The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announced that 2B DEVON TRAVIS has declined outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo and has elected free agency.
TRAVIS, 28, was acquired in 2014 from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for OF Anthony Gose. The second baseman made his Major League debut on April 6, 2015 and became just the fourth player in club history to hit a home run in his first career game.
He set career highs in 2016 in runs (54), hits (123), doubles (28) home runs (11), RBI (50), walks (20), strikeouts (87) and stoles bases (4). Travis played a career-low 50 games in 2017 before being placed on the disabled list on June 6 for the remainder of the season with a bone bruise on his right knee.
In his last full season in 2018, he played a career-high 103 games. The Palm Beach, FL, native holds a career batting average of .274 with 35 home runs, 153 RBI, and 14 stolen bases across four seasons with Toronto.
Travis missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing surgery on his left knee and was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 25.
(2-6) SACRAMENTO KINGS, 120 VS. (5-2) TORONTO RAPTORS, 124
SCOTIABANK ARENA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019
TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES
NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)
On the 28 assists this game … Yeah, I thought the offence was great … They kept taking what was there, and you’re right (team assists were) 28. I think it was real high early, so that’s a good sign. That was one of our better offensive nights. There was no real lulls, and the ball (was) sticking very much tonight.
On tonight’s game … They were hard to get rid of. I can’t count how many times we got up eight, nine, and then they hit a three … They hit 20 threes. That’s a lot. …. Little bit imbalanced last game and not getting the gaps closed down. Tonight we got the gaps closed down a little better and didn’t spring back out to the shooters, so the defence is a work in progress. We have to combine those two things a little better in a game.
What area of OG Anunoby’s game have you seen the most growth in? I just think he’s looking like more of a complete player now. There’s some shooting there that looks not hesitant at all, and it’s almost like when he’s open, you’re expecting him to make them, like all of them now, which is great. There’s good cutting, there’s a little bit of driving, there’s usually one a game where he gets in the lane and steals it, and he’s off the other way. He’s grown and doing a lot of things. He’s blocking shots here and there, getting his hand in off the drive here and there, so he’s had some good ones this year.
How would you access Pascal Siakam on fouls? He was good. He seemed a little bit not aggressive, kind of, in general, I thought, both offensively and defensively. Maybe it was a little bit of a foul situation on his mind maybe too much, but he did a good job tonight. He committed one foul. That’s going to get his average down.
PASCAL SIAKAM (23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists)
On having only one personal foul tonight … I mean, I have to be more ready. It’s something that I have to work on and I’ll eventually get better. I’m learning every single day, so it’s a good experience for me.
How important was the bench play tonight? We need that, we need everyone and just bringing the energy up a little bit. We didn’t win like we wanted to today, but we got the win and that’s all that matters.
On team’s defensive play tonight … I don’t know how many threes they had, like twenty something, that’s too much and we are definitely not happy about that. We can definitely do a better job on defence and just run them off the three-point line, especially the guys we know are shooting. So it’s part of it, learning, and obviously it’s better learning with a win, so we’ll go back and look at that and make sure we get better next game.
On your third quarter scoring … I try to be aggressive, just seeing what the defence is giving me. I always want to be in attack mode regardless, but I think just coming out of timeouts and making sure that the first five minutes we put some pressure on the other team and play fast, transition, try to do whatever we can just to make sure we come out with some energy.
FRED VANVLEET (12 points, five assists, two rebounds)
On tonight’s game … It’s good for us, it’s good practice. It’s a tough team and they are playing well and they gave us their all. We knew that we were going to have our hands full. Obviously we probably could have given ourselves more space and comfort in terms of scoring, but they made plays and we had to keep fighting and close them out.
On the amount of threes made by Sacramento tonight … I don’t know how many of those were contested, but not enough for us, so a lot of breakdowns, falling asleep and they did a good job of finding guys. They’ve got explosive guys, so you can’t give them too many looks, but we weathered it and we were able to come out with a win. We will take it.
KYLE LOWRY (24 points, six assists, two rebounds)
When a team hits that many threes, how much is it them getting hot or defensive miscues? Miscues, a lot of miscues, but they made shots. You give them credit – they made the shots when they had the opportunity. A lot of misreads and a lot of miscommunication, but we have to continue to get better and grow as a team. We take the win, and figure it out and get better.
On the play of OG Anunoby … I think he’s just getting repetitions. I think just getting repetitions again on the floor and I think he’s just going to continue to grow. I think right now he’s playing his role and doing what we are asking him to do, and he’s doing it at a high level right now.
FINAL SCORE:TORONTO RAPTORS 124, SACRAMENTO KINGS 120
DATE: November 6, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)
Tonight marked Toronto’s 241st consecutive sellout (including playoffs) dating back to Nov. 11, 2014 – the longest streak in franchise history.
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS Sacramento 120 2-6 Barnes – 26 Holmes/Hield – 8 Fox – 9; Toronto 124 5-2 Lowry – 24 Siakam – 13 Lowry – 6
KEY RUN Trailing 17-16 midway through the first first quarter, Toronto outscored Sacramento 20-6 over the final six minutes to lead 36-23 after one … The Raptors extended the lead to 15 points multiple times early in the second quarter – their largest lead of the night.
KEY STAT After missing their first four shots of the game, the Raptors made their next 14 attempts from the field … Toronto finished the first quarter shooting .778 (14-18) from the floor.
• With the victory, Toronto improves to 5-2 this season and a perfect 4-0 at home.
• The Raptors have won five in a row vs. Sacramento, including the last three meetings at home.
• All five Toronto starters scored in double figures, combining for 89 points.
• The Raptors outscored Sacramento 52-32 in the paint and 18-10 on the fast-break.
• Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring for the third time with 24 points … He added six assists in 40 minutes … Lowry has scored 20 or more in six of the first seven games; averaging 24.0 points.
• Pascal Siakam posted his second double-double of the season with 23 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes … Siakam scored 11 points in the third quarter.
• Serge Ibaka scored a season-best 21 points in 24 minutes as a reserve … Ibaka has now led (or tied) the bench in scoring in each of the first seven games; averaging 14.9 points.
• OG Anunoby recorded a season-high 18 points and a career-best five assists in 37 minutes of action. • The Raptors had six players score double figures – Lowry (24), Siakam (23), Ibaka (21), Anunoby (18), Marc Gasol (12) and Fred VanVleet (12) … Gasol’s 12 points was a season high … VanVleet shot 4-4 at the free throw line and has now made his last 26 attempts at the foul line.
KINGS NOTES: • With the loss, Sacramento falls to 2-6 on the season and 1-3 on the road … The Kings finish a threegame road trip (Nov. 3-8) Friday night at Atlanta.
• The Kings tied a franchise record with 20 three-point field goals … Sacramento shot .455 (20-44) form beyond the arc … The Kings also made 20 threes Jan. 5, 2019 vs. Golden State … Bogdan Bogdanovic matched a career high with six made three-pointers.
• Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points in 39 minutes – his second 20-point. • The Kings had five players score in double digits – Barnes (26), Bogdanovic (22), Buddy Hield (21), De’Aaron Fox (17) and Cory Joseph (10) … Hield scored 20+ points for the fifth time this season … Joseph reached 1,500 career assists early in the fourth quarter.
Toronto: M. Read (1) (K. Rubins, T. Gaudet) Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (28/30)
Rockford: R. Johnson (3) (N. Moutry, M. Entwistle), P. Kurashev (1) PP (P. Holm, N. Beaudin), B. Hagel (2) EN (I. McCoshen) Goaltender: K. Lankinen (19/20)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Matt Readopened the scoring eight seconds into the second period. This is Read’s first goal for the Marlies. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) through nine games.
Kristians Rubins recorded the primary assist on Read’s second period goal. Rubins has three assists through eight games.
Tyler Gaudet registered the secondary assist on Read’s second period goal. Gaudet has picked up five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 10 games this season.
Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 5-1-1-0 on the season with a .925 Save Percentage and a 2.15 Goals Against Average.
The Marlies have played two games at 10:30 a.m. (1-1-0-0) since 2005-06, both against Oklahoma City in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Toronto has not given up an empty-net goal since March 23, 2019 in a 5-2 loss against the Rochester Americans.
This is Toronto’s first regulation loss this season, capturing 17 of 22 points through their first 11 games.
Toronto was 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-5 on the power play.
Rockford had a 31-20 edge in shots in all situations. Multiple playersled the Marlies with two shots on goal.
The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 0-1-0-0 against the IceHogs. This is the first of two games this season against Rockford. Toronto last played Rockford on April 18, 2015, winning 3-1 on the road.
The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: P. Aberg (7)
Assists: J. Bracco (8)
Points: P. Aberg (12)
PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
Shots: P. Aberg (37)
+/-: B. Harpur (+11)
PIMS: E. Korshkov,J. Schmaltz (12)
Toronto is 6-1-1-1 when scoring first.
The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 when tied after the first period and 1-1-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
Toronto is 2-1-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 1-1-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
No current point streaks
Darren Archibald (forearm strain) did not play in today’s game against Rockford.
Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in today’s game against Rockford.
November 5: Recalled forward Aaron Luchuk from to Newfoundland (ECHL).
November 5: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
November 5: Recalled forward Nic Petan from loan to Toronto (NHL).
November 3: Returned forward Zach O’Brien on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
November 1: Loaned forward Nic Petan from Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (AHL).
October 31: Traded defenceman Ryan Johnston to San Diego (AHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On today’s game: We just really struggled to generate any sort of offence today. That was our biggest issue. Penalties of course would be the only thing that would be bigger than that. At five-on-five today, I mean we didn’t give up very much. It was the least amount of scoring chances that we’ve given up all season but we just didn’t get any offence today ourselves and you need to score more than one goal to win and our power play couldn’t make it up for us. They scored a power play goal and we didn’t. We took too many penalties. Special teams, really for me, is what lost the game but we couldn’t get any rhythm, we couldn’t get on the inside and overall, I just thought we were the slower team on the ice today, thought that they outskated us and out-skilled us in a lot of areas of the game and it makes it pretty tough on you that way.
November 8 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET November 16 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET November 17 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET November 20 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET
After a short period of experiencing discomfort in his left knee, Patrick McCaw underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to determine and correct the issue. A benign mass on the back of the knee was removed. The procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
A timetable for McCaw’s return has not been established. He will be reevaluated in four weeks and his condition will be updated as appropriate. He will not travel with the Raptors as they begin a five-game west coast road swing on Friday.
McCaw has totaled eight points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and 40 minutes in two games this season.
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCKOn tonight’s game: We knew as a coaching staff – obviously, we did the pre-scout – we knew what we were in for. We knew it was going to be a grind. After the first period, the teams were on pace for 21-21 in shots. They did a real good job in the neutral zone; they did a real good job in their own zone blocking shots and staying on the inside. They just stayed with it. That’s what they’ve been doing. They’ve got good leadership there. If you look at it, they’ve got stars in three positions in Kopitar, Doughty and then in net [Quick]. So, they’ve got some leadership for the group as they try to build it. Obviously, their coach and their staff did a real good job. They made it hard, there was no free space. It was hard, but I thought it was a really good game for our team to just stay the course, this is where we are, do things right, don’t cheat and you’ll be rewarded in the end.
On Tavares’ return to the lineup: We were just talking about it. It doesn’t matter what you do, how hard you train, what work. He was fine but you’re not playing NHL games. I imagine Hyman is going to go through a stretch too. It’s hard when you’re sitting out and everyone else is practicing no matter who you work with and how good the development team is and all that stuff, it’s still not NHL hockey.
On if Dermott is rounding into his usual form: Yeah, the offensive side. You’ve still got to – you can’t have chances, that’s the key. Chances – you’ve got to be safe. Do all the other stuff and be safe and then you’re like the old guy.
On Petan’s performance tonight: I thought it was good for Petey. He went to work. He went down, went to work, came back and, obviously, there’s a guy for that spot so there’s not going to be a lot of opportunity. [Moore] is a real good hockey player too. It was an opportunity and we wanted to see Pete. Good for him.
On the Matthews line scoring a pair of goals despite few chances: I thought it was a tough night for every line. I thought Kerfoot’s line was real good, but there wasn’t a whole lot. From their end, they didn’t generate anything either. They had to throw it in, couldn’t get it through from the point, the blocked shots. Some people would think it was ugly, I thought it was beautiful.
On what Kerfoot brings to the team: I think Kerf is a good hockey player. A real smart, smart person, a good person, he works hard. He’s greasy, he’s competitive, he knows how to play, he’s just going to get better and better. I think we can have an unbelievable line there with [Mikheyev] and [Kapanen] once we get it organized and they get to know each other and feel good.
On Marner taking shorthanded faceoffs: I forget what happened, it’s just the way it was. Hyman will take those right-handed faceoffs when he’s back. Hyms is good at it, he’ll work at it. [Shore] has done a heck of a job for us there, really good job.
On why he thinks tonight was a beautiful game: We need to go through that. We need to figure out who we are and the harder the game is the better it is for the team. Now, would you like to win by a touchdown and everyone relax and all that? Yeah, but we’re not getting anywhere like that. This is important to do. You give up one goal, you play well without the puck, the goalie makes some saves, we didn’t win it on special teams, we had to grind. It’s good for us.
On the Kings being a different style of team than McLellan’s previous teams: That’s what I said this morning — every team you coach is different. The reason it’s different is you have a different group of guys. That’s how he has to coach to have success with this team. I talked to him for a long time this morning, did the pre-scout, have a pretty good handle on what the program is there. He’s going to do a real nice job
. On if Hyman will be available next game: I don’t know.
ALEX KERFOOT (1 GOAL)
On the hit he received by Jeff Carter in the first period: It was a pretty big hit. He made a good play; I had my head down a little bit and saw him at the last second but couldn’t get out of the way.
On his second period goal: It was good. It was kind of a broken play. There was a good line change by [Moore] and they turned the puck over right at the blue line and I was fortunate enough to be in a good spot and tried to put it on net and it went in.
On what the Kings did well tonight: They play well defensively. They lock it down pretty good, they don’t give up a lot off the rush, they kind of stay back and they’re tough to play against. We played them pretty good, stuck with our game plan and were able to get a couple there at the end.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On the team’s performance tonight: I think we just stayed patient throughout the whole game. Not really much going on, I guess, in the first two periods, but we tried to stay patient and tried to play as little in our zone as we could, just tried to break out fast. Obviously, a tight game there and couple of big goals in the third.
On the challenge of staying patient when the opponent tries to slow the team down: It’s tough, but, I mean, that’s what a lot of teams tend to do, especially against us. We can do a better job of getting through the neutral zone and keeping it a bit more simple so we can get in the offensive zone and play in there. At times, games are going to be like that. Just try to stay patient, work with one another and continue to push through.
JAKE MUZZIN (22:19 TOI)
On playing his former team: It was weird. It was weird. A couple of chirps, a couple of laughs, but, at the end, of the day, you’re still trying to do your job and play hard. I don’t know, some funny moments and some serious ones. It was fun.
On if Kopitar told him to go to the penalty box in the second period: Yeah, I was complaining. It was a penalty, though.
On if he had any fun moments during the game with Doughty: He tripped me one time. I tripped him. A couple of subtle jokes back and forth, nothing crazy. I didn’t get him too fired up
. WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On what he liked about the team’s effort: I thought we were patient. We didn’t try to force much. We grinded through the game.
On if it’s good to be able to win a tight game like this: Yeah, of course. When it’s 1-1 going into the third, we’ve got to be able to win those games. We’ve been tied going into a lot of third periods and this was a good start in the right direction
JOHN TAVARES (18:00 TOI)
On how it felt to get back into game action: Not bad. Obviously, probably a little bit of rust and just getting back into the rhythm of things. Overall, I think physically I felt pretty good. Certainly, I can play a lot better, but good to get back in it. It was a tight hockey game and just great we came through at the end. Big couple of goals by [Matthews’] line. On missing an open net in the first period: Obviously, I’d love to have it back. I think I had way more time than I thought and knowing the type of goalie Quick is I got underneath it. It is what it is. You just move on and get ready for the next opportunity. Just glad that at the end of the day the result was still two points.
Alex Kerfoot put the Maple Leafs on the board at 13:29 of the second period. Kerfoot has registered five points (3-2-5) in 10 games on home ice this season. He has six points (3-3-6) in seven career games against the Kings.
Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 12:36 of the third period and later had the lone assist on William Nylander’s third period goal. Matthews’ third period assist is the 100th assist of his NHL career. He has seven points (4-3-7) over his last five games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ sixth multi-point performance of the season.
William Nylander had the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal and later scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 13:06 of the third period. Nylander has nine points (4-5-9) in 10 games on home ice. Tonight’s game is his first multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has at least one point in 10 games this season.
Andreas Johnsson collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Johnsson has three points (2-1-3) over his last four games. He has nine points (3-6-9) in 10 games on home ice this season. Johnsson has been on the ice for 23 Toronto goals – the third-most on-ice goals for on the team.
Justin Holl picked up the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Holl has four assists in 14 games played this season. His four even-strength points (0-4-4) place him in a tie for third among Maple Leafs defencemen in even-strength scoring.
Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn the victory tonight.
MAPLE LEAFS – KINGS NOTES FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS: Oct. 25, 1967 vs. LAK (Toronto 4, Los Angeles 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD: 64-64-21-2 (151 Games) ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME: 39-26-11-1 (77 Games) ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD: 25-38-10-1 (74 Games) LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME: October 15, 2018 (Toronto 4, Los Angeles 1)
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. KINGS Alex Kerfoot 100th career NHL game (Nov. 21, 2018 (COL) at LAK) Jake Muzzin Made his NHL debut with LAK (Oct. 9, 2010 at VAN) With LAK: 496 GP, 51 G – 162 A – 213 P Nick Shore Made his NHL debut with LAK (Jan. 17, 2015 vs. ANA) With LAK: 221 GP, 14 G – 35 A – 49 P
Frederik Andersen has made 11 career appearances against Los Angeles and has posted a 7-1-2 record with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He is 37-15-7 with a 2.43 goalsagainst average and a .926 save percentage in 60 career games during the month of November.
Tyson Barrie is tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (37). He has been on the ice for 260 Toronto shot attempts for, which is tied for the third-most on-ice shot attempts for among NHL skaters.
– Cody Ceci is tied for 11th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (31). He ranks eighth among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:44).
– Frederik Gauthier has won 55.4 percent (51 won, 41 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs this season.
– Andreas Johnsson has eight points (3-5-8) in nine games on home ice this season. He has been on the ice for 21 Toronto goals, which is tied for fourth among NHL left wingers in on-ice goals-for.
– Kasperi Kapanen has a pair of goals in three career games against the Kings. He is one of three Maple Leafs (Mitch Marner, Ilya Mikheyev) to register multiple shots on goal while shorthanded this season.
– Alex Kerfoot has five points (2-3-5) in six career games against the Los Angeles Kings. His 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 27 career games during the month of November is his highest point total in a single month.
– Mitch Marner is tied for 11th among NHLers in points (4-13-17) and tied for eighth among NHL skaters in assists (13). He is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters in primary assists. He has 112 primary assists since entering the League in 2016-17, which is the sixth-most in the NHL during that span.
– Auston Matthews is tied for third in the NHL in goals (11) and is tied for fourth in the NHL in even-strength goals (8). He ranks sixth in the NHL in shots on goal (60) and is tied for the NHL lead in wrist shots (43). His eight goals via the wrist shot are the second-most wrist shot goals in the League.
– Ilya Mikheyev ranks second among all NHL skaters in shots on goal while shorthanded (7). He is the only rookie forward in the NHL to have recorded multiple shorthanded takeaways.
– Trevor Moore is the only NHL rookie to average at least 1:00 per game in power play ice time (1:29) and 1:00 per game in shorthanded ice time (2:00).
– Jake Muzzin ranks second among Maple Leafs skaters in shifts per game (28.6). He is the only Maple Leafs defenceman to registered at least 25 hits (26) and 25 shots on goal (26). He is tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in goals (3).
– William Nylander is the lone Maple Leaf and one of 24 NHLers to have recorded over 35 shots on goal (36) while having five or fewer giveaways (5). He ranks third among Maple Leafs in faceoff win percentage (55.9% – 52 won, 41 lost).
– Morgan Rielly is tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in points (3-12-15). His 25:42 TOI per game average is the fourth-highest mark in the NHL, while his shifts per game average (30.1) ranks second in the NHL. He is one of two NHL defencemen (Thomas Chabot) to have played over 30:00 in a game on two occasions this season.
– Nick Shore has the third highest even-strength faceoff win percentage (64.3% – 45 won, 25 lost) among NHL skaters who have taken at least 75 faceoffs (97). His 84 defensive zone starts are the third-most among NHL forwards. CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Mitch Marner Has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games.
Morgan Rielly Has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games. UPCOMING MILESTONES
Tyson Barrie One game from 500 NHL games played.
Michael Hutchinson Four wins from 50 career NHL wins.