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Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario Attendance: 19,125
Panthers visit Leafs, aim to win season series
Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs
- The Panthers have scored on the power play in nine of their last 10 games, but they have also allowed a power-play goal in seven of those games. Their 34.4 power-play percentage since March 5 is the highest in the league, but their 73.1 penalty-kill percentage is the third lowest in hockey.
- The Maple Leafs have allowed at least two goals in 23 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NHL. In that time since February 6 they have allowed 3.35 goals per game, sixth highest in hockey.
- Florida has won two of its three games against Toronto this season despite being outscored, 10-8, in the series. The series has alternated in wins and losses for 10 straight games with the Panthers outscoring the Leafs by one goal - 26-25.
- Mike Hoffman recorded a goal and an assist against the Bruins on Saturday, both coming in the second period. His 18 assists in the second period this season are more than any other period (including overtime) combined (14).
- After posting a .918 save percentage in both 2016-17 and 2017-18, Frederik Andersen's save percentage this season is .918. His 3.46 GAA and .891 save percentage in March, however, are his worst in any month this season.
- The Leafs are 29-6-2 when scoring first this season, fifth best record in the NHL. The Panthers have earned points in 20 games in which they allow the first goal, fourth most in the league.
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The Florida Panthers will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night with a chance to take the season series between the teams.
The Panthers, who are sitting outside of a playoff spot, have had their share of success this season against the Maple Leafs, who are preparing themselves for a postseason run.
The Panthers have a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 15 and a 3-1 regulation win on Jan. 18 over Toronto. The Maple Leafs had a 6-1 victory over the Panthers on Dec. 20.
Each team is coming off a home loss Saturday. The Panthers fell 7-3 to the Boston Bruins. The Maple Leafs lost in overtime 2-1 to the New York Rangers.
The Panthers failed to deliver their best game against the Bruins.
"We beat ourselves, 24 turnovers, and their first four goals came off our sticks on turnovers," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "It was stupidity and bad turnovers that ended up in the back of our net."
"It's one of those things where we know we have to be better and we know that's not good enough, especially against good teams," Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle said.
The Panthers have won five of their past eight games.
The Maple Leafs are 1-1-1 in three games after allowing 23 goals in losing three of the four previous games.
They outshot the Rangers 45-28 Saturday but were foiled by Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev for the second time this season. He stopped 55 shots in a 4-1 Rangers win over the Maple Leafs Jan. 18.
Still, the Maple Leafs are happier with the way they have played the past three games compared with the struggles of the previous four as the team's defensive play has improved.
"Obviously, that's the key thing for us," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "We know it, it continues to be a huge thing that we have to work on to get better at. We've talked about it every day and we'll continue to talk about it. I'd like to get us a little more rhythm so we feel better. (Saturday) feels better if you win, that's the bottom line, but I like the process we're in and I like how hard guys work."
Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews had 16 shot attempts Saturday but only four were on goal. Another four were blocked and eight missed being on the net.
Babcock was asked what prevented Matthews from scoring with all those attempts.
"That's a great question, he had some great looks, really good looks," the coach said. "I didn't even realize. ... how many good looks he had until I saw it in the room. Work hard. To me, it's all process. Just do good things and good things will happen. It doesn't happen right away all the time, but it'll happen. I think the adversity we faced here a week ago -- I said at the time and I think it is now -- I think it's a good thing. Dig in, it's not supposed to be easy. Dig in."
"Their goalie has just got our number," Matthews said. "Somehow he's just made some unbelievable saves tonight and kept them in it."
--Field Level Media
Updated March 24, 2019