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Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Michael Hutchinson is still looking for his first win of the season and he’ll have a chance Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. The 29-year-old has six starts this season and will head for his seventh on this, the first day of winter. That’s also 346 days away from his most […]

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Woz Blog: How Raptors roster shakes out post-injuries — Toronto Sun

So, now we have the first idea of how Nick Nurse is going to try to get by without key starters Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol and minus top reserve guard Norman Powell, who had been playing the best basketball of his career starting in place of Fred VanVleet. Nurse favourite Patrick McCaw drew into…

Woz Blog: How Raptors roster shakes out post-injuries — Toronto Sun

RED WINGS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner is averaging 0.52 primary assists per game, which ranks eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games. He leads NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in primary assists (13). Tied for second in the NHL in takeaways (38). Averages 4.48 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.

DETROIT RED WINGS (9-24-3 – 21 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (18-14-4 – 40 Points)

DECEMBER 21, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

 RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus DETROIT

ALL-TIME RECORD:292-281-93-5 (671 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:174-108-47-3 (332 Games)
2018-19:2-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-0-2
LAST 10:7-1-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus DETROIT

GAMES PLAYED:Morgan Rielly (26), John Tavares (24), Jason Spezza (23)
GOALS:Auston Matthews (10), John Tavares (10), Jason Spezza (8)
ASSISTS:John Tavares (24), Morgan Rielly (12), Jason Spezza (9)
POINTS:John Tavares (34), Jason Spezza (17), Auston Matthews (16)
PENALTY MINUTES:Mitch Marner (10), Jason Spezza (10), Jake Muzzin (9)

MAPLE LEAFS – RED WINGS TEAM STATS

 TORONTODETROIT
GOALS FOR (Rank):120 (t-3rd)79 (31st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       113 (t-23rd)140 (31st)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):20/96 [20.8%] (12th)19/115 [16.5%] (25th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):83/108 [76.8%] (t-25th)80/109 [73.4%] (30th)
SHOTS (Rank):1209 (4th)1019 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1836 (1st)1403 (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (5th)46.7% (29th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.3% (4th)48.8% (t-24th)

MAPLE LEAFS – RED WINGS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:January 4, 1927 at Detroit (Toronto 2, Detroit Cougars 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:292-281-93-5 (671 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:174-108-47-3 (332 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:118-173-46-2 (339 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:December 23, 2018 (Toronto 5, Detroit 4 OT)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. RED WINGS

Trevor MooreFirst NHL game (Dec. 23, 2018 vs. DET)
First NHL point (Assist) (Dec. 23, 2018 vs. DET)
Jake Muzzin100th NHL game (Jan. 18, 2014 (LAK) at DET)
First game as a Maple Leaf (Feb. 1, 2019 at DET)
Morgan Rielly100th NHL game (Dec. 10, 2013 at DET)
100th NHL assist (Oct. 18, 2017 vs. DET)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS21 (Matthews)
ASSISTS20 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS38 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS11 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs24 (Muzzin)
SHOTS131 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.9% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Matthews, Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS62 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS38 (Marner)
HITS80 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:26 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME2:55 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:08 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 8-4-3 at home this season with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Red Wings and is 9-0-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (18).- First in the NHL in saves (823) and second in even-strength saves (694).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 14.2 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has been on the ice for the sixth-most shot attempts for (696) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-130, which is tied for eighth among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– Has an on-ice goal differential of plus-seven at even-strength, which is tied for the third highest even-strength goal differential among Toronto skaters.- Ninth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (112:38).- Has played 61.3 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 11th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Justin Holl– Has started his 44.1 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 52.8 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for the second-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Sixth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.9 percent, which ranks 10th among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Averaging 15:36 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.  
Kasperi Kapanen– Has a pair of assists in two games against Detroit in 2019-20.- Seventh among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Has played 36.3 percent of the Maple Leafs’ shorthanded ice time, which ranks fourth among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength goals (5).- Lone Toronto forward to have recorded at least 20 hits (27) and 20 blocked shots (23) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 0.52 primary assists per game, which ranks eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- First among NHLers who have appeared in 25 or fewer games in primary assists (13).- Tied for second in the NHL in takeaways (38). Averages 4.48 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have skated in at least 20 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.5).
Auston Matthews– Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in goals (21).- Second among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (16).- 12th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (16-11-27).-  Ninth in the NHL with 131 shots on goal.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 59.2 percent at 5-on-5, which is third among Toronto skaters.
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 9.1 shots on goal per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the second-highest average among NHLers who have played at least 60 shorthanded minutes.- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (72:20).- Leads NHL rookies and is third among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-14-20).
Jake Muzzin– Has drawn nine penalties this season, which leads Toronto defencemen and is tied for ninth among NHL defencemen.- Averages 0:47 in ice time per shift, which is tied for the fourth-lowest average shift length among defencemen who average at least 21:00 per game in ice time.
William Nylander– Has recorded nine primary assists, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.  – Averages 2.29 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters.- Has recorded 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 15 career games against Detroit, which is tied for his second highest point total against a single opponent.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 16th among NHL defencemen in points (3-20-23).- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-14-17).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (13).- Ranks 12th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:26).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.5).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.37 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for third Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.31 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which leads the Maple Leafs and is the seventh-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in two games against Detroit this season and has 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 24 career games against the Red Wings. – Averaging 17.01 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 9.04 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 14th among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas points (4-6-10) in six consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.
Ilya MikheyevHas goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootThree points from 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen200th NHL win (December 14 at Edmonton)
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 74

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 19Recalled forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 18Loaned forward Adam Brooks and defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 17Recalled forward Adam Brooks from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
December 16Recalled defencemen Timothy Liljegren and Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.

RED WINGS NOTES

LAST GAME DET 3 vs. CBJ 5 (12/17/19) 1ST PERIOD: DET Erne (Nielsen, Perlini) 5:11-EV; CBJ Atkinson (Dubois, Jones) 11:02-EV; CBJ Bjorkstrand (Nyquist, Jenner) 12:06- EV; DET Erne (Glendening, Bowey) 17:17-EV 2ND PERIOD: DET Bertuzzi (Larkin, Hronek) 1:58-PP; CBJ Stenlund (Atkinson, Jones) 6:54-PP 3RD PERIOD: CBJ Dubois (Texier) 1:19-EV; CBJ Nyquist (Bjorkstrand) 19:53-EN SHOTS: DET 21 (4-6-11) / CBJ 39 (13-14-12)

GOALIES: DET Bernier (L, 34-38) / CBJ Korpisalo (W, 18-21) PP: DET 1-3 / CBJ 1-2

MAN GAMES LOST (games missed / out since) Danny DeKeyser – Back (28 / Oct. 23) Jonathan Ericsson – Upper Body (10 / Dec. 17) Jimmy Howard – Mid-Body (8 / Nov. 29) Total Man Games Lost: 137 Individual Man Games Lost: Trevor Daley (20), Justin Abdelkader (15), Luke Glendening (11), Mike Green (8), Adam Erne (8), Anthony Mantha (8), Patrik Nemeth (6), Andreas Athanasiou (4), Frans Nielsen (4), Givani Smith (3), Filip Hronek (2), Dennis Cholowski (1), Darren Helm (1)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS 12/14 – Assigned D Dylan McIlrath to Grand Rapids…Removed RW Antony Mantha from IR 12/16 – Placed G Jimmy Howard on LTIR retroactive to 11/27…Placed D Jonathan Ericsson on IR 12/17 – Recalled D Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids…Assigned G Jimmy Howard to Grand Rapids for conditioning 12/19 – Lost G Eric Comrie on waivers to WPG…Recalled G Calvin Pickard from Grand Rapids

RED WINGS at MAPLE LEAFS TONIGHT: 672nd all-time game, 333rd in TOR…3rd of 4 games this season, 1st of 2 in TOR

ALL-TIME vs. TOR: 286-285-93-7 / ROAD: 111-171-47-3 / LAST 10: 3-6-1 / IN 2018-19: 2-1-1 / THIS SEASON: 0-2 DET top scorers vs. TOR: Mike Green (5-20-25 in 42 GP), Frans Nielsen (10-8-18 in 41 GP), Dylan Larkin (6-7-13 in 17 GP), Justin Abdelkader (5-4-9 in 23 GP), Valtteri Filppula (4-5-9 in 27 GP)

TOR top scorers vs. DET: John Tavares (10-24-33 in 24 GP), Auston Matthews (10-6-16 in 13 GP), Jason Spezza (8-9-17 in 23 GP), Morgan Reilly (4-12-16 in 26 GP), Tyson Barrie (4-7-11 in 14 GP)

MILESTONES: Mike Green scored his 1st NHL goal on 2/3/06 vs. TOR (with WSH)…Darren Helm recorded his 1st career hat trick on 3/29/14 at TOR…Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut on 10/9/15 vs. TOR…Filip Hronek had his 1st NHL assist/point on 10/11/18 vs. TOR…Christoffer Ehn had his 1st NHL assist/point (10/11/18 vs. TOR) and goal (12/23/18 at TOR) against TOR.

NOTES: DET G Jonathan Bernier spent 3 seasons in TOR, compiling a 59-68-17 record, 2.81 GAA, 0.915 save percentage and six shutouts in 151 games from 2013-16…DET D Trevor Daley grew up in Toronto, where he played in his 1,000th NHL game on 12/23/18…DET G Calvin Pickard spent the 2017-18 season in TOR’s organization, playing 1 NHL game for TOR and winning a Calder Cup with the AHL Marlies, posting a 21-9-1 record in 33 regular-season games…TOR F Auston Matthews (2013-15) is a graduate of the U.S. NTDP in Ann Arbor/Plymouth, MI…TOR F Zach Hyman was Dylan Larkin’s linemate at the University of Michigan in 2014-15 and totaled 89 points (35-54-89) in 151 games at the school from 2011-15…TOR F Jason Spezza started his pro career with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins by skating in 3 playoff games in 2001-02…TOR president Brendan Shanahan won three Stanley Cups with DET and amassed 633 points (309-324-633) in 716 games from 1996-06. RECENT RECAPS Dec. 17 vs. CBJ – 5-3 L DET fell to 0-2 against CBJ this season and has lost 6-straight home games to CBJ…Adam Erne scored twice, marking his 1st points with DET and 1st goals since 3/5/19 vs. WPG (with TB)…Erne’s 2-goal game marks his 6th career multi-point game and 3rd multi-goal game…Madison Bowey picked up an assist to give him 3 points (1-2-3) in 2 games…Tyler Bertuzzi stretched his point streak to 3 games (2-1-3), his 4th such streak this season…Since 1999-00, only 6 Red Wings have reached 40 career goals quicker than Bertuzzi (164 games): Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Athanasiou…Filip Hronek logged an assist to become the 4th DET D since 1979-80 to record 30-or-more assists in his first 80 career games, joining Nicklas Lidstrom (49), Yves Racine (43) and Jeff Sharples (32).

HEATING UP DET’s Filip Zadina has found the back of the net in 2 of his last 4 games. After starting the season by producing 13 points (7-6-13) in 20 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins, Zadina ranks as one of the NHL’s top rookies since his initial callup on 11/24. Below is a look at the top point-producing rookies since that date:

RAPTORS 122, WIZARDS 118 QUOTES: “We won the game. That helps. It’s going to be a work in progress and I think guys will continue to get more comfortable every game. We are going to continue to have to have guys step up.” –KYLE LOWRY

(8-19) WASHINGTON WIZARDS, 118 VS. (20-8) TORONTO RAPTORS, 122 SCOTIABANK ARENA FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

On the return of Fred VanVleet … Yeah, I think he was a smidge, just, off a little bit. He got to the rim some, which you know, some quickness, which was good. Yeah, it’s definitely good to have him out there though for sure.

On tonight’s game … It was okay. Obviously I thought we came out with great energy, the ball was going in, (and) we were flying around really good. We had 25 deflections in the first half, which is a huge number, but that’s about where it stayed. I think the second half we were moving. We never really got into a rhythm on either end, defensively or offensively. We gave up 66 in the second half. Give them some credit – they made a bunch of shots and we probably waited a little long on the blitzing, but when we did blitz they made some shots and plays out of that too, so (we) hung on for the win. Any win is tough in this league, that’s for sure, especially when you’re missing half of your team.

On the bench … Those guys have had some great times … They played it about even when you look at the plus minus. It felt like to me we were trading buckets. That’s kind of what we were doing. I didn’t think they played as well defensively as they have in the past, and a lot of that was, I thought, that they committed a bunch of fouls. It was Chris (Boucher), Terence (Davis), Chris, Terence. It was just foul, foul, foul there for a while, so those are mistakes, but I’ve got to look at it. I think I said to the staff after the game, “We had those guys really flying around and playing awesome.” But I think it might have been in some of our other defences, you know, when we were out in L.A. and Portland we were playing a lot of the box-and-one, triangle-and-two, and maybe that frees them up just to kind of fly around. They will and they will play hard and they’ll make plays, and I just think they just got caught up. Washington was executing well and we didn’t quite get there, (but) again, I have to look at the tape before I say too much.

KYLE LOWRY (26 points, nine assists, four rebounds)

On working in a new starting five… We won the game. That helps. It’s going to be a work in progress and I think guys will continue to get more comfortable every game. We are going to continue to have to have guys step up.

Is there an urgency to get your game back on track? I’ll be all right. I’ll be ready to go. I’m going to do what I gotta do and help our team win games. Tonight was a good effort by everybody to kind of get themselves going and having Freddie back definitely helped a lot. So it’s one of those things where Serge (Ibaka), is getting in the lineup and then Malcom (Miller) getting a little more comfortable, TD’s (Terence Davis) got to get a little more comfortable, and Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson), Pat (McCaw). You know, we’ve gotta get guys more comfortable in their own skin and just going out there and hooping.

FRED VANVLEET (18 points, nine rebounds, eight assists)

How important was it to get back on the floor with recent injuries? It was very important. I was turning that corner anyway. For three of our top five, six guys to go out all in one game, it’s not very fortunate for our ball club, but (I) tried to get back out there with the guys and give us a better chance to win. I’d like to think that I increased our chances of winning tonight, regardless of how ugly it was. I just want to be out there with the guys.

What changed in the second half? It’s the ups and downs of the game. We kind of had a dry spell on offence and Bradley (Beal) got hot. They started smacking in some threes and they got a little bit of momentum and they got hot, so we have to do a better job. (We’ll) look at the tape and see how we can keep continuing to get better on defence, but just finding ways to win is the most important part.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS QUOTES

SCOTT BROOKS (HEAD COACH)

On the team’s fight tonight… That’s what we do. We fight, we claw, we don’t make any excuses but we can’t get down 40-23 in that first quarter. It always seems to be one quarter. Two nights ago it was the fourth quarter. Lots of times it’s the second quarter, tonight it was the first. We fought back and we clawed our way back in. We had a great look, not a good look – a great look by one of the best shooters on the planet to put us up three with three minutes to go and then it would have been really interesting. They come down with a guy (Patrick McCaw) that we’re somewhat comfortable taking a three and he makes it. That’s what it is, it comes down to a lot of the times making a shot. I’m proud of our guys. We competed and gave ourselves a chance to win the game. That’s what we have to do and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.

On the play of Admiral Schofield… He’s hungry and you win and you get better by being hungry, and he’s hungry. He wants to get out there. He loves his opportunities; he gets down on the court anywhere, whether it’s with the Go-Go or with us he wants to get better and he’s challenged himself to compete every minute and I love that about him. He’s undersized, he’s playing the five and I think he’s maybe 6’5 but he’s competing. He’s giving himself a chance. It doesn’t matter how big you are, it’s how much are you willing to lay out on the line every night. That’s what it’s about. You can be a smaller player at your position and have a long career if you do that, and that’s why he’s going to have a long career.

BRADLEY BEAL (37 points, six assists, seven rebounds)

What ultimately decided the game tonight? I felt like we should have won. We had enough flow and juice to win. I think down the stretch we kind of got away from ourselves, we weren’t defending. They made some tough shots down the stretch too, that Pat McCaw three hurt, a couple of big plays Kyle (Lowry) made down the stretch too and we were fouling a lot. So, I think the fouls took us out of the game.

When you were down 18, did you feel you had enough to come back? Yeah, because I knew I wasn’t being aggressive as I should have been. I just came out in the third and just wanted to do that, set the tone and get us going, and see what we could get. Sure enough we were back in the game.

On the play of Schofield… I love him. He competes the hardest on this team. He doesn’t care about getting the ball, he doesn’t care about stats or nothing like that. He goes out and hits people. That’s what he does, he goes out and hit people, he’s physical and he makes an impact in the game. He made some big threes tonight too. I just tell him all the time to stay ready, he’s taking advantage of his opportunity and coach is going to continue to play him because he plays his ass off. I love him. We all love him. Just let him continue to get better, stay humble and continue to work.

ISH SMITH (26 points)

Can you describe the type offensive rhythm you were in tonight? To be honest with you, I missed some of the easy ones yesterday (Wednesday), that I kind of get a little frustrated when I miss some easy ones that I usually make, and so tonight I’m thankful, thank God, we put in the work, me and Corey (Gaines) and the coaching staff put in the work and make shots. Winning and losing, there’s no moral victories. This is something you think about when you’re 40 years old and in your rocking chair with your wife and your kids, right now it’s turn the page and try to figure what we can do and how we can get better moving forward with Philly. That’s a really good team, we’re playing the defending champions and I thought we fought, played hard. Again, it’s no moral victories but we did a great job. I thought we competed, we played hard and just came up short.

LEAFS 6, RANGERS 3 QUOTES: “I think we controlled the puck. We didn’t throw it away. Kept the pedal down. It’s something we’ve just got to make sure we keep doing in the thirds. It’s something that we haven’t been consistent at. We’ve just got to make sure we keep the pedal down in the thirds. Make sure we’re trying to give teams no space.”–MITCH MARNER.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s third period performance:

Well, you know what, I thought like we’ve talked about in some of the previous games when the third periods haven’t gone well that the second period is maybe when some of the issues started to come up. I thought some of the positives of the second period today – which I thought there were lots – carried through to the third period. Obviously, we got a good start and the puck went in the net for us. That helped, but there were a lot of really good signs for our team in terms of how we retained the puck, which I thought was a real key to this game, in particular. When their team has the puck, they’re a tough team to deal with and I thought we handled that well.

On the team not getting discouraged after the Rangers came from behind twice:

Yeah, the message was just to keep going and stay with it. That was the challenge for us. And the guys did, and it worked out for us.

On what he had seen from Nylander coming into tonight:

You know, I talked with him, we actually met this morning. He didn’t feel like he had a great trip out west, in particular. He said he just didn’t feel good, didn’t feel right, but liked his practice and the work that he had done back in Toronto and was excited to get back and playing. So, you know, we met and talked about some things but really, I thought that Will had a much better here game you today and he got rewarded for it.

On if there’s anything he sees in Nylander’s game when he’s at his best:

Yeah, there were times today where he was doing that, which was just that he has the puck a lot in the offensive zone and guys come to try to get it away from him and he’s evading the check, he’s hanging on to the puck, he’s really difficult to knock off the puck. That’s when I really see his game kind of rounding out and a lot of it’s just because of how he protects the puck. When it’s not going well for him those pucks good off his stick too quickly.

MITCH MARNER (2 GOALS)

On tonight’s win:

I think we controlled the puck. We didn’t throw it away. Kept the pedal down. It’s something we’ve just got to make sure we keep doing in the thirds. It’s something that we haven’t been consistent at. We’ve just got to make sure we keep the pedal down in the thirds. Make sure we’re trying to give teams no space.

On if the team did a good job eliminated what the Rangers wanted to do offensively:

Yeah, I think we had some shifts where we did do that and some shifts where we didn’t. That’s going to happen in the game, it’s going to go the opposite way sometimes. I think we did a good job of bouncing back every time. Like I said, that was a big third period for us. We’ve got to make sure we come out and do that every time.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST)

On the performance of his line tonight:

I think we were moving the puck, we were skating a lot, trying to play tight in the D-zone to get transitions, which we got a few of.

On the contributions of the third and fourth lines:

It’s huge when they come up with goals like that. We need guys that can score when we’re getting deep into the playoffs. The third and fourth line are going to be crucial for us, too.

On the third period:

I think we just had a different mentality tonight. We knew it was tied 3-3 and we had to go out and get the game.

JOHN TAVARES (5 SHOTS ON GOAL)

On the importance of the fifth goal to the team:

It was a great play by [Marner]. Anytime you’re able to extend your lead, especially once you get into the third period, it goes a long way. So, big goal by him. Really stepped up there for the group and gave us the lead and kind of the confidence to then just continue to stay on it and not give them a whole lot knowing they needed two.

On what scoring two quick goals in the third period did for the team’s mindset:

Well, we want to score on all of our opportunities. So whether we’re up a goal or down a goal or up two goals, we want to continue to put the pressure on and play our type of game. Keep the puck, create the chances when we can get them and capitalize when we get our opportunities and obviously, we want to create as many as we can.

RAPTORS 122, WIZARDS 118 POSTGAME NOTES: Fred VanVleet returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous five games with a right knee contusion and had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists.

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 122, WASHINGTON WIZARDS 118

DATE: DECEMBER 20, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS Washington 118 8-19 Beal – 37 Bertans – 8 Beal – 6

Toronto 122 20-8 Lowry – 26 Ibaka – 10 Lowry – 9

KEY RUN With the game tied 109-109, the Raptors went on a 7-1 run to lead by six with two minutes remaining … Washington pulled with two with 1.1 seconds left, but Fred VanVleet clinched the win at the free throw line. KEY STAT The Raptors set season highs in both free throws made and attempted (34-for-44) … Washington shot 75 per cent (24-for-32) at the foul line … Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka attempted 11 and 10 free throws, respectively.

RAPTORS NOTES: • With the win, Toronto improves to 20-8 this season and 12-3 at home … The Raptors have won four in a row (Dec. 14-20), including three straight games at Scotiabank Arena … Toronto is now 6-4 in the month of December. • Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Raptors are 16-3 vs. Washington during the regular season and have won the last four meetings at home. • All five Toronto starters scored in double digits, combining for 96 points. • The Raptors scored a season-high 40 points in the first quarter. • Kyle Lowry led the Raptors in scoring for the fifth time this season with 26 points (7-14 FG, 3-7 3PT, 9-11 FT) … Lowry added a game-high nine assists and four rebounds in 41 minutes. • Serge Ibaka recorded his third double-double in the last four games (Dec 14-20) with 23 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in 36 minutes in his first start of the season. • The Raptors had six players score double figures – Lowry (26), Ibaka (23), OG Anunoby (18), Fred VanVleet (18), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14) and Patrick McCaw (11) … VanVleet returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous five games with a right knee contusion … McCaw’s 11 points were a season high in his first start of the season. • Rookie Terence Davis ll is the only Raptor not to miss a game this season.

WIZARDS NOTES: • With the loss, Washington falls to 8-19 on the season and 4-12 on the road … The Wizards have dropped their last two games (Dec. 18-20) and are now 2-8 in the month of December. • The Wizards outscored Toronto 25-16 on the fast-break. • Bradley Beal led all scorers with 37 points (12-24 FG, 3-10 3PT, 10-12 FT) – his 12th 30-point game of the season … Beal added seven rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes. • Ish Smith scored a season-high 26 points (9-9 FG, 4-4 3PT, 4-4 FT) in 30 minutes off the bench. • The Wizards had five players score in double digits – Beal (37), Smith (26), Isaiah Thomas (13), Troy Brown Jr. (11) and Davis Bertans (10). = 2019-20

MAPLE LEAFS 6, RANGERS 3 POST GAME NOTES: Pierre Engvall opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 9:38 of the first period. Engvall has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) over his past three games.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 6 (18-14-4 – 40 Points) vs.
NEW YORK RANGERS 3 (16-14-4 – 36 Points)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019

ON THE SCORESHEET
Pierre Engvall opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 9:38 of the first period. Engvall has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) over his past three games. Tonight’s goal is his first point against an Eastern Conference opponent in six games. He has registered all six of his points (2-4-6) on the road in 2019-20.
William Nylander scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 11:52 of the first period and later had the secondary assist on Mitch Marner’s second period goal before scoring the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 2:10 of the third period. Nylander has assists (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his third multi-goal and fifth multi-point performance of 2019-20. In five career games at Madison Square Garden, Nylander has registered four goals and three assists.
Mitch Marner
scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night on the power play at 2:50 of the second period before adding the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the night at 2:57 of the third period. Marner has points (4-6-10) in six consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his second multi-goal and eighth multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has 14 points (7-7-14) in 11 games on the road this season.
Ilya Mikheyev collected the secondary assist on Engvall’s first period goal and later scored the sixth Toronto goal of the game at 16:23 of the third period. Mikheyev has goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-point performance of the season. He has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 20 road games.
Justin Holl registered the primary assist on Engvall’s first period goal. Holl has three assists over his last five games. He has recorded eight (1-7-8) of his 11 points on the road this season. He has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in two career games at Madison Square Garden.
Kasperi Kapanen recorded the lone assist on Nylander’s first period goal. Kapanen has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. He has 15 points (6-9-15) in 20 games on the road.
Auston Matthews registered the primary assist on Marner’s second period goal and later had the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Matthews has points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his third multi-assist game of the season and his 12th multi-point game of 2019-20. Eleven of Matthews’ 17 assists have been primary assists, which is the second highest primary assist total among Toronto skaters.
Travis Dermott picked up the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Dermott has four points (2-2-4) in seven games against Metropolitan Division teams this season. Five (2-3-5) of his six points have come on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot had the lone assist on Mikheyev’s third period goal. Kerfoot has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) over his last three games. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in five career games against the Rangers. Toronto is 5-2-1 when Kerfoot records a point this season.
Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots to earn his League-leading 18th win of the season.

Record on the Road
10-10-0 (20 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New York
288-222-95-10 (615 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New York on the Road:
169-94-39-5 (307 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference
9-9-4 (21 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division
3-4-3 (10 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots
6 (Marner)
Shot Attempts
8 (Rielly)
Faceoff Wins
9 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage
83% (Gauthier – 5 won, 1 lost)
Hits
4 (Ceci)
Blocked Shots
5 (Muzzin)
Takeaways
2 (Marner, Mikheyev)
TOI
21:59 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI
2:44 (Marner, Matthews, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI
3:49 (Muzzin)
Shifts
29 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage
80% (Barrie – 28 for, 7 against)

RECORD WHEN…
Scoring first
11-3-1
Tied after 1
7-5-2
Tied after 2
5-5-1
Score one power play goal
7-3-2
Do not allow a power play goal
11-5-0
Outshooting opponent
9-4-1
Friday
3-2-0

OF NOTE…
The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-3 on the power play tonight.
Toronto won 60 percent (9 won, 6 lost) of their offensive zone faceoffs at 5-on-5.
Tyson Barrie and Morgan Rielly were on the ice for a team-high 28 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 80 percent (28 for, 7 against), while Rielly had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 77.8 percent (28 for, 8 against).
Zach Hyman and John Tavares started 16.7 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
Auston Matthews won 59 percent (5 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
UPCOMING GAMES:
Saturday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. vs. Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
Monday, December 23, 2:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
Friday, December 27, 7:00 p.m. at New Jersey Devils (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
Saturday, December 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Rangers (Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN)
Tuesday, December 31, 6:00 p.m. at Minnesota Wild (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)