Game day: San Jose Sharks at Toronto Maple Leafs


AIR CANADA CENTREPuck drop: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.TV: TSN4Radio: TSN 1050Article Continued BelowKEY MATCHUPBrent Burns, Sharks, vs. Toronto’s defence. Though he’s listed as a defenceman, Burns is one of the NHL’s best generators of offence. Coming into Monday’s games he led the league in shots on goal, averaging 4.3 a game. To put that in perspective, Burns’s 120 shots on goal this season are more than double the production of Toronto’s most offensively inclined defenceman, Morgan Rielly. Rielly has been credited with 59 shots on goal. Burns’s 12 goals, meanwhile, put him tops among defenceman and tied for 12th among all players. Now age 31, last month Burns signed an eight-year contract extension worth about $8 million a season.NEED TO KNOWBefore allowing two goals on four short-handed chances in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Avalanche, Toronto’s penalty kill had been a perfect 16-for-16 in six previous games. Going into Monday it ranked ninth in the league at 84 per cent … Toronto’s power play failed to score in five 5-on-4 opportunities on Sunday, registering its lone goal on a 5-on-3 chance. It’s a cold 2-for-14 in the month of December, 23rd in the league over that span.UP NEXTThursday vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m.Read more about: Morgan Rielly

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