INJURY REPORT OG Anunoby (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Terence Davis ll (Left Ankle; Sprain) – Questionable Malachi Flynn (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Patrick McCaw (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Pascal Siakam (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out Fred VanVleet (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
RAPTORS NOTES • The Toronto Raptors begin their second half schedule Thursday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks at Amalie Arena. The Raptors have won four in a row against the Hawks at home. Thursday will mark the second of three meetings with Atlanta this season. Trae Young had 28 points and 13 assists as the Hawks held off Toronto 132-121 in Atlanta on Feb. 6. The Hawks will also visit Tampa on Apr. 13. • Kyle Lowry needs just five points to pass Chris Bosh (10,275) for second on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 13,296 career points. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,143), steals (862), three-point field goals (1,470) and wins (361), ranks second in games played (584) and third in rebounds (2,867). • Kyle Lowry tied the franchise record with a career-high 19 assists March 4 at Boston. Lowry is the third Raptor to record 19 assists in a single game, joining Damon Stoudamire and Jose Calderon (twice). • Chris Boucher scored a career-high 30 points (11-15 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-4 FT) in 35 minutes off the bench March 4 at Boston. Boucher is the first Raptors reserve since Terence Davis on Feb. 2, 2020 vs. Chicago to score 30+ points. Boucher (61 3PT, 69 BLK) is the only player in the NBA with 50+ three-point field goals and 50+ blocks this season. He is currently averaging career highs of 13.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 23.6 minutes and was the only Raptor to appear in all 36 games in the first half. • The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, three of their top five scorers, and reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw for the third straight game Thursday vs. Atlanta because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Siakam also missed Toronto’s game Feb. 26 against Houston due to health and safety protocols. Terence Davis is questionable after sustaining a left ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter Mar. 4 at Boston. • Head Coach Nick Nurse is expected to return to the bench against the Hawks after missing the previous three games because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo had been serving as the acting head coach. Scariolo rejoined the team Feb. 26 vs. Houston after coaching Spain in FIBA’s EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers in Poland. • The Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed forward-centre Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract. Ellenson averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 30.6 minutes in 15 games with Raptors 905 in the G League bubble. He scored 20+ points seven times and recorded five double-doubles. • Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors have announced they will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting on March 19 when Toronto faces Utah.
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MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG
35-20-1-9 (65 Games)
ALL-TIME on the ROAD:
18-10-1-4 (33 Games)
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG
Jason Spezza (52), Joe Thornton (45), John Tavares (30)
Jason Spezza (15), Joe Thornton (12), John Tavares (10)
Jason Spezza (36), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (22)
Jason Spezza (51), Joe Thornton (44), John Tavares (32)
Joe Thornton (41), John Tavares (25), Jason Spezza (20)
MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS
GOALS FOR (Rank):
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):
26/82 [31.7%] (1st)
18/74 [24.3%] (12th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):
59/77 [76.6%] (21st)
48/63 [76.2%] (22nd)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):
FACEOFF % (Rank):
MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES
First Matchup between Clubs:
Oct. 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
35-20-1-9 (65 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:
18-9-1-4 (32 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:
17-11-0-5 (33 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:
Jan. 18, 2021 (Toronto 3, Winnipeg 1)
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
POWER PLAY POINTS
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %
44 (Hyman, Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME
PP TOI PER GAME
SH TOI PER GAME
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
– Tied for second in the NHL in wins (12).- Ranks 11th among NHL goaltenders in saves made (483).- Has a 10-1-2 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 14 career games against Winnipeg.
– Averaging 2.61 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.
– Averaging 18:56 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Has the highest on-ice goals-for percentage (63.4%) at even strength among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in multiple games.- Tied for third among Maple Leafs defencemen in points (0-9-9).
– Is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage this season.
– Tied for 18th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:25) with a shot attempt percentage of 52.9% when the score is within one goal.- Ranks 31st in the NHL in shorthanded ice time per game (2:54).- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in primary assists at 5-on-5 (5).
– Has a .934 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average through five starts this season.
– Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:03).- Has the second-highest on-ice goals for percentage (63.6%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards.
– Leads the Maple Leafs in on-ice goals for percentage (68.4%) at 5-on-5.- Sixth among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.9).- Has the sixth highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.87) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.
– Fourth among NHLers in assists (25).- Fourth among NHLers in points (10-25-35).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in even-strength goals (10).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:29).- Has played 39.5% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.- Has the fifth highest on-ice goals for percentage (62.7%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards..
– Leads the NHL in goals (18).- Sixth among NHLers in points (20-13-33).- Averaging 21:51 in time on ice per game, which is fifth among NHL forwards.- Third among Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.3%).- Third in the NHL in shots on goal (103).
– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (1:49).- Has an average of 17.1 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks fifth among NHLers who have played at least 45 minutes of shorthanded ice time (49:14). – Has started 35.3% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs.
– Tied for fifth among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (8).- Tied for 27th 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.
– Has the seventh highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.68) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.7%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 60.0% at 5-on-5.- Averaging 1.90 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs.
– Leads Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:54).- Seventh among NHL defencemen in points (3-17-20).- Has a pair of goals and seven assists in 14 games at home this season.- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (7).
– Has the highest points per 60 minutes rate (3.07) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Has won 57.5% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is tied for the seventh highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 100 defensive zone draws (120).
– Has the fourth highest faceoff win percentage (58.8%) among NHLers who have taken at least 400 faceoffs (400).- Has a goal and an assist in two games against the Jets this season.- Has 10 goals and 22 assists in 30 career games against Winnipeg.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 63.1% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters.
– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters at 55.5%.- Averaging 2.15 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.
The Blue Jays have agreed to contracts with the 27 players below (no contract renewals this year). Anthony Castro and Joel Payamps agreed to deals with their previous organizations before they were acquired.
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed forward-centre Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ellenson 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 30.6 minutes in 15 games (13 starts) with Raptors 905 in the NBA G League bubble. He shot .493 (107-217) from the field, .424 (53-125) from three-point range and .882 (30-34) at the free throw line. Ellenson scored 20+ points seven times and recorded five double-doubles.
A native of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Ellenson helped Raptors 905 (12-3) earn the top seed for the G League playoffs and reach the semifinals. In the postseason, he averaged 24.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 36.0 minutes in two games and scored a season-high 35 points in Raptors 905’s first-round victory over Team Ignite.
Ellenson played one season at Marquette (2015-16) prior to being picked 18th overall by Detroit in the 2016 NBA Draft. He is averaging 4.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 9.2 minutes in 81 career NBA games (two starts) with Detroit, New York and Brooklyn.