Even in retirement, Ralph Lawler is keeping it real: “Guess you could blame schedule for Clipper Loss in Chicago,” tweeted the Hall of Fame former Clippers broadcaster after the Clippers’ 109-106 loss Saturday in a game that started about 22 hours after the team’s victory in Minneapolis had. “But I’d saying missing (Kawhi) Leonard and…Clippers return from 6-game trip battered but standing at 20-8 overall — Press Telegram
Sources: Mavericks’ Doncic could miss 2 weeks Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic might be able to return within a couple of weeks after suffering a moderate right ankle sprain, league sources told ESPN on Sunday. Doncic injured the ankle early in Saturday’s 122-118 loss to the Miami Heat when he stepped on Heat guard Kendrick […]Sources: Mavericks’ Doncic could miss 2 weeks — High Velocity Sport
#Mavericks guard Luka Dončić suffered a right ankle sprain in the first quarter of last night’s game against Miami. Dončić will not travel with the team to Milwaukee for Monday night’s game against the first-place Bucks.
Good thing the Edmonton Oilers got off to the start they did or things could be really scary at the moment. Read MoreOilers notes: Good start a saving grace during season-long losing skid — Edmonton Sun
Pascal Siakam returned to form on Saturday night and so did his Toronto Raptors. Having lost four of their past five, including Wednesday’s drubbing at the hands of Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto was eager to reassert itself against Brooklyn and came out blazing, nailing 9-of-10 three-pointers early on the way to …Siakam and Raptors return to form as Powell, Gasol star in win over Nets — Toronto Sun
10 things: Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell deliver wire-to-wire win over Nets Here are 10 takeaways from the Toronto Raptors’ 110-102 win over the Brooklyn Nets. One — Welcome: A stress-free win is exactly what the Raptors needed after dropping four of their last five games. Brooklyn jumped out to a 12-0 lead, but Toronto controlled […]10 things: Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell deliver wire-to-wire win over Nets — High Velocity Sport
EDMONTON — The low end of the salary scale had the goals, while the brawn on the blue line supplied the minutes when Tyson Barrie was hurt. All that and 36 saves from Frederik Andersen — now the fastest European goalie to 200 NHL wins — sent the Leafs home on a high from their […]Maple Leafs beat Oilers with bottom-six offence, but lose Tyson Barrie — Toronto Sun
TORONTO MARLIES (17-6-2-1 – 37 Points) vs. BELLEVILLE SENATORS (16-9-1-0 – 33 Points)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
Belleville: J. LaBate (1) (J. Dougherty, C. Cassels), E. Brannstrom (1) PP (J. Szwarz, J. Daccord), D. Batherson (11) (J. Aspirot, R. Balcers), J. Szwarz (9) EN, SH (A. Formenton, J. Dougherty) Goaltender: J. Daccord (34/35)
Toronto: K. Agostino (14) PP (A. Brooks, N. Petan) Goaltender: J. Woll (14/17)
ON THE SCORESHEET
• Kenny Agostino scored on the power play at 13:42 of the second period. He has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in three games against Belleville this season. Agostino has 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists) in his last 13 games. • Adam Brooks recorded the primary assist on Agostino’s second period power play goal. Brooks has 13 points (6 goals, 8 assists) through 17 games this season. • Nic Petan registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s second period power play goal. Petan has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) against Belleville in two games. • Joseph Woll stopped 14 of 17 shots he faced. Woll is now 5-4-1-1 on the season with a 0.899 Save Percentage and a 3.08 Goals Against Average.
• The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on December 1 that Greg Moore was named head coach of the Toronto Marlies. He will join the Marlies on December 16. • Assistant coaches Rob Davison and A.J. MacLean assumed duties behind the bench for tonight’s game Utica. Toronto is 7-4-0-0 under Davison and MacLean. • This was Toronto’s first loss at Coca-Cola Coliseum this season. Toronto’s first loss at home was at Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 30 against Utica. Toronto’s home record is 12-2-0-0 and they have outscored their opponent 54-34. • Toronto was 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-9 on the power play. • Toronto had a 35-18 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino, Darren Archibald, Mason Marchment, Nic Petan and Kristians Rubins led the Marlies with four shots on goal. • The Marlies are 7-3-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 2-1-0-0 against the Belleville Senators.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
• Goals: K. Agostino (14) • Assists: J. Bracco (18) • Points: K. Agostino (24) • PPG: K. Agostino, E. Korshkov (4) • Shots: K. Agostino (53)
• +/-: B. Harpur (+12) • PIMS: G. Wilson (54)
• The Marlies are 6-2-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-4-2-0 when trailing after the second period. • Toronto is 7-3-1-0 when outshooting their opponent. • The Marlies are 7-2-1-1 in Saturday games and are 3-3-0-0 in December.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
• Kenny Agostino has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
• Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Belleville. • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for today’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against San Antonio on December 8 in the first period and did not return.
• December 13: Returned on loan forward Nic Petan from Toronto (NHL). • December 13: Reassigned defenceman Mac Hollowell by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL). • December 9: Recalled forward Brady Ferguson from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
ASSISTANT COACH A.J. MacLEAN
On controlling the pace of play after giving up two goals in the first period: I thought for the whole game basically five-on-five, I really liked our game. In the third period we got five power plays, we’ve got to make at least one of those count. That’s really the difference in the game.
On the power play (1/9): It’s disappointing. We know we need better quality in that area and I think after getting this many in-game reps the guys will feel a lot more comfortable tomorrow and we should have a lot better effort in that area.
ADAM BROOKS (1 ASSIST)
On Belleville’s performance: Yeah, it’s obviously a good team. Their offence looks really good. They’ve added a lot of pieces. They’re a dangerous team. We obviously had our opportunities on the power play today and didn’t score and they had a five-on-three and they capitalized on theirs. So, that’s really the difference in the game I think and it’s something that we’ve got to clean up if we’re going to continue to get better and if we’re going to beat that team all year.
On whether a good penalty kill and goaltending from Belleville or Toronto’s lack of execution resulted in the power play going 1-for-9: I think you can always say both. I think you have to give a team credit when you go 1-for-9 but we want to be a lot better obviously. (Petan’s) on the power play now and it’s something that we’re not totally accustomed to. When you throw a new guy on things are a little different. Overall, we’ve just got to be better. We’ve got some elite talent on both units. It’s something that you’ve got to do better than 1-for-9, especially when you have five-on-three opportunities. So, it’s something that we’ve got to clean up and tomorrow against Rockford do a lot better.
December 15 vs Rockford – 4:00 p.m. ET December 21 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET December 26 vs Belleville – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
December 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET December 28 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET