The Indiana Pacers have suffered another blow on the injury front.Pacers’ Sabonis Enters COVID Protocols and Will Miss Monday’s Game vs. Clippers — NESN.com
Month: January 2022
Report: NBA deems Michael Porter Jr.’s back injury season-ending — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
The Nuggets were reportedly optimistic about Michael Porter Jr. returning this season.Report: NBA deems Michael Porter Jr.’s back injury season-ending — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Jazz forward Joe Ingles out for season with torn ACL — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Ingles was already in trade rumors.Jazz forward Joe Ingles out for season with torn ACL — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
RAPTORS-HAWKS PREGAME NOTES
GAME #48 – TORONTO RAPTORS (24-23) at ATLANTA HAWKS (24-25)
MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2022 – 7:30 P.M. (ET) – STATE FARM ARENA
TV: SPORTSNET – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO
• The Toronto Raptors finish a three-game road trip (Jan. 26-31) with the first game of a back-to-back set Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Toronto has won two of its last three games.
The Raptors will begin a three-game homestand (Feb. 1-4) Tuesday when they host Miami. Toronto has dropped three in a row to Atlanta. The Raptors and the Hawks play twice this week with Atlanta visiting
Toronto on Friday. Toronto will play four games in five days (Jan. 31 – Feb. 4).
• The Raptors outlasted Miami 124-120 to defeat the Heat in triple overtime on Saturday. Gary Trent Jr. led Toronto with 33 points, Scottie Barnes added 22, Pascal Siakam had 21, and OG Anunoby 20. Sidelined the previous two games because of right knee soreness (Jan 25-26), Fred VanVleet finished with 19
points. All five played 50+ minutes. According to Elias, it was just the fifth time in NBA history a team had five players log 50+ minutes in a game and first since March 25, 2012 when Utah played Atlanta (4OT).
• Saturday night marked just the seventh triple overtime game in Raptors history, and first since Feb. 27, 2014 vs. Washington. Toronto is now 2-5 in triple overtime contests.
• Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 33 points (13-28 FG, 5-15 3PT, 2-2 FT) in Saturday’s triple overtime victory at Miami. Trent Jr. has now scored 30+ points in a career-high three straight games (Jan. 25-29). He is averaging 32.3 points and shooting .493 (35-71) from the field, including .457 (16-35) from beyond
the arc, during this stretch. Trent Jr. logged a career-high 56 minutes against the Heat and also matched a career best with five steals – he became the second player in franchise history to record 30+ points, 5+ threes and 5+ steals in the same game, joining Kawhi Leonard (Dec. 5, 2018 vs. Philadelphia).
• Pascal Siakam is currently averaging 21.0 points, and career highs of 8.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He is one of just five players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, James Harden, and Nikola Jokic.
• Fred VanVleet is averaging career highs of 21.7 points, 7.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season. He leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.6) and has logged 40+ minutes 16 times this season – the most by a Raptor since Kyle Lowry (19) in 2016-17. VanVleet also ranks second in the NBA in total deflections (165). He has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons.
• The Raptors rank second in the NBA in both offensive rebounds per game (13.3) and second-chance points (16.4). Through 15 games in January, Toronto has outrebounded opponents 209-to-158 (+51) on
the offensive end. Chris Boucher has grabbed a team-high 40 offensive boards this month.
• Scottie Barnes finished with 22 points and nine rebounds in 56 minutes of action Saturday against the Heat. Barnes leads all rookies with nine games of 20+ points and 5+ rebounds this season.
F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 36.0 REB: 7.8 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.8
• Recorded 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a career-high 56 minutes Jan. 29 at Miami (3OT).
• Ranks second among rookies in rebounds (7.8), and fourth in both points (14.8) and assists (3.5).
• Has scored 20+ points in nine games – the most by a Raptors rookie since Charlie Villanueva (12) in 2005-06.
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 37.2 REB: 5.7 AST: 2.6 STL: 1.7 TO: 1.7 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.0
• Contributed 20 points and a career-best 14 rebounds in a career-high 56 minutes Jan. 29 at Miami (3OT).
• Has scored 20+ points in 16-of-32 games this season, something he did 13 times in 43 contests last year.
• Averaging 19.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 15 road games this season.
C – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 37.5 REB: 8.4 AST: 5.2 STL: 1.3 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 21.0
• Finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in a career-high 57 minutes Jan. 29 at Miami (3OT).
• Leads the team with 13 double-doubles, despite missing 13 games this season.
• Averaging 22.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals through 15 games in January.
G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 34.4 REB: 2.7 AST: 2.0 STL: 1.9 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.4
• Scored a season-high 33 points in a career-high 56 minutes of action Jan. 29 at Miami (3OT).
• Ranks third in the NBA in steals per game (1.89) and ninth in total deflections (132).
• Averaging a team-high 24.6 points in five games (Jan. 21-29) since returning to the lineup Jan. 21 at Washington.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 34.4 REB: 2.7 AST: 2.0 STL: 1.9 TO: 0.9 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.4
• Tallied 19 points, four rebounds and eight assists in a career-high 54 minutes Jan. 29 at Miami (3OT).
• Ranks second in the NBA in total deflections (165) and seventh in steals per game (1.71).
• The Raptors are 7-1 this season when he scores 30+ points.
Khem Birch (Nose; Fracture) – Out
Isaac Bonga (G League – On Assignment) Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
David Johnson (G League – Two Way) – Out
NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Miami Heat
Date: Tuesday, February 1
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. MIAMI
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2021-22 1-1 0-0 1-1
ALL-TIME 37-57 22-23 15-34
STREAKS Won 1 Won 1 Won 1
LAST WIN: Jan. 29, 2022 (124-120 3OT)
LAST HOME WIN: Jan. 22, 2021 (101-81)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +42 (Mar. 19, 2008)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -30 (Mar. 8, 1996)
LAST TIME VS. MIAMI
GAME 47 – JANUARY 29, 2022
TORONTO 124, MIAMI 120 (3OT)
MIAMI — Fred VanVleet hit two 3-pointers in the third overtime and the
Toronto Raptors outlasted the Miami Heat 124-120 … Gary Trent Jr. led
Toronto with 33 points, Scottie Barnes added 22, Pascal Siakam had 21,
and OG Anunoby 20 … Sidelined the previous two games because of
right knee soreness, VanVleet finished with 19 points … VanVleet’s first 3
tied it at 117 … Anunoby’s dunk with 3:05 left put Toronto ahead for good
before VanVleet connected again from long distance and a 122-117 lead
… Jimmy Butler had a triple-double with 37 points, 14 rebounds and 11
assists … After shooting 3 for 15 in regulation, VanVleet was 4 of 7 in the
overtime periods … Miami prematurely celebrated Gabe Vincent’s dribble
to the front court and 35-foot heave that bounced in and would have given
the Heat a 3-point win in the second overtime … But Vincent had not seen
Spoelstra signal a timeout before his attempt … Two free throws from
Trent with 16.8 seconds left in overtime tied it at 105 and forced the first
additional five minutes … Trent shot 13 of 28 from the field in his third
consecutive game of scoring 30 or more points … The Heat rallied from a
16-point third quarter deficit and outscored Toronto 27-17 in the fourth
period … All five starters for Toronto played more than 50 minutes.
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT TOT
TORONTO 28 31 26 15 5 9 10 124
MIAMI 27 26 22 25 5 9 6 120
• Tonight’s game between Atlanta and Toronto marks the first game of a four-game regular season series between these two clubs. Atlanta swept
the regular season series last season, marking the first time since the 2010-11 season the Hawks swept the Raptors. In three games against
Toronto last season, Clint Capela averaged 17.0 points and 18.7 rebounds – his highest RPG against any team during the 2020-21 season.
• This season, Atlanta has strung together a pair of seven-game winning streaks, marking the first time since the 2014‐15 season the club has
tallied two seven-game winning streaks in the same season. Over the Hawks’ seven straight wins, the club is averaging 119.4 PPG and 27.0 APG
(.506 FG%, .381 3FG%, .797 FT%). In the NBA since 1/17, Atlanta’s offense is ranked 1st in FG%, 3rd in PPG (1st in the East) and 5th in 3FG%
(2nd in the East).
• Defensively over that time span, the Hawks are holding teams to .437 FG% (third-lowest in the NBA, second-lowest in the East), .317 3FG%
(fourth-lowest in the NBA, lowest in the East) and 107.4 PPG (ninth-lowest in the NBA, sixth-lowest in the East). Against the Los Angeles
Lakers on 1/30, the Hawks outscored the Lakers 38-20 in the fourth quarter (+18), marking the club’s highest fourth quarter point differential this
season. It also marked the second straight game (eighth game overall), Atlanta has held its opponent to 20 points or less in the final quarter.
• Atlanta’s bench has outscored its opponents’ bench by a total of +92 (160-68) over the club’s last three games. Since the start of the team’s
seven-game winning streak on 1/17, the Hawks’ bench is averaging .518 FG% (1st in the NBA), 10.0 APG (tied 2nd in the NBA, tied 1st in the
East), .383 3FG% (5th in the NBA, 3rd in the East), .843 FT% (5th in the NBA, 4th in the East) and 3.1 SPG (tied 6th in the NBA, 4th in the East).
• Trae Young notched his NBA-leading 12th 30+ point, 10+ assist outing of the season on 1/30 against the Lakers, finishing with 36 points, 12
assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes. The fourth-year point guard tied Michael Jordan for the ninth-most 35+ point, 10+ assist outings in NBA
history and surpassed Kevin Johnson for the fourth-most 10+ assist outings for a player under the age of 24 (109).
• John Collins tallied his 13th double-double of the 2021-22 campaign on Sunday, registering 20 points (10-13 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, three
steals and zero turnovers in 26 minutes. Collins is the first player in the NBA this season, and first since 12/4/19 (Jonas Valanciunas), to record
20+ points, 10+ rebounds, 3+ steals and zero turnovers, while shooting .700-or-better from the floor (min. 10 FGM) in under 30 minutes.
• Onyeka Okongwu chipped in 16 points on an 8-9 clip from the field, in addition to five rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes as a reserve. The
sophomore center netted 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter on a perfect 6-6 (1.000) mark from the floor. Okongwu is one of only four
players in the NBA this season to score 10+ in the final quarter of play on a perfect mark from the field (min. 6 FGM) and the only player to do
so amongst all rookies and sophomores.
2021-22 HAWKS SEASON RECORDS
Record Home Road OT Streak Home Road
Eastern Conference 14-15 9-8 5-7 0-0 W4 W3 W1
Southeast 6-5 5-3 1-2 0-0 W2 W1 W1
Atlantic 3-7 2-4 1-3 0-0 W1 W1 W1
Central 5-3 3-1 2-2 0-0 W2 W1 W1
Western Conference 10-10 5-3 5-7 0-0 W3 W4 L2
Northwest 3-4 2-2 1-2 0-0 W1 W1 W1
Southwest 4-0 1-1 3-0 0-0 W4 L1 L1
Pacific 3-5 2-0 1-5 0-0 W2 W2 L2
Overall 24-25 14-11 10-14 0-0 W7 W6 W1
UPCOMING BROADCAST SCHEDULE
2/3 vs. PHX 7:30 ET TNT/92.9 FM
2/4 at TOR 7:30 ET BSSE/92.9 FM
2/6 at DAL 6:00 ET ESPN/BSSE/92.9 FM
2/8 vs. IND 7:30 ET BSSE/92.9 FM
2/11 vs. SAS 7:30 ET BSSE/92.9 FM
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE INJURY REPORT INACTIVE LIST
Bogdan Bogdanovic (Boag-dahn Boag-dahn-ovich) NBA Injury Report (Previous Game)
Gorgui Dieng (GOR-ghee Jeng) Sharife Cooper
Danilo Gallinari (da-KNEE-lo gal-in-ARE-ee)
Kevin Huerter (HER-der)
(TEAM-oh-tay Loo-WA-woo Cab-uh-RO)
Onyeka Okongwu (own-YEH-ku oh-KONG-wu)
Delon Wright (Deh-LON)
ATLANTA HAWKS PREVIOUS GAME STARTERS
POS # PLAYER HT. WT. G GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 12 DE’ANDRE
6-7 225 21 20 12.6 3.3 1.0 0.7 0.5 28.5 .463 .410 .653
F 20 JOHN
6-9 235 44 44 16.9 8.0 1.9 0.7 1.1 31.7 .544 .404 .795
C 15 CLINT
6-10 240 41 40 11.4 12.4 1.4 0.8 1.4 29.0 .579 – .454
G 3 KEVIN
6-7 190 42 28 11.1 3.3 2.8 0.6 0.3 28.5 .459 .360 .806
G 11 TRAE
6-1 180 45 45 27.7 4.1 9
DEVILS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES
2021-22 Matchups vs. New Jersey: First of Three
Next Game vs. New Jersey: Tuesday, February 1 at New Jersey
Toronto Season Record: 27-10-3
Toronto Home Record: 15-4-1
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590
January 28, 2022
Defenceman Carl Dahlstrom has been assigned to the Maple Leafs taxi
squad from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 28, 2022
Defenceman Alex Biega has been reassigned to the Marlies from the
Maple Leafs taxi squad.
January 24, 2022
Forward Joey Anderson, defenceman Carl Dahlstrom and goaltender
Erik Kallgren have be reassigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) from the
Maple Leafs taxi squad.
January 22, 2022
Goaltender Erik Kallgren has been reassigned to the Maple Leafs taxi
squad from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Score: Toronto 7 at Detroit 4
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022
TOR Goals: Engvall, Bunting (3x), Sandin, Marner, Tavares
DET Goals: Larkin (2x), Namestnikov, Bertuzzi
TOR Goaltender: Mrazek, 31/35, .886 SV%
DET Goaltender: Nedeljkovic, 30/35, .857 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 0-for-1
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Opponent: at New Jersey Devils
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
Jake Muzzin Concussion
ALL-TIME VS. NEW JERSEY DEVILS:
First Matchup between Clubs: October 9, 1974 (Toronto 6 vs. Kansas City 2)
All-Time Record: 75-41-20-9 (145 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 48-17-5-4 (74 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 27-24-15-5 (71 Games)
Last Home Win vs. Opponent: January 14, 2020 (Toronto 7 vs. New Jersey 4)
Record in Last Five Games: 5-0-0
ACTIVE LEADERS VS. NEW JERSEY DEVILS:
Games Played: Jason Spezza (42), John Tavares (42), Wayne Simmonds (39)
John Tavares (19), Wayne Simmonds (13), Jason Spezza (8), Auston
Assists: Jason Spezza (28), John Tavares (18), Wayne Simmonds (8)
Points: John Tavares (37), Jason Spezza (36), Wayne Simmonds (21)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (101), Jason Spezza (18), John Tavares (16)
2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .713 3.45 2.65 31.0% 83.5% 34.3 30.8 55.7%
New Jersey .407 2.79 3.40 17.1% 82.1% 31.7 30.5 47.5%
THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 35/113 (31.0%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 9 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 18 – Matthews (9G, 9A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 91/109 (83.5%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 2 – Marner (2G), Brodie (2A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
Monday games 4th of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
Back-to-Backs played 6 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 3-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-4-0
January games 11th of 11 (4 home, 7 road)
TJ Brodie Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
Auston Matthews Four points away from 400 career NHL points
Jake Muzzin 10 points away from 300 career NHL points
William Nylander Two games away from 400 career NHL games played
TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
Pierre Engvall Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
Ondrej Kaše Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
William Nylander Recorded his 300th career NHL point, Jan. 19, 2022 at NYR
Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16, 2021 vs. OTT
Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
2021-22 TEAM LEADERS
CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
GOALS 25 – Matthews HITS 79 – Ritchie
ASSISTS 31 – Rielly BLOCKED SHOTS 53 – Holl
POINTS 45 – Matthews (25G, 20A) TAKEAWAYS 42 – Matthews
POWER PLAY POINTS 18 – Matthews (9G, 9A) TOI PER GAME 24:21 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 2 – Marner (2G), Brodie (2A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:08 – Marner
PIMs 40 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:35 – Muzzin
SHOTS 165 – Matthews WINS 20 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 61.6% – Tavares GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 2.26 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 58.53% – Mikheyev SAVE PERCENTAGE .926 – Campbell
The Devils dropped their fourth consecutive contest on Saturday at Carolina, after the Hurricanes defeated New Jersey by a score of 2-1.
CAR: J. Martinook, A. Svechnikov
NJD: J. Boqvist
Miles Wood (Indefinitely) – Lower-body injury (Right hip), I.R.
Tyce Thompson (Injured Reserve) – Upper-body injury, I.R.
Jonathan Bernier (Injured Reserve) – Lower-Body injury, I.R.
Dougie Hamilton (Injured Reserve) – Upper-body injury, I.R.
Mackenzie Blackwood (Injured Reserve) – Lower-body injury (left heel), I.R.
Michael McLeod – (Injured Reserve) – Upper-body injury
Total Man-Games Lost to Injury: 169
Games lost to COVID: 47
Jan. 24: A.J. Greer activated off I.R. &reassigned to Utica (AHL)
Jan. 25: Mackenzie Blackwood placed on I.R.
Akira Schmid recalled from Utica (AHL)
Jan. 27: Ty Smith activated off I.R.
Michael McLeod placed on I.R. (Upper-body Inj.)
TONIGHT’S GAME VS TORONTO
The Devils visit Toronto for the first time since Feb. 14th, 2020, which resulted in a 7-4 loss. The contest also marked the last meeting between the two
Eastern Conference foes.
The last time that the Devils defeated Toronto was Apr. 5th, 2018, in a 2-1 win at Prudential Center. Jersey’s team is 2-4-2 vs the Leafs since the start of
the 2017-18 season.
Tonight’s contest marks the final outing of a three-game road trip for Jersey (0-2-0), while the Devils also suffered consecutive one-goal losses.
The outing also marks the first game of a home-at-home, back-to-back set vs Toronto. The Devils are 2-4-1 in first games played in back-to-back sets for
The Devils recorded a power-play goal in six consecutive games which marked a season-high, but that streak ended on Saturday in Carolina (0/2).
Since Jan. 1st, New Jersey’s penalty-kill ranks fifth in the NHL at 87.0% (20/23), per Jan. 30th
The Devils haven’t recorded more than two goals in a contest (0-4-0) since Jersey played the Hurricanes on Jan. 22nd (7-4, W).
Jersey’s team aims to win its first road victory since Jan. 2nd , at Washington, which was a 4-3 overtime win (0-5-0).
Entering tonight’s contest, the Devils logged a 3-8-0 record for January, &five of the eight losses were decided by one goal.
Season-series record: Tonight’s game marks the first of three matchups vs the Leafs.
The Devils’ record on Mondays: 0-0-1…0-0-0 via road. Last Monday game: Dec. 6th, vs OTT, 3-2 shootout loss.
Record vs Eastern Conference: 11-12-3 &Record vs Atlantic Division: 4-5-1
Next game vs TOR: Feb. 1, TOR at NJD, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
New Jersey Devils: Media Notes
Tuesday, Feb. 1: vs TOR, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Monday, Feb. 7: at OTT, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Tuesday, Feb. 8: at MTL, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Thursday, Feb. 10: at STL, 8:00 P.M. E.T.
Sunday, Feb. 13: vs PIT, 1:00 P.M. E.T. (Super Bowl Sunday)
WHAT TO KNOW
New Jersey will face-off with all 31 NHL teams for the 2021-22 campaign and its regular season concludes on Apr. 29 at Prudential Center vs Detroit.
Tonight’s contest was rescheduled circa Jan. 17th.
The Devils enter tonight’s contest hoping to end a four-game losing streak, which were all logged in regulation. It’s the second time that Jersey’s team
suffered four consecutive regulations losses this season (Dec. 10th to Dec. 19th, 2021, 0-6-0).
The Devils entail the most Switzerland-born players for any NHL active roster: N. Hischier, J. Siegenthaler &A. Schmid.
All-time record vs TOR: 50-63-20-12
All-time road record vs TOR: 21-41-5-7
Patrik Elias is New Jersey’s all-time leading scorer vs Toronto (17g-22a-39 PTS).
Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur (22-20-7-3) is New Jersey’s all-time wins leader vs the Leafs.
*The NHL announced “a comprehensive update to the 2021-22 regular-season schedule, one that will enable all 32 teams to complete their respective
82-game slates by the regular season’s original closing date of Friday, April 29.”
*Jack Hughes was named New Jersey’s 2022 NHL All-Star. The game is in Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 5th. He’ll become the fourth player in franchise
history who earned the honor before turning 21-years-old (Kirk Muller, Joe Cirella &Scott Gomez), per NHL Pr.
*Defenseman Dougie Hamilton received surgery on his jaw on Jan. 5th, & there is no official timetable on his return, but he did practice on Wednesday
&traveled with the team.
- NHL Pr announced that Devils forward Jack Hughes was named one of the league’s “Three Stars” of the week (second star) for the week ending Jan.
Toronto’s President &Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey’s 2nd-overall draft-pick in the 1987 NHL Draft. Shanahan spent his first
four NHL seasons with the Devils from 1987-88 to 1990-91 (94g-134a-228 PTS, 315 GP).
Maple Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds skated in 61 games with the Devils in 2019-20 prior to being traded to Buffalo.
The last time the Devils and Toronto executed a trade was Feb. 28th, 2017, when the Devils acquired Viktor Loov in exchange for Sergey Kalinin.
DID YOU KNOW
The Devils eliminated the Maple Leafs in six games in the 2000 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, and allowed just six shots on goal in Game 6, after a
3-0 victory at Continental Airlines Arena. The six shots allowed are the fewest in NHL history for a playoff game.
Patrik Elias is tied with one other skater for the most postseason points in franchise history (5g-7a-12 PTS) vs Toronto. Who is the other skater?
Jesper Boqvist inked his name onto the scoresheet on Saturday &for the first time this season.
The Swedish native also tied a season-high three shots on goal (last: Nov 9th, 2021, vs FLA).
Forward Jimmy Vesey snapped a six-game skid without recording a point, after earning an assist on Saturday.
Blueliner Damon Severson has led the Devils in TOI in six consecutive games dating to Jan. 19th vs Arizona. Severson ranks second on New Jersey
with 6 PTS (1g-5a) over that span, while Jesper Bratt ranks first (4g-3a-7 PTS).
Jesper Bratt logged his 11th game with two-or-more points in a game this season, after Thursday’s contest vs Tampa on Jan. 27th (0g-2a-2 PTS). That
extended a career-high, while Bratt’s prior career-high for two-or-more points in a game for a single season was eight games (2017-18).
Bratt needs one more PPG to tie his career-high (4), which was earned in the Swedish native’s rookie campaign (2017-18).
New Jersey’s 2019, No. 1-overall-selection in Jack Hughes tied his career-high 11 goals in a season on Thursday, Jan. 27th
No. 86’s next power-play assist will also tie a career-high (6), which was earned last season.
“Even in the first (period) we passed (on) some opportunities to get the puck to the net, maybe (could have) look for a little bit of an uglier play, or an ugly
goal. It’s hard.
We played as well as we’ve played defensively. I just thought we passed up some offensive-zone plays where we had lanes to get it to the net &we
chose to pass, &that’s probably the one area we have to improve.”
– Head coach Lindy Ruff via Saturday’s postgame on the team’s offensive production
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Jon Gillies has appeared in five consecutive games for Jersey, after Saturday’s affair in Carolina, &arguably played his best game since joining the
Gillies turned away all 17 shots that he faced after the first period of play vs Carolina.
TONIGHT’S PLAYER TO WATCH
With the absence of Michael McLeod &his strong face-off presence, Yegor Sharangovich not only helps to boost the team’s offensive production but
also contribute in the face-off circle.
Sharangovich finished Saturday’s contest 5/7 on face-offs (66.7%) overall &3/4 on F/O in the offensive zone (75%).
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LEAFS 7, WINGS 4
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (27-10-3 – 57 Points) at
DETROIT RED WINGS (19-20-6 – 44 Points)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 1 5 7
DETROIT 1 3 0 4
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pierre Engvall scored for Toronto at 16:28 of the first period. Engvall recorded his sixth goal of the season. Engvall has posted five points (2G, 3A) through his last five games.
- Michael Bunting scored for the Maple Leafs at 12:07 of the second period, 9:28 of the third period and 11:58 of the third period. Bunting recorded his second career NHL hat trick (his first previously recorded with Arizona, April 5, 2021 at LAK).
- Rasmus Sandin scored for Toronto at 17:09 of the third period. Sandin posted his first goal of the season and the second of his NHL career.
- Mitch Marner scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 18:46 of the third period. Marner recorded his 11th goal of the season. Marner has scored in five-consecutive games marking the longest
goal streak of his NHL career. Marner also recorded the primary assist on Bunting’s third goal of the
game. Marner posted his 19th assist of the season.
- John Tavares capitalized on Detroit’s empty net at 19:49 of the third period. Tavares recorded his 17th goal of the season. Tavares also posted the primary assist on Sandin’s goal. Tavares registered his
23rd assist of the season. Tavares has posted four points (2G, 2A) through his last two games.
- Morgan Rielly registered the primary assist on Engvall’s goal and the secondary assist on Marner’s goal. Rielly has recorded 31 assists this season. Rielly is currently on a three-game point streak where
he has recorded five points (1G, 4A).
- Jason Spezza recorded the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. Spezza posted his sixth assist of the season.
- Justin Holl registered the primary assist on Bunting’s first goal of the game and the secondary assist on Bunting’s second goal of the game. Holl has recorded four assists this season. Holl tied a single-game career high with two assists which he has marked on four occasions. Holl also tied a single-game
career high with two points which he has marked on five occasions.
- David Kämpf posted the secondary assist on Bunting’s first goal of the game as well as the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Kämpf has recorded eight assists this season. Kämpf tied a single-game career high with two assists which he has marked on three occasions and a single-game career high with two points which he has marked on six occasions.
- Auston Matthews posted the primary assist on Bunting’s second goal of the game as well as the secondary assist on Bunting’s third goal of the game. Matthews has posted 20 assists this season.
- Alexander Kerfoot recorded the secondary assist on Sandin’s goal as well as the primary assist on Marner’s goal. Kerfoot has registered 23 assists this season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 9 (9) 15 (14) 13 (10) 37 (33)
DETROIT 15 (15) 13 (11) 7 (3) 35 (29)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 22 (22) 22 (19) 20 (15) 64 (56)
DETROIT 18 (18) 22 (20) 14 (9) 54 (47)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Maple Leafs are 12-6-2 on the road this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 295-281-93-5 in 674 games against the Detroit Red Wings and 119-173-46-2 in 340 games played in Detroit.
- Toronto is 13-6-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 8-2-0 against the Atlantic Division this season.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 7 (Bunting)
Shot Attempts 10 (Bunting)
Faceoff Wins 11 (Matthews, Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage 75% (Kämpf – 6 won, 2 lost)
Hits 3 (Holl)
Blocked Shots 3 (Sandin)
Takeaways 1 (Matthews, Nylander)
TOI 24:47 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 2:11 (Rielly, Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI 0:40 (Liljegren, Rielly)
Shifts 26 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 81.25% (Simmonds – 13 for, 3 against)
- The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill tonight.
- Toronto is 9-7-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 9-4-0 when tied after one period and 3-9-0 when trailing after two periods.
- Toronto is 17-6-2 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 9-2-2 in Saturday games.
- In marking his 11th goal of the season during the second period of tonight’s game, Michael Bunting
recorded an NHL career season-high.
- Per NHL Stats, Michael Bunting became the fourth rookie in NHL history with at least one hat trick
for multiple franchises, joining Miroslav Frycer (4 w/ QUE, 1 w/ TOR), Harry Hyland (1 w/ MWN, 1 w/
SEN) and Michael Grabner (1 w/ VAN, 1 w/ NYI).
- Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 28 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Wayne Simmonds finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 81.25 percent (13 for, 3 against).
Jan. 31 Leafs vs. New Jersey Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
Feb. 1 Leafs at New Jersey Prudential Center 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 7 Leafs vs. Carolina Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 10 Leafs at Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:00 pm ET
Feb. 12 Leafs at Vancouver Rogers Arena 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 14 Leafs at Seattle Climate Pledge Arena 9:00 pm ET
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the team’s comeback win:
“Our best people made big time plays in the third period but the most important thing was to stop the bleeding defensively. That’s really what we needed to do. I felt pretty confident that we’d be able to score
at least two in that period which was what we talked about. We wouldn’t be able to catch up if we didn’t stop the bleeding defensively so I thought we played better that way and then our best players made big time plays and put the pressure on Detroit and didn’t let up so it was a great win for us. It wasn’t a great game for us but a great win no doubt.
On changing the lines mid-game:
“We were just trailing in the game so not necessarily playing for control of the game anymore. We were playing to catch up in the game so needed to shorten the bench a little bit, needed to change the lines a little bit, so that’s really what I was going for there.”
On tonight’s game and the third period comeback:
“We knew going into the third period that if we were able to get the first goal of the period that we would have a good chance of winning this game and build that momentum on. We believed in there, and we knew were having our chances it just wasn’t going in for us and then fortunately they started going in in the third.
On what he’ll remember about his first hat trick as a Maple Leaf:
“Just the whole night. It was a fun night to be apart of, the comeback and then getting the win makes it even sweeter to be able to get a hat trick tonight. (Matthews) and Mitch played great tonight and they were a lot of fun to play with again and they made great plays. On that third goal, Mitch had me right
before that and I missed it and then he gave me a second chance to put it in so it was a lot of fun and that second goal was a great funnel by (Matthews) and I was able to just tip it in so it went good.”
On his first goal of the season:
“I was just shrinking down a little bit, we had the puck pretty low there. John made a terrific pass. I had a lot of thoughts going on in my head there. I had a pretty similar situation in LA and I missed that one so I’m very happy this one went in and as I said that’s John’s goal for sure and he made a terrific pass.”
On Michael Bunting:
“Off the ice he’s such a fun guy to be around. On the ice, he scored a bunch of times today and he crashed into the boards there at the end too so you never know what to expect from him. He can start a fight, he can do everything so he’s a great addition to our team and we all love having him out here and
playing with him.”
On the team’s comeback win:
“We did a great job in the third period, we came really hard and put a clinic on out there so I’m glad we got the win today.”
On regrouping after the first period:
“You just need to stay focused and try to stay positive and do the little things right. Take it save-by-save and sometimes the first two periods aren’t great but after the second period we just talked about it and we
were going to come strong and we did
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RAPTORS-HEAT PREGAME NOTES
GAME #47 – TORONTO RAPTORS (23-23) at MIAMI HEAT (32-17)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022 – 8 P.M. (ET) – FTX ARENA
TV: TSN – RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M.
08:00 (ET) TOR@MIA
Miami Heat Butler, Jimmy Probable Injury/Illness – Left Big Toe; Irritation
Lowry, Kyle Out Personal Reasons
Morris, Markieff Out Return to Competition Reconditioning
Okpala, KZ Out Injury/Illness – Right Wrist; Sprain
Oladipo, Victor Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Injury recovery
Silva, Chris Out Ineligible To Play
Toronto Raptors Birch, Khem Out Injury/Illness – Nose; Fracture
Bonga, Isaac Out G League – On Assignment
Dragic, Goran Out Not With Team
Johnson, David Out G League – Two-Way
VanVleet, Fred Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness
• The Toronto Raptors continue a three-game road trip (Jan. 26-31) Saturday night against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena. Toronto has lost six of its last nine games. The Raptors erased a 19-point second half deficit Wednesday, but fell 111-105 to the Bulls in Chicago. Toronto will play 10 of its next 14 games (Jan. 29
Feb. 28) on the road. The Raptors will host Miami on Tuesday – the third of four meetings this season.
• Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-best 32 points (11-22 FG, 6-10 3PT, 4-5 FT) for the second straight game (Jan. 25-26) Wednesday against the Bulls. Trent Jr. has scored 30+ points in back-to-back games for the
first time in his career after also scoring 32 points Jan. 25 vs. Charlotte. He is shooting .512 (22-43) from the field and 55 percent (11-20) from beyond the arc over the last two games.
• Pascal Siakam has scored 20+ points in eight of the last 10 games (Jan. 9-26), averaging a team-high 22.7 points, while shooting .475 (86-181) from the field and .375 (9-24) from three-point range. Siakam has also recorded 69 assists over this stretch, the most assists in a 10-game span in his career.
• The Raptors rank second in the NBA in both offensive rebounds per game (13.3) and second-chance points (16.5). Through 14 games in January, Toronto has outrebounded opponents 197-to-138 (+59) on the offensive end. Chris Boucher has grabbed a team-high 39 offensive boards this month.
• Fred VanVleet is averaging career highs of 21.7 points, 7.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds. He leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.2) and has logged 40+ minutes 15 times this season – the most by a Raptor since Kyle Lowry (19) in 2016-17. VanVleet also ranks second in the NBA in total deflections (157) and fifth in steals (71). He has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons.
• With Fred VanVleet unavailable for the second straight game (Jan. 25-26) due to right knee soreness, Scottie Barnes started at point guard Wednesday in Chicago. Barnes ranks second among rookies in rebounds (7.7), and fourth in both points (14.7) and assists (3.5). He also has eight games with 20+ points
and 5+ rebounds – the most by any rookie this season.
• Pascal Siakam is currently averaging 21.0 points, and career highs of 8.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He is one of just five players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this season, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, James Harden, and Nikola Jokic.
• Heat guard Kyle Lowry spent nine seasons with the Raptors (2012-21), where he was a six-time NBA All-Star. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,277), steals (873), three-pointers made (1,518) and triple-doubles (16). During his time with Toronto, he led the Raptors to seven consecutive playoff appearances (2014-20), six Atlantic Division titles, five 50-win seasons and the 2019 NBA title. Toronto acquired Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa from the Heat for Lowry as part of a sign-and-trade in the summer.
F – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 36.6 REB: 5.4 AST: 2.5 STL: 1.7 TO: 1.7 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 18.9
• Recorded 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 34 minutes Jan. 26 at Chicago.
• Has scored 20+ points in 15-of-31 games this season, something he did 13 times in 43 contests last year.
• Averaging 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 14 road games this season.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 36.9 REB: 8.2 AST: 5.2 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 21.0
• Finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in 43 minutes Jan. 26 at Chicago.
• Leads the team with 12 double-doubles, despite missing 13 games this season.
• Averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 6.6 assists through 14 games in January.
C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5
MIN: 25.0 REB: 7.5 AST: 1.2 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 7.7
• Contributed three points, six rebounds, and one steal in 23 minutes Jan. 26 at Chicago.
• Has led the Toronto in rebounds a team-high 13 times; ranks second among sophomores in rebounds (7.5).
• Averaging 8.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 27.7 minutes in 22 games as a starter this season.
G – GARY TRENT JR. #33
MIN: 33.8 REB: 2.6 AST: 2.0 STL: 1.8 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 17.0
• Matched a season high with 32 points (11-22 FG, 6-10 3PT, 4-5 FT) in 37 minutes Jan. 26 at Chicago.
• Ranks sixth in the NBA in steals (1.81) and fourth in deflections (3.4) per game.
• Shooting .484 (15-31) from beyond the arc over the last three games (Jan. 23-26).
G – SCOTTIE BARNES #4
MIN: 35.5 REB: 7.7 AST: 3.5 STL: 1.0 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.7
• Tallied 16 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in 38 minutes Jan. 26 at Chicago.
• Ranks second among rookies in rebounds (7.7), and fourth in both points (14.7) and assists (3.5).
• Has recorded 20+ points in eight games – the most by a Raptors rookie since Charlie Villanueva (12) in 2005-06.
Khem Birch (Nose; Fracture) – Out
Isaac Bonga (G League – On Assignment) Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
David Johnson (G League – Two Way) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Right Knee; Soreness) – Questionable
W-L EAST WEST
OVERALL 23-23 15-14 8-9
HOME 13-12 7-7 6-5
AWAY 10-11 8-7 2-4
OVERTIME 0-1 0-1 0-0
NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Date: Monday, January 31
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: State Farm Arena
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. ATLANTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2020-21 0-3 0-2 0-1
ALL-TIME 47-48 24-23 23-25
STREAKS Lost 3 Lost 2 Lost 1
LAST WIN: Jan. 28, 2020 (130-114)
LAST ROAD WIN: Jan. 20, 2020 (122-117)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +44 (Dec. 3, 2016)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -31 (Dec. 2, 2009)
LAST TIME VS. ATLANTA
GAME 55 – APRIL 13, 2021
ATLANTA 108, TORONTO 103
TAMPA – Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 23 points, Clint Capela added 19
points and 21 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors
107-103 for their seventh win in eight games … Kevin Huerter had 14 of
his 17 points in the first half for Atlanta, and Brandon Goodwin added 18
points … Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 30 points and rookie Malachi Flynn scored 22 … The Hawks played a second straight game without
Trae Young after Young’s 42-point, nine-assist performance against Chicago on Friday night … Young has a left calf contusion … Toronto played
from behind all night, but a 3-pointer by Flynn brought the Raptors within
eight with 6:20 left … Bogdanovic and Goodwin answered with 3s for
Atlanta … The Raptors made it closer in the final 72 seconds with the help
of three more 3-pointers by Flynn … Atlanta led 66-54 after shooting 53%
in the first half … Siakam scored 21 points in the half and hit a baseline
jumper with 0.6 seconds left — enough time for Solomon Hill to throw a
full-court pass to Huerter, who laid it in at the horn.
1 2 3 4 TOT
ATLANTA 28 38 24 18 108
TORONTO 27 27 24 25 103
LAST GAME HEAT STARTERS
POS PLAYER HT WT PPG RPG AST MISC. NOTES
6-7 230 21.5 6.0 6.1
Posted a 20-point, 10-rebound, 10-
assist triple-double on 1/23 vs. LAL,
his 10th as a member of the HEAT,
the most in team history.
6-5 245 8.6 5.4 2.1
Is shooting an NBA-best 47 percent
from three-point range this season
among qualified players.
6-9 255 18.0 9.9 3.7
Grabbed the 2,500th rebound of his
career on 1/23 vs. LAL.
6-7 215 12.2 3.2 1.5
Has shot at least 50 percent from
three-point range over his last four
games, shooting 56.4 (22-of-39) over
(UC Santa Barbara)
6-3 195 9.3 2.0 3.2
Has started six consecutive games,
helping Miami to a 5-1 record.
OVERALL RECORDS STREAKS
Overall: 32-17 (2020-21 Record: 40-32) Latest Streak: Won 3
Home: 18-5 (2020-21 Record: 21-15) Home Streak: Won 4
Road: 14-12 (2020-21 Record: 19-17) Road Streak: Won 1
Overtime: 0-2 (2020-21 Record: 0-4)
RECORDS VS. EASTERN CONFERENCE RECORDS VS. WESTERN CONFERENCE
Overall: 20-9 (2020-21 Record: 24-18) Overall: 12-8 (2020-21 Record: 16-14)
Home: 13-3 (2020-21 Record: 12-9) Home: 5-2 (2020-21 Record: 9-6)
Road: 7-6 (2020-21 Record: 12-9) Road: 7-6 (2020-21 Record: 7-8)
Overtime: 0-1 (2020-21 Record: 0-3) Overtime: 0-1 (2020-21 Record: 0-1
Miami’s 137 points in the season opener vs. MIL on 10/21 marked as the most for an opener in franchise history.
Four different HEAT players scored at least 22 points on 11/2 at DAL, the first time it has happened in the same game in team history
(Herro-25, Butler-23, Adebayo-22 & Lowry-22).
The HEAT connected on a franchise-tying 22 made three-point field goals on 1/8 at PHO, for the third time this season (12/21 & 12/8).
Miami dished out 37 assists on 12/11 vs. CHI, tying the fourth-most for a single game in team history.
Miami is holding teams to 104.1 points this season, the fourth-lowest in the NBA, and is 16-1 when holding teams under 100.
The HEAT lead the league in charges drawn this season at 77 with Kyle Lowry taking 22, the most in the NBA.
Miami is 19-1 when shooting at least 40 percent from three-point range and a perfect 11-0 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field.
Miami only has five home losses this season, the fewest in the Eastern Conference.
The HEAT has outscored opponents by +7.1 points at home this season, the best in the Eastern Conference.
Miami has currently shot at least 90 percent from the foul line in a franchise-record four-straight games.
HOME AND HOME: The HEAT enter the second night of a back-to-back home set tonight after recording a, 121-114, win last night vs. the Clippers.
This marks as the third of five home back-to-backs this season, the second most during a single-season in franchise history. Only the seven sets of
back-to-back home games during the shortened 2011-12 season were more. Miami has played home games on consecutive nights 29 times in team
history, having won both games 10 times, splitting the pair 12 times and dropping both games on seven occasions.