JAZZ-RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors return home from three straight road games (Mar. 13-17) to host the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Amalie Arena. The Raptors have won 12 of their last 14 games against the Jazz and swept the season-series each of the last two seasons. Pascal Siakam has scored 27+ points in three straight
games vs. Utah, averaging 30.0 points. Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting Friday.
• Norman Powell scored a career-high 43 points (14-18 FG, 8-12 3PT, 7-9 FT) Wednesday at Detroit. Powell became the 13th player in franchise history to score 40+ points, and just the second to reach the 40-point mark without committing a turnover (Last: Chris Bosh – Dec. 22, 2007 at PHX).
Norman Powell has scored 30+ points six times in the last 11 games (Feb. 19 – Mar. 17). Powell is averaging 26.8 points and is shooting .543 (101-186) from the floor, inlcuding .469 (45-96) from three-point range, during this stretch. Through 38 games, Powell is averaging a career-high 19.7 points (+3.7 ppg from 2019-20) and ranks eighth in the NBA shooting a career-best .446 (108-242) from beyond the arc.
Chris Boucher is averaging career highs of 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.98 blocks and 24.2 minutes, and is the only Raptor to appear in all 40 games this season. Boucher ranks fifth in the NBA in blocks per game and is the only player in the league with 60+ three-point field goals and 60+ blocks (65 3PT, 79 BLK).
Kyle Lowry recorded 15 assists Wednesday against the Pistons. Lowry dished out 15+ assists for the third time this season and eighth time in a Raptors uniform; third most in team history behind Jose Calderon (21) and Damon Stoudamire (11).
• Toronto used its 16th different starting lineup of the season March 17 at Detroit. The Raptors used 18 starting lineups in 72 games during the 2019-20 campaign. Toronto has had 12 different players start at least
one game this season. Fred VanVleet leads the team with 35 starts.
Malachi Flynn, Patrick McCaw, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet all returned to the lineup Wednesday at Detroit. Flynn, McCaw and VanVleet missed the previous five games, while Siakam was out for the last six, because of Health of Safety Protocols. OG Anunoby missed his sixth straight game against the Pistons also because of Health and Safety Protocols. Anunoby is expected to return Friday vs. Utah.
• The Raptors have lost six consecutive games (Mar. 3-17) for the first time since Dec. 3-12, 2012. Opponents are averaging 121.7 points and shooting .498 (253-508) from the field, including .397 (93-234) from three-point range, during this span. Toronto also has a -76 (277-to-353) rebounding differential over the last six contests. The last time the Raptors dropped seven in a row was Jan. 10-22, 2012 when they lost eight straight games. Toronto is six games below .500 (17-23) for the first time this season.

Clippers’ George fined $35,000 for ‘lies’ comment about refs — FOX40

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George was fined $35,000 on Friday for saying conversations with referees are “just a bunch of lies” while questioning why more fouls weren’t called against Dallas in LA’s 105-89 loss to the Mavericks. George said after Wednesday’s game that it was “insane” the Clippers weren’t getting […]

Clippers’ George fined $35,000 for ‘lies’ comment about refs — FOX40

Dennis Schröder on Lakers extension talks: ‘I want to be a Laker for a long time’ — Orange County Register

Dennis Schröder is not one to hold back what he’s thinking. He once offered the blunt assessment of Dwight Howard, his former teammate, that the center only tried hard against his former team. He raised a few eyebrows when he first was traded to the Lakers and said he expected a starting role: “I did…

Dennis Schröder on Lakers extension talks: ‘I want to be a Laker for a long time’ — Orange County Register

FLAMES-LEAFS PREGAME NOTES

CALGARY FLAMES (14-13-3 – 31 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-8-2 – 40 Points)

MARCH 19, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY

ALL-TIME RECORD:64-61-12-5 (142 Games)
ALL-TIME at HOME:37-20-7-3 (67 Games)
2020-21:3-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:6-3-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (66), Jake Muzzin (33), Jason Spezza (31)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (11), John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (7)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (44), Jake Muzzin (16), Morgan Rielly (8), Wayne Simmonds (8)
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):102 (3rd)82 (t-20th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       79 (12th)91 (19th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):26/87 [29.9%] (2nd)22/107 [20.6%] (15th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):65/86 [75.6%] (22nd)77/98 [78.6%] (14th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):30.6 (10th)29.9 (t-14th)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.6 (t-7th)30.2 (17th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1266 (11th)1265 (12th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):49.4% (15th)51.5% (11th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.2% (t-8th)49.6% (19th)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
All-Time Record:64-61-12-5 (142 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:37-20-7-3 (67 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:27-41-5-2 (75 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:Feb. 24, 2021 (Toronto 2, Calgary 1 OT)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS21 (Matthews)
ASSISTS28 (Marner)
POINTS39 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS13 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Marner, Muzzin)
PIMs45 (Bogosian)
SHOTS112 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.6% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.6% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS45 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS27 (Matthews)
HITS47 (Bogosian, Holl, Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:01 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:17 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:51 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (13).- Sixth among NHL goaltenders in saves made (560).- Is 9-2-2 in 15 career games against Calgary with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .916.
Travis Boyd– Averaging 2.40 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 19:07 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Has the highest on-ice goals-for percentage (65.2%) at even strength among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in multiple games.- Appeared in 634 games for Calgary from 2010-20.
Jack Campbell– Is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage this season.
Justin Holl– Tied for 15th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:30) with a shot attempt percentage of 52.9% when the score is within one goal.- Ranks 34th in the NHL in shorthanded ice time per game (2:51).- Tied for 20th among NHL right handed defencemen in takeaways (10).
Michael Hutchinson– Has a .922 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average through six starts this season. 
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:02).- Has the second-highest on-ice goals for percentage (65.7%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto skaters.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in goals (10).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for third among Maple Leafs forwards in on-ice goals for percentage (63.6%) 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 (1.83) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has recorded six of his nine assists on home ice this season.
Mitch Marner– Fourth among NHLers in assists (28).- Fourth among NHLers in points (11-28-39).- Tied for third in the NHL in even-strength goals (11).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:38).- Tied for eighth among NHLers in takeaways (26).- Has the fourth highest on-ice goals for percentage (61.7%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards..
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (21).- Leads the NHL in game-winning goals (7).- Sixth among NHLers in points (21-15-36).- Averaging 22:03 in time on ice per game, which is third among NHL forwards.- Third among Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.4%).- Fourth in the NHL in shots on goal (112).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (1:46).- Has an average of 15.8 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is seventh among NHLers who have played at least 50 minutes of shorthanded ice time (53:08).  – Has started 36.0% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (8).- Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen and tied for sixth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (1-11-12). – Has started 49.6 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is tied for the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.- Scored his first career shorthanded goal on March 13 vs. Winnipeg.
William Nylander– Second among Maple Leafs in goals (12).- Tied for 18th among NHLers in even-strength goals (9).- Has the seventh 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 53.5%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 60.8% at 5-on-5, which is tied for the fifth highest mark among Toronto skaters.
Morgan Rielly– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for 21st among NHLers in average time on ice (24:01).- Tied for seventh among NHL defencemen in points (3-20-23).- Has five assists in four games against the Flames this season.- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (9).
Jason Spezza– Has the highest points per 60 minutes rate (2.78) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Has won 57.8% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is the sixth highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 125 defensive zone draws (131).
John Tavares– Tied for 28th among NHLers in assists (17).- Has the third highest faceoff win percentage (58.6%) among NHLers who have taken at least 450 faceoffs (457).- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 63.6% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.- Averages 12.89 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games at 55.6%.- Averaging 2.07 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerAssists (4) and points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games.
William NylanderPoints (2-2-4) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianTwo points from 200 NHL points
William NylanderTwo goals from 100 NHL goals
John TavaresFive points from 800 NHL points
Joe ThorntonTwo assists from 1,100 career NHL assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Kenny AgostinoFirst game as a Maple Leaf (March 11 vs. WPG)
  

INJURY REPORT

Jack Campbell (Lower Body)Did not play on March 14 at Ottawa.
Wayne Simmonds (Wrist)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 76
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

March 12Acquired goaltender Veini Vehviläinen from Columbus in exchange for defenceman Mikko Lehtonen.