RAPTORS AT HEAT PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT 1:30 PM WEDNESDAY

TOR@MIA Miami Heat Bradley, Avery Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Strain
Dragic, Goran Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Herro, Tyler Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Hip; Contusion
Leonard, Meyers Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Surgery
Silva, Chris Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Hip Flexor; Strain
Vincent, Gabe Probable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
Toronto Raptors Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way
Lowry, Kyle Probable Injury/Illness – Left Thumb; Sprain

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors play the second of a back-to-back set Wednesday night when they visit the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. This marks the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Raptors and the Heat split consecutive games in Tampa in January. Toronto is 1-4 on the second
night of a back-to-back this season. This is the Raptors only home-road back-to-back in the first half.
Kyle Lowry missed his fourth straight game (Feb. 18-23), and seventh of the season, Tuesday vs. Philadelphia due to a left thumb sprain. Lowry injured the thumb in the first quarter Feb. 16 at Milwaukee. The Raptors are 6-1 this season without Lowry in the lineup and 18-3 dating back to the start of last season.
• After a 7-9 (.438) record in January, Toronto has responded with an 8-4 (.667) record in the month of February, including a 4-1 mark against the top-3 teams in the East Conference; Philadelphia (1-1), Brooklyn (1
-0) and Milwaukee (2-0). After tonight, the Raptors will have already faced Miami, Milwaukee and Philadelphia three times and play their third and final game against Boston on March 4. This season Toronto will
face Eastern Conference opponents three times and each opponent in the West twice.
• The Raptors outscored the Sixers 54-30 in the paint last night. Miami (40.2) and Toronto (40.6) currently rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in points in the paint allowed. In their two meetings last month (Jan. 20-22), the Heat had the scoring advantage in the paint 82-64.
Pascal Siakam tallied 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 42 minutes Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia. Siakam has now recorded at least five assists in a career-high six straight games (Feb. 14-23). He is averaging 6.3 assists and has a 3.45 assists-per-turnover ratio (38-to-11) during this stretch.
Norman Powell is averaging a career-high 17.3 points and shooting a career-best .426 (72-169) from three-point range this season. In February, Powell is averaging 21.8 points and has scored 20+ points eight times, including a season-high 31 points Feb. 19 at Minnesota.
Aron Baynes led the reserves with 11 points in 30 minutes yesterday against the Sixers. Baynes has now come off the bench in each of the last five games (Feb. 16-23), averaging 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Fred VanVleet recorded two steals and a career high-tying four blocks Feb. 23 vs. Philadelphia. VanVleet currently leads the NBA with 55 steals and has blocked 27 shots this season. He is one of just five players with 40+ steals and 25+ blocks, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo (40 stl, 41 blk), Robert Covington (45 stl, 31 blk), Matisse Thybulle (42 stl, 28 blk) and Andre Drummond (40 stl, 29 blk).
• For the first time since the 2012-13 season the Raptors will not have at least one all-star. Toronto had at least player selected for seven straight seasons, with two Raptors going each of the last five years.

RAPTORS ANNOUNCE 2020-21 SECOND HALF SCHEDULE

The Toronto Raptors announced their 2020-21 second half schedule on Wednesday. The Raptors will play 35 games in the second half, including 19 at home, starting Thursday, March 11 when they host the Atlanta Hawks at Amalie Arena. Toronto announced earlier this month the team will finish the season in Tampa, Florida because of ongoing border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The longest homestand of the second half schedule is five games from Apr. 13-21, while the longest road trip is four games which occurs Apr. 29 – May 4. The Raptors will have eight back-to-back sets.

The second half schedule features four U.S. national television appearances with one game on ESPN and TNT and two on NBATV. The Raptors local television schedule will be released at a later date.

Each team will play 72 games in the 2020-21 season, facing each opponent in its conference three times (42 total games per team) and each opponent in the other conference twice (30 total games per team). In the first half, the Raptors will have played 37 games with 17 at home in Tampa.

RAPTORS 2020-21 SECOND HALF SCHEDULE NOTES

Atlantic Division

Brooklyn (H: 4/21, 4/27); New York (A: 4/11, 4/24); Total (H: 2, A: 2)

Central Division

Chicago (A: 3/14, 5/13); Cleveland (H: 4/26, A: 3/21, 4/9); Detroit (A: 3/17, 3/29); Indiana (H: 5/16); Total (H: 2, A: 6)

Southeast Division

Atlanta (H: 3/11, 4/13); Charlotte (A: 3/13); Orlando (H: 4/16); Washington (H: 4/5, 5/6); Total (H: 5, A: 1)

Northwest Division

Denver (H: 3/24, A: 4/29); Oklahoma City (H: 4/18, A: 3/31); Portland (H: 3/28); Utah (H: 3/19, A: 5/1); Total (H: 4, A: 3)

Pacific Division

Golden State (H: 4/2); Phoenix (H: 3/26); LA Clippers (H: 5/11, A: 5/4); LA Lakers (H: 4/6, A: 5/2); Total (H: 4, A: 2)

Southwest Division

Dallas (A: 5/14); Houston (A: 3/22); Memphis (H: 5/8); San Antonio: (H: 4/14); Total (H: 2, A: 2)

Games by Month
March:12 (5 home, 7 road)April:                       14 (10 home, 4 road)
May:                  9 (4 home, 5 road)  
Games by Day
Sunday:7 (3 home, 4 road)Monday:                  4 (2 home, 2 road)
Tuesday:5 (4 home, 1 road)Wednesday:                           5 (3 home, 2 road)
Thursday:4 (2 home, 2 road)Friday:                           6 (4 home, 2 road)
Saturday:4 (1 home, 3 road)  
Longest Homestand
5 games:    4/13 vs. Atlanta, 4/14 vs. San Antonio, 4/16 vs. Orlando, 4/18 vs. Oklahoma City, 4/21 vs. Brooklyn.
Longest Road Trip
4 games:    4/29 at Denver, 5/1 at Utah, 5/2 at LA Lakers, 5/4 at LA Clippers.
Back-to-Back-Games
Overall: 8
Home game, followed by home games: 3Home game, followed by road game: 1
Road game, followed by home game: 0Road game, followed by road game: 4

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Nuggets set NBA record with fewest turnovers in a game in win over Trail Blazers — The Denver Post

The Nuggets made history on Tuesday. Denver recorded just one turnover in its 111-106 win over Portland at Ball Arena. The team tweeted out after the game that it was the fewest in NBA history. The sole turnover was recorded by Jamal Murray. “I’m sick,” Murray said after the game after he found out about…

Nuggets set NBA record with fewest turnovers in a game in win over Trail Blazers — The Denver Post

CALGARY-TORONTO PREGAME NOTES

CALGARY FLAMES (9-9-1 – 19 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (14-4-2 – 30 Points)

FEBRUARY 24, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY

ALL-TIME RECORD:63-61-12-5 (141 Games)
ALL-TIME at HOME:36-20-7-3 (66 Games)
2020-21:2-1-0
LAST FIVE:2-2-1
LAST 10:6-3-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (66), Jake Muzzin (33), Jason Spezza (30)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (11), John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (7)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (44), Jake Muzzin (16), John Tavares (11)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (19), Jake Muzzin (19)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (33), Joe Thornton (31), Wayne Simmonds (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCALGARY
GOALS FOR (Rank):72 (2nd)49 (t-17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       54 (t-19th)54 (t-19th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):21/63 [33.3%] (t-1st)16/74 [21.6%] (15th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):52/66 [78.8%] (17th)54/66 [79.4%] (15th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):29.5 (22nd)29.3 (23rd)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.9 (t-9th)30.3 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):807 (8th)779 (11th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):48.8% (t-20th)51.1% (9th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.1% (9th)50.0% (t-15th)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
All-Time Record:63-61-12-5 (141 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:36-20-7-3 (66 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:27-41-5-2 (75 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:Dec. 6, 2017 (Toronto 2, Calgary 1 SO)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS18 (Matthews)
ASSISTS21 (Marner)
POINTS30 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner, Matthews, Rielly)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs22 (Simmonds)
SHOTS78 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.7% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %57.8% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS35 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS18 (Matthews)
HITS35 (Hyman)
TOI PER GAME23:47 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:34 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:29 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Leads the NHL in wins (11).- Tied for second among NHL goaltenders in saves made (411).- Has a 9-2-2 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 15 career games against Calgary.
Travis Boyd– Averaging 2.74 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:43 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Fourth among Maple Leafs defencemen in points (0-5-5).
Justin Holl– Ranks 33rd among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:59) with a shot attempt percentage of 50.0%.- Tied for 28th among NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:59) with a goals for percentage of 51.8%.- Tied for 11th in the NHL in shorthanded ice time per game (3:29).
Michael Hutchinson– Has a .922 save percentage at even-strength through two starts this season.
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:20).- Has the second-highest on-ice goals for percentage (68.0%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Has two goals and five assists in 12 games on home ice this season.- Ranks sixth among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (20.0).- Has seven points (3-4-7) in 10 games during the month of February.
Mitch Marner– Second among NHLers in assists (21)- Tied for second among NHLers in points (9-21-30).- Tied for second in the NHL in even-strength goals (9).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:52).- Has played 39.7% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (74.2%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards..
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (18).- Fourth among NHLers in points (18-11-29).- Averaging 21:53 in time on ice per game, which is ranked fifth among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.2%).- Tied for second in the NHL in shots on goal (78).- Leads the NHL in scoring during the month of February (12-7-19).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:10).- Has an average of 15.2 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have played at least 40 minutes of shorthanded ice time (43:21).  – Has started 38.4% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 23rd among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:13).- Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen and ranks sixth among Maple Leafs in points (1-11-12). – Has started 48.0 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.
William Nylander– Has the eighth highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.80) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.5%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards who have appeared in at least five games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 56.2% at 5-on-5.- Averaging 2.19 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks third on the Maple Leafs.   
Morgan Rielly– Leads Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:47).- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in points (2-14-16).- Has five assists in three games against Calgary this season.- Has nine points (1-8-9) in 10 games during the month of February.
Jason Spezza– Has the fourth-highest points per 60 minutes rate (2.88) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Has won 60.5% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is the fourth highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 75 defensive zone draws.
John Tavares– Tied for 13th in the NHL in power play goals (4).- Tied for the fifth-highest faceoff win percentage (58.4%) among NHLers who have taken at least 275 faceoffs (291).- Has five goals and four assists in 12 games at home this season.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 56.2% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21.
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters at 57.9%.- Has three goals and six assists in nine games this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

None 
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianTwo points from 200 NHL points
Travis BoydThree games from 100 career NHL games
Jake MuzzinTwo games from 600 career NHL games
Joe ThorntonFive assists from 1,100 career NHL assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Justin Holl100th NHL game (Feb. 20 at MTL)
Auston Matthews300th NHL game (Feb. 20 at MTL)
Jake Muzzin200th NHL assist (Feb. 17 vs. OTT)
100th game as a Maple Leaf (Feb. 17 vs. OTT)
  

INJURY REPORT

Frederik Andersen (Lower Body)Did not play on Feb. 22 vs. CGY.
Jack Campbell (Leg)On injured reserve.
Zach HymanDid not play on Feb. 22 vs. CGY.
Jake Muzzin (Face)Did not play on Feb. 22 vs. CGY.
Wayne Simmonds (Wrist)On injured reserve.
Joe Thornton (Lower Body)Did not play on Feb. 22 vs. CGY.
 Man Games Lost: 50
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 17Acquired forward Alex Galchenyuk from Carolina in exchange for forward Egor Korshkov and defenceman David Warsofsky.
  

MARLIES 5, STOCKTON 1

TORONTO MARLIES (4-2-0-0 – 8 Points) vs.
STOCKTON HEAT (0-2-0-0 – 0 Points)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: R. Clune (2) (C. Rosen, J. McKenna), J. Anderson (2) (A. Brooks, K. Agostino), J. Duszak, (1) (K. Agostino, A. Brooks), T. Gaudet (4) (S. Pooley, T. Kivihalme), J. Anderson (3) (K. Rubins, J. Duszak)
Goaltender: A. D’Agostini (30/31)

Stockton: A. Gallant (1) (M. Simpson, R. Hamilton)
Goaltender: G. Sparks (20/25)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Rich Clune put the Marlies on the board at 2:52 of the first period. He has two goals in two consecutive games.
  • Joey Anderson scored at 7:26 of the first period and 16:23 of the third period. This was his second career game-winning goal. Anderson has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) through six games with the Marlies this season.
  • Joseph Duszak scored at 15:49 of the first period and has the secondary assist on Anderson’s third period goal. This was his first goal of the season. Duszak has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in six games.
  • Tyler Gaudet scored at 4:12 of the second period. Gaudet has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in seven games this season.
  • Calle Rosen recorded the primary assist on Clune’s first period goal. Rosen has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
  • Jeremy McKenna registered the secondary assist on Clune’s first period. He has assists (2) in his first two AHL games.
  • Adam Brooks picked up the primary assist on Anderson’s goal and the secondary assist on Duszak’s goal, both in the first period. This is Brooks’ second multi-point game of the season. He has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in six games.
  • Kenny Agostino had the secondary assist on Anderson’s goal and the primary assist on Duszak’s goal, both in the first period. Agostino has points (2-5-7) in five consecutive games. He had 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games last season.
  • Scott Pooley recorded the primary assist on Gaudet’s second period goal. Pooley has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in six games.
  • Teemu Kivihalme collected the secondary assist on Gaudet’s second period goal. Kivihalme has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in six games.
  • Kristians Rubins registered the primary assist on Anderson’s third period goal.
  • Joseph Duszak had the secondary assist on Anderson’s third period goal. Duszak has three points (1-1-2) through two games.
  • Andrew D’Agostini stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced. D’Agostini is now 4-2-0-0 on the season with a .933 save percentage and a 1.86 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • The Marlies are third in the AHL in goals for (24). 
  • Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play.
  • Stockton had a 31-25 edge in shots in all situations. Joey Anderson, Joseph Duszak, Scott Pooley and Calle Rosen led the Marlies with three shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 4-2-0-0 against Canadian Division opponents and 2-0-0-0 against the Stockton Heat.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 2-0-0-0 when leading after the first period and 3-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 2-0-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 2-0-0-0 in Tuesday games and are 4-2-0-0 in February.

MARLIES LEADERS

  • Goals: T. Gaudet (4)
  • Assists: K. Agostino,T. Liljegren (5)
  • Points:  K. Agostino, T. Gaudet (7)
  • PPG: A. Brooks (2)
  • Shots: K. Agostino,N. Robertson (18)
  • +/-:  T. Gaudet, C. Rosen (+7)
  • PIMS: H. Elynuik (14)

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On whether Toronto took their foot off the pedal as their lead grew:
To be honest with you, I didn’t think we had our foot down on the pedal at any point to start the game. We were very fortunate to be up the way we were. The group knows it. They know they didn’t come out and play the way they needed to play. It’s a tough win to enjoy when the process and how we want to play is not there.

On Andrew D’Agostini’s play over six games:
He’s having a lot of fun. He’s got a big smile on his face. He’s been our most consistent competitor in these games and that’s not to take away from our team, we’ve had some really good games up until today. The score could have very easily been flipped in the opposite direction. D’Agostini again gave us a heck of a chance to win a hockey game. We were opportunistic with our chances but for the most part, our group’s not very happy with the overall game and how we played tonight.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 19:    Recalled defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer from loan to Wichita (ECHL)Signed defenceman Dakota Krebs to an ATO

UPCOMING GAMES:
*All times Eastern Standard Time

February 24 at Stockton – 8:00 p.m.
February 26 at Stockton – 4:00 p.m.
March 1 vs. Manitoba – 7:00 p.m.
March 3 vs. Manitoba – 7:00 p.m.
March 5 vs. Stockton – 7:00 p.m.

TFC RE-SIGNS ZAVAETA

ERIQ ZAVALETA RE-SIGNS WITH TORONTO FC

Toronto FC announced today that defender Eriq Zavaleta has been re-signed to a new contract through 2021 with an option for the 2022 season.

“Eriq is another veteran who’s given a lot to the club,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “This is a big year for Eriq. He comes to the training ground every day ready to work and is a great role model as an all-around professional for our young players.”

Zavaleta, 28, is entering his seventh season with Toronto FC and ninth in Major League Soccer (MLS). He was originally acquired in a trade with Seattle Sounders FC on January 26, 2015. Zavaleta has made 136 combined appearances, with two goals and two assists over six seasons for the Reds. Zavaleta is one of 12 players to have made 100 appearances or more and currently ranks eighth all-time in club history on that list. Zavaleta was part of the Reds 2017 Treble winning season (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship), and has been part of two additional Canadian Championship winning teams (2016, 2018) with TFC.

TRANSACTION: Toronto FC re-sign defender Eriq Zavaleta to a new contract.

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