From UMass to the NHL: Three ex-college teammates to share special night — Santa Cruz Sentinel

NHL: Cale Makar, Mario Ferraro and John Leonard will all be on the Ball Arena ice Tuesday, less than four years after they all arrived at UMass-Amherst as freshman

From UMass to the NHL: Three ex-college teammates to share special night — Santa Cruz Sentinel

Golden Knights face ‘measuring stick’ series against Blues — Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Golden Knights took a step up in competition for two games starting Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

Golden Knights face ‘measuring stick’ series against Blues — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ex-NBA Player Praises Jaylen Brown For Taking ‘Difficult’ Path To Stardom — NESN.com

Jaylen Brown’s development into a bona-fide NBA star is more impressive when one considers other ways his career might have unfolded. Former NBA player Eddie Johnson hailed Brown’s maturity and steady progression as a player Monday on Sirius XM NBA Radio. Johnson particularly credited Brown for the fact he has improved into an NBA All-Star-caliber […]

Ex-NBA Player Praises Jaylen Brown For Taking ‘Difficult’ Path To Stardom — NESN.com

AP sources: Phillies, Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal — The China Post, Taiwan

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies and two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto agreed on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because Realmuto’s deal was pending a successful physical. Realmuto gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. He gets $23,875,000 in each of the final four years.He does not have a no-trade provision. The deal includes a $1 million assignment bonus if traded.Realmuto’s average annual salary of $23.1 million will become the highest for a catcher, topping the $23 million Joe Mauer averaged in a $184 million, eight-year deal with the Minnesota Twins that covered 2011-18.Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins in February 2019 in a trade that sent right-hander Sixto Sanchez and catcher Jorge Alfaro to Miami along with pitching prospect Will Stewart and $250,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation.Realmuto made his second NL All-Star team with the Phillies in 2019 and earned a Gold Glove. He had career-highs in homers (25), RBIs (83) and slugging percentage (.493) that season. Realmuto, who turns 30 in March, hit .266 with 11 homers, 32 RBIs and a career-best OPS of .840 last season. He earned $3,703,704 prorated for the pandemic-shortened season from a $10 million salary. His deal is the second-largest of the offseason behind outfielder George Springer’s $150 million, six-year contract with Toronto.Realmuto’s market narrowed last month when the New York Mets went for a less expensive option and signed James McCann to a $40.6 million, four-year deal.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

AP sources: Phillies, Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal — The China Post, Taiwan

Wiggins finds success, peace with Warriors after Wolves exit — Chico Enterprise-Record

Since being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves last year, Andrew Wiggins is embracing a supporting role with the Golden State Warriors.

Wiggins finds success, peace with Warriors after Wolves exit — Chico Enterprise-Record

Vanessa Bryant on 1-year anniversary of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths: ‘I will never understand’ — NEWS10 ABC

It was exactly one year ago Tuesday that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others were killed when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California; the former Lakers star was 41.

Vanessa Bryant on 1-year anniversary of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths: ‘I will never understand’ — NEWS10 ABC

‘I Miss You, Hermano’: Pau Gasol Remembers Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gigi Year After Tragic Crash — CBS Los Angeles

In a heartfelt Instagram post, former Lakers star Pau Gasol paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on Tuesday, a year after he died in a tragic helicopter crash.

‘I Miss You, Hermano’: Pau Gasol Remembers Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gigi Year After Tragic Crash — CBS Los Angeles

Maple Leafs-Flames pregame notes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (5-2-0 – 10 Points) vs.

CALGARY FLAMES (2-1-1 – 5 Points)

JANUARY 26, 2021 ▪ 9:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME (CALGARY, AB) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY

ALL-TIME RECORD:62-60-12-5 (139 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:26-41-5-2 (74 Games)
2020-21:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:2-2-1
LAST 10:6-3-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (66), Jake Muzzin (32), Jason Spezza (29)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (11), John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (6), Jason Spezza (6)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (44), Jake Muzzin (15), John Tavares (11)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (19), Jake Muzzin (18)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (33), Joe Thornton (31), Wayne Simmonds (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCALGARY
GOALS FOR (Rank):22 (t-2nd)13 (t-21st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       19 (t-20th)(5th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):9/22 [40.9%] (3rd)7/20 [35.0%] (6th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):21/26 [80.8%] (t-13th)14/16 [87.5%] (7th)
SHOTS (Rank):222 (2nd)126 (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):308 (1st)161 (27th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):54.2% (5th)53.6% (t-7th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):57.3% (2nd)46.3% (24th)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
All-Time Record:62-60-12-5 (139 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:36-19-7-3 (65 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-41-5-2 (74 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:January 24, 2021 (Toronto 3, Calgary 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS4 (Marner, Tavares)
ASSISTS6 (Marner)
POINTS10 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Tavares)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs17 (Simmonds)
SHOTS29 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%100% (Marner, Mikheyev)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS13 (Holl)
TAKEAWAYS6 (Nylander)
HITS15 (Hyman)
TOI PER GAME24:08 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:27 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:45 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Ranks seventh among NHL goaltenders in saves made (123).- Has an 8-2-2 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 14 career games against Calgary.  – Earned his 139th win as a Maple Leaf on January 22 vs. Edmonton to move past Curtis Joseph for fourth on the Maple Leafs’ all-time goaltender win register.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:00 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Averages 2:34 per game in shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (8).
Jack Campbell– Is 3-2-0 in five career appearances against the Flames with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
Justin Holl– Leads NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:44) with a shot attempt percentage of 61.6%.- Averaging 21:30 per game in ice time after averaging 18:31 per game in 2019-20.- Tied for sixth among right-handed NHL defencemen in shorthanded ice time per game (3:45).
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:00).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (57.1%) among Toronto forwards.- One of nine forwards in the NHL to start average over 12:00 minutes per game (13:57) of shorthanded ice time and start fewer than 35% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (33.9%), while having a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage above 50% (51.9%).
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks sixth among Toronto forwards in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.47).- Leads the Maple Leafs in penalties drawn (3).- Has won 66.7% (8 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
Mitch Marner– Tied for the lead among NHLers in points (4-6-10).- Tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (4).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (24:03).
Auston Matthews– Averaging 23:07 in time on ice per game, which ranks third among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (60.4%).- Ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal (29).- Has won the 12th-most faceoffs in the NHL (62).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:14).- Has an average of 23.0 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have played at least 15 minutes of shorthanded ice time.  
Jake Muzzin– Ranks 23rd among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:42).- Ranks 13th among NHL defencemen in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (15.57).- Has the 17th highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (59.3%) among NHL defencemen.
William Nylander– Has the third highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.93) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.8%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has recorded six points against the Flames (two goals, four assists) in nine career games against Calgary.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 23rd among NHLers who have appeared in multiple games in average time on ice (24:08).- Had his eighth career game with three-plus assists on January 24 at Calgary. Per NHL PR, only two defensemen in history have recorded more with the franchise: Borje Salming (29) and Tomas Kaberle (12).
John Tavares– Tied for 13th in the NHL in points (4-3-7).- Leads the NHL in power play goals (4).- Tied for fourth among NHLers in shots on goal (24).- Has the highest faceoff win percentage (64.1%) among NHLers who have taken at least 100 faceoffs (103).
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerAssists (3) and Points (1-3-4) in two consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaAssists (2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Adam BrooksFirst NHL goal (Jan. 22 vs. EDM)
Mitch Marner300th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)
Wayne SimmondsFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)
500th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)
  

INJURY REPORT

Nick Robertson (Knee)On long term injured reserve.
Joe Thornton (Rib)On long term injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 7
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 24Added forward Travis Boyd to roster.
Jan. 23Placed forward Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve.
Jan. 21Placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve. Added forward Joey Anderson to the taxi squad.
Jan. 19Loaned forward Travis Boyd to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Decision to change starting lineup pays off in Warriors’ win over Timberwolves — Monterey Herald

Steve Kerr’s decision to change the starting lineup paid off as the Warriors got out to an early lead and led wire-to-wire in their 130-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at Chase Center. With the previous starting lineup featuring rookie James Wiseman at center struggling, Kerr swapped Wiseman for Kevon Looney in the…

Decision to change starting lineup pays off in Warriors’ win over Timberwolves — Monterey Herald

Celtics Notes: Brad Stevens Impressed With Jayson Tatum In Star’s Return — NESN.com

Sign In Jayson Tatum returned to the floor Monday night for the first time since Jan. 8, and after a first-quarter air ball, it seemed the Boston Celtics star picked up right where he left off. Tatum attacked the rim, finished high off the glass, showcased some difficult shot-making and had a productive night as…

Celtics Notes: Brad Stevens Impressed With Jayson Tatum In Star’s Return — NESN.com