JAZZ AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: The Raptors will play 11 of 16 games at home in December after playing eight of 13 on the road in November. December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season and includes three back-to-back sets. Ten of the Raptors’ games in December are against teams currently with a +.500. Toronto is 2-4 vs. teams with a winning record this season.

RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game homestand Sunday night when they host the Utah Jazz at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has won a season-high six straight games (Nov. 18-29). The Raptors have won 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Jazz. Pascal Siakam averaged 22.0 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds in two victories over Utah last season. Toronto has swept the season-series with the Jazz four times in the last six seasons (2013-19).

• Toronto has set a franchise record with eight straight victories at home to begin the season. The Raptors won seven consecutive games at Scotiabank Arena to open the 2018-19 campaign. Toronto is one of just four teams in the NBA still without a loss at home, joining Boston (7-0), Miami (8-0) and Philadelphia (9-0). The Raptors’ average margin of victory at home this season is +14.8 points, with four double-digit victories.

• The Raptors will play 11 of 16 games at home in the month of December after playing eight of 13 on the road in November. December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season and includes three back-to-back sets. Ten of the Raptors’ 16 games in December are against teams currently with a +.500. Toronto is 2-4 vs. teams with a winning record this season.

Norman Powell scored a career-high 33 points (12-18 FG, 5-8 3PT, 4-4 FT), including 19 in the third quarter, in 39 minutes of action Nov. 29 at Orlando. Powell scored 30+ points for the second time in his career (Last: 30 – Apr. 13, 2016 at Brooklyn). The Raptors have had four different players score 30 or more points this season: Pascal Siakam (seven times), Fred VanVleet (twice), Kyle Lowry and Powell. • Orlando shot just .346 (27-for-78) from the field, including .241 (7-for-29) from three-point distance, on Friday night. It marked the eighth time this season the Raptors have held their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the floor (6-2); something they did five times during the regular season last year. Toronto currently leads the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.408) and ranks fourth in both opponent threepoint field goal percentage (.330) and points allowed per game (103.8)

Fred VanVleet finished with 22 points and a career-high seven steals Nov. 29 at Orlando. VanVleet became the seventh player in team history to record at least seven steals in a single game, joining Doug Christie (seven times), Alvin Robertson, Jerome Williams, Morris Peterson, Chris Bosh, and most recently, Kyle Lowry. Lowry registered a career-best seven steals Mar. 13, 2015 vs. Miami. • Toronto shot .512 (21-for-41) from beyond the arc and tied a single game franchise record with 21 3-point field goals Nov. 27 vs. New York. It marked the second time this season, and just the fifth time in team history, the Raptors made at least 20 threes in a single game. Toronto currently leads the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (.395) and ranks fourth in three-point field goals per game (14.3) – behind Houston (15.7), New Orleans (14.9) and Dallas (14.4).

• The Raptors’ 14 wins through 18 games ties the best start in franchise history. Toronto also started the regular season 14-4 in 2014-15 and 2018-19. The Raptors are 5-2 vs. the Western Conference this season. Toronto has finished with a +.500 record against the West each of the last six seasons (2013-19).


PROBABLE STARTERS

F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 30.1 REB: 5.6 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.3

• Recorded two points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 35 minutes Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Ranks sixth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.477); has made three or more threes five times. • Toronto is a perfect 9-0 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points (Last: 13 – Nov. 27 vs. New York).

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 36.9 REB: 8.6 AST: 3.9 STL: 0.8 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 25.1

• Posted seventh double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Ranks 14th in the NBA in scoring (25.1) and third in minutes per game (36.9). • Has scored 30+ points seven times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.

C – MARC GASOL #33

MIN: 28.6 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 5.8

• Finished with six points, seven rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Reached 12,000 career points in the NBA Nov. 16 at Dallas. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times this season, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.

G – NORMAN POWELL #24

MIN: 27.9 REB: 3.8 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.5 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 12.7

• Scored a career and game-high 33 points in 39 minutes Nov. 29 at Orlando – his second career 30-point effort. • Averaging 15.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 30.8 minutes in 10 games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games (Nov. 8-29); averaging 16.1 points during this stretch.

G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 37.8 REB: 3.9 AST: 7.3 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 18.5

• Recorded 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and a career-high seven steals Nov. 29 at Orlando. • Leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.8) and tied for 10th in assists (7.5). • Toronto is 7-1 this season when VanVleet scores 20 or more points (Last: 22 – Nov. 29 at Orlando).


INJURY REPORT Dewan Hernandez (Right thumb; sprain) – Questionable Serge Ibaka (Right ankle; sprain) – Questionable Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out Kyle Lowry (Left thumb; distal phalanx fracture) – Doubtful Patrick McCaw (Left knee; surgery) – Out Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out

TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Utah Jazz Date: Sunday, December 1 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

SERIES RECAP VS. UTAH

OVERALL HOME ROAD 2018-19

2-0 1-0 1-0

ALL-TIME 18-27 9-13 9-14

STREAKS Won 2 Won 1 Won 3

LAST WIN: January 1, 2019 (122-116)

LAST HOME WIN: January 1, 2019 (122-116)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +24, November 9, 2013

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -32, December 7, 2012

LAST TIME VS. UTAH

GAME 39 – JANUARY 1, 2019 TORONTO 122, UTAH 116

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 45 points, Pascal Siakam had a career-best 28 points with 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 122-116 … Norman Powell scored a season-high 14 points, and the Raptors won their fourth straight at home despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry (sore back) and center Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb) … Leonard shot 16 for 22 overall, missing all three attempts from 3-point range, and went 13 for 17 at the free-throw line … Jae Crowder scored a career-high 30 points, Derrick Favors had 21 and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 for the Jazz … Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, and Ricky Rubio had 14 … Leonard made all seven of his fieldgoal attempts in the third quarter and added five foul shots … After making two 3-pointers in the first half, the Raptors connected on their first three long-range shots of the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge midway through the quarter … Siakam went 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the third and scored 13 points … Toronto outscored Utah 44-32 to take a 95-85 lead into the fourth … The Raptors set a franchise record with 44 points in the third quarter.

1 2 3 4 TOT UTAH

24 29 32 31 116

INJURY REPORTS AT 1:30 SUNDAY

UTA@TOR Toronto Raptors Hernandez, Dewan Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Thumb; Sprain – Ibaka, Serge Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain – Johnson, Stanley Out Injury/Illness – Left Groin; Stress reaction – Lowry, Kyle Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Fracture – distal phalanx – McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – Ponds, Shamorie Available G League – Two-Way Out Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Middle: fracture – distal phalanx – Utah Jazz Brantley, Jarrell Out G League – Two-Way – Morgan, Juwan Out G League – On Assignment – Oni, Miye Out G League – On Assignment – Wright-Foreman, Justin Out G League – Two-Way

TORONTO 26 25 44 27 122
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Miami Heat Date: Tuesday, December 3 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

UTAH JAZZ

LAST GAME’S STARTERS

44 BOJAN BOGDANOVIĆ F • 6-8 • 226 • Croatia
PPG • 22.1 RPG • 4.4 APG • 2.2
• Posted career-highs in points (18.0), rebounds (4.1), assists (2.0), steals (0.9), field goal percentage (.497) and 3-point percentage (.425) last season with the Indiana Pacers • Ranked 38th in field goal percentage and 10th in 3-point percentage in the league last year
23 ROYCE O’NEALE F • 6-4 • 222 • Baylor
PPG • 5.9 RPG • 4.6 APG • 2.6
• Third on team in field goal percentage in 201819 (.475) (minimum 200 attempts) • Has played in both Spain and Germany • Born in Harker Heights, Texas
27 RUDY GOBERT C • 7-1 • 258 • Cholet Basket
PPG • 13.4 RPG • 13.9 BPG • 2.1
• Two time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2018, 2019) • 2016-17 All-NBA Second Team and 2018-19 All-NBA Third Team • First player since Wilt Chamberlain (1966-67) to total over 1,200 points on better than 65 percent shooting and 1,000 rebounds in a single season (2018-19)
45 DONOVAN MITCHELL G • 6-1 • 220 • Louisville
PPG • 25.3 RPG • 5.1 APG • 3.7
• Led all NBA sophomores in scoring in 2018-19 (23.8 ppg) • Two-time Western Conference Player of the Week (1/6-1/13 & 2/25-3/3) • Youngest player in Jazz history to score 45+ points in a single game (46 vs. MIL 3/2/19)
10 MIKE CONLEY G • 6-0• 180 • Ohio State
PPG • 13.9 RPG • 3.6 APG • 4.6
• Currently one of only 10 active players to have totaled over 11,000 points, 4,500 assists, 2000 rebounds and 1,000 steals • NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week (week of March 4-10, 2019) • Three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner (2014, 2016, 2019) 2019-20

INJURY REPORT

Jarrell Brantley – OUT (G League – Two Way) Justin Wright-Foreman – OUT (G League – Two Way) Juwan Morgan – OUT (G League Assignment) Miye Oni – OUT (G League Assignment)

CONNECTIONS: Raptors C Marc Gasol and Jazz G Mike Conley played together in Memphis for 11 seasons from 2008-2019 … Jazz F Juwan Morgan and Raptors F OG Anunoby both played collegiately at Indiana University … Jazz F Georges Niang and Raptors F Matt Thomas were teammates at Iowa State for three season (2013-2016)

GOOD COMPANY This season, Donovan Mitchell is one of four qualified guards to be averaging over 25 points and five rebounds per game. Among those players, he is the shortest at 6-1.

REBOUNDIN’ RUDY Jazz Center Rudy Gobert has collected 13.9 rebounds per game so far this season, making him third in the NBA in rebounds per game, only behind Andre Drummond (17.1) and Clint Capela (14.7)

STARTING STRONG Through the first 12 games of the season, Donovan Mitchell scored a total of 305 points. He is the first Jazzman to score more than 300 points through 12 games since Karl Malone scored 302 points in the 1999-2000 season and the first Jazz guard to do so since Adrian Dantley scored 373 points in 1985-86.

STIFLE’S SCREEN ASSISTS Rudy Gobert has recorded 139 screen assists so far this season, good for first in the NBA. Gobert has 13 more screen assists than anyone else in the league, with Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis being second on the list with 126 screen assists.

RUDY’S BIG NIGHT By going 11-of-12 from the field against the Warriors on 11/11, Rudy Gobert recorded the highest field goal percentage (91.7%) by a Jazzman with at least 10 FGA’s since Karl Malone shot 12-of-12 from the field on 2/3/2001.

HOME COOKIN’ The Jazz have begun the 2019-20 campaign with 8-1 record at games played at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz join the Los Angeles Lakers (9-1) and Los Angeles Clippers (11-1) as the only western conference teams with only one home loss this season.

BEATING THE BUZZER The Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on 11/8 thanks to a heroic three-pointer at the buzzer from Bojan Bogdanović, giving him 33 points on the evening. The game winning shot marked the first buzzer beater by a Jazzman since Rudy Gobert on 3/5/17, who connected on a shot at the buzzer against the Sacramento Kings to give the Jazz a 110-109 victory in overtime.

THE 900 CLUB In the 110-96 victory over the Clippers on 10/30, Rudy Gobert recorded his 900th career blocked shot. Gobert becomes just the fifth Jazzman to record at least 900 blocks, joining Mark Eaton (3,064), Andrei Kirilenko (1,380), Greg Ostertag (1,253) and Karl Malone (1,125).

RUDY SEEING DOUBLE By tallying 14 points and 16 rebounds on 11/6 against the Philadelphia 76ers, Gobert collected his 203rd career double-double, putting him at fourth all-time in Jazz history. Gobert now trails only Karl Malone (799), John Stockton (714) and Carlos Boozer (212).

NEW ADDITONS The Jazz welcome a total of 10 new players to their roster for the 2019-20 season. NBA veterans new to the Jazz this year include Mike Conley (last w/Memphis), Bojan Bogdanović (last w/Indiana), Emmanuel Mudiay (last w/New York), Jeff Green (last w/Washington) and Ed Davis (last w/Brooklyn). The Jazz have five rookies on their roster, including Miye Oni (Yale), Jarrell Brantley (Charleston), Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra), Juwan Morgan (Indiana) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga, last w/Olympiacos.

DYNAMITE DONOVAN In the season opening game against the Thunder on 10/23, Donovan Mitchell poured in 32 points in addition to pulling down 12 rebounds. With his performance, Mitchell became just the fourth Jazzman to put in at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s opening game and the first player to do so since Carlos Boozer had 32 points and 15 rebounds on 10/30/2007 against the Warriors.

JOE THREE-INGLES With 694 three pointers made, Joe Ingles sits in second place in Jazz history in 3PM. Ingles is one of just seven players in Jazz franchise history to knock down 500 or more threes, joining John Stockton (845), Gordon Hayward (689), Bryon Russell (540), Darrell Griffith (530), Mehmet Okur (517) and Deron Williams (511).

RAINING TRIPLES AFTER TWO In the Utah’s 113-81 victory over the Sacramento Kings on 10/26, the Jazz connected on 13 three-pointers in the first half. The 13 triples tied the franchise record for three-pointers in a half, also making 13 in through two quarters against the Denver Nuggets last season on 1/23/19. Bojan Bogdanović led the way with four first half triples, which is tied for fourth-most three-pointers in the first half by a Jazzman.

IRON MAN JOE Per Elias Sports Bureau, Joe Ingles has now played 323-straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA. Also, since the start of the 2014-15 season, Ingles has played in more games (425) than anyone else in the NBA.

2018-19 HIGHLIGHTS

YOU KIDDIN ME? PLAYOFFS? Utah finished the 2018-19 season with a 50-32 record, advancing to the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Jazz finished the second half of the season strong, posting a 18-7 (.720) record after the All-Star Break. Since the 2016-17 season, the Jazz are third in the NBA with a 52-22 (.703) post All-Star Break record, behind only the Houston Rockets (56-18, .757) and the Portland Trail Blazers (54-21, .720).

50 WIN SEASON The Jazz finished last season at 50-32 good for 5th in the Western Conference. That marked the 16th time in Jazz history they have won 50 or more games in a single season and second time in the last three seasons, going 51-31 in 2016-17.

FRENCHMEN CAN DUNK Rudy Gobert finished the 2018-19 season with 306 dunks, setting an NBA record for dunks in a single-season. Gobert was trailed by Giannis Antetokounmpo (279), Clint Capela (240), Montrezl Harrell (203) and JaVale McGee (201).

BIG MAN, BIG YEAR Rudy Gobert became the first player since Artis Gilmore in 198182 to be averaging over 15 points on 65 percent-or-better from the field, 10-or-more rebounds and at least two blocks. The last two times that has been done in a single season since 1946-47 were by Artis Gilmore in 1980-81 and 1981-82.

GO CRAZY, GOBERT During the 2018-19 season, Gobert totaled 1,284 points and 1,041 rebounds on .669 shooting from the field, making him the second player in NBA history to record at least 1,200 points and 1,000 rebounds on .650 shooting from the field. The only other player in NBA history to achieve this feat was Wilt Chamberlain during the 1966-67 season (1,956 points, 1,957 rebounds on .683 shooting).

MITCHELL AND NETS Last season against Milwaukee (3/2), Donovan Mitchell registered a career-high 46 points on 15-32 shooting from the field, including career-highs in both free throws made (11) and attempted (14). With 46 points, Mitchell (22 years-176 days) became the youngest player in franchise history to score 45+ points in a single game (prev. Adrian Dantley (23 years-272 days). Mitchell also set career-highs for points in a half (31 pts in the second half) and a quarter (19 pts in the fourth quarter).


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LEAFS 2, SABRES 1 (OT) POSTGAME QUOTES: “Well just that it’s nice to have Freddie there and it’s nice to have a guy that’s capable of that. You’re going to need that at different times, without question. I thought that gives us confidence as well in doing so. …obviously he’s a big reason why we get a chance to keep the lead as long as we did and then gives us a chance to get it to overtime.” SHELDON KEEFE

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On coaching his first game at Scotiabank Arena:

It was fun being here. Different circumstances than when I’ve been here in the past. Fitting that the Marlies were in the building this afternoon, that’s more what I’m familiar with. It’s nice, it’s special. A lot of my family here to enjoy it as well. It wasn’t the prettiest game at times, but we found a way to get the two points and finish off a good week here.

On what he thinks when he watches Andersen make several key saves:

Well just that it’s nice to have Freddie there and it’s nice to have a guy that’s capable of that. You’re going to need that at different times, without question. I thought that gives us confidence as well in doing so. It was nice and obviously he’s a big reason why we get a chance to keep the lead as long as we did and then gives us a chance to get it to overtime.

On the atmosphere in the arena:

Fans are into it. There’s a lot of them, it’s a big crowd. It’s nice to be at home. As I said, I’ve been in this environment before but never quite like this. Never quite as full and never quite as much emotion and energy and all those types of things. It was nice and we’re hoping it gets better from here.

On tonight’s effort:

I would say inconsistent. I’d say that we had some really good moments. I thought the start of the second and the third period, especially, were really good for us. Not where we would want it to be, not what we think we’re capable of. I think we’ve got to give some credit to Buffalo. I think they did a really good job in both games against us and made it a little harder on us than it’s been in previous games. That’s the next phase for us is to try to find a way to play the way we want to and the way we’re capable of when the other team has a good plan and is making it difficult on us.

On John Tavares picking up some momentum on the scoresheet:

I think it’s big. Players that have scored a lot expect to score a lot. Whether you’re a veteran or not, you want to score, you want to feel good, you want to know that you’re making an impact on the team in that manner. We expect him to score, we need him to score. He’s been very good in a lot of other areas for us as well. He’s taking a lot of heavy matchups and it’s nice to see him this weekend and, here in particular, put it in the net.

On his relationship with Tavares as the captain:

He’s been very consistent for me, both in his effort, his performance and, then, just in his demeanor. He’s a very consistent man. He comes to the rink every day, he’s prepared, prepared himself mentally, physically, does the work. He’s got a great perspective to be able to offer me in terms of what the team needs or what the feeling around the team is. He’s also a great voice for the team. He’s plugged into a lot of things that are happening and it’s just been real nice for me to have him to lean on here early.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (29 SAVES)

On if he knew he kept the shot that was reviewed out of the net:

I didn’t know it was that close. I haven’t seen it yet, so you guys had a better view than me. I thought I had it; I didn’t know they were going to go upstairs. I thought it was a save. I tried to get some eyes on the pass and get my glove over to his blade so when he released, I was set up. It was just a matter of trying to get my body across and taking up as much space as possible.

On how much of a change it was to play the second leg of a back-to-back:

It was a little different. We didn’t really have a skate yesterday because of the early game but I made sure to skate a little bit this morning with [Steve Briere]. I think the guys that played yesterday had a little bit more of a relaxed morning and got ready for tonight. That’s just the way I like it. Since I didn’t play last night I wanted to come in sharp.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 ASSIST)

On Andersen’s performance tonight:

I think there were points in the game where we kind of got hemmed in the D-zone and he made some big saves. We turned some pucks over and a couple incredible saves. He kept us in it and we were able to get that extra point which was huge for us.

On what Buffalo did well to limit their scoring chances:

I think they tracked back hard and were able to sustain pressure on the forecheck. As soon as we got the puck, we found we didn’t have as much time and space as we really thought so it was tough to make plays. Similar to last night, I think we’re still four or five games in and trying to find that identity – when to make a play and when to make the safe play and chip the puck out and create some space in behind. I think that’s still a work in progress for us but all-in-all we’re happy to get the two points and move onto the next one.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On his powerplay goal:

It was a little lucky, I think it hit his stick and deflected off his arm and in. It was nice to get one on the powerplay that’s for sure.

On if he caught Hutton off guard:

I think maybe they thought I was going to pass it backdoor or something, so I had some space to go to the net which was nice.

On if his unit stayed out longer on the powerplay by design:

It’s nothing that we’ve talked about. I guess we just happened to be out there. We’re usually out there for a minute but we just happened to be out there a little longer today.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On getting his 400th career assist:

I’ve played with some pretty good shooters. They’re not always pretty. I’ve just tried to play my game and be effective, whether it’s putting the puck in the net or setting up teammates. I want to be able to help my team in different ways. It’s nice to continue to be productive. I didn’t know it was right around the corner. Always good to get it, especially in a win.

On his overtime goal:

Well, my first shot I thought it kind of surprised him and when I got a bit of separation again and had a little bit of a screen, I tested it again. I was towards the end of my shift, so I wanted to be sure with it. I had some good room and I think I got good wood on it. I was able to time it right and happy I picked a corner.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, SABRES 1 (OT) POSTGAME NOTES: John Tavares collected the secondary assist on William Nylander’s second-period goal and later scored the game-winning goal at 1:45 of overtime. Tavares has points (4-2-6) in three consecutive games. His assist was his 400th career NHL assist.

BUFFALO SABRES (12-10-5 – 29 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (13-11-4 – 30 Points)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2019

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 5:30 of the second period. Nylander has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) over his last five games. He has recorded 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 14 games during the month of November. He has 12 points (4-8-12) in 17 career games against Buffalo.
  • John Tavares collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal and later scored the game-winning goal at the 1:45 mark of overtime. Tavares has points (4-2-6) in three consecutive games. His second period assist was his 400th career NHL assist. Tonight’s game is Tavares’ seventh multi-point game of the season and his third multi-point performance in three consecutive games. He is one of nine NHLers to have multiple overtime goals this season.
  • Auston Matthews registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Matthews has 21 points (13 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games on home ice this season. He has registered 10 points (6-4-10) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Kasperi Kapanen registered the primary assist on Tavares’ overtime goal. Kapanen has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in two games against the Sabres this season.
  • Andreas Johnsson picked up the secondary assist on Tavares’ overtime goal. Johnsson has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) over his last three games played. He has registered 10 (3-7-10) of his 16 points on home ice in 2019-20.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots to earn the win.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
BUFFALO8 (8)11 (11)9 (9)2 (0)30 (28)
TORONTO11 (11)16 (12)13 (13)3 (0)43 (36)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
BUFFALO21 (19)20 (19)17 (17)3 (0)61 (55)
TORONTO17 (17)26 (21)20 (20)3 (0)66 (58)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home7-3-4 (14 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Buffalo82-105-18-11 (216 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Buffalo at Home48-40-12-5 (107 Games) 
Record vs. Eastern Conference7-8-4 (19 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division5-5-1 (11 Games)
Attendance19,250

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots6 (Nylander)
Shot Attempts(Nylander, Rielly)
Faceoff Wins(Matthews, Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage71% (Gauthier – 5 won, 2 lost)
Hits4 (Johnsson)
Blocked Shots(10 players tied)
Takeaways(Kapanen, Tavares)
TOI23:42 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI1:24 (Matthews, Nylander, Rielly)
Shorthanded TOI2:39 (Ceci)
Shifts28 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage82.4% (Gauthier – 14 for, 3 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first6-2-1
Tied after 15-2-2
Lead after 29-0-2
Score 1 power play goal5-3-2
Do not allow a power play goal8-3-0
Outshoot opponent7-2-1
Overtime4-4
Saturday5-2-2

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-1 on the power play tonight.
  • At 10:50 of the second period, Video Review was initiated and determined that there was no conclusive evidence that the puck, which was in Frederik Andersen’s glove, had completely crossed the goal line. Therefore, the Referee’s call on the ice stands. The call on the ice was upheld – No Goal Buffalo.
  • Frederik Gauthier won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
  • Justin Holl started 16.7 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Auston Matthews won 60 percent (6 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone draws.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 24 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 48 percent (24 for, 26 against).

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. at Philadelphia Flyers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Colorado Avalanche (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Blues (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, December 10, 10:00 p.m. at Vancouver Canucks (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, December 12, 9:00 p.m. at Calgary Flames (TSN4, TSN 1050)