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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT, October 21, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 18,898

Blue Jackets look to turn fortunes in Toronto

Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs

  1. Toronto has taken points in five of the last six matchups (4-1-1) after going 2-6-0 over the previous eight. The Maple Leafs won the first meeting between the clubs this season, 4-1, on October 4 in the Blue Jackets' season opener.
  2. Columbus lost in overtime, 3-2, to the Islanders on Saturday, its second straight overtime loss after winning three of the previous four. The Blue Jackets did not commit a penalty in the loss, their second loss without a penalty since the start of last season (November 19 at Toronto), one of four teams with multiple such games in that span (Ducks, 4; Penguins, 3; Flyers, 2).
  3. Toronto defeated Boston, 4-3, for its third win in four games after losing the previous three straight. The Leafs are 5-0-1 when scoring four or more goals this season compared to 0-3-0 when scoring three or fewer; dating back to last season, they are 44-1-4 (.939) when scoring 4+ goals, the second-most wins in the NHL (Lightning, 49).
  4. Morgan Rielly scored his first two goals of the season in the win over Boston, giving him 11 points (2g, 9a) through nine games this season. With another point against Columbus, Rielly will join himself (14 points last season) and Bryan McCabe (15 points in 2005-06) as the only Leafs' blueliners in the last 30 seasons to record 12+ points in the first 10 team games of a season.
  5. Nick Foligno has 20 points (10g, 10a) in 45 career games against the Maple Leafs, including six points (4g, 2a) in his last six vs. Toronto. The Leafs are one of two teams against which Foligno has 10+ goals and 10+ assists, along with the Canadiens (also 10g, 10a).
  6. Seth Jones scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's loss to New York, bringing him into a four-way tie for the team lead with four points. That four points is the fewest by a team leader this season; Toronto has 14 skaters with four or more points.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to play themselves out of a rut when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

The Blue Jackets are coming off consecutive 3-2 overtime losses -- Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks on the road and Saturday against the New York Islanders at home.

"(We) really should've won both these games," Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said. "They just made the plays in overtime to win. That's all that mattered, that's all it comes down to."

The Maple Leafs are coming off a 4-3 overtime victory Saturday over the visiting Boston Bruins in their first game without team captain John Tavares, who will be out at least two weeks with a broken finger.

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, whose two goals Saturday included the game-winner, said pulling out the win under the circumstances was big.

"A team within the division, not having (Tavares), just kind of a point in our year where we want to get going, and I think we answered the bell," Rielly said. "Not as clean as we wanted to win, but we got it done anyways, so we'll take it."

Columbus isn't always getting it done, but it is consistently competitive. The Blue Jackets have played in six straight one-goal games, winning three and losing three.

On Saturday, Columbus gave up the overtime goal when Cam Atkinson left the defensive zone anticipating a breakout pass.

"We can't have a guy leaving the zone before we have control of the puck tonight, and it ends up in the back of the net," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said after the game. "It's frustrating for me when we play the absolute right way all night long here being above the puck and then we end up with a blown coverage and some cheating and it ends up in the back of our net.

"It's a huge point that goes by the boards again."

The Maple Leafs, who defeated the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Columbus on Oct. 4, have won three of their past four games after losing three in a row.

"We want to start stringing some wins together," said Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen, who made 43 saves on Saturday. "We know we haven't been as consistent as we'd like, but this was a good test for us, and hopefully we can build on this."

With Tavares out, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock moved right winger Mitchell Marner onto a line with center Auston Matthews, which creates a potent combination. Babcock said the two likely will be on the same line on Monday.

"We haven't played with each other much, but I think every time we get paired up together, we get pretty excited out there," Matthews said.

Toronto had one reported injury Saturday, with Andreas Johnsson missing the third period after blocking a shot with his leg in the second. X-rays were negative, but he did not practice Sunday.

"I think he's going to be fine," Babcock said.

As for the win over Boston, Babcock said: "I don't know if it's a statement game, but what I'd say to you is that it was more important for our team than their team. It was important because (Tavares) was out, to find a way to win it, and it was probably even more important when we lost (Johnsson) that we got it done."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 20, 2019

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