MAVERICKS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Dallas goes for eighth straight road win, which would equal the franchise record.

RAPTOR NOTES • The Toronto Raptors play the first of a back-to-back when they host the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena. Following the game, Toronto will head to Indiana to play the Pacers Monday night. The Raptors dropped the first meeting of the season against the Mavericks last month in Dallas 110-102. Despite the loss, Toronto has won seven of its last nine games vs. Dallas, including three of the last four. Fred VanVleet recorded 24 points and seven assists in the November loss. • Toronto won is fourth consecutive game – and third straight at home – Friday night vs. Washington. Raptors starters combined for 96 of the team’s 122 points. Over its four-game win streak, Toronto is averaging 119.3 points while shooting .469 from the field. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.8 points, 9.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the team’s last four victories. • The Raptors currently rank second in the NBA averaging 9.6 steals in December (10 games), behind only Chicago (10.4). Norman Powell leads the team with 17 steals this month. Toronto had more steals than its opponent in 10 straight games (Nov. 29 – Dec. 18). It was the longest streak in the NBA team this season and was the second-longest such stretch in Raptors history. Toronto had more steals than its opponent in 11 consecutive games in 2007–08. Patrick McCaw had three of the team’s six steals Friday night vs. Washington, marking a season high. • Serge Ibaka made his first start of the season Friday night, recording his third double-double in his last four games. In those four games, Ibaka is averaging 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. • The Raptors shot 40 per cent (12-30) from behind the arc Friday night. Toronto currently sits third in the NBA in three-point percentage (.378) behind Miami (.385) and Utah (.383). Terence Davis ranks seventh among NBA rookies with a .405 three-point percentage. • Patrick McCaw has played at least 20 minutes in four straight games for the first time since March 2018, when he had a streak of five consecutive games with 20 or more minutes with the Golden State Warriors. • Toronto forced 17 turnovers Friday night leading to 20 points. The Raptors currently rank second in the league averaging 19.9 points off of turnovers behind Chicago (22.0 points). • Delon Wright returns to Toronto for the first time since being traded to Memphis along with Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles and a second-round pick in exchange for Marc Gasol last season. Wright averaged 6.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 17.5 minutes in 172 games with the Raptors. • December is Toronto’s busiest month of the season with 16 games and includes three back-to-back sets. The Raptors’ 11 games at Scotiabank Arena tie the franchise record for most home games in a calendar month – Toronto also played 11 games at home in March 2016. For the first time the Raptors will play at home Christmas Day when they host the Boston Celtics. • Pascal Siakam is one of five players in the NBA averaging 24.0+ points, 8.0+ rebounds and 3.0+ assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic and Karl-Anthony Towns. No Raptor has ever averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists throughout an entire season.


F – PATRICK McCAW #22 • Made first start of the season Dec. 20 vs. Washington; scored a season-high 11 points in 34 minutes. • Missed 17 games (Nov. 6 – Dec. 9) earlier this year following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. • Averaging 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 25.1 minutes in 32 career games as a starter.

MIN: 23.0 REB: 1.9 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.4 BLK: 0.0 PTS: 4.0

F – OG ANUNOBY #3 • Finished with 18 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes of play Dec. 20 vs. Washington. • Toronto is 14-2 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points (Last: 18 – Dec. 20 vs. Washington). • Shooting .594 (19-for-32) from the field over the last three games (Dec. 16-20).

MIN: 30.0 REB: 5.7 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 11.6

C – SERGE IBAKA #9 • Recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes in his first start of the season Dec. 20 vs. Washington. • Has led the reserves in scoring a team-high 13 times. • Averaged 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 29.5 minutes in 51 starts for Toronto last season.

MIN: 23.2 REB: 7.6 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 2.0 BLK: 1.1 PTS: 13.6

G – KYLE LOWRY #7 • Tallied team highs of 26 points and nine assists in 41 minutes Dec. 20 vs. Washington. • Passed Antonio Davis (110) for third on the Raptors’ all-time double-doubles list Dec. 18 at Detroit. • Averaging 17.4 points and 8.1 assists in nine games (Dec. 3-20) since returning from a left thumb injury.

MIN: 37.6 REB: 5.0 AST: 7.4 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.5

G – FRED VANVLEET #23 • Totaled 18 points and career-high nine rebounds Dec. 20 vs. Washington in his return to the lineup. • Ranks fifth in NBA in minutes per game (36.5) and ranks 11th in assists per game (7.1). • Toronto is 8-2 this season when VanVleet scores 20 or more points (Last: 20 – Dec. 5 vs. Houston).

MIN: 36.5 REB: 4.0 AST: 7.1 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 18.0

INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – Out Stanley Johnson (Left groin; stress reaction) – Out Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – Out Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – Out Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out

NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Dallas Mavericks Date: Sunday, December 22 Tip-Off: 3:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN


OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 0-1 0-0 0-1 ALL-TIME 20-26 13-9 7-17 STREAKS Lost 1 Won 4 Lost 1

LAST WIN: January 27, 2019 (123-120)

LAST HOME WIN: October 26, 2018 (116-107)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +22, 2X – last: March 13, 2017

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -28, November 7, 2009


DALLAS — Luka Doncic had 26 points and 15 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 110-102 … Doncic scored nine points in the fourth quarter … He made all seven free throws in the quarter and finished with a career-best 15 free throws in 19 attempts … Delon Wright finished with 15 points, and banked in a fadeaway with 5 seconds left in the third quarter to send Dallas into the fourth with a 78-77 edge … Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points and matched his career best with 15 rebounds for Dallas … Seth Curry scored 15 points, and Dorian FinneySmith and Maxi Kleber had 10 apiece … For Toronto, Norman Powell scored a season-high 26 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter … Fred VanVleet added 25 points, Pascal Siakam had 15, and Matt Thomas scored 10 … The Mavericks used a 15-0 run in the first quarter to transform a 10-3 deficit into an 18-10 lead … Dallas led 32-22 after the first quarter, with Doncic scoring 14 points … The Raptors roared back in the second quarter, shooting 61% (14 for 23) and outscoring the Mavericks 38 -21 for a 60-53 halftime lead … Powell scored eight points in a 13-4 run that took Toronto from four points down five points ahead at 49-44.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 22 38 17 25 102

DALLAS 32 21 25 32 110
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Indiana Pacers Date: Monday, December 23 Tip-Off: 7 p.m. (ET) Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto


PROBABLE STARTERS PLAYER / 2019-20 REGULAR SEASON AVERAGES NOTES #10 Dorian Finney-Smith F • 6-7 • 220 • Florida/USA


8.6 5.2 1.3 0.7 0.4 28.1

Last Game: Finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in 31 minutes at PHI (12/20/19). Notes: The Mavs are 10-1 this season when he scores 10+ points … played in 200th career came vs. LAC (11/26/19) … led DAL in games played in 2 of his first 3 seasons (81 in both 2016-17 and 2018-19).

#6 Kristaps Porzingis F • 7-3 • 240 • Cajasol Seville/Latvia


17.6 9.5 1.4 0.6 2.1 31.2 Last Game: Scored 22 points to go with a career-high 18 rebounds and 3 blocks at PHI (12/20/19). Notes: Has posted 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in a career-best 4 straight games (12/14-12/20/19) … DNP in 2018-19 (left ACL surgery) … named NBA All-Star in 2018 (averaged a career-high 22.7 ppg).

#7 Dwight Powell C • 6-10 • 240 • Stanford/Canada


8.0 5.0 1.4 0.8 0.5 25.6

Last Game: Recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 25 minutes at PHI (12/20/19). Notes: Increased his scoring average in each of his first 5 seasons (3.1 ppg in 2014-15, 5.8 ppg in 2015-16, 6.7 ppg in 2016-17, 8.5 ppg in 2017-18, 10.6 ppg in 2018-19).

#11 Tim Hardaway Jr. G • 6-5 • 205 • Michigan/USA


13.5 2.5 1.7 0.6 0.1 25.8

Last Game: Finished with 27 points (7-11 3FGs), 4 rebounds and an assist in 32 minutes at PHI (12/20/19). Notes: Scored 31 points at HOU (11/24/19), his highest-scoring game with DAL … has posted 7 games with 20+ points this season (DAL is 7-2 in those games) … in 2018-19, averaged a career-high 18.1 ppg with NY and DAL.

#13 Jalen Brunson G • 6-1 • 190 • Villanova/USA


8.3 2.7 3.6 0.5 0.0 17.8

Last Game: Scored 11 pionts to go with 7 assists and 3 rebounds in 25 minutes at PHI (12/20/19). Notes: DAL is 10-3 this season when he scores in double figures … recorded his first double-double of the season at MIL (12/16/19) and his second in his next game vs. BOS (12/18/19) .


Seth Curry (low back tightness) is probable; Luka Doncic (right ankle sprain) is out; Delon Wright (right 5th finger sprain) is probable.

STREAK BUSTERS: The Mavericks snapped the Bucks’ 18-game win streak – which was tied for the 11th-longest in NBA history – with a 120-116 victory at Fiserv Forum on 12/16/19. It was the longest win streak broken up by Dallas in franchise history. The previous longest was 12 games, which the team accomplished twice during its championship season in 2010-11 (Dallas ended San Antonio’s 12-game win streak on 11/26/10 and also snapped Miami’s 12-game run on 12/20/10). It was also the second double-digit win streak Dallas ended in 2019-20 (the Mavericks snapped the Lakers’ 10-game win streak with a 114-100 win at STAPLES Center on 12/1/19). The 2010-11 season was the only other year Dallas snapped multiple win streaks of 10-plus games. What’s more, the Mavericks broke up the Bucks’ 18-game win streak without their leading scorer, Luka Dončić, who was out with a right ankle sprain. Dallas became the first team in NBA history to end a win streak of 15-plus games without its leading scorer (in terms of total points). The Mavericks have now snapped a double-digit win streak eight times in franchise history. The first time they busted a win streak of 10-or-more consecutive games was with a 135-109 victory over Denver at home on 4/9/88. All of the other instances since have occurred on the road. The Mavericks followed up their road victory over the Bucks on 12/16/19 by handing the Sixers just their second home loss of the season with a 117-98 win at the Wells Fargo Center on 12/20/19 (Philadelphia moved to 14-2 at home in 2019-20).

LONGEST WIN STREAKS BROKEN BY THE DALLAS MAVERICKS SEASON DATE TEAM SCORE GAMES 2019-20 12/16/19 @ Milwaukee 120-116 18 2010-11 12/20/10 @ Miami 98-96 12 2010-11 11/26/10 @ San Antonio 103-94 12 2001-02 4/14/02 @ Sacramento 113-100 11 1992-93 4/24/93 @ Houston 128-123 11 2019-20 12/1/19 @ L.A. Lakers 114-100 10 2003-04 12/12/03 @ L.A. Lakers 110-93 10 1987-88 4/9/88 vs. Denver 135-109 10

DALLAS’ IMPRESSIVE ROAD START IN 2019-20: The Mavericks have gone 11-2 (.846) on the road to start the season. The only other year Dallas won 11 of its first 13 road games was in its championship season in 2010-11 (the Mavericks also started 11-2 on the road that year). The Mavericks won their first four road contests in 2019-20 (at New Orleans 10/25/19, at Denver 10/29/19, at Cleveland 11/3/19, at Memphis 11/9/19), marking just the second time in franchise history they started a season 4-0 on the road. The only other year they won four-or-more consecutive road games to begin a season was in 2002-03 (Dallas started 7-0 on the road that year). Dallas also became the only NBA team to win its first four road games in 2019-20. After dropping two in a row on the road (at on Boston 11/11/19 and at on New York 11/14/19), the Mavericks have rattled off another seven consecutive road wins from 11/24-12/20/19 (with victories over Houston on 11/24/19, Phoenix on 11/29/19, the L.A. Lakers on 12/1/19, New Orleans on 12/3/19, Detroit in Mexico City on 12/12/19, Milwaukee on 12/16/19 and Philadelphia on 12/20/19). The seven-game road win streak is tied for the third-longest road win streak in franchise history. The team-record is eight consecutive road wins (twice). Below is a list of the longest road win streaks in Mavericks history, as well as a list of some of the more notable wins by Dallas in 2019-20.

NOTABLE ROAD WINS BY DALLAS IN 2019-20 LONGEST ROAD WIN STREAKS BY DALLAS DATE/OPP. SCENARIO RESULT SEASON DATES STREAK 10/29 @ DEN Nuggets entered undefeated (3-0) on the season W, 109-106 2010-11 11/20/10 to 12/27/10 8 11/24 @ HOU Rockets went in riding a 6-game home win streak W, 137-123 2001-02 1/15/02 to 2/12/02 8 12/1 @ LAL Lakers entered riding a 10-game win streak and a 9-1 record at home W, 114-100 2019-20 11/24/19 to 12/20/19 7* 12/16 @ MIL Bucks went in riding an 18-game win streak, including a 13-game home win streak W, 120-116 2002-03 10/30/02 to 11/27/02 7 12/20 @ PHI 76ers entered with a 14-1 record at home W, 117-98 2000-01 12/15/00 to 1/10/01 7 *Active streak PORZINGIS RECORDS 4TH STRAIGHT 20-POINT, 10-REBOUND GAME: Mavericks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis has recorded a career-best four consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound efforts from 12/14-12/20/19. Prior to his current four-game run, Porzingis had gone for 20/10 in back-to-back games twice in his career (once as a rookie with the Knicks from 11/21-11/23/15 and once earlier this season from 11/14-11/16/19). The 7-3 Latvian has also posted at least 20 points and eight boards in each of his last five contests (12/12-12/20/19). His career-long 20-point streak is six games, which he accomplished with the Knicks in 2017-18 (11/3-11/15/17). Porzingis is averaging 22.6 points, 13.0 boards and 2.6 blocks per game over his last five games (12/12-12/20/19).

BRUNSON NAMED SPORTING NEWS COLLEGE BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE DECADE: Mavericks second-year guard Jalen Brunson was recently named the Sporting News college basketball Athlete of the Decade. The former Villanova guard started 115 of 116 games in his three-year college career, winning two national championships with the Wildcats in 2016 and 2018. As a junior in 2017-18, Brunson was named the Consensus National College Player of the Year. He also took home the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. The Wildcats posted a 103-13 (.888) overall record with Brunson in the lineup, including a 13-1 (.929) mark in NCAA Tournament games.
LUKA’S 20-5-5 STREAK: Mavericks second-year guard Luka Dončić recorded a streak of 20 consecutive games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists from 11/1-12/12/19, before seeing that run come to an end after suffering a right ankle sprain less than 2 minutes into the game vs. Miami on 12/14/19. The 20-game run by the 20-year-old is the longest such streak since the ABA/NBA merger (1976-77). In fact, the five next longest streaks since the merger were all achieved by players 26-or-older – by Michael Jordan at age 26, Russell Westbrook at ages 26, 28 and 29, and LeBron James at age 33. What’s more, Oscar Robertson (twice) is the only other player in NBA history to produce a 20-5-5 streak of 20-or-more consecutive games. Robertson had a 25-game run from ages 24 to 25 in 1963-64. “The Big O” also had a 29-game run from ages 25 to 26 in 1964-65, which stands as the longest 20-5-5 streak in NBA history.


MARLIES 7, BELLEVILLE 3: “First period was tough, we got into some penalty trouble. I thought the second period, we responded really well. We kind of got through it, Woll did a good job and our penalty kill did a great job getting us through those tough 20 minutes and then we had a couple of tough shifts in the d-zone. Gaudet’s line did a really good job of giving us some hard minutes and getting the game kind of going in the right direction. Then we come up with a goal in the shift after that. I thought we got better throughout the second, throughout the third, guys really kind of buckled down.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (18-7-2-1 – 39 Points) vs. BELLEVILLE SENATORS (17-11-1-0 – 35 Points)





Toronto: P. Aberg (11) (N. Petan, T. Liljegren), D. Archibald (7) (G. Wilson), T. Liljegren (3) PP (A. Brooks, N. Petan), N. Petan (3) PP (J. Bracco, T. Liljegren), K. Agostino (15) (K. Kossila), H. Elynuik (2) (N. Petan, P. Aberg), M. Marchment (2) PS
Goaltender: J. Woll (28/31)

Belleville: J. Norris (13) (D. Batherson), D. Batherson (12) (V. Abramov, T. Bourque), F. Chlapik (3) (R. Balcers, M. Veronneau)
Goaltender: F. Gustavsson (11/15), J. Daccord (3/5)


  • Pontus Aberg scored 26 seconds into the first period. He later added the secondary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. Aberg leads the Marlies in points (26) in 23 games.
  • Darren Archibald scored at 7:28 of the second period. Archibald has nine points (7 goals, 2 assists) in 20 games this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren scored on the power play at 13:14 of the second period. He registered the secondary assists on Aberg’s first period goal and Petan’s second period. This is Liljegren’s first career AHL three-point game. Liljegren has 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in 25 games this season.
  • Nic Petan scored the game-winning goal on the power play at 13:39 of the second period. He also recorded the primary assists on Aberg’s first period goal and Elynuik’s third period goal and the secondary assist on Liljegren’s second period goal. This is his second four-point game in six games this season. He’s registered eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in two games against Belleville.
  • Kenny Agostino scored at 1:52 of third period. Agostino is tied for third overall in the AHL in goals (15).
  • Hudson Elynuik scored at 6:25 of the third period. Elynuik has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 25 games this season.
  • Mason Marchment scored on a penalty shot at 16:19 of the third period. Marchment has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in seven games this season.
  • Garrett Wilson picked up lone assist on Archibald’s second period goal. Wilson has 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 25 games.
  • Adam Brooks recorded the primary assist on Liljegren’s second period goal. Brooks has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
  • Jeremy Bracco registered the primary assist on Petan’s second period goal. Bracco has 22 points (3 goals, 19 assists) in 28 games this season.
  • Kalle Kossila had the lone assist on Agostino’s third period goal. This was his first game of the season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 28 of 31 shots he faced. Woll is now 6-4-1-1 on the season with a 0.899 Save Percentage and a 3.07 Goals Against Average. This was Woll’s second straight start against Belleville.


  • This was Greg Moore’s first game behind the bench for the Toronto Marlies. The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on December 1 that Greg Moore was named head coach of the Marlies.
  • Pontus Aberg’s opening goal was the fastest (26 seconds) scored to open a game by Toronto this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren and Nic Petan’s second period power play goals are the two fastest consecutive goals (25 second) scored this season.
  • Toronto last scored on a penalty shot (R. Hamilton) on February 27, 2013 in a 2-1 win against Rochester.
  • Toronto was 7-for-7 on the penalty kill and was 2-for-5 on the power play. This is the most penalties by Toronto in a game. This is Toronto’s seventh multi-power play goal game.
  • Belleville had a 31-23 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 8-3-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 3-1-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 19-12.


  • Goals: K. Agostino (15)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (19)
  • Points: P. Aberg (26)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (71)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+13)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)


  • Toronto is 13-3-1-1 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 7-3-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 11-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 12-3-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-2-1-1 in Saturday games and are 4-4-0-0 in December.


  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-1-3) in three consecutive games.
  • Adam Brooks has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.


  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for today’s game against Rockford.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for today’s game against Rockford. Heleft Toronto’s game against San Antonio on December 8 in the first period and did not return.


  • December 20: Returned forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 20: Returned defenceman Martin Marincin on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 19: Recalled forward Adam Brooks on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • December 19: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • December 19: Signed forward Giovanni Fiore to PTO.



On Toronto’s comeback after being down after the first period:
First period was tough, we got into some penalty trouble. I thought the second period, we responded really well. We kind of got through it, Woll did a good job and our penalty kill did a great job getting us through those tough 20 minutes and then we had a couple of tough shifts in the d-zone. Gaudet’s line did a really good job of giving us some hard minutes and getting the game kind of going in the right direction. Then we come up with a goal in the shift after that. I thought we got better throughout the second, throughout the third, guys really kind of buckled down. I know it’s the one game on the weekend before the break but I thought their execution and their ability to find their game after the first was really good.

On establishing flow with the number of special team opportunities: 
It’s for sure tough and the players depending on where they are in special teams, they’re having a difficult go getting into a flow of the game. The third period was a little better in terms of that but it was tough. I’m really proud of how the players kind of managed that and got through it.

On Timothy Liljegren’s play (1 goal, 2 assists):
Really good. He distributes the puck well, he exits the puck well. He gets our game transitioning in a real positive sense. He makes plays to the middle of the rink, he gets pucks to the right guys and collects some points.

On Kossila’s return to play following injury:
Thought he was really impressive for his first game back for not having played so long. Some of the real simple little plays out of our d-zone through the middle of the rink, real subtle but he makes them look real easy which is what’s special about his talent.


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
December 31 vs Charlotte – 3:00 p.m. ET
January 3 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET

MAPLE LEAFS 4, RED WINGS 1 QUOTES: “There are always important saves in a game and that ended up being one very early on. I’ve sat on the bench watching Freddy make some big saves early on. This game I tried not to overthink things and just relax and let the game come to me.” –MICHAEL HUTCHINSON


On what went into tonight’s win:

There’s a lot, obviously. We got the saves early, we clearly needed that. And then we just needed some time to find our game. This is a tough game today. There’s a lot of mental challenges and hurdles for our team coming into the game. You look at the fact that we’ve been rolling pretty well as a group and how the game went against Detroit last time we played them. We’re playing back-to-back, they’re here fresh and haven’t played since Tuesday. A lot of different things there. Then you’ve got the [Hutchinson] and the back-to-back factor, all that stuff. There’s a lot of things there for us. Obviously, we didn’t like how we dealt with it early, but once we found our game – in particular in the third period – I thought we were looking good.

On getting Hutchinson his first win:

It’s huge. It’s huge, of course, and all the attention will be on Hutch and I recognize, of course, why that has been a story. But, it’s also for our group. It’s not just Hutch that hasn’t done well in these games. Our team hasn’t done well in these games. It’s important for us to get a good result. In particular, with how it went in the third period especially, a lot of good things for us there that hopefully we can move past this whole thing for us now and it becomes any other game the way that it should be.

On what led to shuffling lines in the second period:

I just felt we kind of needed to mix it up a little bit and try to just change the chemistry and try to spark something and try to accept the rhythm of the game.

On if there were things missing from Kapanen and Nylander’s performances when they got less ice time in the second period:

Yes, there was. That line I just thought they didn’t get much going offensively. They were getting stalled in the neutral zone a lot. Also, I just didn’t really like the other lines and how things were moving so I just wanted to mix things up. I thought we got some really good shifts in that second period from the Gauthier line. I just kind of shortened things up and some guys didn’t play as much as others.

On if moving Marner and Hyman to Matthews’ wing was in the back of his mind or a spur of the moment idea:

I’ve got a number of things that are in the back of my mind all the time. It just kind of felt, like I said, like the Matthews line was getting stalled. I thought the Tavares line was doing fine. The Matthews line didn’t have much going on and I wanted to give Matthews a chance to get going and try to change that chemistry a little bit. I thought that with Mikheyev and Engvall with Tavares — I thought I could still trust that group playing against the Larkin line just fine. It worked out for today.


On a making a couple big saves early to set the tempo:

It was big. There are always important saves in a game and that ended up being one very early on. I’ve sat on the bench watching Freddy make some big saves early on. This game I tried not to overthink things and just relax and let the game come to me. Like I said before the game, I feel like I’m in a good headspace right now, so I came in relaxed, waiting for the game to come to me. Once you do that the team that we have, once we have a little momentum going, we’re a tough team to stop. I was fortunate enough that I thought the guys played great, big blocked shots, we were back-checking and making them earn their chances and I was able to make some stops and in the third period we were able to open it up a bit.

On some of the challenges he faced earlier in the year:

It’s a challenge. I think I was doing a good job about it. Getting sent down is always difficult so then regaining and getting back into that good headspace is a process and you can’t do it on your own. It takes conversations with a lot of people. Steve [Briere] and I have a good relationship so it’s good to talk to him about things. There are other people in the Leafs and Marlies organization that you’re able to talk to openly and honestly and get yourself back into that good headspace where you’re able to feel good about yourself and feel positive and ready to play at your best when you get that opportunity.


On if he thought his first goal was a goal prior to the review:

I thought it was going to be a penalty shot when they called the trip, so I didn’t see it go in or anything like that. Then I heard the buzzer and I’ve got a chance and then they called it a goal. I was happy, obviously.

On his backhand goal in the third period:

Yeah, it was a great way by Auston, kind of delaying and buying time. Then I was able to get some speed on it. I thought I was by myself there, so I just wanted to throw the back hand on net, and it went in.


On the decision to switch up line combinations during the game tonight:

I think just the first period we were controlling the puck but making some careless plays and making some bad changes. We weren’t really playing too smart with the puck, but I think in the second and third we got control of it. In the second I still think we were a little reckless with it but it’s a big win for us. [Hutchinson] played great behind us there tonight so big credit to him.

On what playing with Matthews can do to opposing defences:

Hopefully scare them, I guess. We want to be a line that’s out there and that holds the puck and creates a lot of offence but, at the same time, we want to be responsible with that puck and make sure we’re responsible in our D-zone, covering our guys, getting back, helping out and not taking too long of shifts. Thought in the second and third we had good puck movement together, I thought we created a lot of offensive chances. It was a good game for us.


On Hyman scoring his backhand goal after being switched onto his wing:

I thought I was playing with Patrick Kane out there down the left wing. I don’t know, I think so far in the month that Sheldon [Keefe] has been here, he’s got a pretty good feel for the game and doesn’t mind switching things up. I think as players you don’t mind to see that if maybe something’s not working on a particular night to switch it up and see if you can kind of get something going. Tonight it worked.

On how it feels to get a win for Hutchinson:

It felt great. I mean, he made some unbelievable saves, especially early on in the game, they got behind us there — a couple breakaways — and then the second period, we were just not taking care of the puck in the neutral zone. He stayed with it. He made some big saves for us and I think everybody here is extremely happy for him. Obviously, you could hear the crowd chanting his name. It was just an awesome moment for him and an awesome moment for everybody.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, RED WINGS 1 POSTGAME NOTES: Hutchinson stops 29 shots to earn the win. Hyman and Matthews each has two goals and an assist.

DETROIT RED WINGS (9-25-3 – 21 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-14-4 – 42 Points)



GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


  • Zach Hyman opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 17:10 of the second period and later scored the Maple Leafs’ third goal of the night at 8:51 of the third period before adding a secondary assist on Auston Matthews’ second third period goal. Tonight’s game is his second multi-goal and second multi-point performance of the season. Hyman has four points (2-2-4) over his last four games. He has three goals and an assist in five games on home ice this season. Hyman has scored six goals in nine games during the month of December. Tonight’s game ties Hyman’s single-game career-high for points with three (Previous: March 25, 2019 vs. FLA).
  • Auston Matthews scored Toronto’s second goal of the game on the power play at 2:18 of the third period and later had the lone assist on Hyman’s third period goal before adding Toronto’s fourth goal of the game at 13:39 of the third period. Matthews has points (4-3-7) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ sixth multi-goal and 13th multi-point game of the season. His six mutli-goal performances are tied for the most in the NHL this season. He has 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists) in 14 career games against Detroit, which is his highest point total against a single opponent. 
  • Morgan Rielly had the lone assist on Hyman’s second period goal. Rielly has three assists over his last four games. He has three assists in three games against Detroit this season. In 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents, Rielly has recorded 10 points (2-8-10). With his assist in the second period, Rielly tied Phil Kessel for 23rd on the Maple Leafs’ all-time assist register with 213.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first third period goal. Tavares has four points (1-3-4) in three games against the Red Wings this season. He has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 10 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ first third period goal and later had the primary assist on Matthews’ second third period goal. Marner has points (4-8-12) in seven consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-assist and ninth multi-point game of 2019-20.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 29 shots to earn the victory.

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

DETROIT10 (10)13 (11)7 (4)30 (25)
TORONTO10 (8)6 (4)7 (5)23 (17)

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

DETROIT15 (15)24 (20)13 (9)52 (44)
TORONTO25 (23)15 (13)11 (9)51 (45)


Record at Home9-4-4 (17 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Detroit293-281-93-5 (672 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Detroit at Home:175-108-47-3 (333 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference10-9-4 (23 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division7-5-1 (13 Games)


Shots4 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Mikheyev)
Faceoff Wins(Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits4 (Muzzin)
Blocked Shots(Barrie)
TOI22:49 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI2:29 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI2:09 (Marner)
Shifts26 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage69.2% (Hyman – 18 for, 8 against)


Scoring first12-3-1
Tied after 18-5-2
Lead after 214-1-2
Score one power play goal8-3-2
Allow one power play goal7-6-3
Outshooting opponent10-4-1


  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • At 17:10 of the second period, a video review was initiated to determine whether or not a Zach Hyman shot crossed Detroit’s goal line before the net came off its moorings. Video review determined that the puck completely crossed the Detroit goal line before the net came off its moorings. Result: Goal Toronto
  • Frederik Gauthier and Trevor Moore were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 47.9 percent (23 for, 25 against).
  • John Tavares won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.


  • 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)
  • Thursday, January 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, FAN 590)