EL SEGUNDO — For the fourth consecutive game, the Lakers will have to do without Anthony Davis. Against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, they’ll try to make it four consecutive wins. In the morning shootaround, Frank Vogel confirmed Davis, who has been recovering from a bruised backside for more than a week now, would…Anthony Davis to miss 4th consecutive Lakers game — Press Telegram
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• The Toronto Raptors travel to Oklahoma City on Wednesday to face the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The two teams met in late December with the Thunder edging the Raptors by a score of 98-97. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet led the team with 20 points apiece, while Serge Ibaka grabbed a seasonhigh 14 rebounds in the game. The Raptors and Thunder split the season-series in 2018-19 with the road team winning both contests. The visiting team has won the last four meetings between the two teams. Toronto will play 10-of-15 games on the road in January, their busiest road month of the season.
• Serge Ibaka recorded his career-long eighth straight double-double Sunday vs. San Antonio. He scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed season high-tying 14 rebounds in 32 minutes against the Spurs. Ibaka is just the third player in Raptors history to record a double-double in eight straight games, joining Chris Bosh (five times) and Donyell Marshall. Bosh holds the franchise record with a double-double in 10 straight games (Mar. 26 – Apr. 13, 2007). All 12 of Ibaka’s double-doubles this season have come in the last 18 games (Dec. 9 – Jan. 12). He is averaging 19.1 points and 11.5 rebounds over the last eight contests.
• Kyle Lowry will play in his 526th game as a Raptor on Wednesday, moving him into third place on the franchise’s all-time games played list – behind only DeMar DeRozan (675) and Morris Peterson (542). Lowry finished with 16 points and a season-high 15 assists Jan. 12 vs. San Antonio. Lowry has now dished out five or more assists in each of his 28 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).
• Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch) and Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) returned to the lineup Sunday for the first time since being injured Dec. 18 at Detroit. Toronto went 6-5 in their absence. Siakam finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists against the Spurs, while Powell recorded 20 points and four assists. It was Powell’s eighth 20-point performance of the season, a mark he achieved four times in 51 games last season. Siakam ranked third among all Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star voting.
• The Raptors currently rank third in the NBA averaging 17.6 fast-break points per game. The Thunder rank 30th in the league in that category (9.4 points per game), however they lead the NBA in fast-break points allowed (10.9 points per game). Oklahoma City outscored Toronto 9-8 on the fast-break in their first meeting. Pascal Siakam is tied with Russell Westbrook and Devin Booker for third in the NBA averaging 4.5 fast-break points, behind only Gianni Antetokounmpo (6.4) and LeBron James (4.7)
. • Reserve Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has led the bench in scoring in four of the last five games (Jan. 2-12). Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds during this stretch.
• Rookie Terence Davis ll is the only Raptors player to appear in every game this season. Davis leads all rookies in +/- rating (+180) and ranks eighth with a .382 three-point percentage (47-for-123).
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 30.0 REB: 5.8 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 11.0
• Finished with eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes Jan. 12 vs. San Antonio. • Toronto is 16-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .496 (167-333) from the field, including .509 (27-53) over the last six games.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 36.4 REB: 7.9 AST: 3.6 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 24.7
• Contributed with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes Jan. 12 vs. San Antonio. • Ranks 12th in the NBA in scoring (24.7) and fourth in minutes per game (36.4). • Has scored 30+ points 10 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – SERGE IBAKA #9
MIN: 26.5 REB: 8.6 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.4 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 15.1
• Recorded team-leading 12th double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds Jan. 12 vs. San Antonio. • Averaging 18.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 32.4 minutes in 12 games as a starter. • Shooting .518 (43-83) from the field, including .467 (7-15) from three-point range, through five games in January.
G – NORMAN POWELL #24
MIN: 29.0 REB: 3.9 AST: 1.8 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.6 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 14.6
• Tallied 20 points and four assists Jan. 12 vs. San Antonio – his eighth 20-point effort of the season. • In 17 starts, averaging 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 31.5 minutes. • Has scored 20+ points in four of his last five games played (Dec. 11 – Jan. 12); averaging 20.4 points.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 38.5 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.8 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 20.6
• Tallied 16 points and a season-best 15 assists for sixth double-double of the season Jan. 12 vs. San Antonio. • Tied for sixth in the NBA in assist per game (7.8); averaging 11.3 assists over the last three games (Jan. 7-12). • Has made at least two three-pointers in 15 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 12); totaled 52 threes during this span.
Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – TBD Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – TBD Fred VanVleet (Right hamstring; strain) – TBD
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On Rasmus Sandin’s play:
Well, the biggest thing about [Sandin’s] game is his poise. And I think that’s — when you have that it’ll get fazed by where you’re at. He has that in spades, and he showed it again today.
On tonight’s effort:
I liked it. I thought our first period was really good, liked a lot about that. Of course, I liked that we were able to score goals again here today. I didn’t like our second period at all. To me, this has happened to us before where the third period is where the puck ends up in our net, but I actually liked a lot about our third period. The second period, to me, with the puck offensively was one of the worst periods that we’ve had since I’ve been here. I thought we cleaned that up a lot in the third period with how we handled the puck and how we maintained the puck. We just had some breakdowns again where guys got in behind us. We don’t like to see that, but we’d much rather see it in a game like this where we can continue to nail down on it and teach on it rather than whether it’s 0-0 or whatever the case may be where it’s going to really hurt us. Today I think it helps our cause because it’s something defensively to nail down.
On why he has stuck with the Hyman-Matthews-Marner line:
Just feel like there’s some good chemistry going on there. We want to get more time for [Tavares] and [Nylander] to play together. We’re trying to find the right fit there. Obviously, we tried Engvall with them today. We wanted to get Kerfoot back in the middle and thought there were some pieces of Pierre’s game that could help John and Willy. I really like what we see from that trio with Matthews.
On Jason Spezza reaching the 1,100-game milestone:
To me, the way he approaches the game, he’s a guy who’s 10 years younger every day. He’s got a great passion for the game, it keeps him hungry, it keeps him working every single day. He wants more all the time, he wants more information, he wants more touches in practice, he wants more time with the skills coaches. He’s hungry all the time to stay sharp and continue to work and get better. That really sets the tone for our team.
On what power play minutes can do for Sandin’s confidence:
I would think it would help him. I’ve seen the impact he can make on the power play with that poise and also with his ability to get the puck to the net. He really transformed the power play with us with the Marlies last year when he got healthy early in the season. He started the season on the IR. And then once he got healthy, our power play went from one of the worst in the League to one of the best. I felt pretty strongly that he would be able to give us something there on that second unit today.
ZACH HYMAN (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On what was working well tonight:
Well, we were scoring. Still a little frustrating obviously, you don’t want to give up and let them come back in the game at the end there, but huge win for us. Good to get back in the win column.
On the team bouncing back after Sunday’s game in Florida:
I think there were times in the game where we played the right way and dominated play. We got our chances and put them in so that was positive and then seeing Rasmus step up was awesome. He’s a great player so it showed pretty early. He kind of got some confidence there and it was good to see him step up.
MITCH MARNER (2 ASSISTS)
On what the team did well tonight:
I thought we controlled the puck well. I thought we got away from it a little bit in the second, kind of flipping it and trying to chase it more. I thought we did a good job when we had it in the third and in the first. We were calming plays down, we were bringing it back, setting things up and coming as a unit and I think when we do that, we’re a scary team and we’re hard to stop.
On Sandin’s game:
Well, I think his game matches ours very well. You saw tonight, his poise with the puck, his defensive play is top notch and he showed it here tonight. You saw it at World Juniors as well. He’s been impressive to watch. He’s a great player and, you saw it tonight, he made plays, he made stuff happen all over the ice. He’s got a very good head on his shoulders; he plays very well.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (3 GOALS)
On plays with his linemates that led to his hat trick:
I thought we started off really well. I thought the first period we had the puck a lot, created some chances that didn’t go in. All the lines were contributing tonight. So, I think for us, it was just a matter of time. Like you said, they made some unbelievable plays to feed me the puck tonight and I just tried to put it in.
On tonight’s effort coming after the loss in Florida:
I think we wanted to have a good bounce back game. A little bit of a lull in the second period. Some stuff that I think we’d like to clean up and do better but, all in all, nice to get back in the win column and push forward these last two games.
RASMUS SANDIN (2 ASSISTS)
On returning to the Maple Leafs:
It was a fun game and good to get the win. First one after the call up so it felt good.
On if he’s more comfortable after the season he has had and prior NHL experience:
A little bit. I feel confident out there and I feel like I know all the guys a little bit more, all the staff. So the group is really good and help me in every way the can, so it’s been good I’d say.
On getting a pair of assists in the first period of his first game back:
It’s great. I think my shots weren’t the hardest or it would have been scored on, but they get a stick on it. It’s great to help the team a little bit.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (17-22-7 – 41 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-6 – 56 Points)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- John Tavares opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 5:18 of the first period before picking up the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal and later adding the secondary assist on Auston Matthews’ second period goal. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-assist and 13th multi-point game of the season. He has 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 42 career games against the Devils. Tavares has goals (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. He has two goals and four assists against New Jersey in 2019-20. In 11 games against Metropolitan Division teams he has recorded 5 goals and 8 assists.
- Frederik Gauthier scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 9:10 of the first period. He has two goals over his last four games. He has recorded seven (5-2-7) of his 10 points on home ice this season.
- Zach Hyman scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game on the power play at 19:56 of the first period and later had the secondary assist on Auston Matthews’ third period goal. Hyman has goals (2), assists (3) and points (2-3-5) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-point performance of the season. He has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games on home ice this season.
- William Nylander collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal and later scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 2:12 of the second period. Nylander has assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He two goals and three assists in two games against New Jersey this season. Tonight’s game is Nylander’s 10th multi-point performance of 2019-20. His second period goal is his 20th goal of the season — the third time he has reached the 20-goal mark in his career.
- Auston Matthews scored the Maple Leafs fifth goal of the game on the power play at 10:39 of the second period and later added Toronto’s sixth goal of the night at 3:58 of the third period before scoring the Maple Leafs’ seventh goal of the night into an empty net at 18:40 of the third period. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ ninth multi-goal game of 2019-20, which leads the NHL, and his second career hat trick (Previous: October 12, 2016 at Ottawa). He has registered multi-points in a game on 19 occasions this season. He has seven goals over his last five games played. In 23 games on home ice, he has recorded 39 points (27 goals, 12 assists).
- Rasmus Sandin registered the primary assist on Tavares’ first period goal and later had the primary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Tonight’s game is Sandin’s first career multi-assist and multi-point game. He was recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on January 13. He has four assists in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has 15 points (2-13-15) in 21 games with the Marlies in 2019-20, while collecting 10 points (3-7-10) in seven games at the 2020 World Juniors.
- William Nylander collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal. Nylander has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He recorded a goal and two assists on December 27 at New Jersey. He has 16 points (8-8-16) in 15 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
- Jason Spezza had the secondary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Spezza has two points (1-1-2) in his last four games. Tonight’s game is his 1,100th career NHL game, making him the 196th player in League history to reach the milestone. He has recorded 933 career NHL points (338 goals, 595 assists).
- Pierre Engvall registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. He has recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in six games during the month of January. In 10 games on home ice, he has collected six points (4-2-6).
- Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal and later had the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Marner has points (3-8-11) in eight consecutive games. His 21 primary assists are the ninth-most in the NHL. He has recorded 25 of his 33 assists in 21 games on home ice this season. In six games during the month of January, he has registered nine points (4-5-9).
- Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn his 22nd win of the season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|NEW JERSEY||7 (6)||10 (6)||11 (9)||–||28 (21)|
|TORONTO||16 (9)||6 (2)||12 (10)||–||34 (21)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|NEW JERSEY||15 (11)||20 (16)||24 (21)||–||59 (48)|
|TORONTO||27 (17)||12 (3)||19 (17)||–||58 (37)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||12-5-6 (23 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. New Jersey||75-41-20-9 (144 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. New Jersey at Home||48-17-5-3 (73 Games)|
|Record vs. Eastern Conference||14-10-5 (29 Games)|
|Record vs. Metropolitan Division||7-4-4 (15 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||5 (Barrie, Nylander)|
|Shot Attempts||7 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||12 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||100% (Gauthier – 6 won, 0 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||4 (Holl)|
|Takeaways||3 (Hyman, Marincin)|
|Power Play TOI||5:12 (Marner, Matthews, Tavares)|
|Shorthanded TOI||4:15 (Marincin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||65.2% (Marincin – 15 for, 8 against)|
|Lead after 1||13-2-1|
|Lead after 2||18-1-2|
|Score multiple power play goals||6-1-0|
|Allow one power play goal||12-8-3|
- The Maple Leafs went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play tonight.
- Travis Dermott was on the ice for a team-high 16 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Dermott finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 43.2 percent (16 for, 21 against).
- Cody Ceci started 11.1 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
- Auston Matthews was 6-for-8 (75%) in the faceoff circle against New Jersey centre Nico Hischier.
- John Tavares won 63 percent (5 won, 3 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
- Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (TSN4, FAN 590)
- Saturday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chicago Blackhawks (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Monday, January 27, 8:00 p.m. at Nashville Predators (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. at Dallas Stars (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050).