

    When the Maple Leafs are winning after the first period, they have a record of 2-0-0. When scoring first, they are 1-0-1. When trailing after the first period, they are 1-8-0, and if it is tied after the first 20 minutes, Toronto has a record of 0-2-5. The Leafs overtime record this season is 0-5, and 103-99-180 all-time. Toronto is also 0-1-3 against teams in the Northeast Division this season. Record against Eastern Conference teams is 1-5-4. Record against Western Conference teams is 2-5-1. The Leafs are 2-3-1 in November thus far.

    When the Senators are winning after the first period, they have a record of 2-1-0. When scoring first, they are 5-2-2. When trailing after the first period, they are 1-2-1, and if it is tied after the first 20 minutes, Ottawa has a record of 5-3-2. The Sens overtime record this season is 3-3, and 50-78-115 all-time. Ottawa is also 2-0-1 against teams in the Northeast Division this season. record against Eastern Conference teams is 7-6-2. Record against Western Conference teams is 1-0-1. The Senators are 2-2-1 in November thus far.

    GOALS BY PERIOD

     

      1st 2nd 3rd OT Total Average
    Toronto Male Leafs 9 16 20 0 45 2.5 average
    Opponents: 23 24 16 4 67 3.7 average
    Ottawa Senators 11 18 16 2 47 2.8 average
    Opponents 13 17 19 1 50 2.9 average

     
    SPECIALTY TEAMS:
    Toronto Maple Leafs Powerplay:

    Overall: 19 Goals, 75 Attempts, 25.3% (3rd in NHL)
    Home: 8 Goals, 38 Attempts, 21.1% (13th in NHL)
    Away: 11 Goals, 37 Attempts, 29.7% (2nd in NHL)
    Ottawa Senators Powerplay:
    Overall: 9 Goals, 57 Attempts, 15.8% (24th in NHL)
    Home: 6 Goals, 42 Attempts, 14.3% (25th in NHL)
    Away: 3 Goals, 15 Attempts, 20.0% (13th in NHL)
    Toronto Maple Leafs Penalty Kill:
    Overall: 21 Goals, 73 Attempts, 71.2% (30th in NHL)
    Home: 11 Goals, 34 Attempts, 67.6% (29th in NHL)
    Away: 10 Goals, 29 Attempts, 74.4% (25th in NHL)
    Ottawa Senators Penalty Kill:
    Overall: 14 Goals, 76 Attempts, 81.6% (13th in NHL)
    Home: 8 Goals, 47 Attempts, 83.0% (11th in NHL)
    Away: 6 Goals, 29 Attempts, 79.3% (16th in NHL)

    The last time these two teams met up was on October 6th, 2009. The Senators took the game 2-1. Matt Stajan scored the only Toronto goal, while Beauchemin and Kaberle got an assist. Jonas Gustavsson made 28 saves and finished the game with a 0.929 SV%.Daniel Alfredsson and Shean Donovan scored the two goals for the Senators, with assists from Jarkko Ruutu and Chris Kelly. Pascal Leclaire finished the game with 27 saves and a 0.963 SV%.

    Last year, the Leafs went 4-1-1 against the Senators in the season series, and 1-1-1 in Ottawa. Toronto is 29-34-3-7 all-time against the Senators, and 12-19-1-3 in Ottawa. The next time these two teams will square off is on December 14th 2009.

    Tomas Kaberle leads all Leafs with 25 career points (1 goal, 24 assists) in 57 games against the Senators. Matt Stajan leads all Leafs with 9 career goals in 35 games against Ottawa. Stajan has recorded more career points (21) against the Senators than any other NHL team. In 2008-9, Vesa Toskala posted a 2-0-1 record, a 1.30 goals against average and a 0.956 SV% in 3 games against the Senators.

    Francois Beauchemin and Jamal Mayers have made it to the NHL’s Top 10 Hits of the Week. Check out the video!

    Update: Brendan Shanahan has officially called it a career. Check out this article on him, as well as a tribute video.

    Micheal A. Aldred
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