NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘Furious’ With Nets’ Current Situation — NESN.com

Its safe to say Kyrie Irving isn’t please with his current situation with the Brooklyn Nets. The star point guard has missed a week’s worth of games following the riots in Washington D.C. But apparently, Irving has more issues than that, as he’s sat out the last four games without any indication of when he […]

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘Furious’ With Nets’ Current Situation — NESN.com

MLB Rumors: How Possible Red Sox Target Corey Kluber Looked At Showcase — NESN.com

An important chapter in the Corey Kluber comeback story was written Wednesday at the Cressey Sports Performance facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Kluber, who totaled just eight starts (36 2/3 innings) over the past two seasons due to injuries, hosted a showcase that reportedly was attended by about 25 Major League Baseball organizations. The […]

MLB Rumors: How Possible Red Sox Target Corey Kluber Looked At Showcase — NESN.com

Does the James Harden trade help the Nets catch the Lakers? — Press Telegram

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 13 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. A 117-100 drubbing by the Lakers was the final straw in a frayed relationship for Houston and James Harden, who said Tuesday night, “I don’t…

Does the James Harden trade help the Nets catch the Lakers? — Press Telegram

Warriors’ Eric Paschall clears NBA health and safety protocols after ‘false positive’ test — Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Warriors missed Paschall’s presence with the second unit in Tuesday’s loss to the Pacers.

Warriors’ Eric Paschall clears NBA health and safety protocols after ‘false positive’ test — Santa Cruz Sentinel

Topeka police taking no chances when it comes to Chiefs vs. Browns matchup — KSNT News

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Topeka Police Department is taking no chances in advance of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns match-up on Sunday at Arrowhead. Chief Wheeles has authorized his officers to wear Chiefs hats or stocking caps this year. Remember when we shared this photo and then the @Chiefs won the Super…

Topeka police taking no chances when it comes to Chiefs vs. Browns matchup — KSNT News

James Harden kept out of practice after he disparages Rockets — The Denver Post

HOUSTON — James Harden doesn’t want to be a Houston Rocket. On Wednesday, the Rockets told him they didn’t want him at practice after his inflammatory comments about the team. “We felt it was best for James and best for the group for him not to come to practice,” coach Stephen Silas said. The disgruntled…

James Harden kept out of practice after he disparages Rockets — The Denver Post

Shea Theodore emerges as top defenseman for Golden Knights — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Defenseman Shea Theodore took his play to another level in the NHL playoffs last season, when he had 19 points in 20 games, and plans to build on that this season.

Shea Theodore emerges as top defenseman for Golden Knights — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Maple Leafs-Canadiens pregame notes

MONTREAL CANADIENS (0-0-0 – 0 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (0-0-0 – 0 Points)

JANUARY 13, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL

ALL-TIME RECORD:300-342-88-17 (747 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:190-128-45-10 (373 Games)
2019-20:0-1-2
LAST FIVE:1-1-3
LAST 10:6-1-3

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (66), Joe Thornton (54), John Tavares (35)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (32), Joe Thornton (15), John Tavares (14)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (37), Joe Thornton (28), John Tavares (16)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (69), Joe Thornton (43), John Tavares (30)
PENALTY MINUTES:Zach Bogosian (49), Wayne Simmonds (49), Joe Thornton (39)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS 2019-20 TEAM STATS

 TORONTOMONTREAL
GOALS FOR (Rank):237 (2nd)208 (t-18th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       222 (25th)220 (t-23rd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):45/195 [23.1%] (6th)33/186 [17.7%] (22nd)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):150/193 [77.7%] (21st)166/211 [78.7%] (19th)
SHOTS (Rank):2302 (4th)2422 (2nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3466 (3rd)3656 (1st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (6th)54.4% (2nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (3rd)50.4% (12th)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Dec. 26, 1917 (Toronto Arenas 7, Montreal 5)
All-Time Record:300-342-88-17 (747 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:190-128-45-10 (373 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:110-214-43-7 (374 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:Feb. 23, 2019 (Toronto 6, Montreal 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS 2019-20 LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS47 (Matthews)
ASSISTS51 (Marner)
POINTS80 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS25 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs43 (Holl)
SHOTS290 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.3% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.6% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS78 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:12 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:13 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Home Openers– Tonight’s game marks the 103rd Home Opener in Maple Leafs franchise history. In 102 previous Home Openers the Maple Leafs have a record of 49-35-15-3.
Home Openers vs. Montreal– The Maple Leafs have a record of 9-6-1-0 in 16 all-time Home Openers against the Canadiens

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Finished the 2019-20 season fourth among NHL goaltenders in wins (29) and fourth in the NHL in saves (1,434).- Represented the Maple Leafs at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.- Has a 7-3-2 record in 12 career games against Montreal with a .923 save percentage and a 2.57 goals-against average.
Alexander Barabanov– Could make his NHL debut on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Had 11 goals and nine assists in 43 regular season games with SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) in 2019-20.
Zach Bogosian– Won the 2020 Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, appearing in 20 playoff games with the Lightning.
TJ Brodie– Appeared in 64 regular season games and 10 playoffs games in 2019-20 with the Calgary Flames.
Jack Campbell– Had a 3-2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average with the Maple Leafs after being acquired on February 5.
Aaron Dell– Had a 12-15-3 record with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 33 appearances for the San Jose Sharks in 2019-20.
Travis Dermott– Had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 56 regular season games in 2019-20, tying his single-season career-high for goals.
Justin Holl– Had the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen who started fewer than 45 percent (42.0%) of their shifts in the offensive zone in 2019-20.
Zach Hyman– Tied his single-season career-high for goals (21) in 2019-20, recording 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) in 51 games.
Alex Kerfoot– Recorded nine goals and 19 assists in 65 games played in 2019-20, which was his first season with the Maple Leafs.
Mitch Marner– Led the Maple Leafs in assists (51) and ranked second in points (67) in 2019-20.- Led all Maple Leafs forwards in time on ice (21:33), power play time on ice (3:13) and shorthanded time on ice (2:12) last season.- Represented the Maple Leafs at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
Auston Matthews– Ranked third among all NHL players in goals (47).- Led the Maple Leafs in goals (47), points (80), power play goals (12), power play points (25) and shots (290).- Represented the Maple Leafs at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.- Became the second Maple Leaf (Dave Keon) in franchise history to begin his career with four consecutive 20-goal seasons and became the first player in franchise history to begin his career with four consecutive 30-goal seasons.
Jake Muzzin– Played in 53 regular season games and two Qualifying Round games vs. Columbus in 2019-20.- Led Maple Leafs defencemen in goals (6) and ranked third in assists (17), points (23) and shots (99) last season.
Ilya Mikheyev– Recorded 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 39 games during his rookie season in 2019-20.
William Nylander– Ranked second on the Maple Leafs with a career-high 31 goals and led the Maple Leafs with seven game-winning goals in 2019-20.- Had 59 points (31 goals, 28 assists) in 68 games last season.
Morgan Rielly– Played in 47 regular season games and all five Qualifying Round games vs. Columbus.- Ranked second among Maple Leafs defencemen in assists (24) and points (27) in 2019-20.- Became the second defenceman in Maple Leaf history, joining Borje Salming, to begin his career with seven consecutive 20-assist seasons.
Wayne Simmonds– Split the 2019-20 season between New Jersey and Buffalo following a February 24 trade to the Sabres, recording 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 68 games.
Jason Spezza– Recorded nine goals and 16 assists in 58 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
John Tavares– Ranked second on the Maple Leafs in assists (34) and shots (197), and third in goals (26), and points (60) in 2019-20- Ranked second among all NHL players with three overtime goals.- Served his first season as Maple Leafs captain in 2019-20 after being named the 25th captain in franchise history on October 2, 2019.
Joe Thornton– Recorded seven goals and 24 assists in 70 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2019-20.- Had 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 12 games with HC Davos prior to the start of the 2020-21 NHL season.
Jimmy Vesey– Skated in 64 games for the Buffalo Sabres in 2019-20, recording 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists).
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

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UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
Wayne SimmondsOne point from 500 NHL points
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 NHL assists

RECENT MILESTONES

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INJURY REPORT

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 Man Games Lost: 0

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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Nuggets coach Michael Malone says Michael Porter Jr. is out with COVID — The Denver Post

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s 122-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed why Michael Porter Jr. hasn’t been with the team. “It would be nice if we were fully healthy,” Malone began. “We were without two starters tonight. No Gary Harris, no Michael Porter. I don’t think we’ve been whole the…

Nuggets coach Michael Malone says Michael Porter Jr. is out with COVID — The Denver Post