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INJURY REPORT 1:30 THURSDAY
07:30 (ET) TOR@MIA
Miami Heat Macon, Daryl Out G League – Two-Way Okpala, KZ Out G League – On Assignment Winslow, Justise Out Injury/Illness – Lower Back; Bone bruise Toronto Raptors Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left hamstring; Strained Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprained Powell, Norman Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Subluxation Siakam, Pascal Out Injury/Illness – Groin; Strained Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Middle Finger; Fracture-distal phalax
• The Toronto Raptors begin 2020 with a visit to Miami on Thursday to play the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. This is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season, with the Heat taking the first contest 121-110 in overtime Dec. 3 in Toronto. The Raptors swept the season-series (4-0) with Miami in 2018-19 for the second time in franchise history. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Toronto is 13-6 against the Heat, winning the season-series four times during this stretch.
• The Raptors ended the month of December with a 9-7 record. Toronto has finished with a winning record in each of the past 20 calendar months. The streak of 20 consecutive months with a winning record is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the NBA. The last month in which the Raptors did not have a winning record was January 2017 (8-9).
• Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 24 points in 36 minutes Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. Tuesday marked Lowry’s eighth 20-point effort in the last nine games (Dec. 16-31). He is averaging 24.0 points, while shooting .456 (67-for-147) from the field and .413 (33-for-80) from three-point distance during this stretch. Lowry has now scored 20+ points in 15 games; something he did 15 times in 65 games last season.
• Serge Ibaka recorded his third straight double-double and seventh of the season with 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in 33 minutes of action Tuesday night vs. the Cavaliers. All seven of Ibaka’s double -doubles came in the month of December. Ibaka is averaging 17.3 points and 11.3 rebounds over the last three games (Dec. 28-31).
• The Raptors went 54–24 (.692) in regular-season games in 2019, the second best record in the NBA last year behind only Milwaukee (65–17, .793). Toronto’s .692 winning percentage in 2019 was the third highest for a calendar year in franchise history – behind 2018 (62–24, .721) and 2016 (58–23, .716).
• Rookie Terence Davis ll scored 14 of his career high-tying 19 points (7-12 FG, 4-7 3PT, 1-2 FT) in the fourth quarter Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. Davis ll has led the bench in scoring nine times this season, including each of the last three games (Dec. 28-31). He is averaging 12.3 points, while shooting 56 per cent (14-for25) from the floor and 50 per cent (8-for-16) from beyond the arc over the last three contests.
• Marc Gasol (left hamstring; strain), Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch) and Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) were all injured Dec. 18 at Detroit. Toronto is 4-3 over the last seven games without them. The Raptors are averaging 110.9 points and shooting .461 (275-for-597) from the field during this span.
• Kyle Lowry needs 92 assists to tie Jose Calderon (3,770) as the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists. Lowry is already the franchise leader in three-point field goals (1,291), steals (773) and playoff victories (37). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 110 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).
• Terence Davis ll is one of the five rookies who’ve played in every game for their team this season, along with Darius Bazley (Oklahoma City), Darius Garland (Cleveland), Kendrick Nunn (Miami) and Coby White (Chicago). Only two rookies have played in every game of a season for the Raptors: Vince Carter in 1998– 99 (which was a lockout-shortened 50-game season) and Matt Bonner (2004–05).
F – PATRICK McCAW #22
MIN: 26.2 REB: 2.5 AST: 2.0 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.2
• Recorded six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 22 minutes Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. • Averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 30.5 minutes in seven games as a starter. • Has played at least 20 minutes in a career-long 10 straight games (Dec. 14-31).
F – RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON #4
MIN: 19.9 REB: 5.2 AST: 1.5 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 8.3
• Contributed 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes in first start as a Raptor on Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. • Toronto is 9-1 this season when Hollis-Jefferson scores 10 or more points. • Ranks second on the team with 57 offensive rebounds behind only Chris Boucher (59).
C – SERGE IBAKA #9
MIN: 25.1 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.1
• Posted seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes Dec. 31 vs. CLE. • Averaging 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in seven games as a starter. • Scored in double figures in 14-of-16 games in the month of December, including five 20-point outings.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 38.0 REB: 4.8 AST: 7.5 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.3 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.9
• Led all scorers with 24 points Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland; added eight assists in 36 minutes. • Averaged 20.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 39.0 minutes in 15 games in December. • Has led the team in scoring in six of the last seven games (Dec. 20-31), including the last three contests.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 36.2 REB: 3.9 AST: 6.9 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 18.0
• Finished with 12 points, four rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. • Tied for third in the NBA in steals per games (2.00) and ranks sixth in minutes (36.2). • Has recorded five double-doubles this season; something he did once in first three NBA seasons combined.
INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – TBD Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – TBD Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – TBD Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – TBD Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – TBD
TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Miami Heat Date: Thursday, January 2 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN Radio 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. MIAMI
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 0-1 0-1 0-0
ALL-TIME 34-53 21-22 13-31
STREAKS Lost 1 Lost 1 Won 2
LAST WIN: April 7, 2019 (117-109 OT)
LAST ROAD WIN: March 10, 2019 (125-104)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +42, March 19, 2008
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -30, March 8, 1996
LAST TIME VS. MIAMI
GAME 20 – DECEMBER 3, 2019 MIAMI 121, TORONTO 110 (OT)
TORONTO — Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and the Heat spoiled Kyle Lowry’s return to Toronto’s lineup by beating the Raptors 121-110 in overtime Tuesday … Butler scored eight consecutive points in 55 seconds to begin the extra session as the Heat recovered after blowing a seven-point lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter … Bam Adebayo scored 18 points, Winslow had 17 and Kelly Olynyk 16 … Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 23 points and Fred VanVleet had 19 for Toronto, which had won a franchise-record nine straight home games to begin the season … Toronto missed all nine of its field goal attempts in overtime, eight of them from 3-point range … Lowry returned after missing 11 games because of a fractured left thumb, finished with 12 points and 11 assists in 41 minutes … Toronto trailed 107100 after Winslow’s layup with 1:59 to go in the fourth … Powell hit a 3, Lowry made a pair at the line and, after a missed jumper by Winslow, Powell connected from the corner to give the Raptors a 108-107 lead, their first of the final quarter … Butler tied it by splitting a pair of free throws and Siakam saw his shot blocked at the other end, giving the Heat the ball with just under 20 seconds remaining … Butler pulled up for a 3 over Powell, but his shot bounced off the rim, sending it to overtime.
1 2 3 4 OT TOT
MIAMI 32 26 25 25 13 121
TORONTO 23 30 28 27 2 110
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Brooklyn Nets Date: Saturday, January 4 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Barclays Center Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. BROOKLYN
OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 1-0 1-0 0-0
ALL-TIME 54-40 32-15 22-25 STREAKS Won 4 Won 9 Won 1
LAST WIN: December 14, 2019 (110-102)
LAST ROAD WIN: April 3, 2019 (115-105)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +37, November 2, 2007
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -25, January 15, 1996
LAST TIME VS. BROOKLYN
GAME 25 – DECEMBER 14, 2019 TORONTO 110, BROOKLYN 102
TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 30 points, Marc Gasol set season highs with 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-102 on Saturday night to snap a three-game home losing streak … Norman Powell fouled out with 25 points and Kyle Lowry had 17 to help the Raptors win their ninth straight home game against the Nets and beat Brooklyn for the 16th time in 17 meetings … Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 12 rebounds … The Raptors made nine of 12 attempts from 3-point range in the first quarter, including their first seven straight … Spencer Dinwiddie scored 26 points, Garrett Temple added 16 and Taurean Prince had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who are 0-4 on the road against opponents with winning records … The Nets saw a 20-point lead slip away in Wednesday’s 113-108 home loss to Charlotte … Temple couldn’t convert a three-point play after making a layup to begin the fourth, and Powell scored five points as Toronto replied with a 9-0 run, taking a 99-85 lead with 8:32 left to play … Siakam had 14 points in the first as the Raptors overcame an early 12-2 deficit to lead 38-31 after one … The Raptors led 90-83 through three quarters.
1 2 3 4 TOT
BROOKLYN 31 29 23 19 102
TORONTO 38 27 25 20 110
GAME 34 – DECEMBER 31, 2019
TORONTO 117, CLEVELAND 97
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and dished out eight assists as the Toronto Raptors won 117-97 against the Cleveland Cavaliers … Six Raptors scored in double figures … Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Terence Davis matched his career high with 19 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14, and Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby had 12 points apiece … The Raptors went 9-7 in December, and played the past seven games without Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring) and Norm Powell (shoulder) … Collin Sexton had 22 points to top the Cavaliers, while Thompson had 14 points and 11 rebounds … The Raptors had a double-digit lead in the second quarter, and by the time Ibaka hit a hook shot with 3:33 to play in the third, Toronto was up by 21 … The Raptors led 86-69 to start the fourth … Davis had 14 points in the fourth … VanVleet had four blocks on the night … The Raptors connected on 43.6 per cent from long distance, while the Cavs were good on just 26.3 per cent … Anunoby nailed three consecutive shots when he subbed in … Lowry’s 33-footer put the Raptors up by 14 points late in the second quarter … A running layup by Hollis-Jefferson with 1.6 seconds left in the half had Toronto up 59-43 at halftime. 1 2 3 4 TOT
CLEVELAND 25 18 26 28 97
TORONTO 27 32 27 31 117
GAME 33 – DECEMBER 29, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY 98, TORONTO 97 TORONTO — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his career-high with 32 points, Chris Paul had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 98-97 on Sunday night for their sixth win in seven games … Nerlens Noel added 13 points and Darius Bazley had 11 to help the Thunder win their fifth straight in Toronto. Oklahoma City has won 11 of 15 overall … Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 20 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors … Gilgeous-Alexander made the go-ahead basket on a jump shot with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, then grabbed the rebound on a missed 3-pointer by VanVleet … Gilgeous-Alexander’s basket was the sixth straight scoring play to change the lead in a tight final quarter … Toronto led 42-34 on a 3 from VanVleet with 3:44 to go in the first half, but Gilgeous-Alexander scored eight points as the Thunder rallied to tie the score at 47-47 … Paul made three straight baskets to begin the third, putting Oklahoma City up 60-52 with 9:36 left in the quarter … Toronto made seven of 14 attempts from 3-point range in the third, and VanVleet scored the final five points of the quarter to put the Raptors up 80-76 heading to the fourth. 1 2 3 4 TOT
OKLAHOMA CITY 22 25 29 22 98
TORONTO 20 27 33 17 97
ADDITIONAL TEAM NOTES… • The Raptors will celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary throughout the season. Six games – Oct. 28 vs. Orlando, Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers, Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta, Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee, Mar. 30 vs. Memphis and Apr. 10 vs. Atlanta – will see the team in white throwback pinstriped jerseys, and playing on a court which pays homage to the one the Raptors first played on in what was known as the SkyDome. • Kyle Lowry was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Dec. 16-22. Lowry earned the honour for the sixth time in his career and fifth time with the Raptors. He averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 39.6 minutes while helping the Raptors to a 4-0 record. • Nick Nurse was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for games played in October and November. This marks the second time Nurse has earned the honour after he won for games played in October and November in 2018. Nurse coached the reigning NBA champions to a 14-4 record to start the season while facing several roster challenges along the way. The Raptors had eight different players miss games due to injury, including Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. • Nick Nurse coached his 100th regular-season game as head coach of the Raptors Nov. 29 at Orlando. Nurse (71–28) is one of five head coaches with at least 70 wins and a NBA title at the time of their 100th game, along with Steve Kerr, Johnny Kundla, Pat Riley, and Paul Westhead. • The Raptors went 3–2 on their five-game west coast road trip (Nov. 8-16). It marked the first time the Raptors finished with a winning record on a road trip of five or more games – all against Western Conference teams – since November 2001, when they went 4–2 on a trip through Utah (W), Denver (L), Sacramento (L), Golden State (W), LA Clippers and Phoenix (W). • Pascal Siakam was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 4-10 – earning the honour for the second time in his career. Siakam averaged team highs of 30.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in three victories. He posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in all three games, and tied his career high with 44 points Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Kyle Lowry played his 500th game as a Raptor on Oct. 26 at Chicago. He is the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat; joining DeMar DeRozan, Morris Peterson, Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh. Lowry is the longest-serving member of the Raptors – entering his eighth season with the club. His five All-Star Game appearances (2015-19), including two as a starter, are tied with Vince Carter and Bosh for the most in team history. • Following Spain’s triumph at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Marc Gasol became just the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom (2010). Gasol is a highlydecorated member of the Spanish National Team, helping the country capture nine medals since 2006. • The Raptors won their first NBA Championship last June, defeating Golden State in the NBA Finals. In the 2019 postseason, Toronto went 16-8 while also eliminating Orlando, Philadelphia and Milwaukee – the top seed in the Eastern Conference. During the regular season, the Raptors won 58 games and set franchise records for points per game (114.4), assists per game (25.4), rebounds per game (45.2) and three-point field goals made (1,105). • Nick Nurse became the ninth first-year NBA head coach to win an NBA title, and first since Tyronn Lue in 2016. He is also the only head coach to have both an NBA and G League championship. Nurse won the G League title with Rio Grande Valley in 2013 and Iowa in 2011. • Since the beginning of the NBA Lottery in 1985, the Raptors became the first team to capture the NBA title without a single lottery pick on their Finals roster. Toronto did have a lottery pick earlier in the year but traded former fifth overall selection Jonas Valanciunas to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol. Greg Monroe, the seventh pick by Detroit in the 2010 NBA Draft, was also traded to Brooklyn at the trade deadline.
MIAMI PROBABLE STARTERS
POS PLAYER HT WT PPG RPG AST MISC. NOTES
F 22 JIMMY BUTLER (Marquette)
6-7 230 20.8 6.6 6.6
Is four assists short of the 2,000th assist of his career.
F 13 BAM ADEBAYO (Kentucky)
6-9 255 15.6 10.6 4.6
Has posted 20 double-doubles this season, helping Miami to a 16-4 record in those games.
C 0 MEYERS LEONARD (Illinois)
7-0 260 5.8 4.7 1.0
Ranks third in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage at 46.9% (30of-64). (Minimum 50 attempts)
G 55 DUNCAN ROBINSON (Michigan)
6-7 215 12.2 3.1 0.9
Connected on multiple three-point field goals in a team-record 14straight games from 11/25 – 12/20.
G 25 KENDRICK NUNN (Oakland)
6-2 190 16.0 2.8 3.5
Recorded his 500th point of the season in his 31st game, the fastest by a rookie in HEAT history
TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson); NBA TV Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter) Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)
Series Notes: The HEAT and Raptors meet for the second of three matchups this regular season. Earlier this season, Miami recorded a, 121-110, overtime win on 12/3 in Toronto, recording the Raptors first home loss of the season. The HEAT is 53-34 all-time versus Toronto during the regular season, including 31-14 in Miami and 22-20 on the road.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 123, MIAMI HEAT 105 (12/30/19): The Wizards shot 51.2 percent from the field as they recorded a, 123-105, win against the Miami HEAT in Washington. Miami started hot, shooting 65 percent in the first to take a 10-point, 39-29, lead after one. Garrison Mathews scored 20 points in the second, all off the bench, as Washington took an eight-point, 71-63, lead at the half. The Wizards out-scored Miami by one in the third to push their advantage to nine, 90-81, entering the final frame. Washington held a double-figure lead throughout most of the fourth as they recorded the, 123-105, win. Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 27 points as Jordan McRae led the Wizards with 29.
MIAMI HEAT 117, PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 116 OT: The Miami HEAT improved to a perfect 6-0 in overtime games this season after recording a, 117-116, OT win against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. Joel Embiid scored 10 points in the first, helping the Sixers to a five-point, 3328, lead after one. Both teams scored 26 in the second as Philadelphia held their five-point lead, 59-54, at the break. The HEAT held the 76ers to 20 points in the third as Miami took a six-point, 85-79, advantage into the fourth. With the HEAT up two with 3.3 second left, the Sixers would go to the foul line, after missing the first, Josh Richardson purposely missed the second as Ben Simmons grabbed the rebound and put it in to tie the game at 108 and send it into overtime. After three lead changes in OT, Butler went to foul line with the scored tied at 116 and 2.3 seconds remaining. After hitting 1-of-2 and giving Miami the lead, Philadelphia’s shot at the buzzer missed, securing the HEAT’s, 117-116, win. Butler finished with a teamhigh 25 points as Goran Dragić added 19 off the bench. Embiid led the Sixers with 35.
MIAMI HEAT 113, INDIANA PACERS 112 (12/27/19): The HEAT recorded their fourth-straight win after defeating the Indiana Pacers, 113-112, in Miami. Indiana shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first as they held a two-point, 27-25, lead after one. The HEAT bench scored 18 points in the second, helping Miami take a three-point, 58-55, lead at the half. Jimmy Butler scored 10 points in the third as the HEAT took a two-point, 84-82, advantage into the final frame. After five lead changes in the fourth and Miami down one, 112-111, with 30.8 seconds remaining, a Goran Dragić basket put the HEAT up one as the Pacers would miss their final shot at the buzzer to give Miami the, 113-112, win. Butler finished with a game-high 20 points as Bam Adebayo posted an 18-point, 15-rebound double-double. Aaron Holiday led Indiana with 17 points.
Tyler Herro (29 points) and Goran Dragić (21 points) each posted a 20-point performance off the bench in the same game on 10/29 vs. ATL, marking just the 12th time in franchise history two players each posted 20-point games in the same contest as reserves.
The HEAT has recorded a 20-plus point lead in the first quarter five times this season.
Miami has scored at least 70 first half points five times this season, already the most for any season in franchise history.
The HEAT has recorded at least 30 assists seven times this season, the most through the first 33 games of a season in team history. Miami has recorded a +11.9 scoring margin at home this season, the second-highest in the NBA.
Miami has totaled 3,709 points this season, the most through the first 33 games of a season in franchise history.
The HEAT have out-rebounded their opponents by double-digits in 12-of-16 home games this season.
The HEAT are 21-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponent.
Duncan Robinson connected on his 100th three-point field goal this season on 12/27 in his 31st game, becoming the fastest to 100 made treys in team history, surpassing Damon Jones’ 35 games during the 2004-05 season.
Kendrick Nunn scored his 500th point of the season on 12/27 in his 31st game, becoming the fastest HEAT rookie to 500 points in franchise history, surpassing Dwyane Wade’s 32 games during the 2003-04 season.
CONSECUTIVE LOSSES: The HEAT has not recorded consecutive losses all season, going a perfect 8-0 after a loss. With tonight marking as game 34 of the season, their 33 games are already the longest into a season the HEAT has not recorded consecutive losses in franchise history.
DECADE: The HEAT finished the decade with a .605 (488-319) winning percentage, which included two NBA Championships, four Eastern Conference Championships and six Division titles. Miami’s .605 winning percentage was the best in the Eastern Conference this past decade, and the fifth best overall, trailing only San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Golden State and Houston.
RISING ROOKIES: The HEAT’s rookies are averaging 32.2 points this season, the highest overall average in the NBA. Additionally, Miami’s 32.2 rookie scoring average is currently the third-highest during a single-season in team history.
UNDRAFTED: Kendrick Nunn has totaled 528 points in the first 33 games of the season. His 528 points are the second-most by an undrafted NBA player in their first 33 games during the Common Draft Era (since 1966).
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: The HEAT recorded 11 wins in December, marking as their first double-digit-winning December since 2013 when they also posted 11 wins. Additionally, it now marks as the eighth time Miami has recorded double-figure wins during the month of December in team history.
SELLING OUT: Miami has currently sold out 435-straight overall games, which includes both the regular season and playoffs, the sixth-longest sellout streak in NBA history. Additionally, 257 of those 435 overall sellouts have been at over capacity, where fans have purchased Standing Room Only tickets in the Upper 400 Level. Below are the longest home sellout streaks in NBA history.
TURNING UP THE D IN OT: Miami is a perfect 6-0 this season in overtime games after recording the Bucks first home loss of the season in a, 131126, win in Milwaukee on 10/26, recording the Raptors first home loss of the season in a, 121-110, victory in Toronto on 12/3, defeating Chicago, 110-105, on 12/7, earning a, 135-121, win against Atlanta on 12/10 in which the 14-point win against the Hawks is the largest by any team to trail in the final minute of regulation in the NBA over the last 20 seasons and a, 122-118, win on the second night of a back-to-back set at DAL on 12/14 and the a, 117-116, victory against PHI on 12/28. Additionally, the HEAT’s defense are holding teams in overtime this season to just 5.5 points (33 total) on 24 percent (12-of-50) shooting from the field, including 8.3 percent (2-of-24) from three-point range.
TRIPLE-DOUBLES: Bam Adebayo posted his second triple-double of the season on 12/14 at DAL, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to record multiple triple-doubles as a member of the HEAT, joining LeBron James (9), Dwyane Wade (5), Hassan Whiteside (4) and Jimmy Butler (3). Adebayo and Butler are now the only pair of HEAT teammates to record multiple triple-doubles in the same season. Additionally, both Adebayo and Butler each posted a triple-double in the same game on 12/10 vs. ATL, becoming the first set of HEAT teammates to achieve the feat during the same game in franchise history as Adebayo also became the youngest player in team history to post a triple-double (22 yrs, 145 days). The HEAT have now recorded five triple-doubles on the season, already tying for the most for a single-season in team history.
HOME SPOILER: The HEAT recorded a, 108-104, win at Philadelphia on 12/18, recording the Sixers first home loss of the season after they started 14-0 at home as Miami previously beat Toronto, 121-110, in overtime on 12/3 also recording the Raptors first home loss of the season after they started 9-0 at home. According to Elias, the HEAT have become the first team in NBA history to snap multiple home win streaks of at least nine games to start a season.
CLOSE CALLS: The HEAT recorded consecutive one-point wins in back-to-back days, marking the first time in franchise history Miami has recorded one-point wins in consecutive days. The first came in a, 113-112, win against IND on 12/27 and then a, 117-116, overtime win vs. PHI on 12/28.
MULTIPLE TREYS: Duncan Robinson connected on multiple 3-point field goals in a franchise record 14-straight games from 11/25 – 12/20.
HOT START: The HEAT started the game on a 15-0 run at CHI on 11/22, marking their best start to a game since their 18-0 start on 1/13/15 at LAL. Additionally, Miami held a 20-point, 31-11, lead in the first quarter, the second time this season the HEAT has had a 20-point advantage in a first quarter with the other occurrence when they had a 32-point first quarter lead vs. HOU on 11/3.
QUARTETS AND TRIOS: Kendrick Nunn (36), Duncan Robinson (34), Bam Adebayo (30) and Jimmy Butler (20) combined to score 120 points on 12/10 vs. ATL, the most by a HEAT foursome in franchise history. Along with Adebayo and Butler’s triple-doubles in the game, it marked as the first time in NBA history a team had multiple triple-doubles and multiple 30-point games by different players and also just the second time in team history three players scored at least 30 points in a single game. Additionally, Nunn and Robinson became the first set of undrafted teammates to each score at least 30 points in the same game in the Common Draft Era (since 1966) as Nunn’s game-high 36-point performance was just one short from tying the HEAT’s all-time rookie scoring record of 37 set by Sherman Douglas on 4/12/90 at BOS. Below are the most points by a HEAT quartet and trio in team history.
(18), Owens (14) 4/15/95 vs. ORL 96 James (44), Wade (34), Bosh (18) 1/9/11 at POR
20-POINT GAMES: Jimmy Butler recorded nine-straight 20-point games from 12/1 – 12/16, tying the third-longest streak of his career. He has now recorded a team-high 16 20-point games this season.
20-PLUS: Kendrick Nunn scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games from 11/12 – 11/16 after recording a team-high 20 points vs. DET on 11/12 in a, 117-108, win, a game-high 23 points at CLE on 11/14 in a, 108-97, victory and then a team-high 22 points in a, 109-94, victory vs. NO on 11/16. That marks as the last HEAT rookie to post at least three consecutive 20-point games since Michael Beasley accomplished the feat in fivestraight games from 4/7/09 – 4/15/09.
MR. ROBINSON: Duncan Robinson scored 21 points in the second quarter in just 5:11 minutes of action on 11/20 vs. CLE, that marks as the most points in a quarter by any player in just 5:11 or fewer minutes over the last 20 years (when play-by-plays were more accessible). Additionally, Robinson connected on seven three-point field goals in the quarter, the most treys in a quarter in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of six which has been done three separate times.
HOT FROM THE FIELD: Miami shot 54.4 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90.9 percent from the foul line on 11/14 at CLE, marking just the third time in franchise history the HEAT have shot at least those totals in each category. The only two other times in team history were on 1/26/14 vs. SA (58.1% FG, 42.1% 3FG, 95.0% FT) and 1/11/00 at MIN (55.6% FG, 73.3% 3FG, 93.8% FT).
JIMMY BUCKETS: Jimmy Butler became the first player in NBA history to shoot at least 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the field and be perfect from both three-point range (2-of-2) and the foul line (10-of-10) with at least that many attempts in each category at PHO on 11/7. His 18 first quarter points and 30 first half points were both career-highs. Additionally, only LeBron James (31 pts on 3/18/14 at CLE), Dwyane Wade (31 pts on 2/15/11 at IND) and Sherman Douglas (31 pts on 12/27/90 at DEN) have scored more in a first half in HEAT franchise history.
JIMMY ‘CREATING’ BUCKETS: Jimmy Butler dished out 13 assists without a single turnover vs. DET on 11/12, becoming just the fourth player in team history to have that many assists without a turnover in a single game. Additionally, his 13 assists were just one shy of his career-high of 14 which he set on 3/26/17 at MIN.
COMEBACK KIDS: The HEAT were down by 21 points, 74-53, about a minute into the third quarter on 10/26 before they came back to win, 131126, in overtime at MIL. The 21-point comeback win was their largest since 11/1/15 when they also overcame a 21-point deficit vs. HOU. Additionally, it was their largest comeback on the road since 3/20/13 when they overcame a 27-point deficit at CLE.
TRIPLE DIGITS: Miami started the season scoring at least 105 points in each of the first six games of the season, the longest streak in team history to begin a campaign. Additionally, the six games of scoring 100+ points was the third-longest to start a season in franchise history.
OFFENSIVE: The HEAT scored 43 points in the second quarter while finishing the first half with 75 points on 11/20 vs. CLE, both tying the franchise records for points in a second quarter and first half. Miami previously scored 43 points in the second quarter on 2/25/11 at WAS and totaled 75 first half points on 11/19/97 vs. LAC. Additionally, the HEAT connected on 10 three-point field goals in the second quarter, the most for any quarter at home in team history and tying the most for any quarter with their 10 made treys in the third quarter at PHI on 10/30/13.
FIRST QUARTER: The HEAT scored 46 points in the first quarter vs. HOU on 11/3, marking as the most first quarter points in team history, surpassing the previous high of 45 points on 11/19/97 vs. LAC. Additionally, Miami outscored the Rockets by +32 (46-14) in the first, marking as the third-highest end of first quarter lead in the NBA during the shot clock era (1954-55).
SHARING IS CARING: Miami dished out 38 assists vs. HOU on 11/3, tying the second-most in franchise history. Additionally, they assisted on 80.9 percent of their shots (38 assists on 47 made field goals), and according to Elias, it marked the second-highest assist percentage with at least 47 made field goals in team history. The only game higher was their 81.3 assist percentage on 2/15/97 vs. PHI (39 assists on 48 made field goals).
TYLER TUESDAY: Tyler Herro scored 29 points vs. ATL on Tuesday 10/29, all off the bench, marking the most by a rookie reserve in franchise history. The previous record was held by Michael Beasley when he scored 28 points off the bench on 3/4/09 vs. PHO. His 29-point effort was also the most points by a HEAT rookie since Dwyane Wade scored 31 points on 2/17/04 vs. UT. Herro scored 19 of his points in the second quarter, the most by a HEAT rookie in a quarter since Caron Butler also scored 19 points in the third quarter on 3/10/03 vs. UT. Additionally, his 29 points off the bench tied for the fifth-most by a HEAT reserve in HEAT history.
YOUNG’N: Tyler Herro (19 yrs, 276 days) became the youngest player in team history to start in a game for the HEAT on 10/23 vs. MEM, surpassing the previous record, which was held by Justise Winslow (19 yrs, 291 days) on 1/11/16 at GS.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bam Adebayo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from December 9 through December 15 after helping Miami to a 2-1 record and averaging 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.33 steals and 1.00 blocks. He posted two triple-doubles and a double-double during the week while leading the team in rebounds, assists and blocks twice and in plus/minus, minutes and steals once each. It was the first Player of the Week honor of his career and the 59th time in team history a HEAT player earned the award.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Butler was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from December 2 through December 8 after helping Miami to a 3-1 record and averaging 27.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.25 steals. He posted two triple-doubles during the week and led the team in assists in all four contests, in points three times, in minutes and blocks twice and in rebounds and steals once each. It marked the fifth time Butler has been named Player of the Week and was the 58th time in franchise history a HEAT player earned the honor.
ROM: Kendrick Nunn was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played during Oct/Nov. He is the first undrafted rookie to win Rookie of the Month since Yogi Ferrell (February 2017) and the fourth HEAT rookie in team history to earn the honors, joining Caron Butler, Michael Beasley and Josh Richardson. Nunn led all Eastern rookies in points, scoring average, field goals made and three-point field goals made while placing second in assists per game and third in total assists, steals per game and plus/minus. He averaged 16.4 points, 3.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.28 steals and 29.3 minutes in 18 games.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect scenario for Adam Brooks as he prepares to play just his third NHL game. Read MoreWinnipegger Adam Brooks set for first hometown NHL game against Jets — Winnipeg Sun
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-14-5 – 49 Points) vs.|
WINNIPEG JETS (22-15-3 – 47 Points)
JANUARY 2, 2020 ▪ 8:00 PM EST
BELL MTS PLACE (WINNIPEG, MB) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG
ALL-TIME TIME RECORD: 33-19-1-8 (61 Games)
|ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:||16-10-0-5 (31 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG
|GAMES PLAYED:||Jason Spezza (48), Tyson Barrie (27), John Tavares (26)|
|GOALS:||Jason Spezza (15), John Tavares (9), William Nylander (3)|
|ASSISTS:||Jason Spezza (35), John Tavares (20), Tyson Barrie (11)|
|POINTS:||Jason Spezza (50), John Tavares (29), Tyson Barrie (13)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||John Tavares (23), Jason Spezza (18), Jake Muzzin (12)|
MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||145 (1st)||123 (t-16th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||130 (t-20th)||119 (12th)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||27/112 [24.1%] (5th)||23/120 [19.2%] (15th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||91/120 [75.8%] (26th)||70/98 [71.4%] (31st)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||1385 (4th)||1246 (t-21st)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||2102 (2nd)||1739 (19th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||53.0% (4th)||48.1% (24th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||52.5% (3rd)||50.4% (t-12th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES
|FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:||October 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||33-19-1-8 (61 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:||17-9-1-3 (30 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:||16-10-0-5 (31 Games)|
|LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:||October 24, 2018 (Toronto 4, Winnipeg 2)|
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. JETS
|Cody Ceci||200th NHL game (March 30, 2016 (OTT) at WPG)|
|Michael Hutchinson||First NHL game (April 7, 2014 (WPG) vs. MIN)|
Appeared in 102 Games for WPG from 2014-18 with a record of 43-39-11.
|Martin Marincin||100th NHL game (Dec. 2, 2015 at WPG)|
|Jake Muzzin||100th NHL assist (Jan. 14, 2017 (LAK) vs. WPG)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|POWER PLAY POINTS||14 (Matthews)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Engvall, Kapanen)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||58.3% (Gauthier)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||55.9% (Nylander)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||69 (Muzzin)|
|TOI PER GAME||24:22 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:06 (Marner)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||3:04 (Ceci)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Is 11-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.|
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Jets and is 8-0-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.- Leads the NHL lead in wins (20).- Second in the NHL in saves (916) and second in even-strength saves (771).- Fifth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
|Tyson Barrie||– Had nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 13 games during the month of December, which was tied for the 13th-highest point total among NHL defencemen in December.- Averaging 14.5 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 7.6 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time, which is tied for the fifth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.|
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-135, which is 13th among NHL defencemen.
|Cody Ceci||– 11th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (125:26).- Has played 62.3 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is the 11th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.|
|Justin Holl||– Has started 45.4 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 54.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 54.7 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen.|
|Michael Hutchinson||– Appeared in 102 games for the Jets from 2014-18, posting a 43-39-11 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.- Second among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (250).|
|Zach Hyman||– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent, which is tied for sixth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.|
– Averaging 15:44 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs. – Has played 50.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since returning to the lineup on November 13, which is tied for 17th among NHL forwards who have played 20 games and first among Maple Leafs forwards in that span.
|Kasperi Kapanen||– Has scored nine goals this season, which is tied for 11th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Eighth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (7-9-16).- Has recorded 16 (7 goals, 9 assists) of his 21 points in 22 road games this season.|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Recorded his 100th NHL point with a goal on December 31 at Minnesota.- Tied for sixth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – One of two Toronto forwards to have recorded at least 20 hits (29) and 20 blocked shots (25) this season.|
|Mitch Marner||– Averaging 1.26 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for ninth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Tied for 14th in the NHL in primary assists (16). His 16 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 30 or fewer games.- Recorded 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games during the month of December, which was the fourth-highest point total in the NHL. – Tied for 12th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.2).|
|Auston Matthews||– Second among NHL skaters in goals (27).- Leads NHL skaters in even-strength goals (20).- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- 11th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (20-14-34).- Tied for ninth in the NHL with 148 shots on goal.- Scored 11 goals during the month of December, which was tied for the NHL lead in goals in December.|
|William Nylander||– Established a new career-long goal streak (4 G; 4 GP) with his goal on December 31 at Minnesota (Previous: Mar. 20 to 23, 2017 (3G; 3GP)).- Averages 1.11 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- One of 22 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:28) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least one (1.11).- Has recorded seven points (4-3-7) in seven games against Central Division opposition.|
|Morgan Rielly||– Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points|
(3-15-18).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:22).- Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.6).- Averaging 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks eighth among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
|Jason Spezza||– Averaging 2.26 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.13 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which ranks second on the Maple Leafs and is the 18th-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 25 games.|
|John Tavares||– Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending Dec. 29 after recording seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in three games, including a pair of three-point performances.- Averaging 17.6 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 9.3 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is tied for seventh among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Has recorded 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 13 career games on the road at Winnipeg.|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Tyson Barrie||Has assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in four consecutive games.|
|Mitch Marner||Has assists (2) in two consecutive games.|
|Auston Matthews||Has goals (3), assists (2) and points (3-2-5) in two consecutive games.|
|William Nylander||Has assists (4) in three consecutive games and goals (4) and points (4-4-8) in three consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Has assists (7) and points (3-7-10) in five consecutive games.|
|William Nylander||Three points from 200 NHL points|
|Frederik Andersen||20,000 career minutes (December 28 vs NYR)|
|Adam Brooks||First NHL game (December 28 vs. NYR)|
|Alex Kerfoot||100th career NHL point (December 31 at MIN)|
|Andreas Johnsson (Leg)||On injured reserve.|
|Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)||On injured reserve.|
|Trevor Moore (Concussion)||On injured reserve.|
|Jake Muzzin (Foot)||Is week-to-week with a broken foot sustained on December 27 at New Jersey.|
|Man Games Lost: 87|
|January 1||Recalled forward Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
|December 30||Loaned defenceman Timothy Liljegren to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
|December 30||Recalled defencemen Teemu Kivihalme and Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
|December 29||Loaned forward Kenny Agostino and defenceman Timothy Liljegren to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
|December 28||Recalled forward Kenny Agostino and defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
Placed forwards Ilya Mikheyev and Trevor Moore on injured reserve.
|December 27||Recalled forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)|
The Winnipeg Jets begin 2020 by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell MTS Place tonight…The Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 on New Year’s Eve to pick up their first win since the Christmas break…After tonight’s game, the Jets head out on a four-game road trip, which begins Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild.
Last Game Dec. 31 at COL – 7-4 W Jets Scorers: Wheeler (12, 13), Scheifele (18), Connor (18, 19, 20), Ehlers (16) Avalanche Scorers: Mackinnon (23, 24), Landeskog (10), Kadri (13)
Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (39 sv, 4 ga) Avalanche Goaltender: Philipp Grubauer (19 sv, 5 ga)
Jets PP: 1-for-1 Jets PK: 2-for-4
Recap: Kyle Connor tallied a hat trick, while Mark Scheifele had a goal and three assists to lead the Jets to a 7-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night…Blake Wheeler also scored twice for the Jets, while Nikolaj Ehlers sealed the win with an empty net goal in the final seconds…Connor led the Jets with eight shots, which accounted for 30.8% of Winnipeg’s shots in the game…Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves for the win.
Three Stars: 1. Connor 2. MacKinnon 3. Hellebuyck
Halfway Point: Tonight marks the halfway point of Winnipeg’s 2019-20 campaign…At 22-15-3, the Jets have reached 22 wins by the midway point of the season for the third consecutive season…Since relocation in 2011 and excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, the Jets have posted a .500 or better points percentage in first half of each season and have a combined record of 167-125-35…Last season, Winnipeg set a franchise record with 26 wins in the first half of the season.
Recapping December The Jets went 6-5-1 in December to finish with 14 points, which was tied for the 17th in the NHL…Winnipeg scored 48 goals in the month, which was fifth in the league, and its power play was sixth at 25.6%…The Jets penalty kill was tied for last in the NHL in December at 63.8%… It’s the worst month for the Jets penalty kill since going 63.6% in January 2013, but that was during only seven games during the lockout-shortened season…Mark Scheifele finished third in NHL scoring in December with 20 points (9G, 11A) in 13 games…He had a point in 11 of the 13 games and posted six multi-point games…Kyle Connor was tied for eighth in league scoring last month with 17 points (10G, 7A)…Connor’s 10 goals were tied for third.
Fresh Start at Home The Jets enter 2020 having lost four consecutive home games (0-3-1)…Winnipeg is 10-8-2 at home this season, which includes a fivegame winning streak from Nov. 23-Dec. 15…After playing seven of their first 10 games on the road to start the second half of the season, the Jets have a stretch of nine of 10 games at home from Jan. 31-Feb. 16.
Can Con The Jets are 3-1-0 against their Canadian counterparts in the NHL this season…The Jets play three of their next four games against Canadian opponents.
KC Hatty Kyle Connor scored Winnipeg’s first hat trick of the season on Tuesday against Colorado…It was his second career hat trick (Mar. 23/19 vs. NSH 5-0 W)…Connor’s third goal was his 20 th of the season, which leads the Jets…After scoring 31 and 34 goals in his past two seasons, Connor is on pace to reach 40 goals for the first time in his career.
900 GP Captain Blake Wheeler played in his 900th
career game on Tuesday…He’s played 679 games with the Jets franchise after starting his career by playing 221 games with the Boston Bruins…Wheeler is just the fourth player from the 2005 NHL Draft to reach 900 games played, joining Alexander Ovechkin (1,125), Travis Zajac (961), and former teammate Andrew Ladd (947).
Jets vs. Maple Leafs Overall: 27-27-7 Home: 15-14-2 Away: 12-13-5 At Bell MTS Place: 7-3-0
Jets vs. Maples Leafs Notes The Jets have earned points in 11 of their past 14 games against the Maple Leafs (9-3-2), but were swept in the season series last
The Jets are 11-5-3 against the Maple Leafs since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.
Winnipeg has scored a power play goal in three consecutive games against Toronto (3-for-8, 37.5%).
The Jets went a perfect four-for-four on the penalty kill against the Maple Leafs last season.
The Jets have been held to three goals or less in each of their past four games against the Maple Leafs.
Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against Toronto with 29 points (12G, 17A) in 36 games.
Ontario-born Mark Scheifele has 16 points (9G, 7A) in 12 career games against the Maple Leafs.
Patrik Laine has five goals and six points in six career games against Toronto.
Career Scoring vs. Maple Leafs
Player GP G A Pts PPG
Blake Wheeler 36 12 17 29 0.81
Bryan Little 30 10 17 27 0.90
Mark Scheifele 12 9 7 16 1.33
WINNIPEG — Working on the same line with William Nylander has given Maple Leafs captain John Tavares a greater appreciation of what Nylander potentially brings to each shift. Read MoreTavares’ up-close look at Nylander has Leafs captain impressed — Toronto Sun