Matthews sits third in the NHL goal race with 47 in 70 games, just one snipe behind David Pastrnak and Alexander Ovechkin.
Matthews' game has taken a big leap this season. He has 10 more goals than he did in almost the same number of games in 2018-19 (68). And there are even rumors he could be considered for a Selke trophy, awarded to the top two-way player in the league. Just take a look at his plus-minus. Sure, it's a maligned stat. But there's a huge swing between minus-9 a year ago and plus-19 this season. Matthews really is a fantasy building block.
Matthews and his teammates learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
Matthews netted a goal on five shots and dished an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
The 22-year-old center's point streak is now at four games (three goals, three helpers). Matthews has a career-high 46 goals and 79 points in 67 appearances this season. He's added 275 shots, a plus-20 rating and 24 power-play points.
Matthews scored his 45th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Not only can he score, but there are murmurs that Matthews' game has grown so much that he's one of the best two-way pivots in the game. That's heady praise for a 22-year-old. Mattthews sits two goals behind David Pastrnak and two ahead of Alexander Ovechkin. The Rocket Richard is going to go down to the wire.
Matthews scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a 5-3 win over the Panthers.
Matthews has 76 points, including 44 goals, in 65 games, but this was just his second multi-point game in his last 10. He sits two goals behind David Pastrnak for the NHL lead and one ahead of Alexander Ovechkin.
Matthews scored his 43rd goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins.
He ripped home a one-timer on a feed from William Nylander late in the second period to get the Leafs on the board, but the team was already down 5-0 at that point. Matthews has found the back of the net in three of the last four games, and in 20 games to begin 2020 he's piled up 16 goals and 24 points. The 22-year-old is now one goal ahead of David Pastrnak in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy, 43 to 42, with Alex Ovechkin lurking in third with 40.
Matthews scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
The goal was Matthews' 42nd in 59 games. He remains on target to flirt with his first 100-point season. Matthews is tied for the NHL goals lead with Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who scored earlier Saturday in a win over Detroit.
Matthews scored a power-play goal in Toronto's 3-2 loss to Dallas on Thursday.
Matthews' ice time has been creeping up -- he skated 27:05 Thursday night. And that's delivering results -- this was his 41st goal of the season. Matthews has flourished since Mike Babcock disappeared. He's now tied with David Pastrnak for the NHL goal lead.
Matthews scored a goal and added three assists, two of them on the power play, in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
His final helper led to John Tavares' OT winner. Matthews has an active six-game point streak during which he's racked up a scorching six goals and 11 points, pushing him up to 40 goals -- tying his prior career high -- and 68 points through only 55 games.
Matthews scored twice on five shots and was minus-3 in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers.
Matthews nearly single-handedly brought Toronto back from a 3-1 deficit, with both of his goals drawing the Maple Leafs to within a goal. They were his 38th and 39th tallies of the season, leaving him on the doorstep of his first 40-goal campaign since his rookie year of 2016-17. Matthews will take a five-game point streak (five goals, two assists) into Friday's tilt against Anaheim.
Matthews scored a goal and led all players with seven shots in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers.
Matthews scored in the opening minute of the second period to give Toronto a 3-1 lead. It was his 37th goal in 53 games, matching his total from the entire 2018-19 season (68 games). Matthews is gunning for his first 40-goal campaign since his rookie season of 2016-17 and his 62 points have him within striking distance of the career-high 73 he had last season.
Matthews scored a goal, his 36th of the campaign, and also collected an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Dallas.
Overall, it was a good night for Matthews besides the struggles in the faceoff circle, where he lost 13 of 24 draws. The two points give him 60 across 51 appearances this season, putting Matthews on pace for his first 80-point campaign. The American superstar might challenge the 90-point threshold before all is said and done. Matthews also had two blocked shots in the win.
Matthews notched an empty-net goal on four shots and won nine of 15 (69.2 percent) faceoffs in Monday's 5-2 win over Nashville.
Matthews put the finishing touches on Toronto's win when he hit the empty net with 1:32 left in regulation. It was his 35th goal in 50 games this season, already putting him within striking distance of the career-high 40 he scored as a rookie in 2016-17. The 22-year-old failed to hit 70 games played in each of the last two seasons due to injuries, limiting his year-long production. If he can continue his current pace and stay healthy the entire year, Matthews could be on his way to a 50-goal, 100-point campaign.
Matthews (wrist) will play in Monday's game versus the Predators, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Matthews didn't participate in the All-Star Game due to this injury, and although he's admitted he's not fully healthy, the 22-year-old sniper will gear up in the cross-conference clash. He underwent acute treatment on his wrist during the bye week, but this could be a nagging issue as the year progresses. Matthews has 34 goals and 57 points -- 17 on the power play -- through 49 games.
Matthews (wrist) participated in Sunday's practice, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Matthews didn't participate in the All-Star game with his wrist injury but is expected to suit up for Monday's contest in Nashville. The 6-foot-3 center has 34 goals and 57 points this season.
Matthews (wrist) won't play in the All-Star Game but will travel to St. Louis for the event, so he won't face a one-game suspension, Sportsnets' Chris Johnston reports.
Since he'll be in St. Louis for the event, Matthews won't face the typical one-game suspension for opting out like veterans Alex Ovechkin and Marc-Andre Fleury. Matthews will receive acute treatment for a sore wrist over the weekend, Johnston reported, and he's expected to be good to go when the Maple Leafs return to action Jan. 27 versus the Predators.
Matthews recorded his first hat trick of the season with three goals, including one on the power play, on four shots in a 7-4 victory over the Devils on Tuesday.
As usual, the 22-year-old has been outstanding as of late with seven goals and an assist in his last five games. Over the last five weeks, Matthews now has 18 goals and 26 points in the last 17 games. Matthews is on pace to easily set a new career high in goals and maybe win the Rocket Richard Trophy. He has 34 goals and 57 points with a plus-19 rating in 47 games this season.
Matthews tallied twice on eight shots in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Jets.
Matthews' second goal came with just 14 seconds left in the third period, forcing overtime. He would add a tally in the shootout, but it wasn't enough to win. The 22-year-old has seven markers and four helpers on a six-game point streak, and 18 points in his last 10 outings. He's at 31 goals, 54 points, 169 shots on goal and a plus-17 rating in 45 appearances this season. At his current scoring pace, a 50-goal campaign is attainable, which would be the first time the American has reached the half-century mark.
Matthews notched a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Islanders.
His point streak stands at four games and eight points (four goals, four assists). And the goal was his 28th, good enough to stay in second place in the NHL. Matthews has 51 points in 43 games this season. He's pacing toward a 53-goal campaign and a mid-90s points finish. But if he keeps going like he is now, Matthews could see a three-figure campaign for the first time.
Matthews scored and collected an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Minnesota.
Matthews sits second in league scoring (27 goals) and trails only David Pastrnak (29). He's been hard to keep off the scoresheet this season, finishing with 17 points in 13 games in December, including seven multi-point efforts. It will take continued dominance, but Matthews could very well hit 100 points in 2019-20 -- something the 22-year-old has yet to do in his young NHL career.
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