Kurtenbach: It’s referendum time for the middling Warriors — Monterey Herald

Entering the second half of the season, the Warriors have more questions than answers. But one question supersedes all the others: Who do the Warriors want to be this season? After a first half that provided the full spectrum of performances, the Warriors currently lie firmly in the realm of mediocrity — ninth place in…

Kurtenbach: It’s referendum time for the middling Warriors — Monterey Herald

Celtics Legend Bill Russell Named Basketball Hall Of Fame Finalist As Coach — NESN.com

Bill Russell is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Again. The NBA legend, most famously remembered for his legendary playing career with the Boston Celtics that already had him enshrined in Springfield back in 1975. Now, his accolades as a coach have him in consideration again. Congratulations to #21HoopClass finalist Bill […]

Celtics Legend Bill Russell Named Basketball Hall Of Fame Finalist As Coach — NESN.com

Pac-12 tournament picks: Key matchups, relevant history and the winners for all 10 games — The Denver Post

Oregon is the defending champion, Arizona’s ineligible and seven teams must win the title in order to qualify for the NCAAs. We have the matchups, the relevant history and the winners for all 10 games.

Pac-12 tournament picks: Key matchups, relevant history and the winners for all 10 games — The Denver Post

NBA’s two-game series cut travel, offer playoff-type setups — The Denver Post

This quick two-game series was part of a scheduling change in the NBA that has teams periodically playing consecutive games against the same opponent in the same location to reduce travel amid a pandemic.

NBA’s two-game series cut travel, offer playoff-type setups — The Denver Post

Rockies announce plans to increase capacity at Coors Field starting opening day — The Denver Post

Opening day on April 1 will have more energy than anticipated, as the Rockies announced Tuesday that the club has received a variance to allow 21,363 fans into Coors Field.

Rockies announce plans to increase capacity at Coors Field starting opening day — The Denver Post

Two Jayhawks to miss Big 12 Tournament due to Covid-19 protocols — KSNT News

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNT) – David McCormack and Tristan Enaruna will not be available for this week’s Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City according to Kansas head coach Bill Self due to Covid-19 protocols. McCormack and Enaruna are roommates according to Self. David McCormack and Tristan Enaruna are out for the Big 12 tournament because of…

Two Jayhawks to miss Big 12 Tournament due to Covid-19 protocols — KSNT News

Offense winning in NBA, Nets want to prove it in playoffs — The China Post, Taiwan

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense wins championships is one of the oldest clichés in sports. It’s mostly been true, too. Now, even coaches who preached defense before look around an NBA where the pace is quicker, the shots come from deeper, and can come to only one conclusion. “It seems like offense wins,” Spurs coach […]

Offense winning in NBA, Nets want to prove it in playoffs — The China Post, Taiwan

JETS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES

WINNIPEG JETS (15-8-1 – 31 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (18-6-2 – 38 Points)

MARCH 9, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG

ALL-TIME RECORD:35-19-1-9 (64 Games)
ALL-TIME on the ROAD:18-9-1-4 (32 Games)
2020-21:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-0-1
LAST 10:6-2-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (51), Joe Thornton (44), John Tavares (29)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (15), Joe Thornton (12), John Tavares (10)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (36), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (21)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), Joe Thornton (44), John Tavares (31)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (41), John Tavares (25), Jason Spezza (20)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOWINNIPEG
GOALS FOR (Rank):90 (1st)79 (t-8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       63 (9th)68 (t-14th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):25/80 [31.3%] (1st)17/72 [23.6%] (t-12th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):58/75 [77.3%] (19th)47/61 [77.1%] (t-20th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):30.2 (13th)29.7 (t-19th)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.7 (7th)31.5 (26th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1063 (10th)1012 (16th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):48.3% (t-22nd)48.4% (21st)
FACEOFF % (Rank):51.8% (11th)48.8% (20th)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Oct. 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
All-Time Record:35-19-1-9 (64 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:18-9-1-4 (32 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:17-10-0-5 (32 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:Jan. 18, 2021 (Toronto 3, Winnipeg 1)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS18 (Matthews)
ASSISTS24 (Marner)
POINTS34 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS12 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs22 (Bogosian, Simmonds)
SHOTS97 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.8% (Nylander)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.0% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS42 (Holl, Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS42 (Hyman, Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:50 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:30 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:54 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for second in the NHL in wins (12).- Ranks 11th among NHL goaltenders in saves made (464).- Has a 10-0-2 record with a 2.700 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 13 career games against Winnipeg.
Travis Boyd– Averaging 2.71 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:57 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Fourth among Maple Leafs defencemen in points (0-8-8).
Jack Campbell– Is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage this season.
Justin Holl– Ranks 17th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:27) with a shot attempt percentage of 53.2% when the score is within one goal.- Ranks 31st in the NHL in shorthanded ice time per game (2:54).- Tied for second among NHL defencemen in primary assists at 5-on-5 (5).
Michael Hutchinson– Has a .934 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average through five starts this season. 
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:03).- Has the second-highest on-ice goals for percentage (66.6%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Leads the Maple Leafs in on-ice goals for percentage (68.4%) at 5-on-5.- Had an assist in Toronto’s game against Winnipeg on January 18 vs. Winnipeg.- Sixth among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.9).
Mitch Marner– Third among NHLers in assists (24)- Fourth among NHLers in points (10-24-34).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in even-strength goals (10).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:25).- Has played 39.3% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.- Has the third highest on-ice goals for percentage (65.8%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards..
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (18).- Sixth among NHLers in points (18-13-31).- Averaging 21:49 in time on ice per game, which is tied for fourth among NHL forwards.- Third among Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.4%).- Tied for third in the NHL in shots on goal (97).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (1:50).- Has an average of 17.6 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks fourth among NHLers who have played at least 45 minutes of shorthanded ice time (47:45).  – Has started 34.8% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (8).- Tied for 29th among NHL defencemen and ranks eighth among Maple Leafs in points (1-12-13). – Has started 46.2 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.
William Nylander– Has the seventh highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.75) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.9%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 60.0% at 5-on-5.- Averaging 1.99 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs.   
Morgan Rielly– Leads Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:50).- Tied for fifth among NHL defencemen in points (3-16-19).- Has a pair of goals and six assists in 13 games at home this season.- Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (7).
Jason Spezza– Has the highest points per 60 minutes rate (3.17) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Has won 57.3% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is tied for the sixth highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 100 defensive zone draws (117).
John Tavares– Tied for the third-highest faceoff win percentage (58.3%) among NHLers who have taken at least 375 faceoffs (386).- Had a goal in Toronto’s January 18 game against the Jets.- Has 10 goals and 21 assists in 29 career games against Winnipeg.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 63.1% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters at 54.0%.- Averaging 2.28 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.- Has three goals and eight assists in 14 games this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Pierre EngvallPoints (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Ilya MikheyevPoints (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianTwo points from 200 NHL points
William NylanderFour goals from 100 NHL goals
Joe ThorntonThree assists from 1,100 career NHL assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

None 
  

INJURY REPORT

Jack Campbell (Lower Body)Did not play on March 6 at VAN.
Wayne Simmonds (Wrist)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 68
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

None 
  

TFC PAUSES TRAINING AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TESTS

TORONTO FC STATEMENT

“During mandatory testing as part of preseason training, multiple members of the Toronto FC team delegation tested positive for COVID-19. As a precaution, club personnel are currently isolating and TFC has discontinued training until contact tracing and follow-up testing has been conducted. The club will continue to follow, and strictly enforce, all health and safety protocols, and is working with Toronto Public Health to ensure the players return to training as soon as is safely possible. Toronto FC will provide further updates later in the week as additional information becomes available.” 

-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-