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• The Toronto Raptors play the first game of a back-to-back set Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The Raptors visit the Rockets in Houston on Monday. Toronto swept the season-series (3-0) with Cleveland in 2019-20. Kyle Lowry averaged 22.3 points and 8.0 assists in
three games against the Cavaliers last year. The Raptors are 9-14 on the road this season and tied with Detroit, Golden State, LA Clippers, Minnesota, New York and Utah for the most road games played in the
NBA (23). Sunday is the first of three meetings with Cleveland during the 2020-21 campaign.
• All five Toronto starters scored in double figures Friday vs. Utah. Norman Powell (17), OG Anunoby (15), Pascal Siakam (27), Kyle Lowry (14) and Fred VanVleet (17) combined for 90 points and shot .500 (28-for-56) from the field, including .469 (15-32) from three-point range, against the Jazz. Friday night was the first time the Raptors had all five in the lineup since Feb. 24 at Miami.
• Norman Powell is tied for seventh in the NBA in scoring in March, averaging 28.4 points (min. 5 GP). Powell is shooting .552 (69-125) from the floor and .493 (33-67) from beyond the arc this month. He has scored 30+ points four times, including a career-high 43 points (14-18 FG, 8-12 3PT, 7-9 FT) Mar. 17 at
Detroit. Powell became the 13th player in franchise history to score 40+ points against the Pistons.
• Chris Boucher is averaging career highs of 14.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.98 blocks and 24.1 minutes, and is the only Raptor to appear in all 41 games this season. Boucher ranks fifth in the NBA in blocks per game
and sixth among reserves in scoring. Boucher is the only player in the NBA with 60+ three-point field goals and 60+ blocks (68 3PT, 81 BLK).
• Since returning from a sprained left thumb, Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.4 points and 10.4 assists, and has three double-doubles, in the last nine games (Feb. 24 – Mar. 19). Lowry has scored 20+ points four times during this stretch and tied a franchise-record with a career-high 19 assists Mar. 4 at Boston.
• Following Monday’s game at Houston, the Raptors will play 14 of their next 19 games (Mar. 24 – Apr. 27)
at home in Tampa. Toronto is 8-10 at Amalie Arena this season. The Raptors visit Cleveland again Apr. 10 before the Cavaliers make the trip to Tampa on Apr. 26.
• The Raptors have lost seven straight games (Mar. 3-19) for the first time since dropping eight in a row Jan. 10-22, 2012. Toronto is seven games below .500 (17-24) for the first time this season, but still have a +10 scoring differential (4610-to-4600). The Raptors are one of seven teams in the Eastern Conference with a plus scoring differential. Opponents are averaging 120.7 points and shooting .493 (287-582) from the field, including .387 (105-271) from three-point range, over the last seven games. Toronto also has a -96 (258-to
-354) rebounding differential during this streak.
CALGARY FLAMES (15-14-3 – 33 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (20-10-2 – 42 Points)
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Jason Spezza put the Maple Leafs on the board at 18:31 of the first period. Spezza has goals (2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded five of his seven goals on home ice this season. He has three points (2-1-3) in five games against the Flames this season. Toronto is 10-2-1 when Spezza has a point this season.
- Zach Hyman scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 16:28 of the second period. Hyman has three goals and an assist over his last three games played. He has eight points (6-2-8) in 10 games during the month of March. He has scored eight of his 11 goals at even-strength.
- Jake Muzzin recorded the lone assist on Spezza’s first period goal. He has a goal and an assist over his last four games played. He has a goal and two assists in four games against Calgary this season. The Maple Leafs are 8-0-1 when Muzzin records an assist in 2020-21.
- John Tavares registered the primary assist on Hyman’s second period goal. Tavares has a goal and two assists over his last three games played. He has eight points (4-4-8) in 10 games during the month of March. He has 12 points (5-7-12) in 18 games on home ice.
- Alex Galchenyuk had the secondary assist on Hyman’s second period goal. Galchenyuk’s assist is his first point as a Maple Leaf. He has a goal and an assist in 10 NHL games this season. In six games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) he recorded eight points (2-6-8).
- Jack Campbell stopped all 29 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season and the fourth of his career.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|CALGARY||5 (5)||13 (9)||11 (6)||–||29 (18)|
|TORONTO||11 (10)||13 (8)||8 (5)||–||32 (23)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|CALGARY||12 (12)||22 (16)||19 (10)||–||53 (38)|
|TORONTO||25 (21)||22 (14)||15 (10)||–||62 (45)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||11-6-1 (18 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Calgary||65-62-12-5 (144 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Calgary at Home||38-21-7-3 (69 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||9 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||10 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||100% (Galchenyuk – 2 won, 0 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||3 (Matthews)|
|Power Play TOI||4:55 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly)|
|Shorthanded TOI||3:13 (Muzzin)|
|Shifts||25 (Marner, Muzzin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||69.0% (Rielly – 20 for, 9 against)|
|Lead after 1||11-2-1|
|Lead after 2||14-2-1|
|Do not score a power play goal||6-8-0|
|Do not allow a power play goal||13-2-1|
- The Maple Leafs were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play tonight.
- Pierre Engvall won 75% (3 won, 1 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
- Zach Hyman started 22% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
- Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 23 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. Muzzin finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.8% (23 for, 19 against).
- Thursday, March 25, 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (TSN4, FAN 590)
- Saturday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Monday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
- Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Friday, April 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, 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.