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The Tacko Fall takeover has become one of the most entertaining storylines of the 2019-20 NBA season. The Boston Celtics center has been living it up the past month. He attended NBA All-Star Weekend and even was featured in the dunk contest alongside runner-up Aaron Gordon, who jumped over the 7-foot-5 Fall. On Friday night,…

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CANUCKS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: John Tavares is tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (34-23-6 – 74 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (34-23-8 – 76 Points)

FEBRUARY 29, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus VANCOUVER

ALL-TIME RECORD:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:6-2-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus VANCOUVER

GAMES PLAYED:Kyle Clifford (38), Jake Muzzin (32), Jason Spezza (27)
GOALS:John Tavares (9), Jason Spezza (6), Three players tied (4)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (11), Jason Spezza (10), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (16), Tyson Barrie (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:Kyle Clifford (61), Jake Muzzin (24), Morgan Rielly (9)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOVANCOUVER
GOALS FOR (Rank):228 (1st)206 (11th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       212 (28th)192 (12th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/177 [24.3%] (4th)54/220 [24.6%] (3rd)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):138/180 [76.7%] (26th)159/198 [80.3%] (t-16th)
SHOTS (Rank):2142 (4th)1963 (22nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3241 (3rd)2763 (24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.2% (6th)48.3% (22nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)54.1% (2nd)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 11, 1970 (Vancouver 5, Toronto 3)
All-Time Record:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-37-11-2 (76 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:January 5, 2019 (Toronto 5, Vancouver 0)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. CANUCKS

Kyle CliffordFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
Travis DermottFirst NHL game (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
Mitch Marner200th NHL game (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)
Jake MuzzinFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 15, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS44 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS76 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS265 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.7% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.9% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS72 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.7%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs hold the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (154).
Goals by Period– Toronto is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (84) and are tied for sixth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (75).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (43) with fewer than 180 power play opportunities (177).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 180 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fifth-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (27).- Ranks third in the NHL in saves (1,347).- Has a save percentage of .914 in 20 games played on one day rest.- Is 9-2-5 with a 1.52 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in 16 career games against Vancouver.
Tyson Barrie– Has seven multi-assist games, which is tied for eighth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (11).
– Averages 14.57 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 18th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:14).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Seventh among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
– Averages 14.88 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 17th among left wingers.- Ranks 9.76 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 33rd among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Ninth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.5%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is the eighth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks fifth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.62).
Justin Holl– Has started the eighth-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.7%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.0%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.7%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.7%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.78).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:04).- Ranks second among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 18 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+10) and ranks tied for 23rd among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs and 11th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.28) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.- Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (48).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the sixth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.17 points per game, which is tied for the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Tied for eighth in the NHL in primary assists (30).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:28)
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (44).- Leads the NHL with 33 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- Second in the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in multi-point games (24).- Ranks 11th among NHL skaters in points (44-32-76).- Fourth in the NHL with 259 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- One of 11 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 1.20 (1.25).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:31) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.9%).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks 10th among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (0.92) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.13 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.83 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.30 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in the NHL in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanThree games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenThree games from 200 NHL games
Mitch MarnerFive games from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 177

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 26Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired forward Matt Lorito from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
February 24Acquired Vegas’ 2020 fifth-round pick in a three-team trade with Chicago and Vegas in exchange for forward Martins Dzierkals.
February 24Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
February 22Acquired forward Miikka Salomaki from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ben Harpur.
  

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Surprisingly Leads the NBA In This Type Of Shot — NESN.com

Most Boston Celtics fans probably have shared a similar experience while watching Marcus Smart play over the last six seasons. He pulls up for a 3-pointer, you cringe at the shot selection based on his track record from beyond the arc, and as the ball hits its highest trajectory and falls towards the hoop, he…

Celtics’ Marcus Smart Surprisingly Leads the NBA In This Type Of Shot — NESN.com

He pulls up for a 3-pointer, you cringe at the shot selection based on his track record from beyond the arc, and as the ball hits its highest trajectory and falls towards the hoop, he sinks it and surprises you. Maybe the first four years of his career will forever prevent people from considering him a shooter, but believe it or not, he leads the NBA in one specific type of triple. Twitter user @statcenter looked into the best 3-point shooters off the dribble (per 100+ attempts) and found that Smart’s 42.2 percent was tied with J.J. Redick to lead the NBA. That’s pretty good company. MassLive’s Tom Westerholm asked Celtics coach Brad Stevens about what the tipping point was for Smart. “I think the biggest thing — and we’ve talked about this ad nauseum — when he’s got a good look, take the good ones, and he’s done a pretty good job of that,” Stevens said. “Obviously had some big scoring games, but he’s not forcing that. And I think that’s important, because when you force the tough ones off the dribble, that’s when your percentage will go way down.” Off the dribble or the pass, Smart’s gotten much better from deep. The improvement can be traced back to when Smart signed a four-year contract extension with Boston before the 2018-19 season. He shot a career high 36 percent from three last season, and currently sits at 35.9 percent. He’s made 109 of 306 attempts from beyond the arc so far this year compared to last season’s breakout year of 126 triples on 346 tries. He’s improved every year since the 2015-16 season, where he finished with a career-low 3-point average of 25.3 percent, per the NBA’s stat site. When it comes to catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, Smart is hitting 32 percent of his 194 attempts. Though he says throwing up a trey off a pass is easier for him, Smart explained to Westerholm why he likes shooting off the bounce. “I’m able to get my rhythm even more,” Smart said. “Catch and shoot, you’ve got to generate your own rhythm, whereas with the ball, you kind of got a pace. You can kind of feel it. But catch and shoot is easier for me. For some guys, it’s harder because you have to generate that, but for me that’s catch and shoot and let it fly. But I love shooting off the dribble, just because I’m able to get a rhythm that way as well.” Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/02/celtics-marcus-smart-suprisingly-leads-the-nba-in-this-type-of-shot/