Nick Nurse could not remember the last time he had to put a healthy player on his inactive list. He had to do that on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. The days of scrambling just to keep enough scoring on the floor while ensuring he didn’t overwork any of his players are over, for the […]With Raptors almost at full strength, Nurse has options and he’ll test them out — Toronto Sun
GAME #41 – TORONTO RAPTORS (26-14) vs. WASHINGTON WIZARDS (13-27) FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020 – 7 P.M. (ET) – SCOTIABANK ARENA TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
• The Toronto Raptors host the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Scotiabank Arena. This is the second of three games between the two teams. The Raptors won the first meeting 122-118 at home in December. Kyle Lowry scored a team-high 26 points and Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Toronto has won six in a row vs. the Wizards, including four straight at home. The Raptors swept the season-series in 2018-19 for the third time in five seasons. Since 2014-15, Toronto is 16-3 against Washington during the regular season.
• Toronto reaches the midway point of the 2019-20 season Friday night. The Raptors have had a +.500 record at the halfway point each of the last seven seasons (2013-20). Toronto was a franchise-best 29-12 (.707) after 41 games the previous two seasons (2017-19).
• Kyle Lowry recorded 17 points, a team-high eight assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City. Lowry has now recorded at least eight assists in four consecutive games (Jan. 7-15); averaging 10.5 assists during this stretch. Lowry has dished out five or more assists in each of his 29 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).
• The Raptors shot a season-high .612 (52-for-85) from the field, including a season-best .556 (15-for-27) from three-point range, Wednesday night at Oklahoma City. Toronto shot 60 per cent from the floor in a game for just the 10th time in franchise history (Last: Nov. 27, 2018 at Memphis). The Raptors improved to a perfect 8-0 this season when they shoot .500 from the field.
• Norman Powell scored a team-high 23 points (9-11 FG. 3-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) in 27 minutes off the bench Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City – his ninth 20-point effort of the season. Powell had four 20-point games last season. Since returning from a left shoulder injury, Powell has posted consecutive 20-point performances (Jan. 1215), averaging 21.5 points and shooting 68 per cent (17-25) from the floor
. • Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol scored 15 points apiece Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City. Gasol returned to the lineup after missing the previous 12 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 12) with a left hamstring strain. The Raptors are 12-6 this season when both Ibaka and Gasol play in the same game.
• Pascal Siakam moved up to second among all Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the third fan returns of NBA All-Star voting. Siakam is looking to become the seventh player in franchise history to earn an All-Star selection, joining Vince Carter (5X), Chris Bosh (5X), Kyle Lowry (5X), DeMar DeRozan (4X), Kawhi Leonard and Antonio Davis.
• Rookie Terence Davis ll contributed 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds and a career-best three steals in 17 minutes of action Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City. Davis has now grabbed five or more rebounds in three consecutive games (Jan. 8-15), averaging 7.7 rebounds during this span. Davis is the only Raptors player to appear in every game this season and currently leads all rookies in +/- rating (+198).
F – SERGE IBAKA #9
MIN: 26.6 REB: 8.5 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.4 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 15.1
• Contributed 15 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City. • Averaging 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 32.2 minutes in 13 games as a starter. • Shooting .532 (50-94) from the field, including .467 (7-15) from three-point range, through six games in January.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 36.2 REB: 7.8 AST: 3.6 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 24.6
• Tallied 21 points, four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City. • Ranks 14th in the NBA in scoring (24.6) and fifth in minutes per game (36.2). • Has scored 30+ points 10 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – MARC GASOL #33
MIN: 28.3 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.2 BLK: 1.1 PTS: 6.9
• Totaled 15 points, five rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City. • Missed 12 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 12) due to a left hamstring strain injury sustained Dec. 18 at Detroit. • Has collected 10+ rebounds five times this season.
G – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 28.3 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.2 BLK: 1.1 PTS: 6.9
• Finished with 21 points, a career high-tying five rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes Jan. 15 at OKC. • Toronto is 17-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Shooting a career-best .506 (175-346) from the field, including .530 (35-66) over the last seven games.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 38.3 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.8 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 20.5
• Recorded 17 points, eight assists, and four rebounds in 33 minutes Jan. 15 at Oklahoma City. • Ranks sixth in the NBA in assist per game (7.8); averaging 10.5 assists over the last four games (Jan. 7-15). • Has made at least two three-pointers in 16 straight games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 15); totaled 54 threes during this span.
INJURY REPORT Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Fred VanVleet (Right hamstring; strain) – Questionable.
LAST TIME VS. WASHINGTON
GAME 28 – DECEMBER 20, 2019 TORONTO 122, WASHINGTON 118 TORONTO — Serge Ibaka stepped into the starting lineup and helped the injury-riddled Raptors keep winning … Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, Ibaka had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto overcame the absence of three key players to beat the struggling Washington Wizards 122-118 on Friday night … Fred VanVleet returned from a five-game absence with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists … Bradley Beal scored 37 points, Ish Smith had 26 and Isaiah Thomas scored 12 as the Wizards lost for the eighth time in 10 December games … Toronto led 96-85 to begin the final quarter, but Beal and Admiral Schofield made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to two points, and Smith’s 3-pointer with 5:21 to go tied it at 107-107 … Patrick McCaw hit a tiebreaking 3 with 3:02 remaining and, after Beal missed a 3 that would have tied the score, Lowry answered with a 3 with 2:00 left, putting the Raptors up 116-110 … Beal and Troy Brown Jr. each made baskets in the final 21 seconds to cut the deficit to two points, but VanVleet made four free throws down the stretch to preserve the win … The Raptors led 40-23 after one, their highest-scoring first quarter of the season, and were up 68-52 at halftime.
1 2 3 4 TOT
WASHINGTON 23 29 33 33 118
TORONTO 40 28 28 26 122
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
Toronto: S. Pooley (4) PP (P. Aberg, T. Kivihalme), N. Petan (8) (J. Bracco, M. Marchment), K. Agostino (19) EN (J. Lindgren, T. Gaudet)
Goaltender: J. Woll (26/30)
San Antonio: J. Walman (5) PP (K. Kostin, R. Olsen), M. Vecchione (18) (D. Pouliot, J. Wesley), C. Darcy (3) (N. Stevens, L. Lancaster), K. Kostin (8) (M. Reinke, C. Darcy)
Goaltender: A. Wilcox (24/27)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Scott Pooley put the Marlies on the board with a power play goal at 16:18 of the second period. This was his first power play goal of the season. Pooley has three goals against the Rampage in two games this season.
- Nic Petan scored at 10:19 of the third period. He has collected seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) through four games.
- Kenny Agostino scored at 18:06 of the third period. He is tied for fifth overall in the AHL in goals (19). Agostino has points (3 goals, 3 assists) in six consecutive games.
- Pontus Aberg recorded the primary assist on Pooley’s second period power play goal. This was his seventh power play assist of the season. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last two games. Aberg has 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 33 games.
- Teemu Kivihalme registered the secondary assist on Pooley’s second period power play goal. He has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 33 game this season.
- Jeremy Bracco had the primary assist on Petan’s third period goal. Bracco has assists (3) in three consecutive games. Bracco is fifth overall in assists (27) in the League.
- Mason Marchment picked up the secondary assist on Petan’s third period goal. He has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 12 games this season.
- Jesper Lindgren recorded the primary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. Lindgren has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 27 games this season.
- Tyler Gaudet registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s third period goal. He has assists (2) in consecutive games. Gaudet has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) through 35 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 26 of 30 shots he faced. Woll is now 7-9-1-1 on the season with a .897 Save Percentage and a 3.40 Goals Against Average. He was 2-1-0-0 against San Antonio this season, making 106 saves on 112 shots.
- Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play. Toronto has power play goals (5) in three consecutive games.
- San Antonio had a 30-27 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 10-6-0-0 against Central Division opponents and finish their regular season series 3-1-0-0 against the San Antonio Rampage, outscoring the Rampage by 16-8.
- 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 (19)
- Assists: J. Bracco (27)
- Points: P. Aberg, K. Agostino (32)
- PPG: N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (102)
- +/-: G. Wilson (+9)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (58)
ON THE ROAD
- Toronto’s away record is 8-9-2-1 (19 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 70-63. Pontus Aberg leads the Marlies in goals (10) and Nic Petan in assists (11) on the road.
- Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (5-3-1-0) and Joseph Woll (3-5-1-1) have combined to make 592 saves.
- The Marlies are 7-8-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-11-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 14-9-1-1 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Marlies are 0-2-0-0 in Thursday games and are 2-5-0-0 in January.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Kenny Agostino has points (3-3-6) in six consecutive games.
- Jeremy Bracco has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Tyler Gaudet has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Nic Petan has points (5-2-7) in three consecutive games.
- Scott Pooley has goals (3) in consecutive games.
- 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.
- January 14: Ressigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 14: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- January 14: Returned forward Mason Marchment on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- January 13: Recalled defenceman Michael Kapla from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- January 13: Recalled defenceman Rasmus Sandin from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On what changed from Toronto’s effort on Sunday to tonight’s game:
Well, it was clear from the start from the first period and a little bit into the second that we weren’t ready to play physically or mentally. Pretty frustrating that the group thought they were going to come into a game and have an easy time against a team that definitely wanted to respond from how Sunday went. As the game went on, we started to find our groove a little bit, a little too late. I did like our pushback and how we took control towards the end. There was a lot of good stuff there but really the game was lost in the first half.
On line changes in the game:
When we’re having a hard time getting things going, I looked to make some little changes or what could help (flipping Pontus Aberg and Mason Marchment). Once that happened, I thought those lines started to come on a little bit. How much of the change had to do with them just realizing that the team needed to step up or it was better chemistry but regardless we started to chisel away. Even in the second period five-on-five, we didn’t give up a lot but still again, first period, slow start, didn’t like our mindset.
On the team’s opportunities on net:
Some guys played strong and got to the net, held onto the puck and made good plays. I thought the first half of the game in our o-zone, we had a lot of turnovers between the top of the circles and the blueline. We either didn’t get pucks through from the point or we tried to force things that weren’t there high in the zone and it transitioned their game. We just need to use more of the zone, we need to hold onto the puck longer, use our possession style to our advantage and use our skillset and we just made it easy on them tonight.
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
January 25 at Cleveland – 1:00 p.m. ET
January 31 vs Charlotte – 7:00 p.m. ET
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
I thought that it was a pretty even game all the way through. The scoreboard reflected that. I liked the way we found a way to tie the game, that’s a big point for us down in the third period, a big power play goal, we really needed it. We could have used one in the second there or earlier in the game but obviously we’ll take that. We generated a number of chances that, on another night, are going to go in for us. Their goaltender was very good, some of the luck didn’t go our way. Sometimes these things are going to happen. I liked, though, that within all that, we didn’t lose our defensive structure very often and then there’s some things we’d like to do a little bit better job of in our own zone. But for the most part I thought it was pretty solid effort for us defensively and we just couldn’t get one to go in for us there.
On tonight’s goaltenders both being selected for the All-Star Game:
Yeah, I think that was on display here today, for sure. I guess that’s the way that it works out because if the two goalies go head-to-head you end up with a low scoring affair. So, it works out that way. As I said, I thought we had a number of really good chances that their guy made real good on and also there’s a few of ours were just pucks rolling on us or just bouncing over our stick. As I say, these things are going to happen every now and again.
On the challenge of starting overtime with a long defensive zone shift:
Well, it makes it so some of your best guys early on there are pretty tired and don’t get to touch the puck. That’s really it. It was we didn’t get the puck; we lost the draw and they didn’t give it up. They did a good job of retaining it. When they did get a look or two, they got it back quickly. So they just made it hard on us. After that we got through it and things were pretty even, I thought, after.
On the decision to put Johnsson on Matthews’ wing:
I just didn’t feel like we had much going. I thought today was, for the Matthews line, the one day it didn’t seem like much was really happening. I just tried to change the chemistry a little bit and tried to get some different looks. That’s really it.
On if he saw some jump from Johnsson as he’s making his way back from injury:
I did at times, yeah. I also saw it was very apparent that he’s behind her in terms of his conditioning and such. His shifts are real short, he gathers his energy and goes out and has bursts, but then he’s pretty gassed after that. I saw him a number of times coming back to the bench tired so that’s something he’s going to have to work his way though and we’ll help him do that, but I did think he made some plays at good times there. He put [Matthews] in a really good spot to get one for us there off the stick of Mango but it didn’t fall. That was nice to see him start to come.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (31 SAVES)
On tonight’s game:
Yeah, it was a really fun game to be a part of. I thought both teams played well and he made some good saves to keep it at one. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get another one.
On the team sticking with it despite not scoring:
I thought we started really well. We didn’t get much in the beginning and we just kept playing the right way and playing through our process. We get rewarded to tie things up in the third and it’s too bad we didn’t get the extra point.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (12 SHOT ATTEMPTS)
On David Rittich as the difference tonight:
Absolutely. You’ve just to tip your hat to him. He made some unbelievable saves early in the game and then I think we were kind of flat there in the second a bit. In the third we had, obviously, lots of really good chances. He made some really unbelievable saves. So you’ve got to tip your hat to him. Obviously, we would have loved to get the two points. We clawed our way back and got it to overtime and grabbed one. Definitely a game that could have gone the other way.
On being stopped on a 2-on-1 opportunity in the third period:
That’s all I saw. Just tried to shoot it and get it up over his pad or his blocker. He made a really good save.
On evidence that tonight’s goaltenders are worthy of their all-star nods:
Yeah, I don’t want to keep repeating myself, but he had a great game, he made some really good saves that kept them in the game that allowed the game to go to overtime, especially at the end of the third period.
WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)
On the play of David Rittich:
I think he was patient. He had a great game and I think he was feeling good about his game today. He did a great job.
On what he liked most about the team’s game tonight:
I think we were creating a lot of chances. Their goalie stood on his head and when that happens you’ve got to be happy with the way we played and take that away from this game.
On his power play goal:
Well I think we got moving around. I think as we got more power plays, we kind of got a feel for what they were doing, and we got an open area there and were able to put it in.
JOHN TAVARES (1 ASSIST)
On a competitive match from start to finish:
Yeah it was a tight hockey game. They defend well and their D do a really good job around their net, breaking out of their end, being a crucial part, I think, of their overall game. There are going to be some nights where you’re going to have to make some adjustments and continue to work and stay with it to find solutions. Obviously, we had a few power plays tonight and would have been nice to get one more, but we got one to get ourselves to overtime. It was just one of those nights where it seemed like the puck was bouncing a lot too. Just tried to stay with it, get good opportunities and get to the interior and it obviously came down to the shootout and we just weren’t able to find the next one.
On the play of David Rittich:
I thought he was reading the play extremely well. He made a couple of really good cross-crease, cross-ice passes. Just was tracking the puck and squaring up on a lot of good looks that he made look easy and he wasn’t making it easy for us to beat him tonight. He played well. Obviously, we would have liked to get more on the interior but it was a tight game and just weren’t able to find it.
CALGARY FLAMES (26-18-5 – 57 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-7 – 57 Points)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 8:35 of the third period. Nylander has points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. He has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 19 games against Western Conference opponents. He has registered seven points (4-3-7) in seven games during the month of January.
- John Tavares registered the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Tavares has points (2-3-5) in three consecutive games. He has registered a goal and two assists in two games against the Flames in 2019-20. In nine games against Pacific Division opposition, he has recorded eight points (4-4-8).
- Tyson Barrie collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Barrie is tied for the lead among Maple Leafs defencemen in power play assists and leads Toronto defencemen in power play points (1-7-8). His 18 points (2 goals, 16 assists) in 24 career games against the Flames mark his fourth-highest point total against a single opponent.
- Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots between regulation and overtime in the shootout loss.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Jason Spezza: Stopped (2019-20: 2/3)
- Auston Matthews: Stopped (2019-20: 1/5)
- Mitch Marner: Stopped (2019-20: 0/4)
- Frederik Andersen: 1/2 (2019-20: 13/19)
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets).
|CALGARY||9 (8)||12 (11)||7 (4)||4 (0)||32 (23)|
|TORONTO||10 (9)||14 (10)||9 (7)||3 (0)||36 (26)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|CALGARY||20 (16)||17 (16)||14 (9)||5 (0)||56 (41)|
|TORONTO||21 (19)||31 (22)||14 (11)||4 (0)||70 (52)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||12-5-7 (24 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Calgary||61-60-12-5 (138 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Calgary at Home||36-19-7-3 (65 Games)|
|Record vs. Western Conference||11-6-2 (19 Games)|
|Record vs. Pacific Division||6-3-1 (10 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||12 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||12 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||100% (Spezza – 3 won, 0 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||4 (Barrie)|
|Power Play TOI||6:03 (Barrie)|
|Shorthanded TOI||2:17 (Ceci)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||65.2% (Nylander, Tavares – 19 for, 8 against)|
|Opponent scores first||8-13-6|
|Tied after 1||9-5-3|
|Trail after 2||2-10-4|
|Score one power play goal||9-4-4|
|Do not allow a power play goal||12-5-3|
- The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play tonight.
- Frederik Gauthier and Dmytro Timashov started 33.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
- Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 25 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Dermott finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 64.1 percent (25 for, 14 against).
- Alex Kerfoot skated in his 200th NHL game.
- John Tavares won 100 percent (5 won, 0 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
- 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)
- Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. vs. Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)