College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Last season on December 2 the Toronto Raptors were 8-8 going into their game against the Denver Nuggets in the Mile High State. The Raptors got blown out 132-93 and then head coach Sam Mitchell was fired and Jay Triano took over as the intern coach. Fast forward 11 months, the Raps are 4-4 and face the Nuggets in Denver tonight. Toronto is coming off a tough loss to Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Hedo Turkoglu had a chance to win the game on a last second shot, but rimmed out and the Raps lost 101-100. Turkoglu had a season-high 20 in that one. Chris Bosh also had another solid performance. For the fifth straight time he had a double-double, finishing with 25 points and 10 boards. Denver is a well rested team. Their last game was on Friday night and it was a 105-79 beat-down of the reigning NBA champs, the LA Lakers. Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Nuggets, scoring 25 points and that’s while being guarded by defensive specialist Ron Artest. Although both teams are among the top of the league in offensive production it will be a tough one tonight for Toronto. Denver hasn’t lost at home yet this season and the last time the Raps beat the Nuggets was March 23, 2007. That win as in TO.
On the ice it will be the battle of Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Ottawa Senators tonight in the nation’s capital. The last time these two teams met was just over a month ago. The Senators scored two goals in 37 seconds and beat the Leafs 2-1 in Jonas Gustavsson first start in net. It will be the first game in this bitter rivalry for Phil Kessel. Kessel was still recovering from shoulder surgery and missed game one. Since his return he has by far been the best Leaf, scoring four goals and getting three assists in six games. If head coach Ron Wilson can find the right line mates, Kessel may end up being even more dangerous.