GAME 36: TORONTO RAPTORS (23-12) at BROOKLYN NETS (16-17) SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020 – 6 P.M. (ET) – BARCLAYS CENTER TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
INJURY REPORTS At 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Brooklyn Nets Claxton, Nicolas Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Soreness Durant, Kevin Out Injury/Illness – Right Achilles; Rehab Irving, Kyrie Out Injury/Illness – Right Shoulder; Impingement LeVert, Caris Probable Injury/Illness – Right Thumb; Surgery Temple, Garrett Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Contusion
Toronto Raptors Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strained Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprained Ponds, Shamorie Out G League – Two-Way 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 Phalanx
• The Toronto Raptors complete a two-game road trip (Jan. 2-4) when they travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets on Saturday night at Barclays Center. The Raptors have won 16 of the last 17 meetings with Brooklyn, including the first matchup this season. Pascal Siakam scored 30 points and Marc Gasol set season highs with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Toronto’s 110-102 victory last month. Injured Raptors Siakam, Gasol and Norman Powell scored 72 of Toronto’s 110 points in the contest. The last time Toronto lost the season-series with the Nets was in 2012-13.
• Serge Ibaka recorded his fourth straight double-double and eighth of the season with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of action Thursday night at Miami. All eight of Ibaka’s doubledoubles have come in the last 13 games (Dec. 9 – Jan. 2). Ibaka is averaging 17.8 points and 11.0 rebounds over the last four games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 2).
• Toronto held the Heat to just 84 points in Thursday night’s loss at Miami. The Raptors have now held their opponent to fewer than 100 points in four straight games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 2). Over the last four contests, opponents are averaging 94.0 points and shooting .417 (135-for-324) from the field, including .279 (39-for14) from three-point range. The last time Toronto allowed fewer than 100 points in four consecutive games was an eight-game streak that stretched over two seasons Apr. 5 – Oct. 28, 2016.
• Former Net Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returns to Brooklyn for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Raptors in the summer. Hollis-Jefferson averaged 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 23.6 minutes in 234 career games (147 starts) with the Brooklyn (2015-19). He was picked 23rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015 NBA Draft and acquired by the Nets on draft night.
• OG Anunoby recorded his fourth double-double of the season Thursday night, finishing with 12 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds. Anunoby did not have a double-double in either of his first two seasons.
• Marc Gasol (left hamstring; strain), Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch) and Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) were all injured Dec. 18 at Detroit. Toronto is 4-4 over the last eight games without them. The Raptors are averaging 106.5 points and shooting .442 (303-for-686) from the field during this span.
• Kyle Lowry needs 84 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 (1,297), 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).
• MISCELLANEOUS: The Raptors have not lost consecutive road games this season … Toronto set season lows in points (76), FG% (.315) and 3PT% (.143) Thursday at Miami … Chris Boucher leads the Raptors with 61 offensive rebounds and ranks second in blocks (27) behind Marc Gasol (30).
F – PATRICK McCAW #22 • Recorded three points, one rebound and one assist in 28 minutes Jan. 2 at Miami. • Averaging 8.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 30.2 minutes in eight games as a starter. • Has played at least 20 minutes in a career-long 11 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 2).
MIN: 26.4 REB: 2.4 AST: 2.0 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.0
F – OG ANUNOBY #3 • Posted fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds Jan. 2 at Miami. • Toronto is 15-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Has scored 12 points in consecutive games (Dec. 31 – Jan. 2); shooting 50 per cent (10-for-20) from the floor.
MIN: 29.8 REB: 5.9 AST: 1.7 STL: 1.12 TO: 1.4 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 11.1
C – SERGE IBAKA #9 • Recorded eighth double-double of the season with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds Jan. 2 at Miami. • Averaging 16.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 32.1 minutes in eight games as a starter. • Has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 17 games (Dec. 1 – Jan. 2), including five 20-point outings.
MIN: 38.1 REB: 4.8 AST: 7.5 STL: 1.3 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.7
G – KYLE LOWRY #7 • Finished with 15 points, four rebounds and eight assists in 40 minutes of play Jan. 2 at Miami. • Has made at least two three-pointers in 11 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 2); totaled 37 threes during this span. • December was the first calendar month in which he averaged 20 points and eight assists since December 2014.
MIN: 38.1 REB: 4.8 AST: 7.5 STL: 1.3 TO: 3.2 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.7
G – FRED VANVLEET #23 • Finished with seven points, six assists and four rebounds in 39 minutes of action Jan. 2 at Miami. • Ranks fifth in the NBA in steals per games (1.97) and sixth in minutes (36.3). • Has recorded five double-doubles this season; something he did once in first three NBA seasons combined.
MIN: 36.3 REB: 3.9 AST: 6.9 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 17.6
INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – Out Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – Out Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – Out
LAST TIME BROOKLYN VS. TORONTO
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
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Portland Trailblazers Date: Tuesday, January 7 Tip-Off: 7 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. PORTLAND
OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 1-0 0-0 1-0 ALL-TIME 18-28 10-13 8-15 STREAKS Won 2 Won 4 Won 1
LAST WIN: November 13, 2019 (114-106)
LAST HOME WIN: March 1, 2019 (119-117)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +36, January 28, 1997
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -24, January 4, 2000
LAST TIME VS. PORTLAND
GAME 11 – NOVEMBER 13, 2019 TORONTO 114, PORTLAND 106
PORTLAND — The Raptors held Damian Lillard to just nine points in a 114-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers … Pascal Siakam scored 36 points and Fred VanVleet had 30 … Siakam scored 13 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to help close out the Trail Blazers and help Toronto bounce back from Monday night’s loss to the L.A. Clippers … Rodney Hood led the Blazers with 25 points … Lillard had 2-fof-12 shooting from the field and was 2 of 7 from 3-point range … He did dish 10 assists … CJ McCollum also pitched in 18 points while Anfernee Simons had 17 off the bench … The Raptors attacked in waves, with Siakam scoring seven straight points to close the third quarter and give the Raptors an 87-78 lead heading into the fourth … The Raptors also got solid bench contributions from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Terence Davis (15 points) … The Blazers went on an 11-2 run to start the fourth quarter, tying the game at 89 with 9:06 left as Lillard watched from the bench … A dunk by Hollis-Jefferson with 5:29 left gave the Raptors a 10194 lead … Another jumper by Siakam with 3:38 remaining gave the Raptors a 108-94 lead, their largest of the game.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 23 31 33 27 114
PORTLAND 30 23 25 28 106
GAME 35 – JANUARY 2, 2020 MIAMI 84, TORONTO 76 MIAMI — Bam Adebayo had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the Miami Heat put together their best defensive performance of the season in an 84 -76 victory over the Toronto Raptors … The Raptors’ scoring total was their lowest in more than four years — also coming in a game at Miami on Nov. 8, 2015 — and the second-lowest by any team in the NBA this season … Tyler Herro and Goran Dragic each scored 13 points for Miami, which is now 2-0 against the Raptors this season … Derrick Jones Jr. scored 10 points and Jimmy Butler finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Miami … Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto … Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Rondae HollisJefferson added 13 and OG Anunoby had 12 points and 12 rebounds … The Raptors shot only 31.5% and were 6 for 42 from 3-point range … Toronto’s previous season low for points was 88, in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 11 … Anunoby was fouled on a 3-point try with 1:21 left in the third, making all three free throws to tie the game at 60 … But the Heat went on a 17-5 run in the fourth and held Toronto to 16 points in the final 12 minutes … Fred VanVleet was 3 for 16 from the field and 1 for 11 from 3-point range … Toronto started 2 for 21 from 3-point range, before Anunoby connected on a corner 3 at the end of the first half. 1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 20 19 21 16 76
MIAMI 18 24 21 21 84
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 RECE
BROOKLYN’S PROBABLE STARTERS
[ F ] J O E H A R R I S #12 • VIRGINIA (6th Season) • 6-6 • 220
2019-20 Averages 14.5 ppg 4.1 rpg 2.2 apg 31.9 mpg
• Originally signed with the Nets on July 19, 2016 and resigned with the team on July 24, 2018. • In 2018-19, became the first player in Nets history to lead the league in 3FG % (.474), and the first player in franchise history to win the 3-Point Contest at All-Star weekend.
Last Game: 11 pts, 4 rebs, 5 asts 31 mins 1/2 at DAL
[ F ] T A U R E A N P R I N C E #2 • BAYLOR (4th Season) • 6-7 • 218
2019-20 Averages 12.2 ppg 6.7 rpg 2.1 apg 30.4 mpg • Acquired via trade with Atlanta on 7/6/19 and signed a multiyear contract extension with Brooklyn on 10/21/19. • Has already registered seven double-doubles this season after posting five in his first three NBA seasons combined (all in the 2017-18 season).
Last game: 11 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts 28 mins 1/2 at DAL
[C ] J A R R E T T A L L E N #31 • TEXAS (3rd Season) • 6-11 • 243
2019-20 Averages 11.9 ppg 10.1 rpg 1.3 bpg 26.5 mpg • Selected by the Nets with the 22nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and had his 2020-21 team option exercised on 10/14/19. • Leads all players 21 and under in rpg and is among the top three among players 21 and under in double-doubles and bpg
Last Game: 9 pts, 6 rebs, 0 blks 26 mins 1/2 at DAL
[G ] G A R R E T T T E M P L E #17 • LOUISIANA STATE (10th Season) • 6-5 • 195 2019-20 Averages 10.6 ppg 3.4 rpg 2.6 apg 29.5 mpg • Is in his first season with Brooklyn after signing with the Nets as a free agent on 7/8/19. • Has tallied 25+ points twice this season (12/4 at Atlanta and 12/21 vs. Atlanta) after scoring 25+ points twice in his first nine NBA seasons combined.
Last Game: INACTIVE Right Knee Contusion 1/2 at DAL
[G ] S P E N C E R D I N W I D D I E #8 • COLORADO (6th Season) • 6-5 • 215 2019-20 Averages 22.8 ppg 3.0 rpg 6.3 apg 30.7 mpg • Originally signed with the Nets on December 8, 2016 and re-signed a multi-year contract on December 14, 2018. • Earned his first-career Player of the Week honor for games played from 11/18 – 11/24, and is currently averaging careerhighs for ppg, FTM, FTA, FT %, offensive rating and usage.
Last Game: 19 pts, 2 rebs, 5 asts 23 mins 1/2 at DAL 2019-20
IF THE NETS WIN It would allow Brooklyn to avoid extending its season-long losing skid to five games (last win: 122-112 over Atlanta on 12/21). It would snap Brooklyn’s four-game losing skid against the Raptors (last win: 106-105 in OT on 12/7/18 at Barclays Center).
LAST 22: DEFENSE REMAINS STRONG THROUGH 12-10 STRETCH LAST 22: See the chart for stats and ranks from Brooklyn’s last 22 games (11/16 – 1/2), compared to the first 11 games of the season (4-7).
LINEUP: Brooklyn’s starting five of Dinwiddie, Temple, Harris, Prince and Allen has played 343 minutes in the last 22 games (Temple sat out Brooklyn’s last game). The only five-man unit in the NBA to play more minutes than Brooklyn’s starting five since 11/16 is Denver’s five-man unit of Paul Millsap, Will Barton, Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray with 347 minutes). All five starters have averaged double digit scoring in this 22-game stretch: Dinwiddie (25.7), Harris (15.3), Allen (13.2), Temple (12.2) and Prince (11.7).
e starters have averaged double digit scoring in this 22-game stretch: Dinwiddie (25.7), Harris (15.3), Allen (13.2), Temple (12.2) and Prince (11.7).
TEAM NOTABLES The Nets attempt the second-fewest mid-range FG/game (6.2) and attempt the most shots/game from the restricted area (35.9). Brooklyn allows the most shots from mid-range/game (15.2).
The Nets register the fewest post-ups/game (1.0) in the league (next-fewest: Utah’s 2.4). The Nets are holding their opponents to .580 FG % in the restricted area, the third-best mark in the league, trailing only Milwaukee (.539) and Toronto (.575)
. FOUR FACTORS: The Nets are 22nd in effective FG % (.509), eighth in offensive rebound % (.284), 14th in FTA rate (.264) and 19th in turnover % (.151).
OPP FOUR FACTORS: The Nets are fourth in opponent effective FG % (.499), 18th in opponent offensive rebound % (.275), 13th in opponent FTA rate (.243) and 27th in opponent turnover % (.129).
CLUTCH: Clutch situations are defined as the last five minutes of a game with the point diff. at five or less). Brooklyn is tied for fourth in the league in ‘clutch’ games (22) and tied for fifth in ‘clutch’ wins (12).
PAINT: The Nets have outscored their opponent by 10+ points in the paint in nine of their last 12 games (since 12/6 at Charlotte), outscoring their opponents 620-468 (+152).
HOME IN BROOKLYN The Nets will play 10 home games this month, marking their season-high for home games played in a month. The 10 home games also match a Nets record for most home games played in the month of January (previously: Jan. 2016 and Jan. 1996).
PLAYER NOTABLES Since assuming the starting point guard role with Kyrie Irving out (the last 22 games, since 11/16 at Chicago), Spencer Dinwiddie ranks fourth in the East (ninth in the league) in ppg (25.7), trailing Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.3), Trae Young (29.0) and Bradley Beal (26.9). Dinwiddie is fifth in the East in apg (7.1) in that time, trailing Ben Simmons (9.4), Kyle Lowry (8.0), Young (8.0) and Devonte’ Graham (7.9).
Dinwiddie is also eighth in the league in FTM/game (6.6) and seventh in FTA/game (8.2) in that time. Just seven players in the league have averaged 25.0+ ppg and 7.0+ apg since Dinwiddie assumed the starting point guard role: Luka Doncic, James Harden, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Trae Young and Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie is tied for second in the league in drives/game (19.2) with DeMar DeRozan, trailing only Trae Young (20.0), and is second in drive ppg (12.3), trailing only Harden (13.9).
Jarrett Allen is fourth in the league in FG % (.657), trailing Mitchell Robinson, Rudy Gobert and Richaun Holmes, fifth in dunks (95), trailing Antetokounmpo (115) and Gobert (98), Anthony Davis (97) and Clint Capela (96), ninth in offensive rebound % (.118), ninth in orpg (3.4) and 11th in rpg (10.1). DeAndre Jordan is fourth in the league in rebound % (.204), fifth in defensive rebound % (.299) and ranks first in rpg off the bench (9.7).
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (25-11-3 – 53 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (23-14-5 – 51 Points)
JANUARY 4, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST
SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪
RADIO: TSN 1050
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus NEW YORK
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||73-68-7-10 (158 Games)|
|ALL-TIME AT HOME:||42-30-4-4 (80 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus NEW YORK
|GAMES PLAYED:||Jason Spezza (40), Morgan Rielly (18), Cody Ceci (17)|
|GOALS:||Jason Spezza (17), Auston Matthews (6), Mitch Marner (4), William Nylander (4)|
|ASSISTS:||Jason Spezza (24), Tyson Barrie (7), Jake Muzzin (5), Morgan Rielly (5)|
|POINTS:||Jason Spezza (41), Auston Matthews (9), Mitch Marner (8), William Nylander (8)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Jason Spezza (16), Jake Muzzin (10), Auston Matthews (8)|
MAPLE LEAFS – ISLANDERS TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||151 (t-1st)||112 (25th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||133 (22nd)||101 (t-1st)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||28/116 [24.4%] (5th)||18/92 [19.6%] (17th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||92/122 [75.4%] (26th)||91/112 [81.4%] (t-11th)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||1413 (4th)||1115 (31st)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||2150 (2nd)||1663 (28th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||52.8% (5th)||46.1% (30th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||52.4% (t-3rd)||50.0% (t-16th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – ISLANDERS NOTES
|FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:||January 10, 1973 vs. New York (Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 1)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||73-68-7-10 (158 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:||42-30-4-4 (80 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:||31-38-3-6 (78 Games)|
|LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:||February 22, 2018 (Toronto 4, New York 3 SO)|
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. ISLANDERS
|Travis Dermott||First NHL goal (January 31, 2018 vs. NYI)|
|Justin Holl||First NHL game (January 31, 2018 vs. NYI)|
First NHL goal (January 31, 2018 vs. NYI)
|Jake Muzzin||200th career NHL game (March 26, 2015 (LAK) at NYI)|
|Jason Spezza||500th NHL point (February 15, 2011 (OTT) vs. NYI)|
|John Tavares||Selected by NYI in the first round (1st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft|
Had 621 points (272 goals, 349 assists) in 669 games for NYI from 2009-18.
100th point as a Maple Leaf (November 13, 2019 at NYI)
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|POWER PLAY POINTS||15 (Matthews)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Engvall, Kapanen)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||57.9% (Gauthier)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||55.7% (Nylander)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||69 (Muzzin)|
|TOI PER GAME||24:20 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:05 (Marner)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||3:02 (Ceci)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Is 9-4-4 at home this season with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.|
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Islanders and is 7-2-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.- Leads the NHL lead in wins (21).- Leads the NHL in saves (961) and ranks second in even-strength saves (810).- 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 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 7.5 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-111, which is 16th among NHL defencemen.
|Cody Ceci||– 10th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (127:29).- Has played 62.3 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 12th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.|
|Justin Holl||– Has started 45.0 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 20 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is the highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 56.3 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen.|
|Michael Hutchinson||– Second among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (250). Hutchinson is 0-0-1 with a 4.09 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage in two career games against the Islanders. Last Appearance (Dec. 27 at NJD): Shots (28); Saves (24) 2019-20: Recalled from the Toronto Marlies on Nov. 25. In his second season as a Maple Leaf after being acquired in a trade with Florida on December 29, 2018. Games lost to Injury: 0 NHL Single-Game Highs: Saves (45 – Oct. 29, 2015 WPG vs. CHI); Shots (46 – Oct. 29, 2015 WPG vs. CHI) Career as a Maple Leaf: 14 GP, 4-8-1|
|Zach Hyman||– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.6 percent, which is tied for seventh among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 55.5 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for sixth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.|
– Averaging 15:17 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
|Kasperi Kapanen||– Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 10th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Tied for sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-10-18).|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Tied for sixth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (29) and 25 blocked shots (25) this season.|
|Mitch Marner||– Averaging 1.23 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.22 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is 11th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 16th in the NHL in primary assists (16).- 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 10th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.2).|
|Auston Matthews||– Second among NHL skaters in goals (27).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season, which leads the League.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- 11th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (20-14-34).- Ninth in the NHL with 152 shots on goal.- Scored 11 goals during the month of December, which was tied for the NHL lead in goals in December.|
|William Nylander||– Averages 1.28 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- One of 10 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.2 (1.28).- Has recorded eight points (4-4-8) in 11 career games against the Islanders.|
|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 (24:20).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.5).- 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 2.36 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.07 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which ranks second on the Maple Leafs and is the 27th-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.- Tied for 12th among NHL centres in goals (16) and tied for 16th among NHL centres in points (36).- Averaging 17.8 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 ninth among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Tyson Barrie||Has assists (6) and points (1-6-7) in five consecutive games.|
|Travis Dermott||Has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.|
|Alex Kerfoot||Has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.|
|Mitch Marner||Has assists (2) in two consecutive games.|
|Auston Matthews||Has assists (3) and points (3-3-6) in three consecutive games.|
|William Nylander||Has assists (5) in four consecutive games and goals (6) and points (6-5-11) in five consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Has assists (8) and points (3-8-11) in six consecutive games.|
|Jason Spezza||Five games from 1,100 NHL games|
|Frederik Andersen||20,000 career minutes (December 28 vs NYR)|
|Adam Brooks||First NHL game (December 28 vs. NYR)|
|Adam Brooks||First NHL point (Assist) (January 2 at WPG)|
|Alex Kerfoot||100th NHL point (December 31 at MIN)|
|Mason Marchment||First NHL game (January 2 at WPG)|
|William Nylander||200th NHL point (Goal) (January 2 at WPG)|
|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: 91|
|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).|
LAST GAME: Dec. 31, 2019 – NYI 1 vs NJD 2 SUMMARY: Nico Hischier scored the game-winning goal 1:09 into the third period to help the New Jersey Devils top the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night on Long Island. Scott Mayfield skated in his 200th NHL game, while Brock Nelson scored in his second straight game in the loss.
NYI vs TOR SEASON SERIES: NY Islanders are 1-0-0 Nov. 13, 2019: NYI 5 vs. TOR 4 Jan. 04, 2020: Toronto, ON Mar. 19, 2020: Toronto, ON
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: Tonight, The Islanders travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs for the second of three meetings this season. In November, New York head off a Toronto rally in the third period to win, 5-4. Derick Brassard and Anthony Beauvillier factored in on three of the five goals, while Casey Cizikas scored his lone game-winning goal of the season. Tonight is the Isles’ first of two appearances this season on Hockey Night in Canada.
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: 01/03/19: Adam Pelech was placed on IR. Sebastian Aho was recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) 12/27/19: Andrew Ladd was returned to Bridgeport. 12/23/19: Cal Clutterbuck out indefinitely with an injury. 12/21/19: Andrew Ladd was recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) 12/19/19: Tom Kuhnhackl was removed from LTIR 12/17/19: Oliver Wahlstrom was been reassigned to USA Hockey (from AHL) for the World Junior Championships. 12/16/19: Tom Kuhnhackl was recalled from loan (Bridgeport). 12/05/19: Tom Kuhnhackl was played on LTIR and loaned to Bridgeport 11/06/19: Otto Koivula was returned to Bridgeport (AHL). 11/14/19: Andrew Ladd was assigned to Bridgeport (AHL). 11/14/19: Andrew Ladd was placed on waivers 11/12/19: Leo Komarov was activated off the team’s IR list.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS INJURIES
**Players on injured reserve
PLAYER DATE 2019-20 GAMES MISSED
CAL CLUTTERBUCK 12/21/19 6
ADAM PELECH 01/02/20 1
NOTE: 01/03/20 – Islanders Injury/Transaction Update: Adam Pelech sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon prior to the team’s game on Thursday, Jan. 2 vs. the New Jersey Devils. Pelech is out for the remainder of the regular season.
MAN GAMES LOST TO INJURY: 2019-20 Season: 96 2018-19 Season: 153
-TODAY’S GAME NOTES – – – – – – – – – – – –
- The New York Islanders are 22-1-2 this season when scoring at least three goals in the game (including OT winners). They are 3-101 when they do not. The Islanders are 60-3-4 when scoring three or more under Barry Trotz.
In 2019… – Seven New York Islanders played in all 82-games during the 2019 calendar year: J. Bailey, M. Barzal, A. Beauvillier, A. Lee, B. Nelson, R. Pulock & D. Toews – The New York Islanders recorded 52 wins in the 2019 calendar year, good for T-3rd in the NHL this past year. Their 52 wins also ties a franchise record for most wins in a single calendar year (1978 & 1982).
TONIGHT… – Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier tallied a pair of goals in the Islanders’ 5-4 win over Toronto in November. Beauvillier, 22, has four points in four games against the Maple Leafs since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Sorel-Tracy, QC native, is two assists shy of matching his career-high (15). He ranks third on the Islanders with 23 points (10G, 13A) through 39 games.
-Mathew Barzal leads the team in goals (16), assists (18), points (34) through 39 games, including seven points (3G, 4A) in his last six games. On Monday, Barzal, 22, was selected to represent the Islanders in his second straight NHL All-Star weekend. The Coquitlam, BC native has nine points (5G, 4A) in seven career games against Toronto, including two points (1G, 1A) in the November meeting earlier this season.
-On On Dec. 27th in Chicago, Mathew Barzal played in his 200th consecutive NHL game. The milestone marks the first time since November 1978 the Islanders have had three players with active 200+ consecutive game streaks.
- Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal are three of only 32 active NHL players that currently hold ironman streaks of 200+ games. Anders Lee has played in 239 consecutive NHL games, good for longest on the team and 15th longest in the league (B. Nelson— 216, M. Barzal— 203).
- – – – – – – – – –CAREER NOTES – – – – – – – – – – – –
- Second-year Islanders captain Anders Lee is the team’s reigning Ironman at 239 consecutive games. Since his rookie season in 2013-14, Lee ranks in the Top Ten among all American-born players in goals (163). Drafted by the Islanders in 2009, Lee ranks second among all active sixth-round draft picks in goals and is top ten in games played and points.
- 2018 Calder Trophy winner Mathew Barzal has led the team in both points and assists through each of his first two (full) seasons in the NHL. Barzal, 22, has appeared in every Islanders game since his 2017-18 rookie season.
- Brock Nelson is one of two players in the NHL with three overtime GWG this season. His three overtime winners are equal to the total amount of OT GWGs he has in his six prior NHL season combined.
- In October, longest tenured Islander Josh Bailey became just the second player & first forward from the 2008 draft class to reach the 800-games played milestone (D. Doughty). Bailey ranks 5th in all-time franchise games played.
- 22-year-old forward Anthony Beauvillier (1st RD, 28th overall) ranks in the top 15 among 2015 draftees in games played (257) and in goals (58).
- Since making his NHL debut last season (Dec. 23 vs DAL), Devon Toews is one of seven defensemen in the NHL to have recorded multiple overtime game-winning goals. Toews ranks seventh among all 2014 drafted defensemen in career points (31), despite having played 60+ fewer games than the next closest player ahead of him.
Ryan Pulock is just the fourth defenseman in franchise history to appear in 166 consecutive games. Pulock is the Islanders reigning ironman on defense dating back to Dec. 2017.
11-year NHL veteran and 6th year Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss ranks fifth in Islanders’ franchise history in wins (96), sixth in shutouts (10) and sixth in games-played (181).
– – – – – – – – –ROOKIE NOTES – – – – – – – – – – – –
19-year-old rookie defenseman and 2018 First Round draft pick Noah Dobson recorded an assist and plus-1 rating in his NHL debut on 10/08/19 vs Edmonton. With the assist, the Summerside, PEI native became the first NYI defenseman to record a point in his NHL debut since 2011 (M. Katic). Dobson also became the first teenage defenseman to play for the Islanders since 1999 (M. Biron).
MILESTONES REACHED THIS SEASON:
JOSH BAILEY – 800th NHL GAME – Oct. 08, 2019 vs EDM NOAH DOBSON – 1st NHL GAME – Oct. 08, 2019 vs EDM NOAH DOBSON – 1st NHL POINT – Oct. 08, 2019 vs EDM OLIVER WAHLSTROM – 1st NHL GAME – Oct. 14, 2019 vs STL COLE BARDREAU – 1st NHL GAME – Oct. 19 at CBJ CAL CLUTTERBUCK – 800th NHL GAME – Nov. 2 at BUF DERICK BRASSARD – 800th NHL GAME – Nov. 5 vs OTT JOSH BAILEY – 300th ASSIST – Nov. 13 vs TOR ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER – 100 POINTS – Nov. 16 at PHI CASEY CIZIKAS – 500th NHL GAME – Nov 19, 2019 at PIT BROCK NELSON – 500th NHL Game – Nov 21 vs PIT MATHEW BARZAL – 200th NHL GAME – Dec. 22 vs ANA RYAN PULOCK – 200th NHL GAME – Dec. 22 vs ANA NICK LEDDY – 300th POINTS – Dec. 29 at MIN SCOTT MAYFIELD – 200th NHL GAME – Jan 2 vs NJD
MULTI-POINT GAMES: BROCK NELSON – 10 MATHEW BARZAL – 9 ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER – 7 JOSH BAILEY – 6 ANDERS LEE – 6 DERICK BRASSARD – 5 JORDAN EBERLE – 5 NICK LEDDY – 3 RYAN PULOCK – 3 CASEY CIZIKAS – 3 CAL CLUTTERBUCK – 1 ADAM PELECH -1 JOHNNY BOYCHUK – 1 MATT MARTIN – 1
MULTI-GOAL GAMES: ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER -2
PLAYER MILESTONE NEEDS
JOHNNY BOYCHUK 700 Games 11
CASEY CIZIKAS 100 Assists 3
JORDAN EBERLE 700 Games 5
LEO KOMAROV 100 Assists 4
NICK LEDDY 700 Games 9
BROCK NELSON – 3 CASEY CIZIKAS – 1 MATHEW BARZAL – 1 JORDAN EBERLE – 1 NICK LEDDY – 1
MULTI ASSIST GAMES: DERICK BRASSARD -4 JORDAN EBERLE – 4 BROCK NELSON – 2 RYAN PULOCK – 2 MATHEW BARZAL – 1 ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER -2 ANDERS LEE – 1 NICK LEDDY -2
TOI LEADER: Record when that player leads the team in TOI Adam Pelech: 8-2-0 Ryan Pulock: 12-3-2 Nick Leddy: 0-2-0 Devon Toews: 3-3-0 Scott Mayfield: 1-1-0 Brock Nelson: 1-0-0 Mathew Barzal: 1-0-0
IRONMAN STREAKS: Anders Lee: 239 Brock Nelson: 216 Mathew Barzal: 203 Ryan Pulock: 166 Josh Bailey: 124
NYI COACHES CHALLENGES Last Season Trotz was 4-1 2019-20: 2-1 Offsides on PIT (Successful) – Nov. 19 at PIT Offsides on TBL (Successful) – Dec. 9 at TBL Goaltender INT (Unsuccessful) – Dec 22 vs ANA
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020
Toronto: N. Petan (4) PP (T. Liljegren, K. Agostino), M. Read (4) (B. Harpur, N. Baptiste)
Goaltender: J. Woll (25/29), K. Kaskisuo (23/27)
Syracuse: G. Smith (12) (C. Conacher, B. Thomas), B. Thomas (2) (O. Somppi, D. Martel), T. Raddysh (6) PP (A. Barre-Boulet, C. Foote), R. Colton (5) PP (A. Barre-Boulet, A. Volkov), C. Conacher (12) SH (D. Martel), G. Smith (13) (C. Foote, M. Joseph), A. Barre-Boulet (13) (T. Raddysh, O. Somppi), O. Sompii (4) (D. Walcott, J. Huntington)
Goaltender: S. Martin (20/22)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Nic Petan scored on the power play at 5:39 of the second period. Petan has 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 11 games this season.
- Matt Read scored at 11:07 of the second period. Read has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 25 games this season. He has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Petan’s second period goal. Liljegren has six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in his last five games. Liljegren has 19 points (3 goals, 16 assists) in 29 games this season.
- Kenny Agostino registered the secondary assist on Petan’s second period goal. Agostino has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Ben Harpur had the primary assist on Read’s second period goal. Harpur has eight assists through 26 games this season.
- Nick Baptiste picked up the secondary assist on Read’s second period goal. Baptiste has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 22 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced before leaving the game early in the second period. Woll is now 6-7-1-1 on the season with a .890 Save Percentage and a 3.53 Goals Against Average. Kasimir Kaskisuo replaced Woll, stopping 23 of 27 shots he faced. He now has a .913 Save Percentage and a 2.61 Goals Against Average.
- Kasimir Kaskisuo and Rasmus Sandin were selected to represent Toronto at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic.
- The Marlies last allowed eight goals in a game on December 12, 2018 against Syracuse.
- Toronto was 3-for-5 on the penalty kill and was 1-for-3 on the power play.
- Syracuse had a 56-22 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg led the Marlies with four shots on goal. This is the most shots Toronto has allowed all season, both in a game (56) and in a period (23).
- The Marlies are 9-6-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 0-1-1-0 against the Syracuse Crunch. Toronto lost in overtime to Syracuse 4-3 on October 27. Pontus Aberg, Tyler Gaudet and Garrett Wilson scored for the Marlies and Joseph Woll stopped 31 of 35 shots.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (17)
- Assists: J. Bracco (23)
- Points: K. Agostino (28)
- PPG: P. Aberg, K. Agostino,E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (90)
- +/-: G. Wilson (+10)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (58)
- The Marlies are 7-6-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-8-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 12-7-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 4-2-0-0 in Friday games and are 0-1-0-0 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Matt Read has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Syracuse.
- January 1: Returned defenceman Michael Kapla on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 1: Recalled forward Mason Marchment from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- December 30: Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan to Toronto (NHL).
- December 30: Recalled defenceman Teemu Kivihalme from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On what Toronto had planned against Syracuse’s speed:
(Against) any team that plays fast, the work of our forwards to reload, get over top allows our D to hold good gap, our D are holding good gap and are confident with our forwards in their spot, they’ve got to work together as a group of five to deny their lines and deny their speed. (Syracuse) had a pretty good game plan, they flipped some pucks in the neutral zone, they were glassing some pucks, they were just taking off, making it difficult on us tonight.
On whether there was cohesiveness amongst Toronto’s five-man units:
There was too much inconsistency in effort. Some guys are going, some guys are not. We need to be rolling as an entire team and playing as a group of five, relying on each other and wanting to play for each other. We didn’t have that tonight.
On what his feeling was on the team’s play in front of Toronto’s goaltenders:
Frustrating. They’re their teammates, they need to protect them. We weren’t good enough in front of those guys, they owe them big time. There’s been a lot of games this year that they have probably helped them and bailed them out. To let them down tonight is hard.
January 4 vs Rochester – 4:00 p.m. ET
January 5 vs Lehigh Valley – 4:00 p.m. ET
January 10 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 11 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 12 at San Antonio – 3:00 p.m. CST
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