HOUSTON (AP) — The game between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night was postponed because of continued utility shortages in the area from this week’s winter storm.It’s the second straight home postponement for the Rockets. Friday’s game against Dallas was called off on Thursday. The team said the decision was made after discussions with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the NBA. No makeup date for either game has been set. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRockets-Pacers game postponed because of Texas storm — The China Post, Taiwan
The Brooklyn Nets’ defense isn’t good lately, but it’s better, and that may be good enough.Three things to know: Brooklyn’s defense is getting better, which should scare league — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
RIP to Billy Conigliaro, who was the first draft pick in Red Sox history. He also was the younger brother of Sox phenom Tony Conigliaro. He died on February 10 at the age of 73. No cause of death has been given, though his family did say that he died at his home in Beverly, […]Obituary: Billy Conigliaro (1947-2021) — RIP Baseball
New Jersey Devils (6-3-2) vs. Buffalo Sabres (4-7-2) • 12:30 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ / MSG-B *Links for Devils Hockey Network can be found on newjerseydevils.com and on Devils’ social media channels.* Check @NJDevils on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook for Morning Skate Interviews Pre-Game Availability *subject to change ~ 10:00am (approx.)- Media Availability for select players and […]New Jersey Devils Pre-Game Notes: Feb. 20 vs Buffalo Sabres —
A’s workouts will be mostly closed to the public, but all eyes will be on Matt Chapman as he ventures back to his post at the hot corner after hip surgery. Full squads don’t report until Feb. 22, but the Oakland A’s social media accounts posted a clip of Chapman fielding ground balls at third…A’s spring training takeaways: Matt Chapman ‘eager’ to get back playing — Marin Independent Journal
Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Feb. 19 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. LeBron James still leans on Anthony Davis. It’s not to make a shot. Or get the block if a driver gets behind him. Or grab…Four storylines to watch as Lakers go without Anthony Davis — Press Telegram
The Spurs are quarantining after four players tested positive for coronavirus.DeMar DeRozan mourns father — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M. FRIDAY
09:00 (ET) TOR@MIN Minnesota Timberwolves Culver, Jarrett Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Russell, D’Angelo Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery
Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out G League – On Assignment
Lowry, Kyle Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Sprained
McCaw, Patrick Probable Injury/Illness – Left knee; Surgery – Rehabilitation
• The Toronto Raptors finish a three-game road trip (Feb. 16-19) Friday night with the second game of a back-to-back set against Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Toronto is winless (0-4) in the second game of a back-to-back this season. The Raptors return home to host the first of consecutive games versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday (Feb. 21-23). Toronto will play five-of-seven games at home in Tampa to wrap-up its first half schedule. The Timberwolves beat the Toronto Raptors 116-112 on Sunday.
• After starting the 2020-21 campaign with one win in seven games, the Raptors have an opportunity against the Timberwolves to get back to .500 (14-15) for the first time this season.
• Kyle Lowry missed his fourth game of the season yesterday at Milwaukee due to a left thumb sprain. Lowry injured the thumb in the first quarter Tuesday against the Bucks. The Raptors are 4-0 this season without Lowry in the lineup and 16-2 dating back to the start of last season.
• The Raptors are 6-3 in the month of February. Toronto ranks third in the NBA averaging 120.4 points in February, and tied for fourth shooting .412 (133-323) from beyond the arc. The Raptors have scored 120+ points six times this month after reaching the mark just twice in their first 20 games. Fred VanVleet (23.7),
Pascal Siakam (23.2) and Norman Powell (21.7) are all averaging 20+ points in February. The trio combined for 73 points in Thursday’s victory over the Bucks.
• Fred VanVleet has led (or tied) the Raptors in assists in each of the last seven games (Feb. 6-18). VanVleet is averaging 8.3 assists during this stretch, totaling 58 assists compared to 21 turnovers.
• Norman Powell scored 15 of his season high-tying 29 points in the first quarter last night at Milwaukee. Powell is averaging a team-high 5.9 points in the first quarter this season, inlcuding 8.3 points in February.
• OG Anunoby returned to the lineup Tuesday at Milwaukee after missing the previous 10 games (Jan. 27 -Feb. 14) due to a strained left calf. Anunoby has scored 10+ points in a career-high 11 straight games played (Jan. 10 – Feb. 18). He is averaging 15.8 points, while shooting .500 (62-124) from the field
and .508 (32-63) from three-point range, during this streak.
• Fred VanVleet (20.3) and Chris Boucher (13.4) rank second and fourth, respectively, in scoring among undrafted players this season. VanVleet’s franchise record 54 points Feb. 2 at Orlando was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history, while Boucher leads all reserves in the NBA this season with seven double-doubles off the bench.
James Harden scored 23 points, Joe Harris added 21 with six 3-pointers and the Brooklyn Nets routed the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 109-98 Thursday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.Harden, Harris Lead Streaking Nets Past Lakers, 109-98 — CBS Los Angeles
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021
Toronto: H. Elynuik (1) (T. Kivihalme, S. Pooley), A. Brooks (2) PP (K. Agostino, T. Liljegren)
Goaltender: A. D’Agostini (15/18)
Manitoba: B. Lynch (1) (T. Graovac), N. Todd (2) (T. Graovac), J. Luoto (1) (N. Jones, T. Bourque), T. Graovac (1) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: M. Berdin (43/45)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Hudson Elynuik scored his first of the season at 16:52 of the second period. Elynuik recorded 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 53 games last season with the Marlies.
- Adam Brooks scored on the power play at 18:03 of the third period. He has scored a power play goal in two consecutive games. Brooks has six goals and four assists through 14 games against Manitoba. This was Brooks’ 150th career AHL game and his 40th career AHL goal.
- Teemu Kivihalme recorded the primary assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. This is his first point of the season. He collected 18 points (4 goals, 14 asissts) in 55 games last season with Toronto.
- Scott Pooley registered the secondary assist on Elynuik’s second period goal. This is his first point of the season. Pooley had 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) with Toronto last season.
- Kenny Agostino picked up the primary assist on Brooks’ third period power play goal. Agostino has points in two straight games (1-2-3). He had 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games last season.
- Timothy Liljegren had the secondary assist on Brooks’ third period goal. He leads the team in assists (4) and points (4). Liljegren had 30 points (5 goals 25 assists) through 40 games with the Marlies last season.
- Andrew D’Agostini stopped 15 of 18 shots he faced. D’Agostini is now 2-1-0-0 on the season with a .904 save percentage and a 2.36 goals against average.
- Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play. Toronto has recorded power play goals in two consecutive games, both scored by Adam Brooks.
- Toronto had a 45-19 edge in shots in all situations. Justin Brazeau and Timothy Liljegren led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto outshot Manitoba 19-4 in the opening period.
- The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 against Canadian Division opponents and 2-1-0-0 against the Manitoba Moose.
- The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 when trailing after the first period and 0-1-0-0 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 2-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
- Toronto is 1-1-0-0 when scoring a power play goal and 2-1-0-0 when not allowing a power play goal.
- The Marlies are 0-1-0-0 in Thursday games and are 2-1-0-0 in February.
- Goals: A. Brooks, T. Gaudet, C. Rosen (2)
- Assists: T. Liljegren (4)
- Points: T. Liljegren (4)
- PPG: A. Brooks (2)
- Shots: N. Robertson (10)
- +/-: N. Robertson (+4)
- PIMS: H. Elynuik (12)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On whether game like tonight’s illustrates how difficult these four-game series are going to be to win:
It almost has a playoff environment feel to it which is good. It’s fun. Good way to challenge ourselves and give good reps for us to get better as a team, as a group. They played well tonight. Berdin had a great game and we’ll have to keep pushing, keep fighting to find wins.
On whether he was satisfied with the team’s persistence tonight:
Absolutely. Overall, we thought the team played well. Berdin stole the show today, seemed more controlled in his net. It was hard time getting things by him. We stayed with it. We were resilient. The group kept coming back and there was no feeling on the bench like the wind out of our sails was gone. I was proud of our team for that.
On the message to his team after tonight’s loss:
Just to stay with it. We got off to a really strong start in the first period. Our process was good the whole game. Again, a goalie kind of stole one. There were a lot of positives take from it. The group is in a good mindset. We didn’t feel like we beat ourselves tonight which is really good. We kept getting stronger and then we pushed back hard in the third so we’ll just get ready for tomorrow and start again.
February 17: Signed goaltender Angus Redmond to an AHL contract
February 15: Signed goaltender Jeremy Link to an ATO
February 13: Loaned forward Adam Brooks from Toronto (NHL)
Returned defenceman Timothy Liljegren on loan from Toronto (NHL)
Reassigned defenceman Martin Marincin by Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (Taxi)
Loaned forward Nick Robertson from Toronto (NHL)
Reassigned forward Scott Sabourin by Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (Taxi)
Loaned defenceman Rasmus Sandin from Toronto (NHL)
*All times Eastern Standard Time
February 19 at Manitoba – 5:00 p.m.
February 21 at Stockton – 4:00 p.m.
February 23 at Stockton – 8:00 p.m.
February 24 at Stockton – 8:00 p.m.
February 26 at Stockton – 4:00 p.m.
OTTAWA SENATORS (4-14-1 – 8 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (13-3-2 – 28 Points)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with a power play goal at 10:29 of the first period before scoring the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 19:37 of the first period. He later collected the secondary assist on Mitch Marner’s second period goal, as well as the secondary assist on William Nylander’s second period goal. With four points in tonight’s game, Matthews has tied his single-game career-high for points (4 – 6x).
Matthews has goals (5) in three consecutive games and points (14-6-20) in 12 consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-goal game and sixth multi-point game of the season. He leads the NHL in goal scoring with 16 goals. Matthews has registered 32 points (19 goals, 13 assists) in 20 career games against Ottawa, his most against any opponent. He is tied for 13th among active NHLers in points against the Senators and is tied for sixth with teammate Joe Thornton among active leaders in goals against Ottawa.
- Joe Thornton had the secondary assist on Matthews’ first period goal and later scored Toronto’s second of the night at 16:42 of the first period before picking up the secondary assist on Matthews’ second first period goal.
Thornton has assists (4) and points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his first multi-assist game of the season and third multi-point performance of the 2020-21 season. He has eight points (3-5-8) in five games against Ottawa this season. Per NHL Stats, Thornton (41 years, 231 days) is the oldest player in franchise history to record three or more points in a regular-season game (Previous: Carl Brewer; 41 years, 78 days).
- Ilya Mikheyev scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 1:39 of the second period. Mikheyev’s goal is his second of the season and first on home ice. He has two goals and three assists in 18 games this season.
- Mitch Marner had the secondary assist on Thornton’s first period goal and later recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ second first period goal before scoring the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game at 3:45 of the second period. He also added the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. With three assists tonight, Marner ties his single-game career-high for assists (15x).
Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-assist and eighth multi-point game of the season. In five games against Ottawa this season, he has recorded five points (2-4-6). Tonight’s game is Marner’s first of the season with four points. He has had four games with three points, four games with two points, six games with a single point and just four games without recording a point in 2020-21.
- William Nylander registered the primary assist on Mikheyev’s second period goal and later scored the sixth Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 11:00 of the second period. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-point performance of the season. Nylander has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games on home ice this season. In 21 career games against the Senators, he has recorded 17 points (5-12-17).
- John Tavares scored the seventh Maple Leafs goal of the game at 16:53 of the third period. Tavares has two points (1-1-2) over his last three games played. He has nine points (5-4-9) in 11 games on home ice this season. In five games against the Senators, he has recorded two goals and two assists this season. He has 24 points (9-15-14) in 39 career games against Ottawa.
- Morgan Rielly recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ first period goal and later registered the primary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is Rielly’s fourth multi-assist and multi-point game of the season. He has seven points (1-6-7) in eight games during the month of February. Through 11 games on home ice this season, Rielly has recorded eight points (2-6-8).
- Jake Muzzin registered the primary assist on Thornton’s first period goal. Muzzin has assists (3) in two consecutive games. He has eight assists in eight games during the month of February. He has three assists in five games against Ottawa.
- Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. He has two assists over his last three games. He has five points (3-2-5) in eight games during the month of February. Seven (3-4-7) of his 10 points have come on home ice this season.
- Alex Kerfoot picked up the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Kerfoot has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has five points (2-3-5) n eight games during the month of February. He has registered four points (2-2-4) in five games against the Senators this season.
- Michael Hutchinson stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced to earn his first win of the season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|OTTAWA||12 (11)||9 (4)||16 (16)||–||37 (31)|
|TORONTO||10 (7)||14 (9)||7 (7)||–||31 (23)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|OTTAWA||14 (13)||19 (11)||36 (36)||–||69 (60)|
|TORONTO||17 (13)||19 (13)||9 (9)||–||45 (35)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||8-2-1 (11 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Ottawa||59-54-3-12 (128 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Ottawa at Home||33-22-2-8 (65 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||4 (Mikheyev, Matthews)|
|Shot Attempts||6 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||8 (Spezza)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||78% (Matthews – 7 won, 2 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||2 (Four players tied)|
|Power Play TOI||3:52 (Marner)|
|Shorthanded TOI||3:13 (Holl, Muzzin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||57.1% (Rielly – 12 for, 9 against)|
|Lead after 1||5-1-0|
|Lead after 2||5-0-1|
|Score multiple power play goals||4-1-0|
|Do not allow a power play goal||6-1-1|
|Outshot by opponent||7-2-1|
- The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 2-for-3 on the power play tonight.
- TJ Brodie, Justin Holl and Jake Muzzin were on the ice for a team-high 13 shot attempts for at 5-on-5.
- Auston Matthews and Joe Thornton were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Jason Spezza was 4-for-6 (67%) taking defensive zone faceoffs tonight.
- Saturday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. at Montreal Canadiens (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
- Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Saturday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Monday, March 1, 10:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.