SPURS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Kyle Lowry will play in his 525th game as a Raptor on Sunday, tying him with Jose Calderon for third on the franchise’s all-time games played list – behind only DeMar DeRozan (675) and Morris Peterson (542). Lowry has had five or more assists in each of his 27 games this season, the longest single-season streak of that kind in his career. The only other players who had at least five assists in 25 straight games within a season for the Raptors are Damon Stoudamire (40-game streak in 1995–96) and Calderon (25-game streak in 2007–08 and 44-game streak in 2010–11).

INJURY REPORTS AT 1:30 P.M. SUNDAY

San Antonio Spurs Johnson, Keldon Out G League – On Assignment Metu, Chimezie Out G League – On Assignment Samanic, Luka Out G League – On Assignment Weatherspoon, Quinndary Out G League – Two-Way

Toronto Raptors Gasol, Marc Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strain Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain Ponds, Shamorie Out G League – Two-Way Powell, Norman Probable Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Subluxation Siakam, Pascal Questionable Injury/Illness – Groin; Strain VanVleet, Fred Out Injury/Illness – Right Hamstring; Strain

GAME #39 – TORONTO RAPTORS (25-13) vs. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (16-21) SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020 – 6 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: SPORTSNET ONE – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

RAPTORS NOTES

The Toronto Raptors host the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto and San Antonio have split the season-series each of the past two years, with the home team winning all four games. Serge Ibaka averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games against the Spurs last season. Toronto will play 10-of-15 games on the road in January, their busiest month on the road this season. The Raptors visit San Antonio later this month (Jan. 26)

. • Serge Ibaka recorded his seventh straight double-double (Dec. 28 – Jan. 8) with 23 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes Jan. 8 at Charlotte, matching the longest streak of his career. Ibaka leads the Raptors with 11 double-doubles this season. All 11 of Ibaka’s double-doubles have come in the last 16 games (Dec. 9 – Jan. 8). He is averaging 18.9 points and 11.1 rebounds over the last seven games. Ibaka also had a streak of seven consecutive games with a double-double last season (Jan. 22 – Feb. 5, 2019).

• Rookie Terence Davis ll made his first career start in Wednesday’s game at Charlotte. Davis recorded his first career double-double, finishing with career highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Davis is the only Raptors player to appear in every game this season, and currently ranks third among rookies in three-point percentage (.398) and eighth in field goal percentage (.467).

• Kyle Lowry will play in his 525th game as a Raptor on Sunday, tying him with Jose Calderon for third on the franchise’s all-time games played list – behind only DeMar DeRozan (675) and Morris Peterson (542). Lowry has dished out five or more assists in each of his 27 games this season, the longest single-season streak of that kind in his career. The only other players who had at least five assists in 25 straight games within a season for the Raptors are Damon Stoudamire (40-game streak in 1995–96) and Calderon (25game streak in 2007–08 and 44-game streak in 2010–11). .

• Pascal Siakam currently ranks third among all Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star voting. Siakam is one of just six 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, LeBron James and Karl-Anthony Towns. No Raptor has ever averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists throughout an entire season.

• Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch), Fred VanVleet (right hamstring; strain), Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) and Marc Gasol (left hamstring; strain) have accounted for 43 per cent of Toronto’s total points this season (1800-of-4197) despite missing a combined 40 games due to injury.

• DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl return to Toronto on Sunday as members of the Spurs. DeRozan was selected ninth overall by the Raptors in the 2009 NBA Draft and spent his first nine seasons in Toronto. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in points (13,296), field goals made (4,716), free throws made (3,539), games played (675) and victories (353). DeRozan represented Toronto at the NBA All-Star game four times (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Poeltl was also picked ninth overall by the Raptors in the 2016 NBA Draft. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 136 games with Toronto.


PROBABLE STARTERS

F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 30.0 REB: 5.9 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 11.1

• Contributed 19 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes Jan. 8 at Charlotte. • Toronto is 16-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .494 (164-332) from the field, including 50 per cent (24-48) over the last five games.

F – PATRICK McCAW #22

MIN: 27.8 REB: 2.7 AST: 2.5 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.5

Recorded first career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 11 assists Jan. 8 at Charlotte. • In 11 starts this season, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 31.2 minutes. • Has played at least 20 minutes in a career-long 14 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 8).

C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 26.3 REB: 8.4 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.4 TO: 2.1 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 14.9

• Recorded team-leading 11th double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes Jan. 8 at Charlotte. • Averaging 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 32.3 minutes in 11 games as a starter. • Shooting .507 (34-67) from the field, including .444 (4-9) from three-point range through four games in January.

G – TERENCE DAVIS #0

MIN: 17.1 REB: 3.2 AST: 1.9 STL: 0.5 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.2 PTS: 7.2

• In first career start, set career highs with 23 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes Jan. 8 at Charlotte. • Is the only Raptors player to appear in every game this season. • Leads all rookies in +/- rating (+177); has finished with a plus or even rating in 28-of-38 games this season.

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 38.5 REB: 4.6 AST: 7.6 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 20.8

• Finished with 15 points, nine assists and two steals in 43 minutes of action Jan. 8 at Charlotte. • Has made at least two three-pointers in 14 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 8); totaled 48 threes during this span. • Has scored 20+ points 17 times; something he did 15 times in 65 games last season.


INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – Questionable Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – Probable Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – Questionable Fred VanVleet (Right hamstring; strain) – Out


NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: San Antonio Spurs Date: Sunday, January 12 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN

SERIES RECAP VS. SAN ANTONIO

OVERALL HOME ROAD

2018-19 1-1 1-0 0-1

ALL-TIME 13-33 9-14 4-19

STREAKS Won 1 Won 2 Lost 10

LAST WIN: February 22, 2019 (120-117)

LAST HOME WIN: February 22, 2019 (120-117)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +33, February 19, 1997

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -28, January 3, 2017

LAST TIME VS. SAN ANTONIO

GAME 60 – FEBRUARY 22, 2019 TORONTO 120, SAN ANTONIO 117

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from DeMar DeRozan to score the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and the Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-117, spoiling the former Toronto star’s return to Canada … Leonard scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half, and combined with Kyle Lowry to strip DeRozan at midcourt before racing in alone for a one-handed slam … DeRozan finished with 23 points … Pascal Siakam scored 22 points to help Toronto win its seventh straight game … Lowry and Danny Green each had 17, Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin had 11 points in his second game with the Raptors … Marco Belinelli scored 21 points for San Antonio, Davis Bertans had 16, and Rudy Gay added 12 points and 10 rebounds … The Raptors took a 101-100 lead on Lin’s jumper with 6:52 to go — part of a 90 run … San Antonio overcame a six-point deficit, reclaiming the lead on Bertans’ two free throws with 1:36 left — the first of four lead changes in the final 1:36 … Bertans missed a potential go-ahead basket with less than 3 seconds left, and Lowry sealed victory by grabbing the rebound … Leonard made two free throws with less than a second to play before Belinelli missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the final buzzer … Raptors coach Nick Nurse was ejected in the third.

1 2 3 4 TOT

SAN ANTONIO 23 33 35 26 117

TORONTO 26 29 33 32 120

SPURS’ LAST GAME STARTERS

DEMAR DEROZAN #10 G • 6-7 • 220 USC

GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG

37/37 22.4 5.3 5.0 0.95 0.32 .534 .320 .830 34.0

2019-20: First player in franchise history to have 10 straight games with 20-plus points while shooting 50% or better (12/21-1/10). Last guard to attempt 16+ FG’s per game and shoot over 52% from the floor was Michael Jordan (1987-1991). Last 10 games: averaging 27.2 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds while shooting .638 from the field. Matched season-high 36 points on 1/10 and 11/18. One of two NBA players averaging 20+ points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists on 50 percent shooting.

Last Game: 36 PTS, 11-18 FG, 1-1 3FG, 13-14 FT, 9 RBS, 9 AST, 1 STL


LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE #12 F • 6-11 • 250 TEXAS


GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG

35/35 19.2 7.7 2.5 0.54 1.86 .510 .455 .849 33.0

2019-20: Set a new career-high 5 three-pointers on 1/10 and 12/28. Passed Tony Parker for No. 43 in NBA history in field goals made. Has hit a three-pointer in nine-straight games, longest streak of his career. Broke his single-season career record with 40 three in only 35 games (37; 2014-15). Posted his fourth-straight and 10th overall double-double at Milwaukee on 1/4. Recorded his 8th career game with 40+ points on 12/23. BPG ranks 9th in the NBA.

Last Game: 21 PTS, 7-15 FG, 5-9 3FG, 2-2 FT, 9 RBS, 3 AST, 1 BS


TREY LYLES #41 F • 6-10 • 235 KENTUCKY


GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG

37/27 4.8 5.7 1.2 0.27 0.32 .414 .333 .682 17.1

2019-20: Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds on 1/2 at Milwaukee and at Golden State on 11/1. Scored a season-best 17 points and 3 three-pointers with 8 rebounds and 4 assists on 12/23. Matched a season high 3-of-5 threes and tallied 10 points on 11/9. Recorded a single-season career high seven double-digit rebound games. Averaging a career-best 5.7 RPG.

Last Game: 2 PTS, 1-5 FG, 3 RBS, 2 AST


DEJOUNTE MURRAY #5 G • 6-5 • 180 WASHINGTON


GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG

33/25 10.3 5.8 4.2 1.70 0.30 .490 .341 .793 23.9

2019-20: Reached 1,000 career points on 12/14. Recorded an 11-game streak with 2+ steals from 12/1 to 12/28, 2019, longest streak by a Spur since David Robinson’s 13 in 1992. Dished out a career-high 10 assists and scored 17 points vs. OKC on 11/7. Has recorded three double-doubles. SPG ranks 10th in the NBA. Ranks 14th in rebounds among league guards.

Last Game: 6 PTS, 3-6 FG, 3 RBS, 5 AST

BRYN FORBES #11 G • 6-3 • 205 MICHIGAN STATE


GP/GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PG% FT% MPG

37/36 11.6 2.4 1.8 0.51 0.00 .409 .373 .865 26.0

2019-20: Second fastest Spur to make 350 career three-pointers. Averaging a career-best 2.2 threes per game. Tied career-high seven assists on 11/20. Scored in double figures in back-to-back games, 14 points vs. the Warriors (12/31) and 18 vs. Detroit (12/28), for the first time since posting 11-straight on 11/20. Owns the third-most starts by an undrafted player in Spurs history.

Last Game: 21 PTS, 7-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, 3-4 FT, 2 RBS

MAPLE LEAFS AT PANTHERS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews became the first Maple Leaf in franchise history to begin his career with four consecutive 30-goal seasons on Jan. 8 vs. Winnipeg.- Second in the NHL with 31 goals.- First to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Leads the NHL with 23 even-strength goals.- Leads goals scored at 5-on-5 (20).- Leads in multi-goal games (8).- Tied for ninth in even-strength points (23-15-38).- Tied for fifth with 169 shots on goal.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-15-6 – 54 Points) vs.

FLORIDA PANTHERS (23-16-5 – 51 Points)

JANUARY 12, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

BB&T CENTER (SUNRISE, FL) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus FLORIDA

ALL-TIME RECORD:43-33-7-5 (88 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:18-18-5-4 (45 Games)
2018-19:2-1-1
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:5-3-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus FLORIDA

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (32), Cody Ceci (22)
GOALS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (11), Mitch Marner (5), Auston Matthews (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (27), Morgan Rielly (16), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (38), John Tavares (29), Morgan Rielly (17)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (20), John Tavares (12), Tyson Barrie (10), William Nylander (10)

MAPLE LEAFS – PANTHERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOFLORIDA
GOALS FOR (Rank):161 (t-2nd)155 (5th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       142 (t-16th)145 (t-20th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):29/122 [23.8%] (6th)32/139 [23.0%] (7th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):99/130 [76.2%] (25th)90/115 [78.3%] (22nd)
SHOTS (Rank):1500 (5th)1487 (6th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2278 (4th)2017 (12th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.6% (6th)50.5% (t-12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.6% (3rd)51.0% (t-8th)

MAPLE LEAFS – PANTHERS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 21, 1993 (Toronto 4, Florida 3 OT)
ALL-TIME RECORD:43-33-7-5 (88 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:25-15-2-1 (43 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:18-18-5-4 (45 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:December 18, 2016 (Toronto 3, Florida 2 SO)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. PANTHERS

Michael HutchinsonAppeared in four games for Florida during the 2018-19 season.
Zach HymanSelected by Florida in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Mitch Marner100th NHL game (November 22, 2017 at FLA)
John Tavares500th NHL point (January 13, 2017 (NYI) at FLA)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS31 (Matthews)
ASSISTS31 (Marner)
POINTS54 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS16 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS169 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.1% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.3% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS71 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS50 (Marner, Matthews)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:19 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:05 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:02 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 12-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
– Has made 14 career appearances against the Panthers and is 9-3-2 with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.- Third in the NHL in wins (21).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,002) and second in even-strength saves (848).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in shootout saves (12).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 12th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7)
– One of 15 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 110 shots on goal (117).- Has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in 13 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
Cody Ceci– 12th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (136:12).- Has played 62.2 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 13th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Pierre Engvall– Second among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.24).- Averages 4.3 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time while shorthanded.
Justin Holl– Has started 43.9 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 52.2 percent at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 56.4 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Appeared in four games for the Panthers in 2018-19 prior to being acquired by the Maple Leafs on December 30, 2018.
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.4 percent, which is eighth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 56.4 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:19 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Third among Maple Leafs in points (2-6-8; 6 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 10th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-13-21).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh 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 (34) and 25 blocked shots (26) this season.
Mitch Marner– Has eight multi-assist games, which is tied for the eighth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.24 points per game, which is tied for the 10th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.34 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is third among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 11th in the NHL in primary assists (19). His 19 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Tied for third in the NHL in takeaways (50).- Tied for 12th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.1).
Auston Matthews– Became the first Maple Leaf in franchise history to begin his career with four consecutive 30-goal seasons on January 8 vs. Winnipeg.- Second among NHL skaters in goals (31).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 23 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (20).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (8).- Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in even-strength points (23-15-38).- Tied for fifth in the NHL with 169 shots on goal. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.19 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 20th among NHL skaters who have appeared in 40 games.- One of 17 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:32) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.10 (1.19).- Has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 23 road games.  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-16-19).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- 14th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:19).- Tied for 12th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.2).- Averaging 13.88 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 10th among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Jason Spezza– Has recorded 12 points (4-8-12) of his 17 points in 19 games on the road this season.- Averaging 2.31 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for the third-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Averaging 1.35 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 10 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 18th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (12).- Tied for 32nd among NHLers in even-strength goals (13). His 13 even-strength goals are tied for second among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.5 percent, which is tied for 20th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.68 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.19 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is ninth among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.
  


CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Adam BrooksHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Kasperi KapanenHas assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in four consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (4) in three consecutive games and points (1-6-7) in six consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (4) in three consecutive games and points (7-4-11) in six consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootFour games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaThree games from 1,100 NHL games

RECENT MILESTONES

Mason MarchmentFirst NHL point (January 6 vs. EDM)

INJURY REPORT

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: 104

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 10Signed defenceman Martin Marincin to a one-year contract extension.
  

TEXAS 5, MARLIES 3: POSTGAME NOTES: “The group really wanted this hockey game. We thought as a staff the process was there – the team played the right way, the effort, our details, our habits, controlled a good portion of the game, controlled the puck, played the style of game we wanted to play. I think the frustration sets in, we just didn’t get the result we wanted but if we’re looking at the longevity of this group and the direction we’re going, tonight was some good signs.” — GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (20-14-2-1 – 43 Points) vs. TEXAS STARS (17-17-2-2 – 38 Points)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO1023
TEXAS1135

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: R. Clune (3) (T. Liljegren), N. Petan (5) PP (K. Agostino, R. Sandin), N. Petan (6) PP (R. Sandin, J. Bracco)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (21/25)

Texas: T. Kero (2) PP (A. Louis, S. Johns), S. Johns (1) PP (Unassisted), J. Robertson (13) (Unassisted), T. Felhaber (2) (S. Johns, R. Gardner), M. Mersch (13) EN (S. Johns, T. Kero)
Goaltender: L. Bow (29/32)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Rich Clune put the Marlies on the board at 10:10 of the first period. This was his 50th career AHL goal and his third in 10 games this season.
  • Nic Petan scored twice on the power play at 7:26 and 10:15 of the third period. This is Petan’s fourth multi-point game of the season. Petan has 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 12 games this season.
  • Timothy Liljegren picked up the lone assist on Clune’s first period goal. He has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in six consecutive games.
  • Kenny Agostino recorded the primary assist on Petan’s third period goal. Agostino has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four consecutive games. Agostino has 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists) through 30 games this season.
  • Rasmus Sandin registered the secondary assist on Petan’s first goal and the primary assist on Petan’s second goal in the third period. This was Sandin’s first game since returning from the World Junior Championship. He has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games.
  • Jeremy Bracco collected the secondary assist on Petan’s second goal of the third period. This is Bracco’s 12th power play assist.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 21 of 25 shots he faced. He is now 11-5-1-0 on the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.66 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play. This is the eighth game where Toronto has scored multiple power play goals this season.
  • Toronto had a 32-26 edge in shots in all situations. Nic Petan led the Marlies with six shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 9-5-0-0 against Central Division opponents and finish their regular season series 2-2-0-0 against the Texas Stars.
  • Toronto played the Texas Stars on Nov. 16 and 17, winning both games in the back-to-back by a combined score of 12-7. Toronto recorded their most goals scored in a period (6) and in a game (8) with Kenny Agostino picking up his first hat trick of the season.
  • Toronto is on their annual Boat Show road trip, returning to Coca-Cola Coliseum on January 31. Before the All-Star Break (January 26 to January 29), Toronto will face the Texas Stars, the San Antonio Rampage, the Charlotte Checkers and the Cleveland Monsters, each in two game series.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (18)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (25)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (30)
  • PPG: N. Petan (5)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (98)
  • +/-:  P. Aberg, J. Lindgren, G. Wilson (+8)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (58)

ON THE ROAD

  • Toronto’s away record is 7-8-2-1 (17 points) this season. Toronto’s longest road point streak reached nine points from Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 (3-0-2-1).
  • The Marlies have been outscored 65-54. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (9) and Timothy Liljegren in assists (11) on the road.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-3-1-0) and Joseph Woll (2-4-1-1) have combined to make 526 saves.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 5-4-0-0 when tied after the first period and 3-10-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 7-5-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-4-1-1 in Saturday games and are 1-4-0-0 in January.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Kenny Agostino has points (2-2-4) in four consecutive games.
  • Timothy Liljegren has points (1-6-7) in six consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan has goals (3) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Kevin Gravel (illness) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Ben Harpur (concussion)did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.
  • Egor Korshkov (lower leg laceration) did not dress for tonight’s game against Texas.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • January 8: Returned forward Giorgio Estephan on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Recalled forward Colt Conrad from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • January 6: Reassigned defenceman Rasmus Sandin by Toronto (NHL) from Sweden (WJC).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On whether the team improved from the previous game:
It’s tough to talk on it. The group really wanted this hockey game. We thought as a staff the process was there – the team played the right way, the effort, our details, our habits, controlled a good portion of the game, controlled the puck, played the style of game we wanted to play. I think the frustration sets in, we just didn’t get the result we wanted but if we’re looking at the longevity of this group and the direction we’re going, tonight was some good signs.

On if the power play got the looks he wanted:
Yes and no. There are still times where we’re a little slow. We give the PK time to get comfortable. We need to find a way to be more of a threat and get more interior looks. It’s definitely an area we’ve got to be better at power plays, got to execute and find ways to have more of an impact on the hockey game and find a way to be a little more dynamic.

On the play of the defencemen:
I was really happy with our D. I thought our gaps were phenomenal. I thought we denied lines. I thought we got pucks out of their hands early, allowed us to counter and play fast and really have the ice tilted. They really steered the ship for us tonight.

NEXT GAME:

January 12 at San Antonio – 3:00 p.m. CST
January 16 at San Antonio – 7:00 p.m. CST
January 18 at Charlotte – 6:00 p.m. ET
January 19 at Charlotte – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 24 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m. ET

Nets’ Kyrie Irving ‘Likely To Return’ Sunday, Hasn’t Played Since November — NESN.com

It’s been a while since Nets fans saw Kyrie Irving on the court. But that all could change Sunday. Irving has been sidelined since mid-November with a right shoulder injury. He’s played in just 11 games for Brooklyn. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday reported it’s “likely” the point guard makes his return to the lineup…

Nets’ Kyrie Irving ‘Likely To Return’ Sunday, Hasn’t Played Since November — NESN.com

Kyle Kuzma, Lakers stomp Oklahoma City without LeBron James and Anthony Davis — Press Telegram

Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale…

Kyle Kuzma, Lakers stomp Oklahoma City without LeBron James and Anthony Davis — Press Telegram