MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: “John Tavares has won 60 percent (21 won, 14 lost) of his faceoffs when the Maple Leafs are on the power play and 52.6 percent (61 won, 55 lost) of his faceoffs at even-strength. He is averaging 15:22 per game in time on ice, which ranks second among Toronto forwards.”

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (9-5-2 – 20 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (8-5-3 – 19 Points)

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus VEGAS

ALL-TIME RECORD:3-1-0-0 (4 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:2-0-0-0 (2 Games)
2018-19:2-0-0
LAST FOUR:3-1-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus VEGAS

GAMES PLAYED:Jake Muzzin (9), Tyson Barrie (6), Alex Kerfoot (6), Jason Spezza (6)
GOALS:Auston Matthews (4), Mitch Marner (2), John Tavares (2)
ASSISTS:Jake Muzzin (4), William Nylander (3), Morgan Rielly (3)
POINTS:Auston Matthews (6), Four players tied (4)
PENALTY MINUTES:Alex Kerfoot (4), Jake Muzzin (4), Seven players tied (2)

MAPLE LEAFS – GOLDEN KNIGHTS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOVEGAS
GOALS FOR (Rank):55 (t-4th)49 (t-11th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       52 (t-26th)46 (16th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):9/52 [17.3%] (20th)13/55 [23.6%] (7th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):43/57 [75.4%] (26th)53/59 [89.8%] (2nd)
SHOTS (Rank):505 (t-9th)545 (t-2nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):679 (2nd)667 (3rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):51.2% (7th)50.8% (13th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)49.5% (17th)

MAPLE LEAFS – GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:Nov. 6, 2017 vs. VGK (Toronto 4, Vegas 3 SO)
ALL-TIME RECORD:3-1-0-0 (4 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:2-0-0-0 (2 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:1-1-0-0 (2 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:Nov. 6, 2018 (Toronto 3, Vegas 1)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Tyson Barrie400th career NHL game (Mar. 26, 2017 (COL) at VGK)
Auston Matthews100th career NHL point (Dec. 31, 2017 at VGK)
100th career NHL goal (Feb. 14, 2019 at VGK)
Jake Muzzin200th career NHL assist (Dec. 8, 2018 vs. VGK)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS12 (Matthews)
ASSISTS13 (Marner)
POINTS18 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Kapanen)
PIMs16 (Kerfoot)
SHOTS60 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%60.8% (Shore)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %56.6% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS31 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS22 (Marner)
HITS35 (Moore)
TOI PER GAME25:38 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:20 (Matthews, Rielly)
SH TOI PER GAME3:41 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS NOTABLES

–      Frederik Andersen has made four career appearances against Vegas and has posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .906      save percentage. He is 38-15-7 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 61 career games during the month of November.

–      Tyson Barrie has been on the ice for 271 Toronto shot attempts this season, which ranks second among all NHL skaters in on-ice shot attempts for. He had three points (1-2-3) in three games against the Golden Knights last season.

–      Cody Ceci is tied for 14th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (31). He ranks seventh among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time (58:52).

–      Andreas Johnsson has nine points (3-6-9) in 10 games on home ice this season. He has been on the ice for 22 Toronto goals, which is tied for fifth among NHL left wingers in on-ice goals-for. 

–      Kasperi Kapanen has a pair of assists in two career games against Vegas. He is one of five Maple Leafs to have recorded multiple shorthanded takeaways. 

–      Alex Kerfoot has won 52.2 percent (24 won, 22 lost) of his faceoffs when the Maple Leafs are leading in games. He is tied for second on the team in even-strength goals (4).

–      Mitch Marner is tied for 13th among NHLers in points (4-13-17) and tied for eighth among NHL skaters in assists (13). He is tied for seventh among all NHL skaters in primary assists (9). He leads the NHL in takeaways (22).

–      Auston Matthews is third in the NHL in goals (12) and is tied for second in the NHL in even-strength goals (9). He ranks sixth in the NHL in shots on goal (60) and is tied for second in the NHL in wrist shots (44). He is fourth in the NHL in goals per 60 minutes (2.29) among skaters who have appeared in at least 10 games.

–      Ilya Mikheyev is tied for the lead among all NHL skaters in shots on goal while shorthanded (8). He is the only rookie forward in the NHL to have recorded multiple shorthanded takeaways.

–      Trevor Moore is the only NHL rookie to average at least 1:00 per game in power play ice time (1:29) and 1:00 per game in shorthanded ice time (2:00).

–      Jake Muzzin ranks second among Maple Leafs skaters in shifts per game (28.4). He is the only Maple Leafs defenceman to registered at least 25 hits (30) and 25 shots on goal (27). He leads Maple Leafs defencemen in takeaways (8). 

–      William Nylander has taken his shots from an average distance of 26.5 feet from goal, which is the second-closest distance among Toronto skaters who have taken at least 20 shots this season. He ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in faceoff win percentage (54.9% – 56 won, 46 lost).

–      Morgan Rielly is tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in points (3-12-15). His 25:38 TOI per game average is the fourth-highest mark in the NHL and is tied for fourth in shifts per game (29.8). He ranks fifth among NHL defencemen in wrist shots on goal (27).

–      John Tavares has won 60 percent (21 won, 14 lost) of his faceoffs when the Maple Leafs are on the power play and 52.6 percent (61 won, 55 lost) of his faceoffs at even-strength. He is averaging 15:22 per game in time on ice, which ranks second among Toronto forwards.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

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UPCOMING MILESTONES

Michael HutchinsonFour wins from 50 career NHL wins.
Andreas JohnssonTwo games from 100 career NHL games played.

RECENT MILESTONES

Tyson Barrie500th career NHL game (Nov. 5 vs. LAK)
Auston Matthews100th career NHL assist (Nov. 5 vs. LAK)

INJURY REPORT

Zach Hyman (Knee)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 36

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

November 5Recalled forward Nic Petan from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
November 1Loaned forward Nic Petan to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Travis elects free agency

DEVON TRAVIS ELECTS FREE AGENCY

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announced that 2B DEVON TRAVIS has declined outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo and has elected free agency.

TRAVIS, 28, was acquired in 2014 from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for OF Anthony Gose. The second baseman made his Major League debut on April 6, 2015 and became just the fourth player in club history to hit a home run in his first career game.

He set career highs in 2016 in runs (54), hits (123), doubles (28) home runs (11), RBI (50), walks (20), strikeouts (87) and stoles bases (4). Travis played a career-low 50 games in 2017 before being placed on the disabled list on June 6 for the remainder of the season with a bone bruise on his right knee.

In his last full season in 2018, he played a career-high 103 games. The Palm Beach, FL, native holds a career batting average of .274 with 35 home runs, 153 RBI, and 14 stolen bases across four seasons with Toronto.

Travis missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing surgery on his left knee and was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 25.

PASCAL SIAKAM: “I don’t know how many threes they had, like twenty something (20), that’s too much and we are definitely not happy about that. We can definitely do a better job on defence and just run them off the three-point line, especially the guys we know are shooting.”

(2-6) SACRAMENTO KINGS, 120 VS. (5-2) TORONTO RAPTORS, 124

SCOTIABANK ARENA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

On the 28 assists this game … Yeah, I thought the offence was great … They kept taking what was there, and you’re right (team assists were) 28. I think it was real high early, so that’s a good sign. That was one of our better offensive nights. There was no real lulls, and the ball (was) sticking very much tonight.

On tonight’s game … They were hard to get rid of. I can’t count how many times we got up eight, nine, and then they hit a three … They hit 20 threes. That’s a lot. …. Little bit imbalanced last game and not getting the gaps closed down. Tonight we got the gaps closed down a little better and didn’t spring back out to the shooters, so the defence is a work in progress. We have to combine those two things a little better in a game.

What area of OG Anunoby’s game have you seen the most growth in? I just think he’s looking like more of a complete player now. There’s some shooting there that looks not hesitant at all, and it’s almost like when he’s open, you’re expecting him to make them, like all of them now, which is great. There’s good cutting, there’s a little bit of driving, there’s usually one a game where he gets in the lane and steals it, and he’s off the other way. He’s grown and doing a lot of things. He’s blocking shots here and there, getting his hand in off the drive here and there, so he’s had some good ones this year.

How would you access Pascal Siakam on fouls? He was good. He seemed a little bit not aggressive, kind of, in general, I thought, both offensively and defensively. Maybe it was a little bit of a foul situation on his mind maybe too much, but he did a good job tonight. He committed one foul. That’s going to get his average down.

PASCAL SIAKAM (23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists)

On having only one personal foul tonight … I mean, I have to be more ready. It’s something that I have to work on and I’ll eventually get better. I’m learning every single day, so it’s a good experience for me.

How important was the bench play tonight? We need that, we need everyone and just bringing the energy up a little bit. We didn’t win like we wanted to today, but we got the win and that’s all that matters.

On team’s defensive play tonight … I don’t know how many threes they had, like twenty something, that’s too much and we are definitely not happy about that. We can definitely do a better job on defence and just run them off the three-point line, especially the guys we know are shooting. So it’s part of it, learning, and obviously it’s better learning with a win, so we’ll go back and look at that and make sure we get better next game.

On your third quarter scoring … I try to be aggressive, just seeing what the defence is giving me. I always want to be in attack mode regardless, but I think just coming out of timeouts and making sure that the first five minutes we put some pressure on the other team and play fast, transition, try to do whatever we can just to make sure we come out with some energy.

FRED VANVLEET (12 points, five assists, two rebounds)

On tonight’s game … It’s good for us, it’s good practice. It’s a tough team and they are playing well and they gave us their all. We knew that we were going to have our hands full. Obviously we probably could have given ourselves more space and comfort in terms of scoring, but they made plays and we had to keep fighting and close them out.

On the amount of threes made by Sacramento tonight … I don’t know how many of those were contested, but not enough for us, so a lot of breakdowns, falling asleep and they did a good job of finding guys. They’ve got explosive guys, so you can’t give them too many looks, but we weathered it and we were able to come out with a win. We will take it.

KYLE LOWRY (24 points, six assists, two rebounds)

When a team hits that many threes, how much is it them getting hot or defensive miscues? Miscues, a lot of miscues, but they made shots. You give them credit – they made the shots when they had the opportunity. A lot of misreads and a lot of miscommunication, but we have to continue to get better and grow as a team. We take the win, and figure it out and get better.

On the play of OG Anunoby … I think he’s just getting repetitions. I think just getting repetitions again on the floor and I think he’s just going to continue to grow. I think right now he’s playing his role and doing what we are asking him to do, and he’s doing it at a high level right now.

RAPTORS 124, KINGS 120 POSTGAME NOTES: “After missing their first four shots of the game, the Raptors made their next 14 attempts from the field. … Toronto finished the first quarter shooting .778 (14-18) from the floor.”

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 124, SACRAMENTO KINGS 120

DATE: November 6, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

Tonight marked Toronto’s 241st consecutive sellout (including playoffs) dating back to Nov. 11, 2014 – the longest streak in franchise history.

FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS Sacramento 120 2-6 Barnes – 26 Holmes/Hield – 8 Fox – 9; Toronto 124 5-2 Lowry – 24 Siakam – 13 Lowry – 6

KEY RUN Trailing 17-16 midway through the first first quarter, Toronto outscored Sacramento 20-6 over the final six minutes to lead 36-23 after one … The Raptors extended the lead to 15 points multiple times early in the second quarter – their largest lead of the night.

KEY STAT After missing their first four shots of the game, the Raptors made their next 14 attempts from the field … Toronto finished the first quarter shooting .778 (14-18) from the floor.

RAPTORS NOTES:

• With the victory, Toronto improves to 5-2 this season and a perfect 4-0 at home.

• The Raptors have won five in a row vs. Sacramento, including the last three meetings at home.

• All five Toronto starters scored in double figures, combining for 89 points.

• The Raptors outscored Sacramento 52-32 in the paint and 18-10 on the fast-break.

Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring for the third time with 24 points … He added six assists in 40 minutes … Lowry has scored 20 or more in six of the first seven games; averaging 24.0 points.

Pascal Siakam posted his second double-double of the season with 23 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes … Siakam scored 11 points in the third quarter.

Serge Ibaka scored a season-best 21 points in 24 minutes as a reserve … Ibaka has now led (or tied) the bench in scoring in each of the first seven games; averaging 14.9 points.

OG Anunoby recorded a season-high 18 points and a career-best five assists in 37 minutes of action. • The Raptors had six players score double figures – Lowry (24), Siakam (23), Ibaka (21), Anunoby (18), Marc Gasol (12) and Fred VanVleet (12) … Gasol’s 12 points was a season high … VanVleet shot 4-4 at the free throw line and has now made his last 26 attempts at the foul line.

KINGS NOTES: • With the loss, Sacramento falls to 2-6 on the season and 1-3 on the road … The Kings finish a threegame road trip (Nov. 3-8) Friday night at Atlanta.

The Kings tied a franchise record with 20 three-point field goals … Sacramento shot .455 (20-44) form beyond the arc … The Kings also made 20 threes Jan. 5, 2019 vs. Golden State … Bogdan Bogdanovic matched a career high with six made three-pointers.

• Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points in 39 minutes – his second 20-point. • The Kings had five players score in double digits – Barnes (26), Bogdanovic (22), Buddy Hield (21), De’Aaron Fox (17) and Cory Joseph (10) … Hield scored 20+ points for the fifth time this season … Joseph reached 1,500 career assists early in the fourth quarter.

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