Warriors’ league-leading depth could play key role on upcoming road trip — Chico Enterprise-Record

SAN FRANCISCO — Besides the questions on everybody’s mind these days (“When, Steph, when?” and “When, Klay, when?”), the biggest Warriors mystery on any given night might be: Who steps up next? 846 more words

Warriors’ league-leading depth could play key role on upcoming road trip — Chico Enterprise-Record

Pacers’ Myles Turner: ‘I’m not valued as anything more than a glorified role player here, and I want something more’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Pacers are reportedly considering trading Myles Turner (and Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert).

Pacers’ Myles Turner: ‘I’m not valued as anything more than a glorified role player here, and I want something more’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports


2021-22 Matchups vs. Tampa Bay: First of Four
2020-21 Record vs. Tampa Bay: N/A
Next Game vs. Tampa Bay: Monday, April 4 at Tampa Bay
Toronto Season Record: 18-7-2
Toronto Home Record: 11-3-1

December 7, 2021 Forward Joey Anderson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
December 7, 2021
Defencemen Alex Biega and Kristians Rubins and forward Alex
Steeves have been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
December 5, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies
December 3, 2021
Goaltender Petr Mrázek has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
on an LTIR conditioning loan

Score: Toronto 5 vs. Columbus 4
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
TOR Goals: Nylander, Matthews (2), Ritchie, Tavares
CBJ Goals: Bjorkstrand (2), Kuraly, Domi
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 28/32, .875 SV%
CBJ Goaltender: Merzlikins, 25/30, .833 SV% – Tarasov, 10/10, 1.000 SV%
TOR Power Play: 2-for-3
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-2

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Opponent: vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

Travis Dermott (Shoulder)
Mitch Marner (Shoulder) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Rasmus Sandin (Knee) *On Injured Reserve
Games Lost to Injury: 32

First Matchup between Clubs: October 15, 1992 (Toronto 5 vs. Tampa 3)
All-Time Record: 57-35-2-7 (101 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 30-18-1-3 (52 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 27-17-1-4 (49 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 4, 2021 (Toronto 2 vs. Tampa Bay 1 – OTW)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-2-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 4-5-1

Games Played: Jason Spezza (50), John Tavares (37), Wayne Simmonds (29)
Goals: Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (14), Wayne Simmonds (9)
Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (26), Wayne Simmonds (10), Mitch
Marner (10)
Points: Jason Spezza (56), John Tavares (40), Wayne Simmonds (19)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (65), Nick Ritchie (28), John Tavares (20)

Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .704 3.15 2.41 27.3% 81.6% 34.7 31.3 54.9%
Tampa Bay .720 3.28 2.60 19.2% 83.8% 29.6 30.0 49.2%
Power Play: 21/77 (27.3%)

Power Play Goal Leader: 6 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 11 – Matthews (6G, 5A), Nylander (4G, 7A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 62/76 (81.6%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)


Thursday games 4th of 16 (10 home, 6 road)
Back-to-Backs played 5 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-3-0
December games 5th of 13 (6 home, 7 road)

TJ BRODIE Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
JACK CAMPBELL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16 vs. NSH
JACK CAMPBELL Recorded his 50th career NHL win, Nov. 18 vs. NYR
PIERRE ENGVALL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25 at CAR. Per NHL Stats,
Matthews required the second-fewest games to reach 200 goals in Maple
Leafs history among players who debuted with the team, trailing only
Charlie Conacher (317 games)
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27 at CHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JASON SPEZZA Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28 at ANA
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18 vs. NYR
JOHN TAVARES Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13 at BUF

TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
TRAVIS DERMOTT One point away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Eight points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
DAVID KÄMPF Five assists away from 50 career NHL assists
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
MORGAN RIELLY One game away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Four games away from 900 career NHL games played


GOALS 17 – Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 38 – Brodie, Holl
ASSISTS 19 – Rielly TAKEAWAYS 27 – Nylander, Marner
POINTS 28 – Matthews (17G, 11A) HITS 61 – Ritchie
11 – Matthews (6G, 5A), Nylander
(4G, 7A)
TOI PER GAME 24:09 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:09 – Matthews
PIMs 38 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:33 – Muzzin
SHOTS 109 – Matthews WINS 14 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 60.0% – Marner GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.92 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 61.25% – Clifford SAVE PERCENTAGE .939 – Campbell



Tampa Bay 3 at Montreal 2
Tampa Bay scored two goals 1:31 apart in the final 2:09 of the game to erase a 2-1 deficit and earn a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on
Tuesday at Bell Centre…The Lightning have won five in a row and 10 of their last 11 in the regular season over Montreal…The Bolts have come out
victorious in their last three regular season trips to Montreal and five of their last six…The Lightning overcame a deficit in the final 150 seconds to win for
the second time this season (also: 7-6 OT win Oct. 14 at DET)…Tampa Bay netted the game’s opening goal at 10:31 on Pat Maroon’s sixth marker of
the season…Nick Suzuki (2nd – 4:20) and Mike Hoffman (2nd – 7:08) scored back-to-back goals to put Montreal ahead…Corey Perry tied the game 2-2
at 17:51 of the third…Ondrej Palat netted the game-winner with 38 seconds remaining…Tampa Bay and Montreal played for the first time since the 2021
Stanley Cup Final.
PP: TBL – 0-3 MTL – 0-1
SOG: TBL – 27 MTL – 23
Attendance: 19,976
The Lightning and the Maple Leafs are playing their second of four meetings this season and the second of two at Scotiabank Arena…The two teams
won’t play again until April when the Bolts host the Leafs Apr. 4 and 21 at AMALIE Arena…In the first meeting between the two teams, Toronto’s John
Tavares scored an extra-attacker goal with 42 seconds to tie the game 1-1 and William Nylander won it 2:43 into overtime with a power-play goal in a 2-
1 Maple Leafs OT win…The Lightning have lost three in a row to the Maple Leafs, including two straight to them at Scotiabank Arena…Since the start of
the 2015-16 season, Tampa Bay is 13-7-1 overall against the Maple Leafs, including an 8-4-0 record in Toronto…Steven Stamkos has recorded 20
goals and 49 points in 42 career games versus Toronto, tied for the third-most points he’s put up against any team for his career.
Tampa Bay is on a season-long four game win streak, its longest since posting victories in four-straight games Apr. 22-29, 2021…The Lightning are on a
five-game point streak (4-0-1), their second-longest of the season (7-0-2 over 9 games Oct. 26-Nov. 18)…The Bolts have collected points in four consecutive road contests (3-0-1)…Tampa Bay’s .750 road point percentage is tied with Carolina for the best in the NHL…The Lightning are the only
NHL team with two or fewer road regulation losses…Since 2016-17, the Bolts own the best road record in the NHL (118-61-20, .643 pts.
percentage)…Tampa Bay has given up two or fewer goals four-straight games.
2021-22 Reg. Season Man Games Lost: 89
Current injuries
Erik Cernak (Lower-body injury Dec. 4; Day-to-day) 2 Games
Nikita Kucherov (Lower-body injury; Underwent successful procedure Oct. 26; Out 8-10 weeks) 22 Games
Brayden Point (Upper-body injury Nov. 20; Out 4-6 weeks) 9 Games
Gemel Smith (Lower-body injury Sept. 28; Out indefinitely) 25 Games
Dec. 7 – Claimed F Riley Nash off waivers from Winnipeg
Dec. 7 – Recalled D Fredrik Claesson from AHL Syracuse
Dec. 7 – Re-assigned F Alex Barre-Boulet to AHL Syracuse
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper recorded his 399th career win in the NHL Dec. 7 at MTL and needs one more to reach win No. 400…Cooper will
become the 39th NHL coach all-time to reach the 400-win milestone when he accomplishes the feat…Of the NHL coaches with 400+ wins, only one
(Scotty Bowman – .657) has a better reg. season point percentage than Cooper’s .650…Currently with 658 games coached, Cooper can become the
fastest NHL coach in history to reach 400 wins (current fastest: Bruce Boudreau – 663 games to reach 400 wins).
Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 21-of-23 shots Dec. 7 at MTL to collect his third-straight win and fifth win in his last six
starts…Vasilevskiy has given up two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 15 starts and 13 of 20 starts overall…Vasilevskiy earned his 13th win of the season
on Tuesday and ranks tied for third in the NHL for wins.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Media Notes
T-1. Jack Campbell (TOR) – 14 wins (20 GS)
T-1. Cam Talbot (MIN) – 14 wins (19 GS)
T-3. Igor Shesterkin (NYR) – 13 wins (17 GS)
T-3. Andrei Vasilevskiy (TBL) – 13 wins (20 GS)
2 goalies tied with 12 wins
Vasilevskiy (60-21-4) recorded his 60th win of the calendar year (regular season &playoffs combined) on Tuesday; the next closest goalie is Philipp
Grubauer (43-22-3)…Vasilevskiy became the second goaltender in NHL history to record at least 60 wins in a calendar year, joining Marc-Andre Fleury
(62-30-6 in 2009 w/ PIT).
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos posted an assist Dec. 7 at MTL to extend his point streak to four games (1-3–4 pts.), matching his season long (also:
2-4–6 pts. over 4 GP Nov. 21-28)…Stamkos has recorded at least one point in the last eight games he’s played (3-7–10 pts.)…Stamkos continues to
pace the Bolts for goals (T-14th in NHL) and scoring (T-9th in NHL)…Stamkos has recorded at least one point in 18 of the 24 games he’s played this
season, tied with Victor Hedman for the most games with at least a point on the Lightning.
Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman notched an assist Dec. 7 at MTL to extend his assist and point streak to five games (2-7–9 pts.), establishing a new
season high for an assist streak and matching his season long for a point run (also: 2-5–7 pts. over 5 GP Nov. 13-21)…Hedman was named the NHL’s
Second Star of the week Monday for the week ending Dec. 5 after putting up 2-6–8 pts. in 4 GP to pace the Bolts…Hedman has recorded at least one
assist in 15 of 25 games this season and leads all NHL defensemen for assists and ranks tied for third among all NHL skaters.

  1. Connor McDavid (EDM) – 27 assists (24 GP)
  2. Nazem Kadri (TOR) – 23 assists (22 GP)
    T-3. Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – 22 assists (24 GP)
    T-3. Adam Fox (NYR) – 22 assists (25 GP)
    T-3. Victor Hedman (TBL) – 22 assists (25 GP)
    T-3. Artemi Panarin (NYR) – 22 assists (25 GP)
    Hedman ranks second on the Lightning for scoring, one point behind Steven Stamkos, and is tied for the NHL scoring lead among defensemen.
    T-1. Adam Fox (NYR) – 5-22–27 pts. (25 GP)
    T-1. Victor Hedman (TBL) – 5-22–27 pts. (25 GP)
    T-3. Roman Josi (NSH) – 8-16–24 pts. (25 GP)
    T-3. John Carlson (WSH) – 6-18–24 pts. (26 GP)
    Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat netted the game-winning goal Dec. 7 at MTL for his fourth game-winner this season, most on the Bolts and tied for
    third most in the NHL…Over the last two seasons, Palat has 10 game-winners, fourth most in the NHL behind Auston Matthews (16), Leon Draisaitl (14)
    and Connor McDavid (12)…Palat has scored a goal in three of the last four games.
    Lightning center Anthony Cirelli tallied an assist Dec. 7 at MTL, giving him points in four of the last five contests (2-3–5 pts.)…Cirelli has eight goals
    through 25 games this season, already nearly matching his total from last season (9 goals in 50 GP).
    Bolts forward Alex Killorn tallied an assist Dec. 7 at MTL to end his two-game scoring slump…Killorn hasn’t gone more than two games this season
    without recording a point…Killorn has points in four of the last six games (1-3–4 pts.).
    Tampa Bay forward Corey Perry scored the game-tying goal Dec. 7 at MTL for his third goal over the last two games…Perry has scored all six of his
    goals this season in the last eight games…Perry has points in seven of the last nine games (6-3–9 pts.) after posting just one point in the first 16

    Steven Stamkos is six points from 900 career points
    Lightning assistant athletic trainer Mike Poirier will work his 1,500th professional hockey game his next game.
    Most Goals, Game: 2 (Multiple players, Last: Perry – 12/5 at PHI)
    Most Assists, Game: 4 (Hedman – 10/14 at DET)
    Most Points, Game: 4 (Hedman and Kucherov – 10/14 at DET)
    Most Goals, Period: 2 (Multiple players, Last: Hedman – 12/2 vs. STL – 3rd PER)
    Most Assists, Period: 3 (Kucherov – 10/14 at DET – 2nd PER)
    Most Points, Period: 3 (Multiple players, Last: Hedman – 12/2 vs. STL – 3rd PER)
    Most SOG, Game: 8 (Kucherov – 10/14 at DET)
    Most PIM, Game: 24 (Maroon – 10/28 vs. ARI)
    Best +/-, Game: +5 (Rutta – 12/5 at PHI)
    Most PPGs, Game: 2 (Stamkos – 10/14 at DET)
    Most Saves, Game: 38 (Elliott – 12/5 at PHI)
    Most Saves, Period: 16 (Vasilevskiy – 11/28 at MIN – 2nd PER)
    Most Consecutive Games With A Goal: 4 (Killorn – 10/25 at BUF to 11/1 vs. WSH)
    Most Consecutive Games With An Assist: 5 (Multiple players, Last: Hedman – 11/30 at STL to 12/7 at MTL)
    Most Consecutive Games With A Point: 5 (Multiple players, Last: Hedman – 11/30 at STL to 12/7 at MTL)
    Most Goals Scored, Period: 3 (Multiple times, Last: 12/5 at PHI – 2nd PER)
    Most Goals Scored, Game: 7 (Multiple times, Last: 12/5 at PHI)
    Most Goals Allowed, Period: 4 (Multiple times, Last: 11/20 vs. NJD – 3rd PER)
    Most Goals Allowed, Game: 6 (Multiple times, Last: 10/14 at DET)
    Most PPGs For, Game: 3 (10/14 at DET)
    Most PPGs Against, Game: 2 (12/2 vs. STL)
    Most PPs For, Game: 7 (10/14 at DET)
    Most PPs Against, Game: 6 (10/23 vs. COL)
    Most SOG, Game: 48 (10/14 at DET)
    Most SOG, Period: 18 (11/6 at OTT – 2nd PER)
    Fewest SOG, Game: 18 (11/9 vs. CAR)
    Fewest SOG, Period: 2 (11/21 vs. MIN – 3rd PER)
    Most SOG Allowed, Game: 39 (Multiple times, Last: 12/5 at PHI)
    Most SOG Allowed, Period: 16 (Multiple times, Last: 12/4 at BOS – 2nd PER)
    Fewest SOG Allowed, Game: 17 (11/26 vs. SEA)
    Fewest SOG Allowed, Period: 3 (Multiple times, Last: 11/26 vs. SEA – 3rd PER)
    Most Blk/S, Game: 22 (12/2 vs. STL)
    Fewest Blk/S, Game: 7 (Multiple times, Last: 12/7 at MTL)
    Most Lightning PIM, Game: 38 (11/15 vs. NYI)
    Fewest Lightning PIM, Game: 2 (Multiple times, Last: 12/4 at BOS)
    Largest Margin of Victory: 6 (12/5 at PHI)
    Largest Margin of Defeat: 4 (Multiple times, Last: 10/25 at BU

Nikola Jokic’s overtime heroics saves Nuggets vs. Pelicans — The Denver Post

NEW ORLEANS – The battle in the Bayou turned into the battle of the big men. And the NBA’s reigning MVP prevailed. Nikola Jokic dug deep into his bag of post moves, dancing and dipping through the Pelicans’ paint. Jokic saved 11 of his 39 points for overtime, ensuring a gripping 120-114 win in New…

Nikola Jokic’s overtime heroics saves Nuggets vs. Pelicans — The Denver Post

Warriors overcome dud vs. undermanned Blazers, but Curry’s record has to wait — Monterey Herald

SAN FRANCISCO — With Steph Curry, anything is possible. But with each subsequent misfire it became clearer that a new 3-point king would not be crowned Wednesday at Chase Center. Airfare will now be required to witness history. It was not for a lack of effort on the part of Curry, who hoisted 17 attempts…

Warriors overcome dud vs. undermanned Blazers, but Curry’s record has to wait — Monterey Herald