SUNS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Toronto’s 40-15 record after 55 games is the best in franchise history. The Raptors reached 40 wins prior to the All-Star break for the third consecutive year. Toronto has won at least 51 games each of the last four seasons (2015-19) after not reaching 50 wins in any of their first 20 seasons in the NBA.

INJURY REPORTS AT 1:30 FRIDAY

PHX@TOR Phoenix Suns Ayton, Deandre Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Soreness
Baynes, Aron Probable Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Soreness
Harper, Jared Out G League – Two-Way
Kaminsky, Frank Out Injury/Illness – Right Patella; Stress Fracture
Lecque, Jalen Out G League – On Assignment
Okobo, Elie Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Owens, Tariq Out G League – Two-Way
Saric, Dario Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Available – Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strain
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
McCaw, Patrick Doubtful Injury/Illness – Illness; Flu-like symptoms
Powell, Norman Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Fourth – metacarpal fracture
Watson, Paul Out G League – Two-Way

RAPTORS NOTES

• The Toronto Raptors return from the NBA All-Star break Friday night when they host the Phoenix Suns at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has swept back-to-back season-series against Phoenix. Serge Ibaka averaged 18.0 points in two games against the Suns last season, while Kyle Lowry averaged a double-double with 13.5 points and 10.0 assists. The Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss Feb. 12 at Brooklyn.

• Toronto begins the unofficial second half of the season with a four-game homestand (Feb. 21-28). The Raptors have won seven in a row at Scotiabank Arena, their second longest home winning streak of the season. Toronto opened the season with nine straight victories at Scotiabank Arena. Over the last seven home games, Toronto is averaging 125.9 points and is shooting .519 (326-628) form the field, including .423 (107-253) from three-point distance.

• With a victory Friday night over Phoenix, the Raptors would guarantee a winning record for the month of February. Toronto has finished with a winning record each of the past 21 calendar months (February 2017 – January 2020). The streak is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the NBA. The last month in which Toronto did not have a winning record was January 2017 (8–9).

• Kyle Lowry recorded his 16th career triple-double, and 14th in a Raptors uniform, Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. He finished with 12 points and team highs of 12 assists and 11 rebounds against the Nets. Lowry’s 14 tripledoubles are more than all other Raptors combined (12). The last player to record a triple-double for Toronto other than Lowry was Jose Calderon on Dec. 16, 2012 vs. Houston.

• The Raptors have finished with fewer turnovers than their opponent in each of the last 16 games (Jan. 15 – Feb. 12) – the longest streak in franchise history. Toronto has a +79 (218-to-297) turnover differential during this stretch and leads the NBA in points per game off turnovers (22.5). The Raptors are 33-9 this season when recording fewer turnovers than their opponent in a game.

• Serge Ibaka scored a game-high 28 points in the loss to Brooklyn last Wednesday. Ibaka has now scored 20+ points in six of his last eight games played (Jan. 28 – Feb. 12). He is averaging a team-high 22.4 points during this span, while shooting 61 per cent (72-118) from the floor. Ibaka has now scored 20 or more 15 times this season, something he did 16 times in 74 games last season.

• Toronto’s 40-15 record after 55 games is the best in franchise history. The Raptors reached 40 wins prior to the All-Star break for the third consecutive year. Toronto has won at least 51 games each of the last four seasons (2015-19) after not reaching 50 wins in any of their first 20 seasons in the NBA.

• The Raptors outscored Brooklyn 22-11 on the fast-break last Wednesday. Toronto ranks second in the NBA in fast break points per game (18.7), behind only Milwaukee (19.0). Pascal Siakam ranks fifth among all players averaging 4.1 fast break points, while Fred VanVleet is 12th at 3.6 fast-break points per game.

• Kyle Lowry is two games shy of tying Morris Peterson (542) for second on the Raptors’ all-time games played list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 675 appearances in a Raptors uniform.


PROBABLE STARTERS

G – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.1 REB: 5.4 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.2

• Scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 32 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Toronto is 21-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Averaging a career-high 10.2 points and shooting a career-best .499 from the field this season.

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.0 REB: 7.5 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.5

• Totaled 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.7); averaging 22.0 points (Feb. 5-12) over the last five games. • Has scored 30+ points 13 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.

C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 27.2 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.4 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 16.1

• Scored a game-high 28 points and collected nine rebounds in 35 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Averaging 19.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 32.0 minutes in 21 games as a starter this season. • First player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 36.5 REB: 4.7 AST: 7.6 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.9 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.6

• Posted his second triple-double of the season with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Passed Vince Carter (9,420) for third on the franchise’s all-time scoring list Feb. 7 at Indiana. • Ranks eighth in the NBA in assists per game (7.6); has dished out 10+ assists 11 times

G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 36.0 REB: 3.7 AST: 6.8 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 18.0

• Finished with 22 points, two rebounds and one assist in 39 minutes Feb. 12 at Brooklyn. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.91); has registered multiple steals in 22 games. • Has scored 20+ points in three of the last four games (Feb. 7-12); averaging 21.8 points during this stretch.


INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Patrick McCaw (Flu-like symptoms) – Doubtful Norman Powell (Left hand; fourth metacarpal – fracture) – Doubtful.


TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS

Opponent: Phoenix Suns Date: Friday, February 21 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN

SERIES RECAP VS. PHOENIX

OVERALL HOME ROAD 2018-19

2-0 1-0 1-0 ALL-TIME 16-29 8-14 8-15

STREAKS Won 4 Won 2 Won 2

LAST WIN: January 17, 2019 (111-109)

LAST HOME WIN: January 17, 2019 (111-109)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +27, March 6, 2013

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -20, February 27, 2009

LAST TIME VS. PHOENIX

GAME 47 – JANUARY 17, 2019 TORONTO 111, PHOENIX 109

TORONTO – Pascal Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 111-109 … Serge Ibaka put Toronto up 109-107 on a hook shot with 47 seconds left, but Mikal Bridges tied it with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining … Toronto gave the ball to Siakam, whose driving shot bounced off the backboard and fell through the rim as time ran out … Siakam had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Ibaka scored 22 points and Kyle Lowry had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won eight straight at home and six of seven overall … Devin Booker scored 30 points, Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18 for the Suns … Fred VanVleet had 15 points and C.J. Miles returned after missing three of the previous four games because of a sore right hip to score 13 as Toronto swept back-to-back season series against Phoenix for the first time … Kawhi Leonard (rest) sat as the Raptors played the second game of a back-to-back … Lowry was originally expected to rest, but told coach Nick Nurse he wanted to play as he works is way back into shape after missing time with a sore back … The Raptors are an NBAbest 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season … Lowry finished with eight assists, giving him 5,002 for his career.

1 2 3 4 TOT

PHOENIX 20 29 29 31 109

TORONTO 32 25 20 34 111

NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Indiana Pacers Date: Sunday, February 23 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet One Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

SERIES RECAP VS. INDIANA

OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20

2-1 1-0 1-1 ALL-TIME 42-49 28-18 14-31

STREAKS Won 2 Won 12 Won 1

LAST WIN: February 7, 2020 (115-106)

LAST HOME WIN: February 5, 2020 (119-118)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +25, March 19, 2017

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -29, April 8, 2009

LAST TIME VS. INDIANA

GAME 52 – FEBRUARY 7, 2020 TORONTO 115,

INDIANA 106 INDIANAPOLIS — Two days after rallying from a 19-point deficit to extend their franchise-record winning streak, the short-handed Raptors beat Indiana 115-106 for their 13th consecutive victory … Toronto has been winning without Marc Gasol and Norman Powell, two key players who are injured … Kyle Lowry missed the final 14 and a half minutes with a whiplash injury … The Raptors beat the Pacers for the second time in three days and head home with their 10th consecutive road victory … Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds … Fred VanVleet added 20 points and seven assists for Toronto, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 15 … Lowry finished with 16 points and 11 assists, his ninth double-double of the season … Domantas Sabonis finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pacers, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points and four assists in his first home start since returning from an injured right knee … Indiana has lost a season-high four in a row … Toronto had a 12-3 run in the third quarter which contributed to an 87-78 lead … When Lowry left with 2:42 to go in the third, the Pacers closed out the quarter with five straight points, cutting the deficit to four … The Pacers got as close as 101-99 with 6:47 left before Terence Davis scored seven points in a 12-4 spurt that gave Toronto a 113-103 lead with 1:48 to go.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 36 28 23 28 115

INDIANA 31 32 20 23 106

GAME 55 – FEBRUARY 12, 2020 BROOKLYN 101 , TORONTO 91 BROOKLYN — The Toronto Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets … The Raptors couldn’t find the form that helped them average 121.2 points and shoot 50 per cent over the previous 15 games … This time, they hit only 37.8 per cent, with Kyle Lowry’s triple-double coming on a night when the point guard was just 4 for 13 … Serge Ibaka had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors … Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and Lowry had 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds … Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors … Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 17 points and nine assists for the Nets, who head into the break 25-28 after having Kyrie Irving for just 20 games … The Nets extended a 10-point lead after three quarters to 80-65 … Ibaka made a three-pointer and VanVleet converted a three-point play to cut it to 91-82 with 4:13 remaining, but LeVert made consecutive baskets to quickly push the lead back into double figures … The Nets scored the first seven points of the second quarter to open a 3019 lead … The Raptors had the deficit down to six in the final minute of the period, but the Nets made it 52-40 at halftime … Toronto’s 15-game run was the longest winning streak ever snapped by the Nets.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 19 21 25 26 91

BROOKLYN 23 29 23 26 101


GAME 54 – FEBRUARY 10, 2020 TORONTO 137 , MINNESOTA 126

TORONTO – OG Anunoby scored a career-high 25 points and matched his career best with 12 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 27 points and 11 assists, and the Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 15 by beating the Timberwolves 137-126 … Pascal Siakam scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a seasonhigh 21 and Fred VanVleet added 16 as the Raptors won their 16th straight home meeting with Minnesota … D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points in his Minnesota debut and Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Timberwolves couldn’t build on Saturday’s surprise victory over the Clippers that snapped a 13-game losing streak … Jarrett Culver, Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez scored 15 apiece for the Timberwolves, who have lost five straight against Toronto … Minnesota trailed 106-94 through three quarters but former Raptor James Johnson made two 3-pointers as the Timberwolves opened the fourth with a 12-2 run, cutting it to 108-106 with 9:07 left … That was as close as Minnesota would get … Chris Boucher and Siakam scored to push Toronto’s lead back to six points, and VanVleet and Patrick McCaw hit 3-pointers on either side of Towns’ free throw to make it 120-109 with 5:28 remaining.

1 2 3 4 TOT

MINNESOTA 36 39 19 32 126

TORONTO 40 34 32 31 137

PHOENIX SUNS

LAST GAME’S STARTERS (Record when using this starting lineup: 1-0)


F 3 KELLY OUBRE JR. 6-7 203

LAST GAME: Scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes in win vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: Scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds off bench on 1/17 last season + Has scored 10+ in 22 straight, averaging 21.2 pts on 46.8 FG%, 40.7 3P% plus 7.7 reb… NBA Ranks: 1.25 spg (31st), 34.4 mpg (t-24th)

F 25 MIKAL BRIDGES 6-6 209

LAST GAME: Scored 14 points on 6-12 FG and 2-4 3P plus 3 steals and 1 block vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: Scored 15 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 1/17 last season + Averaging 10.9 points (50.9 FG%, 45.7 3P%), 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 3P in 14 starts this season… NBA Ranks: 1.47 spg (16th)


C 14 CHEICK DIALLO 6-8 219

LAST GAME: Made 2nd straight start, scoring 10 points on 5-6 FG plus 8 rebounds vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: With NOP, posted DD with 16 points and 12 rebounds on 3/8 last season + Made first 2 starts of season over last 2, averaging 12.5 points on 12-15 FG (80.0%)… He had 1 career start prior to these last 2 games (3/26/2019 with New Orleans vs. ATL)


G 1 DEVIN BOOKER 6-5 206

LAST GAME: Led Suns with 27 points, also dishing out 8 assists in win vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: Led Suns with 30 points and 8 assists in 2-point loss on 1/17 last season + Posting career highs this season in FG% and FT%… NBA Ranks: 26.4 ppg (10th), 6.3 apg (19th), 49.6 FG% (30th), 92.0 FT% (2nd), 35.9 mpg (7th)

G 11 RICKY RUBIO 6-3 190

LAST GAME: Led Suns with 9 assists, also recording 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals vs. GSW LAST VS. TOR: With UTA, had 14 points and 8 assists on 1/1 last season + His 8.6 assists per game are the most by a Suns player since Steve Nash averaged 10.7 in 2011-12… NBA Ranks: 8.6 apg (4th), 1.36 spg (21st)

Injury Report Statuses TBD Injury Report Statuses TBD Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) has missed last 2 games Dario Šarić (left ankle sprain) has missed last 7 games Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) has missed last 13 games Frank Kaminsky III (right patella stress fracture) has missed last 22 games Jared Harper (2W), Jalen Lecque (A), Tariq Owens (2W) are with G League LAST GAME INACTIVES: Baynes, Harper, Kaminsky, Šarić .



NBA 2/20/20: Why Curry and Klay’s Injuries May Benefit the Warriors. — At The Buzzer

Last Night’s Scores: Milwaukee Bucks: 126 vs. Detroit Pistons: 106 Performance of the Game: G. Antetokounmpo (33 pts, 16 rebs) Charlotte Hornets: 103 vs. Chicago Bulls: 93 Performance of the Game: M. Monk (25 pts, 6 rebs) Miami Heat: 124 vs. Atlanta Hawks: 129 Performance of the Game: T. Young (50 pts, 8 asts) Memphis […]

NBA 2/20/20: Why Curry and Klay’s Injuries May Benefit the Warriors. — At The Buzzer

Antetokounmpo scores 33, leads Bucks to rout of Pistons — New Delhi Times

Like many NBA coaches, Mike Budenholzer was worried about his Milwaukee Bucks needing a game or two to get back up to speed after the All-Star break. It wasn’t a concern for long Thursday night. The Bucks had 70 points by halftime on their way to a 126-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons. “That was […]

Antetokounmpo scores 33, leads Bucks to rout of Pistons — New Delhi Times

MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 0– WHAT THEY SAID: “It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.” — FREDERIK ANDERSEN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked about the team’s performance tonight vs. the previous two games:

I think we’ve talked about it before. We’ve shown at different times that this is a group with a lot of character and a lot of pride, and we showed that today with how we responded.

On if the performance tonight started with success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, for sure, those guys had strong nights. I think it’s just a sign of how engaged we were in the game. I would say that was where the game begins in a lot of cases. Guys were hard on the puck in all areas of the game.

On Muzzin’s performance tonight:

Just complete. He battled, he was competitive, he shot one into the net, found a way to get a couple of assists. Just all over the game. He was a real leader for us back there.

On Kerfoot’s role in kickstarting the third line tonight:

Yeah, I think it really helps us. That line has really been struggling for us to find an identity and to find some consistency. It’s tough for us because I thought Kerf was doing an excellent job with [Tavares] and [Nylander] and playing well there. Just talking we said the acquisition of Malgin gives us an opportunity to give him a look with those guys. I just thought that Alex could bring something back to that line. We wanted to give him a chance to be a centre and get that line going. The wingers, Engvall and Kappy, are two guys we think have more to give us. That happened today.

On Andersen’s performance on a late first period penalty kill:

Yeah, he was excellent. He was perfect, he keeps it out of the net. He battled, he looked solid there. It was just a really good sign for our team. He made saves on the pucks that they were throwing around the net, but there was also a lot of loose ones hanging out there. Our guys collapsed real hard on the loose pucks to maybe not necessarily get it out like we would have liked, but at least kept away from our net and allowed us to settle the game. I thought that penalty kill was a really important time in the game, obviously it didn’t crack. It was a good chance for our penalty kill, which had been outstanding for us. I think the 12 games or so in the month leading up to the game in Pittsburgh we had the number one penalty kill in the NHL. So the penalty kill has been really strong for us and today was a chance for us to bring it right back.

On Kapanen’s impact on the game tonight:

That’s what he’s capable of doing. That’s the impact that he has on our team. So just really great to see that. It gives us consistency all throughout our lineup.

On the challenge of trying to maximize the team’s performance after the last two games:

This season is going very different; different things. It’s going to require different things from me, it’s going to require different things from our players. We didn’t like how the last little bit has gone. I was excited about the opportunity to get to work yesterday and put in the work and respond. You’re playing against the same team, it has a playoff feel to it when you take a beatdown in the first game, you have a chance to regroup and make a plan and push your team, challenge the team, motivate your team. That’s the best part of this game. I was excited about it; I think our players were too and it showed tonight.

On if there were any keys to getting the right response from the team after Tuesday:

I think there was a lot said, a lot done and all that kind of stuff, but a part of it too is you just don’t like to get embarrassed. Our guys have a lot of pride in themselves, a lot of pride in the jersey and the organization. So, we could have said or done nothing, and we might have gotten this type of response. We’ll never really know. Regardless of the route, we like that we got the response, we like the outcome, we love the result. Get the shutout and didn’t give up much against a very good team. I thought we controlled play for good chunks of time against a very good team. A lot of really good healthy signs here so we’ll enjoy it.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (24 SAVES)

On the effort from the team’s blueliners tonight:

It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.

On the team scoring first and building its lead:

I think it goes without saying it’s better to score than give anything up. I thought we did a good job.

On if the team defended differently late to shut down Pittsburgh’s attack:

No, I thought we just stuck with our game for the most part of the game. We played a complete effort. That was a great response by everyone, I think, the way we want to be like.

KASPERI KAPANEN (1 GOAL)

On playing with emotion tonight:

I think the whole team showed a lot of emotion tonight, not just me in particular. You know, that’s the outcome when we play like that, we play with emotion and we stick to the structure and play the Maple Leaf way. That’s what happens and it was a good game throughout.

On his fight:

Stuff happens on the ice. I think Sandin got hit there and if it wasn’t me out there, I’m sure someone else would have stood up and defended one another. He came over and it just happened.

ALEX KERFOOT (1 ASSIST)

On Kapanen dropping the gloves:

It shows emotion, that’s what we were looking for. We wanted kind of a little more bite to our group. He’s a fiery guy at times and he had a great game tonight.  I thought he was all over the forecheck, he was physical all night. When you see a guy like him drop the gloves, everyone on the bench gets a boost from that.

On if it’s frustrating why the team can’t have this effort more consistently:

I don’t think frustrating is the right word. I think maybe it’s disappointing the effort we’ve had a times this year but whether you’re a team who wins games or can’t win games, every team in this league can win games so it’s not a matter of we’re some upper echelon team that on certain nights can win games — I think that there’s a lot of teams in this league that when they’re playing well can win games. We’ve just got to find that energy, that bite, that jam that we had tonight and be able to bring that on a consistent basis.

DENIS MALGIN (FIRST GAME AS A MAPLE LEAF)

On playing his first game as a Maple Leaf:

I was trying to do my best you know, I felt good.

On playing with Tavares and Nylander:

It’s a great opportunity for me and now I’m just going to build off it.

On what being traded felt like:

Actually I don’t think so much, so I just took it and I was happy to be here.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

I think it was a solid team game. I think this is what we needed. We had two terrible games, so to come back this is a good start, but we’ve just got to stick with this kind of game and keep playing like this and we’ll be good.

On what led to this effort after two straight losses:

Getting ready for the game, it’s just think that we haven’t been practicing so much and yesterday was a battle practice so we got into that kind of mode again. I think that was a good practice for us just to refresh in those kinds of areas of the game, which needed to improve.

JOHN TAVARES (2 ASSISTS)

On what he liked from the team tonight:

I think the intensity of the group, the way we started. It was a tight hockey game and we just stuck with it, got our opportunities, capitalized and didn’t let up in their end, I think that’s key for us. Good win, but obviously we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for Saturday. Lots of big hockey games coming up.

On the team’s success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, we got a couple [goals] off them, so you just try to be as well prepared for those situations and those scenarios and take advantage of them when you can. Great shot by Muzz on the first one and then anytime you get a 5-on-3 and you’re able to win it clean, you’re able to get a good look right off of it. So good play [Matthews], great shot by Will. Just good areas to be sharp in and we generate a lot just everyone competing, hard work and fighting for their space and that led to open ice and good looks and following up on second opportunities.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 0 POSTGAME NOTES: Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn his 25th win of 2019-20. He is the first Maple Leaf goaltender to earn a shutout against Pittsburgh on home ice since Feb. 1, 2012 (1-0, James Reimer).

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (37-16-6 – 80 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-22-8 – 72 Points)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Jake Muzzin put the Maple Leafs on the board at 7:45 of the second period and later had the secondary assist on Kasperi Kapanen’s second period goal and the secondary assist on Zach Hyman’s third period goal. Muzzin has points (2-4-6) in four consecutive games. With three points tonight, Muzzin ties his career-high for points in a game (3 – 8x). 
  • William Nylander scored the second Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 10:01 of the second period. Nylander has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has seven points (3-4-7) in nine games played during the month of February. Ten of his 27 goals have come against Metropolitan Division opposition.
  • Kasperi Kapanen scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 13:04 of the second period. He has scored six of his 12 goals in 18 games against Metropolitan Division teams. He ranks fifth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (10).
  • Zach Hyman scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 3:56 of the third period. Hyman has eight points (5-3-8) over his last eight games played. He has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) in 19 games on home ice this season.
  • Justin Holl registered the primary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. He has recorded seven (1 goal, 6 assists) of his 16 points against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • John Tavares had the secondary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal and later had the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-assist and 16th multi-point game of the season. In 15 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season, he has recorded 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists). He has reached the 30-assist mark for the 10th time in his career.
  • Auston Matthews recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Matthews has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has 13 points (7-6-3) in 11 games during the month of February. In 31 games on home ice this season, he has recorded 47 points (30 goals, 17 assists).
  • Alex Kerfoot registered the primary assist on Kapanen’s second period goal. Kerfoot has five assists in 11 games during the month of February. He ranks seventh among Maple Leafs skaters in primary assists (11).
  • Mitch Marner had the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Marner has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games played. He has registered 33 of his 46 assists on home ice this season. He ranks ninth among NHL skaters in primary assists with 29.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn his 25th win of 2019-20. He is the first Maple Leaf goaltender to earn a shutout against Pittsburgh on home ice since February 1, 2012 (1-0, James Reimer).

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
PITTSBURGH14 (8)8 (8)2 (2)24 (18)
TORONTO10 (10)10 (8)10 (9)30 (27)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
PITTSBURGH24 (18)13 (13)20 (19)57 (50)
TORONTO20 (19)26 (22)18 (17)64 (58)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home16-8-7 (31 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh84-80-17-7 (188 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh at Home47-32-11-3 (93 Games) 
Record vs. Eastern Conference17-14-6 (37 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division8-6-4 (18 Games)
Attendance19,396

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots7 (Tavares)
Shot Attempts10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Wins15 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Hyman, Spezza – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Gauthier)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Kapanen, Kerfoot, Malgin)
TOI22:34 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI3:12 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI1:49 (Holl, Muzzin)
Shifts24 (Five players tied)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage75.0% (Engvall, Kerfoot – 12 for, 4 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first11-18-6
Tied after 114-7-4
Lead after 223-2-2
Score one power play goal10-8-4
Do not allow a power play goal18-8-4
Outshooting opponent17-9-3
Thursday4-3-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Kyle Clifford, Frederik Gauthier and Jason Spezza started 16.7 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Maple Leafs.
  • Denis Malgin skated in his first game as a Maple Leaf.
  • Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 26 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Holl had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 59.1 percent (26 for, 18 against).
  • John Tavares was 10-for-13 (77%) in the faceoff circle when taking offensive zone draws.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Lightning (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 p.m. at San Jose Sharks (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)