Game Night: Maple Leafs at Sharks

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAVES 14-6-1

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at SAN JOSE SHARKS 10-8-1

Friday, 10:30 p.m., TV: Sportsnet Ontario; Radio: AM 1050

WHY WATCH?

Traveling and winning roadshow: The Maple Leafs haven’t lost on the road since October 25, when they were schooled in Carolina. Since then, Toronto has won five in a row in unfriendly environments, beating their opponents 20-8. For a variety of reasons, it’s always worth keeping an eye on dashing Sharks defender Brent Burns, who has 16 points in 21 career games against the Leafs. If the Leafs take another win on Friday, it will be their 10th win in San Jose, in 26 games.

POINT LEADERS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAVES

GP GA PTS +/-

John Tavares 20 9 9 18 E

Austin Matthews 18 8 9 17 +3

William Nylander 21 7 10 17 E

SAN JOSE SHARKS

GP GA PTS +/-

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Timo Meier 14 7 11 18 +7

Logan Couture 18 7 9 16 +7

Thomas Hertl 19 8 5 13 -7

SPECIAL TEAMS

power play

PORT: 23.7% (8th)

SJ: 18.9% (17th)

punishment death

TEM: 85.7% (9th)

SJ: 88.9% (2nd)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE SHARKS

1. After being knocked out by Washington to start a four-game home score, the Sharks have won their last two. The Leafs know that the Sharks will have a hard time, given San Jose’s victory in Toronto a month ago. “I love our team and the way we compete most nights,” said coach Bob Boughner. “I think we are where we deserve to be, but I think there is another level.”

2. Given his large numbers, the Leafs will likely face former Toronto goalkeeper James Reimer. The 33-year-old is 6-3-1 with a save rate of 0.936 and an average of 2.04 goals against in 11 games. “I feel pretty good,” Reimer told the… San Francisco Chronicle. “The season is going with ups and downs. It’s important, not to sound cliché, to just keep working every day.”

3. The Sharks penalty kill is 24-for-26 at home, for a 92.3% clip. The Leafs have five goals in 24 road power play opportunities (20.8%).

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