Stars interim coach Rick Bowness hopes lucky ring can help beat Maple Leafs — Toronto Sun

DALLAS — Rick Bowness brought out some old Toronto bling for some reverse luck against the high-scoring Maple Leafs. The interim coach of the Dallas Stars showed off the 1938 gold NHL all-star ring that belonged to Gordie Drillon, the Leafs’ last scoring champion in 1937-38, a gift to Bowness’s father Bob from when the […]

Stars interim coach Rick Bowness hopes lucky ring can help beat Maple Leafs — Toronto Sun

NFL likes the idea of Toronto, but stadium a factor — ProFootballTalk

With the Raiders off to Las Vegas, and the Rams and Chargers about to move into their new shared space in Los Angeles, the league’s stockpile of cities to use as leverage for new stadium deals has dwindled. And if Toronto wants to become one, they better be ready to do some construction. Commissioner Roger…

NFL likes the idea of Toronto, but stadium a factor — ProFootballTalk

MAPLE LEAFS AT STARS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner has nine multi-assist games, tied for the eighth most in the NHL. – Averaging 1.23 points per game, 11th in the NHL.- Averaging 1.37 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, third for players who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for ninth in primary assists (23). His 23 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Ninth among forwards in time on ice per game (20:57).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (26-17-7 – 59 Points) vs.

DALLAS STARS (28-17-4 – 60 Points)

JANUARY 29, 2020 ▪ 7:30 PM EST

AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (DALLAS, TX) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus DALLAS

ALL-TIME RECORD:96-91-28-1 (216 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:41-53-11-1 (106 Games)
2018-19:1-1-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus DALLAS

GAMES PLAYED:Tyson Barrie (25), Jake Muzzin (23), John Tavares (16)
GOALS:John Tavares (8), Tyson Barrie (6), Jason Spezza (5)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (15), Morgan Rielly (10), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:Tyson Barrie (21), John Tavares (18), Morgan Rielly (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:Tyson Barrie (20), Jake Muzzin (10), Kasperi Kapanen (8)

MAPLE LEAFS – STARS TEAM STATS

 TORONTODALLAS
GOALS FOR (Rank):180 (t-1st)126 (28th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       163 (26th)120 (1st)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):33/137 [24.1%] (6th)27/141 [19.1%] (21st)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):107/140 [76.4%] (25th)135/163 [82.8%] (t-6th)
SHOTS (Rank):1681 (t-3rd)1497 (23rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2538 (3rd)2128 (24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.6% (t-5th)48.9% (t-19th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)52.4% (4th)

MAPLE LEAFS – STARS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:November 11, 1967 (Minnesota 2, Toronto 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:96-91-28-1 (216 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:55-38-17-0 (110 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:41-53-11-1 (106 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:October 9, 2018 (Toronto 7, Dallas 4)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. STARS

Frederik AndersenFirst NHL game (Oct. 20, 2013 (ANA) vs. DAL)
First NHL win (Oct. 20, 2013 (ANA) vs. DAL)
Tyson Barrie300th NHL point (Mar. 21, 2019 (COL) at DAL)
Tyler GaudetFirst NHL goal (Feb. 18, 2016 (ARI) vs. DAL)
Andreas JohnssonFirst NHL game (March 14, 2018 vs. DAL)
Jason SpezzaSkated in 379 games for Dallas from 2014-19, recording 228 points (81 goals, 147 assists)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS35 (Matthews)
ASSISTS35 (Marner)
POINTS58 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS17 (Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS199 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.3% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.4% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS73 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS53 (Matthews)
HITS91 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:09 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:51 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 13-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
– Tied for second in the NHL in wins (23).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,128) and second in even-strength saves (962).
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for ninth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (8)
– One of 20 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 115 shots on goal. Tied for 10th among defencemen in shots (128).- Has registered seven assists in nine games during the month of January.
Cody Ceci– 19th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (142:51).- Has played 61.5 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 40 games.
Pierre Engvall– Third among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (0.98).- Fourth among NHL rookie forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:07).
Justin Holl– Has started 44.7 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 52.5 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 52.8 percent, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Has made the fourth most saves (309) among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 15 games.
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent, which is tied for fourth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 54.9 percent at 5-on-5, which is fourth highest among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:15 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-15-23).- One of five NHL right wingers with multiple shorthanded goals this season.- Averages 11.89 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time.
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (7). – 10th among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-10-17).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (37) and 25 blocked shots (32) this season.
Mitch Marner– Has nine multi-assist games, which is tied for the eighth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.23 points per game, which is the 11th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.37 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 ninth in the NHL in primary assists (23). His 23 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Ninth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (20:57).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (35).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 26 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (21).- Tied for the NHL lead in multi-goal games (9).- 10th among NHL skaters in 5-on-5 points (21-11-32).- Fifth in the NHL with 199 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Averages 1.23 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is 21st among NHL skaters who have appeared in 40 games.- One of 11 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:35) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.23).- Has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 25 road games this season.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.19 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Averaging 1.18 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (13).- Tied for 22nd among NHLers in even-strength goals (15). His 15 even-strength goals are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in 45 or fewer games.- Averaging 17.37 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fifth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.22 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is eighth among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 22 road games this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (4) in three consecutive games.
Alex KerfootHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (4) in four consecutive games and points (4-3-7) in five consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists

RECENT MILESTONES

Rasmus SandinFirst NHL goal (January 27 at Nashville)
  

INJURY REPORT

Kasperi Kapanen (Arm)Left Toronto’s game on January 27 at Nashville and did not return.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 121

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 27Activated forward Trevor Moore and defenceman Jake Muzzin from injured reserve.
January 26Recalled forward Tyler Gaudet from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 25Recalled forward Trevor Moore and defenceman Jake Muzzin from their conditioning loans with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 23Assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.
  

RAPTORS 130, HAWKS 114 — WHAT THEY SAID: “To pass a guy like Jose (Calderon) means a tremendous amount. He was one of the best players in the history, one of the best passers this organization has ever had, and one of the greatest people ever. It means a lot for me to pass him, but to be here and to do it this long and do it for this franchise means the world.” — KYLE LOWRY on becoming the franchise leader in assists.

(12-36) ATLANTA HAWKS, 114 VS. (33-14) TORONTO RAPTORS, 130 SCOTIABANK ARENA TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

What did you think of Kyle Lowry, and him becoming the franchise all-time assist leader? Well, I thought it was good. I didn’t have any idea of what the heck was going on, and then I thought when he got to number nine or whatever it was to get him there, somebody said something, all-time assists. It’s cool. Been here a long time and he’s put some numbers and kind of things start happening when you are really good player and play you play in the same place for a number of years.

On do you think going up against a marquee young point guard gives Kyle a little bit more of an edge? No, I just think he’s just really enjoys his teammates, and competing and playing. But just isn’t too many times out there when he doesn’t really like show that he loves to play ball, loves the game and all that stuff. That’s all I think it is, he just kind of goes out there. He was having more fun than most guys were tonight out there, which was good.

Do you have an update on Marc (Gasol)? Did OG (Anunoby) get banged up as well? Looked like it, looked like OG hurt his shoulder a little bit there at the end. Marc was nothing, just him getting a little tight as he left the floor. However, we’ll have to wait until we get it checked out.

KYLE LOWRY (12 points, 11 assist, eight rebounds)

On passing Jose Calderon as franchise assist leader… To pass a guy like Jose means a tremendous amount. He was one of the best players in the history, one of the best passers this organization has ever had, and one of the greatest people ever. It means a lot for me to pass him, but to be here and to do it this long and do it for this franchise means the world.

On the bench reaction to reaching the record… I love them so much. My teammates are the reason I’m able to do this stuff. I wouldn’t be here without them. Honestly, I wouldn’t be here without these coaches, the organization, I wouldn’t be here without DeMar (DeRozan). I wouldn’t be here without my friends, guys who have been here before me, Vince (Carter), yeah, I’m just really happy right now.

What did Vince Carter say to you? He’s proud of me. I said I wanted to get the record today while he was here. He didn’t start this franchise, but he put it on the map and I wanted to do it while he was in this building. Me and Vince are close friends and I wanted to do it tonight in front of him and I know he’s happy for me.

On the passing of Kobe Bryant… It’s been tough. Honestly, whenever you turn the news on that’s how you know the man was a world icon. …it’s hard to look at it and it’s just hard to know what his family is possibly going through, and it’s tough. I mean every time you think about it you get sad and it sucks because him being him, but the others lost in that and the young children lost in that. They hadn’t even had a chance to live their life and the biggest thing is his family, his kids won’t be able to say ‘dad, can you pick me up’, that’s the stuff that just hurts me.

FRED VANVLEET (19 points, three assists)

On seeing Kyle Lowry become franchise leader in assists… It’s special, man. I think we all should be in the mood of giving people their flowers while we can and it’s amazing. It’s a fantastic accomplishment for him, his career trajectory and the Raptors history here to not have really that many long tenure guys, for him to still be here, still be kicking, still be playing at a high level is pretty special. So we gave him some crap for it, it took too long for him to get it. He definitely went out of his way to make sure he got it at home, so it’s pretty cool for him and obviously we are all happy for him.

Are kids from this generation now looking at Kyle Lowry like they did with Vince Carter? When you think about Raptors now for young kids, you think probably DeMar (DeRozan) and Kyle for sure and so like I said two – Vince as well – staples of a franchise and this franchise means so much to the game of basketball in Canada as a whole, so they are kind of transcending just the sport and definitely mean a lot to the culture of the game and we should appreciate them for sure.

PASCAL SIAKAM (19 points, three assists)

On Kyle setting franchise assists record… It’s great to be part of moments like that, being number one in assists. I mean the work he’s able to do here and seeing all the struggle and to be able to bring this team to wins and winning the championship, now being the leader in assists is an incredible achievement and I’m happy for him. He’s my brother, someone that took me under his wings since I got here and I just want to show my support and I’m really proud of him.

ATLANTA HAWKS QUOTES

LLOYD PIERCE (HEAD COACH)

On tonight’s game… It’s a tough loss, because it was a very winnable game for us and I think the easy answer is we missed a lot of wide-open shots that we take every night we step out on the court. The reality is, we didn’t change the game defensively and physicality- wise because we weren’t making shots. We let our offence really dictate our energy, our tempo, and our pace and our mood. Whereas, I thought we were in the game. It was 12 or 14 point game for the most of it and we had some clean looks. The opportunity for us defensively to try and get some stops, no pressure on the ball, (and) tried to get back in transition. We could have made this game a little bit different with the defensive intensity and we lacked that early because the shots weren’t falling.

Did the Raptors set a tone with their defence in the first quarter? No. You know, again, we had 28 assists in this game and we were 12-for-47 from three and I think we should have shot 60 3s, and I think we should’ve got to the rim a lot more as a result of closeouts, and being able to attack. We turned the ball over early and we got our shots blocked. At the end of the first quarter, it was six turnovers, I believe, and five blocked shots, nine turnovers at halftime and five blocked shots. That’s a lot in a game where they are giving us a lot of open 3s. I didn’t think they took anything away from us. They were giving us a lot of 3s. We just didn’t have that aggression, that intensity offensively and it affected us because we were looking for shots to go in the basket to give us our mojo and our energy and that’s the frustrating part.

On Kyle Lowry… He’s a valuable player in a non-statistical way. I think a lot of times, at the end of games, you’re always looking at stats and you’re always looking at numbers, and you’re always looking at plus-minus and things like that. You take any player out of the game, and someone is going to fill the stat sheet in some way, some form, somehow. He’s the guy when you take away the stat sheet, you watch the film, it’s the transition play he made on Jeff (Teague) just to get down there and not give up on the play and Jeff misses a layup. Those things don’t show up, but it’s the effort, it’s the will, it’s the winning play mentality that he has. But, you know, the assists – he’s a natural point guard. It’s just part of his longevity and playing here and being a facilitator and a team guy, but it’s the other stuff that’s valuable.

VINCE CARTER (10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals)

On Kyle Lowry becoming the franchise all-time leader in assists… He said he was trying to make sure he got it done today. Kyle is a great guy, a great friend, somebody I talk to frequently, and we’re golf buddies, so we play a lot of golf in the summer when we can. All throughout the season we keep in touch and it’s just been a pretty cool relationship. He was the opponent I was darn happy to see.

Have you gotten used to getting a warm reception here now? Yes, it’s a cool feeling, you know, thanks to a lot of people. It’s a great feeling. It really is.

How did the scoring feel at the start? I was just happy to see a few shots go. Just trying to play my game (and) taking what’s there. I hadn’t been shooting the ball very well, so it was more so just having fun and making a dang old shot.

Was there any extra emotion with the ovation you got and the video tribute? No, I was trying to save it all for the next time because I know the next time is the final time. But at the same time, it helps that I missed the first couple seconds, to be honest with you, because like I said, every time you see it, you take a trip down memory lane. Obviously, all the other arenas where I’ve seen old Raptor clips has been cool, but when you see those clips and you’re actually in this building and you recall moments, situations, spots on the floor, how plays evolved, you know. I remember those things and it’s always more special when you’re actually right here in the building.

RAPTORS 130 HAWKS 114 — POSTGAME NOTES: With 11 assists, Kyle Lowry passed Jose Calderon (3,770) as the franchise’s all-time leader in assists … He added 12 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes. … Lowry is also the franchise leader in 3-point field goals and steals.

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 130, ATLANTA HAWKS 114
DATE: JANUARY 28, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS
Atlanta 114 12-36 Collins – 28 Collins – 12 Young – 13
Toronto 130 33-14 Siakam/Ibaka – 24 Ibaka – 10 Lowry – 11


KEY RUN
Toronto led wire-to-wire … Leading 61-53 with 1:56 left in the second quarter, the Raptors scored seven
straight points and led 68-56 at the break … Toronto led by double figures the entire second half.
KEY STAT
With 11 assists, Kyle Lowry passed Jose Calderon (3,770) as the franchise’s all-time leader in assists … He added 12 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes of action … Lowry is already the franchise leader in 3-point field goals and steals.
RAPTORS NOTES:
• With the win, Toronto improves to 33-14 this season and 17-7 at home … The Raptors have won a season-high eight straight games (Jan. 15-28), including three in a row at home … Toronto is now 10-3 in the month of January … Toronto’s next game is Thursday night at Cleveland.
• The Raptors have won 10 straight games vs. Atlanta, including the first three meetings this season.
• Toronto’s bench outscored the Hawks’ reserves 61-26.
• Serge Ibaka recorded his second consecutive double-double and 14th of the season with team highs of
24 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
• The Raptors had six players score double figures – Pascal Siakam (24), Ibaka (24), Fred VanVleet (19), Terence Davis ll (15), Lowry (12) and Marc Gasol (10) … Siakam is averaging 25.3 points in three games vs. Atlanta this season … Gasol (left hamstring tightness) left at the 8:53 mark of the third quarter and did not return.
HAWKS NOTES:
• With the loss, Atlanta falls to 12-36 on the season and 5-20 on the road … The Hawks have dropped two of their last three games (Jan. 24-28) and are now 5-9 in January … Atlanta’s next game is Thursday when they host Philadelphia.
• Vince Carter appeared in his 1,522nd career game tonight, tying him with Dirk Nowitzki for third place in league history in games played … Only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) have played in more games.
• John Collins posted his 10th double-double of the season with a game highs of 28 points and 12
rebounds in 33 minutes … Collins has scored 20+ points in three of the last four games (Jan. 22-28).
• Trae Young recorded his 17th double-double with 18 points and a game-high 13 assists.
• The Hawks had five players score in double digits – Collins (28), Cam Reddish (18), Young (18), De’Andre Hunter (15) and Carter (10).