Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 12

Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 12

The Toronto Raptors did not let the Rockets go back to Houston with some positivity or momentum, as the likes of OG Anunoby beat the stuffing out of them in a wire-to-wire victory that moved them to 2-2 in the preseason. The latest Raptors odds, however, aren’t too keen on them winning two in a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Khem Birch talks positive COVID-19 test, desire to lead

Raptors: Khem Birch talks positive COVID-19 test, desire to lead

The Toronto Raptors brought back a native Canadian in Khem Birch this offseason, as he earned himself a three-year contract following a very impressive showing after his buyout in Orlando. Birch averaged 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during his debut season under Nick Nurse. Birch might not be the best shooter at this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Burning Question: Can a Campbell-Mrazek tandem really work?

Think back to last season. The Leafs had a few problems to work through, just a few that come to mind were their penalty kill, being aggressive on the ice, winning a Game 7, and of course, goaltending. The question that often popped up when it came to their goalie situation was, will Frederik Andersen play his heart out and leave it all on the ice, or will he completely blow it up and not hold it down between the pipes. When it came to Jack Campbell, we wondered, was he ready, is he experienced enough? (Spoiler: He was!)
Now let’s look ahead to the upcoming season. Andersen has been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Leafs signed Petr Mrzaek to join Toronto’s new favourite, Jack Campbell. Mrazek spent most of the 2020-2021 season injured, but for the games he did play, he posted a 6-2-3 record including three shutouts. Based on those numbers, it seems hopeful, but can a Campbell-Mrazek goalie tandem really work?
It’s difficult to directly compare each goalie’s performance last season due to the shortened season, realignment of divisions, and a variety of injuries, but let’s look at some of …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Full roster of 20 players entering training camp

Toronto Raptors: Full roster of 20 players entering training camp

The Toronto Raptors are back in Canada, and while the departure of Kyle Lowry and their poor run of form has done a number on their chances to compete for a championship, the roster is still packed to the brim with intriguing players. Toronto has a completely new look to kick off this new era, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

News and notes from Leafs training camp

The Leafs are all back to camp today after last night’s preseason game in Montreal, and before tomorrow night’s game in Ottawa. After tomorrow night’s game there will be a bit of a gap in the preseason, and Toronto won’t be back in action until Monday, giving them an opportunity to establish who gets one last look Monday night before reducing the roster to those most likely be playing on opening night. It looks like the Leafs have a bit of a plan in place for the next few days.

Sheldon Keefe said #Leafs won’t be taking many NHLers to Ottawa for tomorrow’s game. Wants to give players looking to crack the roster more of an opportunity to showcase themselves.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 28, 2021

So tomorrow night is going to be the group battling to stay in camp, and likely the group battling for spots at the bottom of the lineup card. It doesn’t sound like the Leafs will be sending their A team, and as far as the eight veteran player requirement, it’s likely that Gusev will be one of them, and expect him to be in both of the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs Nation Radio Podcast: Episode 4

The Leafs Nation Radio Podcast is back with our 4th episode!
In this week’s podcast, Caroline is joined by Mer and Nick B. to discuss a number of topics, one being the Leafs ‘All or Nothing’ series.
We also chat lots about Kurtis Gabriel and who he is on and off the ice, give our take on Josh Ho-Sang, go off on William Nylander being a star and answer a bunch of Twitter questions, from you the fans! This was a fun episode and it’s only the start of preseason! We’re just gettin’ started here folks and we’re happy you’re joining us on the ride.
Make sure to check out The Leafs Nation Radio Podcast on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify, with new episodes dropping every Monday! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe while you’re at it!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Line combos, defensive pairings, and other news and notes from the Leafs first day on ice

The Leafs are finally back on the ice, and with that comes the first line combinations we’ve had to dissect in four months. With the acknowledgement that it’s day one, and while these are destined to change especially due to the notable absence of Auston Matthews, there was presumably some thought given to the combinations that we saw, and for that reason they warrant sharing and at least a couple of quick thoughts.

#Leafs lines from group 1 working on drills (Auston Matthews took the early skating drills, but is not participating in 5-on-5 drills) pic.twitter.com/OttTQeZrtq
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) September 23, 2021

Leafs afternoon combos pic.twitter.com/TjnTSKPEnI
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) September 23, 2021

It’s worth noting that Nylander swapped in for Douglas shortly after, and the one true additional absence for the day beyond Matthews and Steeves was Wayne Simmonds.
Rather than go line by line, and drive you and I crazy in the process, there are probably some interesting truths to what we’re seeing here, and we’ll take a look at what’s happening.
First thing that stands out to me are the main defensive pairings:
Rielly-Dermott
Sandin-Brodie
Muzzin-Liljegren
Dahlstrom-Holl
Rubins-Menell
We’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Mitch Marner’s new mindset could change the Leafs outcome

“It’s time to get back to work, get my body ready, and try to be a better person or better player than I was this year, and make sure I come ready to do that.”
That was Mitch Marner almost four months ago when everything fell apart.
Three-straight losses to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs, and Marner was at the forefront. He was the player that everyone went after.
The biggest question was whether the ‘big four’ could conquer their quest for glory. Could Marner be one of the players who led them on that journey? Everyone was questioning whether this Leafs team could win something meaningful. Everything in the regular season suggested so, yet nothing following that.
Being on the Toronto Maple Leafs can be a daunting task at times. For Marner, it was about discovering his path through the pressure. Growing up, he wanted to play for this team, and the 24-year-old still does now.
How will Marner fight through the pressure? Well, he’ll attack it head-on.
“You want pressure.” Said Marner during the Leafs’ first media availability of the 2021-22 season. “You don’t want to be playing in a …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Ep. 48: The Trop Sucks & That Series Didn’t Go Well

We are back with another episode of BJN Radio to recap the Blue Jays tough three-game series at Tropicana Field.

Things did not go well. A questionable, if not terrible, strike zone cost them in game one and while they were able to squeak out a win in game two thanks to a gutsy performance from ‘The Big Man’ Alek Manoah, they couldn’t get the win in the rubber match. Ross Stripling was terrible, there was drama surrounding Kevin Keirmaier and a dropped piece of paper, and it was just all around a bad time at The Trop, which it usually is.
Cam & Tyler recapped the series, look at the wild card standings, and got set for a massive four-game series against the Twins today on the pod.

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Author: Tyler Yaremchuk / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: This fun lineup combo could close out games in 2021

Toronto Raptors: This fun lineup combo could close out games in 2021

The Toronto Raptors decided to run back a good chunk of the starters from last year, as the re-signings of Gary Trent Jr. and Khem Birch will assuredly put them back in the preferred opening lineup this season alongside Fred VanVleet at point guard, Pascal Siakam at power forward, and OG Anunoby at small forward. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ