AP source: Phillies, SS Gregorius agree on 2-year deal — MLB | NBC Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies and shortstop Didi Gregorius have agreed on a two-year, $28 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

AP source: Phillies, SS Gregorius agree on 2-year deal — MLB | NBC Sports

Why coming home was important for the San Jose Sharks’ mental health — Chico Enterprise-Record

The Sharks’ team plane landed back in San Jose on Saturday morning, likely flying over SAP Center on their descent before touching down at Mineta International Airport. After five weeks away, or more for some individuals, it was no doubt a welcome sight for everyone aboard the aircraft. Finally, they were back home. “It’s exciting,”…

Why coming home was important for the San Jose Sharks’ mental health — Chico Enterprise-Record

Clippers thriving thanks to third-quarter clampdown — Orange County Register

Tyronn Lue’s club has come out of the locker room on fire, supplementing Kawhi Leonard’s 9.8 points in the third quarter by allowing 22.9 points per period in their past eight games

Clippers thriving thanks to third-quarter clampdown — Orange County Register

Chambers: Erik Johnson’s attitude is his biggest strength for Avalanche — The Denver Post

In a diminished role, Erik Johnson still has a big effect on how far the Avalanche can go. Johnson, 32, is an old-school defenseman who used to play in all situations. In 2017-18, he led the NHL in shifts per-game (30.7) and was seventh in average ice time (25:26). He is now a depth player…

Chambers: Erik Johnson’s attitude is his biggest strength for Avalanche — The Denver Post

How the G League bubble can help turn Jordan Poole’s season around — Marin Independent Journal

Jordan Poole hasn’t yet decided what necessities he’s going to bring with him to the NBA G League bubble near Orlando. He’s just excited about finally getting consistent minutes. “I’m just ready to play 15 games in 25 days,” Poole said Saturday, the day before he heads to Orlando to begin his mandatory quarantine. “So…

How the G League bubble can help turn Jordan Poole’s season around — Marin Independent Journal

David Pastrnak will play in showdown against Capitals — Boston Herald

The Bruins will face Zdeno Chara on Saturday night at the Capital One Arena for the first time since the former captain signed with the Washington Capitals, but there is no shortage of story lines in this first meeting of the East Division titans. David Pastrnak will make his season debut for the Bruins, as…

David Pastrnak will play in showdown against Capitals — Boston Herald

Maple Leafs-Oilers pregame notes


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Friday’s @MapleLeafs practice lineup in Edmonton:

Hyman−Matthews−Marner

Nylander−Tavares−Mikheyev

Vesey−Kerfoot−Simmonds

Barabanov−Engvall−Spezza

Brooks−Boyd−Anderson

Rielly−Brodie

Muzzin−Holl

Lehtonen−Bogosian

Sandin−Dermott

Andersen Hutchinson

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (7-2-0 – 14 Points) vs.

EDMONTON OILERS (3-6-0 – 6 Points)

JANUARY 30, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

ROGERS PLACE (EDMONTON, AB) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus EDMONTON

ALL-TIME RECORD:54-44-8-1 (106 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:24-25-6-1 (55 Games)
2020-21:2-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus EDMONTON

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (68), TJ Brodie (42), Jake Muzzin (34)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (12), Jason Spezza (10), Wayne Simmonds (9)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (58), Jason Spezza (19), TJ Brodie (17)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (70), Jason Spezza (28), John Tavares (20)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (28), Wayne Simmonds, (24), Zach Bogosian (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOEDMONTON
GOALS FOR (Rank):30 (t-3rd)26 (8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       25 (t-21st)33 (29th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):12/28 [42.9%] (2nd)7/35 [20.0%] (t-14th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):29/37 [78.4%] (15th)21/29 [72.4%] (23rd)
SHOTS (Rank):270 (4th)285 (2nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):375 (3rd)367 (4th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):51.8% (13th)47.4% (24th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):54.8% (4th)49.5% (19th)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 11, 1979 (Toronto 6, Edmonton 3)
All-Time Record:54-44-8-1 (107 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:30-19-2-0 (51 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:24-25-6-1 (56 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:Jan. 28, 2021 (Toronto 4, Edmonton 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS5 (Marner, Matthews)
ASSISTS8 (Marner)
POINTS13 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs17 (Simmonds)
SHOTS35 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%65.2% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS15 (Holl, Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS8 (Muzzin)
HITS19 (Holl)
TOI PER GAME23:34 (Marner)
PP TOI PER GAME3:09 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME4:12 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for the NHL lead in wins (5).- Tied for fifth among NHL goaltenders in saves made (172).- Has an 14-1-1 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 17 career games against Edmonton.  – 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 17:51 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs defencemen in points (0-4-4)- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (9).
Justin Holl– Ranks 13th among NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:53) with a shot attempt percentage of 56.0%.- Averaging 22:00 per game in ice time after averaging 18:31 per game in 2019-20.- Ranks third among right-handed NHL defencemen in shorthanded ice time per game (4:12).
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:03).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (70.0%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards.- One of six forwards in the NHL to start average over 12:00 minutes per game (14:07) of 5-on-5 ice time and start fewer than 35% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (32.8%), while having a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage above 50% (52.8%).
Alex Kerfoot– Averaging 1.85 penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time.- Has won 60.0% (9 won, 6 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
Mitch Marner– Tied for second among NHLers in points (5-8-13).- Tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (5).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (23:34).- Has played 42.7% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.
Auston Matthews– Averaging 22:12 in time on ice per game, which ranks sixth among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (55.8%).- Tied for second in the NHL in shots on goal (35).- Has won the 12th-most faceoffs in the NHL (80).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:29).- Has an average of 18.8 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among NHLers who have played at least 20 minutes of shorthanded ice time.  
Jake Muzzin– Ranks eighth among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (4:03).- Ranks 12th among NHL defencemen who have appeared in five games in shot attempts per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (13.45).- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.2%.
William Nylander– Has the third highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (2.05) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 58.9%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has recorded 11 points against the Oilers (three goals, eight assists) in 11 career games against Edmonton.
Morgan Rielly– Ranks second among Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:24).- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in assists (6).- Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (1-3-4).- 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 24th in the NHL in points (4-4-8).- Tied for the NHL lead in power play goals (4).- Tied for 17th among NHLers in shots on goal (27).- Has the third-highest faceoff win percentage (61.2%) among NHLers who have taken at least 125 faceoffs (134).
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Travis BoydPoints (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerAssists (5) and Points (2-5-7) in four consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsGoals (3) and points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
Morgan RiellyAssists (6) in three consecutive games.
Wayne SimmondsGoals (3) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Joey AndersonFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
Travis BoydFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
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

Jack Campbell (Leg)Week-to-week.
Nick Robertson (Knee)On long term injured reserve.
Joe Thornton (Rib)On long term injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 13
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 24Added forward Travis Boyd to roster.
Jan. 23Placed forward Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve.

Bogdanovic scores 32, Ingles passes Stockton, as Jazz extend winning streak to 11 — ABC4 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz continue to blow past their opponents, and are making history along the way. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 of his season-high 32 points in the third quarter, while Joe Ingles passed John Stockton to become Utah’s all-time leader in three-pointers made, as the Jazz cruised past Dallas for […]

Bogdanovic scores 32, Ingles passes Stockton, as Jazz extend winning streak to 11 — ABC4 Utah

Wainwright, Cardinals finalize $8M deal for 17th season — MLB | NBC Sports

Pitcher Adam Wainwright is returning to the St. Louis Cardinals for a 17th season, after finalizing an $8 million, one-year contract on Friday.

Wainwright, Cardinals finalize $8M deal for 17th season — MLB | NBC Sports

PHOTOS: A look back at Nolan Arenado’s career with the Colorado Rockies — The Denver Post

Nolan Arenado’s golden era in Colorado is over. The Rockies’ slugging, five-time, all-star third baseman is going to be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, a source close to the negotiations confirmed Friday night. Details are still emerging, but according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who broke the story, the Rockies will send around…

PHOTOS: A look back at Nolan Arenado’s career with the Colorado Rockies — The Denver Post

Lakers vs. Celtics might lack its usual juice, but it could be telling for both teams — Orange County Register

Normally in a year like this one, it wouldn’t be hard to talk up the NBA’s best rivalry. Look at the set-up for Lakers-Celtics on Saturday night: It’s got big names, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis taking on Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The two head coaches, Brad Stevens and Frank Vogel,…

Lakers vs. Celtics might lack its usual juice, but it could be telling for both teams — Orange County Register