76ERS-RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors return to Tampa following a perfect 3-0 road trip (Feb. 16-19) to host the Philadelphia 76ers at Amalie Arena on Sunday. The two teams will play again Tuesday. The Raptors have won 15
straight games at home against Philadelphia. After starting the 2020-21 campaign with one win in seven games, the Raptors are .500 (15-15) for the first time this season.
• This marks Toronto’s fifth and final ‘series’ in the first half where a team scheduled to play twice in one market, has those games scheduled to be played consecutively. The Raptors are 6-2 in ‘series’ games, which includes sweeps over Charlotte (H) and Milwaukee (A) and splits with Miami (H) and Indiana (A). Toronto also swept consecutive games with Orlando, however it was a home-and-away set.
• The Raptors scored 86 points in Friday’s victory over Minnesota – the fewest in a win in the NBA this season. The last time Toronto scored 86 points (or fewer) and won was Jan. 19, 2018 vs. San Antonio (86-83).
Norman Powell led all scorers with a season-high 31 points (10-19 FG, 6-10 3PT, 5-5 FT) Feb. 19 at Minnesota – his fifth career 30-point game. Powell also tied a career best with six three-point field goals against the Timberwolves. Powell is averaging a team-high 22.6 points through 10 games in February, and
has scored 20 or more points seven times. He is shooting .545 (78-143) from the field, including 50 percent (30-60) from beyond the arc this month. Powell is the fifth different Raptor to score 30+ point this season,
joining OG Anunoby, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam (five times) and Fred VanVleet (five times).
• The Raptors (7-3) have the best record in Eastern Conference in February. Toronto is averaging 117.0 points and shooting .471 (412-875) from the field, including .399 (145-363) from three-point range this month. Norman Powell (22.6), Fred VanVleet (22.5) and Pascal Siakam (21.9) are all averaging 20+ points through 10 games played in February.
Pascal Siakam finished with 10 points, and team highs of nine rebounds and six assists, Feb. 19 at Minnesota. Siakam has now recorded five or more assists in a career-high four straight games (Feb. 14-19). He is averaging 5.8 assists and has a 2.88 assists-per-turnover ratio (23-to-8) during this stretch.
Kyle Lowry missed his fifth game of the season Friday at Minnesota due to a left thumb sprain. Lowry injured the thumb in the first quarter Feb. 16 at Milwaukee. The Raptors are 5-0 this season without Lowry in the lineup and 17-2 dating to the start of last season.
HUSTLE STATS: Fred VanVleet leads all players in the NBA in total steals (52) and deflections (115), and is tied for second in loose balls recovered (37) … Kyle Lowry is tied with Montrezl Harrell for the league-lead in charges drawn (12), while Aron Baynes ranks fifth with 10 charges taken.

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Lowry out against against 76ers

NBA INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M. SUNDAY

PHI@TOR Philadelphia 76ers Milton, Shake Available Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Reed, Paul Out G League – On Assignment
Simmons, Ben Available Injury/Illness – N/a; Illness
Tucker, Rayjon Out G League – On Assignment
Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way
Lowry, Kyle Out Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Sprain

INJURY REPORT AT 1:30 P.M.

PHI@TOR Philadelphia 76ers Milton, Shake Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Reed, Paul Out G League – On Assignment
Simmons, Ben Probable Injury/Illness – N/a; Illness
Tucker, Rayjon Out G League – On Assignment
Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way
Lowry, Kyle Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Sprain

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LEAFS 5, HABS 3 POSTGAME NOTES

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (14-3-2 – 30 Points) vs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (9-5-2 – 20 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO0415
MONTREAL0213

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with a power play goal at 1:05 of the second period and later scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 15:05 of the second period. Matthews also collected the secondary assist on Travis Boyd’s second period goal before registering the primary assist on Mitch Marner’s second period goal. With four points tonight, Matthews has tied his single-game career-high for points (4 – 7x) for the second consecutive game.

    Matthews has goals (7) in four consecutive games, assists (4) in two consecutive games and points (16-8-24) in 13 consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-goal, second multi-assist and seventh multi-point performance of the season. He has 12 points (7-5-12) in eight games on the road this season. In four games against the Canadiens in 2020-21, Matthews has recorded seven points (2-5-7). Tonight’s game is Matthews’ 300th career NHL game.
  • Travis Boyd scored the second Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 1:20 of the second period. Boyd has two goals over his last four games. He has three points (2-1-3) in four games played on the road this season.
  • Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first second period goal and later scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 7:31 of the second period. Marner has points goals (2), assists (4) and points (2-4-6) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his ninth multi-point game of the season.  He has recorded 11 points (3-8-11) in eight games played on the road in 2020-21. He has four points (2-2-4) in four games against Montreal this season.
  • Alex Kerfoot scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game at 13:36 of the third period. Kerfoot has points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games. He has seven points (3-4-7) in nine games during the month of February. In 11 career games against the Canadiens, Kerfoot has recorded seven points (3-4-7).
  • Morgan Rielly had the secondary assist on Matthews’ first goal in the second period before recording the lone assist on Matthews’ second goal in the second period. Rielly has assists (4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-assist and fifth multi-point game of the season. He has eight assists in games on the road this season. Rielly has registered nine points (1-8-9) in nine games during the month of February.
  • Joe Thornton registered the primary assist on Boyd’s second period goal. Thornton has assists (4) and points (2-5-7) in four consecutive games since returning from injury on February 15. He has three points (1-2-3) in three games played on the road this season. He has 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 56 career games against Montreal.
  • Zach Bogosian had the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Bogosian has two assists in 18 games this season. He has 12 points (4-8-12) in 36 career games against Montreal.
  • Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Kerfoot’s third period goal. Spezza has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has four points (1-3-4) in seven games on the road this season. He has recorded a pair of assists in four games against the Canadiens this season.
  • John Tavares picked up the secondary assist on Kerfoot’s third period goal. Tavares has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has eight points (1-7-8) in eight games on the road this season. In four games against the Canadiens in 2020-21, he has registered six points (1-5-6).
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 30 shots to earn his 11th win of the season.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO13 (12)8 (5)6 (4)27 (21)
MONTREAL10 (7)16 (16)7 (6)33 (29)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO16 (15)16 (13)9 (7)41 (35)
MONTREAL17 (13)19 (19)16 (14)52 (46)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record on the Road6-1-1 (8 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal  303-342-88-17 (750 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal on the Road112-214-43-7 (375 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Engvall, Holl, Matthews)
Faceoff Wins10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage71% (Tavares – 10 won, 4 lost)
Hits(Bogosian)
Blocked Shots(Boyd)
Takeaways(Six players tied)
TOI23:33 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI2:57 (Marner, Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI1:16 (Brodie, Rielly)
Shifts29 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage60.0% (Engvall – 9 for, 6 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first10-2-1
Tied after 15-1-0
Lead after 26-0-1
Score multiple power play goals5-1-0
Do not allow a power play goal7-1-1
Outshot by opponent8-2-1
Saturday3-1-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 3-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto has scored at least one power play goal in 14 of the club’s 19 games this season.
  • The Maple Leafs’ four second period goals set a new single-period high for goals this season (Previous: 3 – 5x).
  • At 15:29 of the second period, a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference initiated a review of Montreal’s goal. Video review determined that Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi interfered with Frederik Andersen by pushing his pad, which caused the puck to enter the net. The original call was overturned – No goal Montreal.
  • Zach Bogosian and Travis Dermott started 28.6% of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 16 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. Holl finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 41% (16 for, 23 against).
  • Justin Holl skated in his 100th career NHL game.
  • John Tavares was 4-for-5 (80%) taking offensive zone faceoffs tonight. He won 71% (5 won, 2 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up with Montreal centre Nick Suzuki.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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)
  • Wednesday, March 3, 8:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)

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.