Leafs take on the Canucks – and try to avoid a trap game

The Canucks have landed on the east coast, and tonight they play the Leafs for their first of three in a row and nine this season. The Leafs are coming off four days of rest after an overtime loss to Edmonton, and though their last game was a loss, they are on a five game point streak. Meanwhile, the Canucks are struggling this season, and just lost two in a row to Montreal.
While most agree that a matchup against the Canucks should be a fairly easy win for the Leafs, the concern for Toronto is to avoid a trap game. Additionally, four days of rest should have them feeling fresh, but it could also mean that they struggle to start on time and get their legs going. The Leafs need to approach this game as though it’s going to be a tough matchup no matter what if they want to get back on a winning streak.
Sheldon Keefe continues to tinker with player rotations, adding Nic Petan to the lineup for tonight’s game. The Leafs are still without Joe Thornton, Nicholas Robertson, and Jack Campbell. While Alexander Kerfoot seemed to be dealing with something earlier in the …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

1 right and 4 wrongs with Toronto Raptors after another discouraging week

1 right and 4 wrongs with Toronto Raptors after another discouraging week

The Toronto Raptors currently have a 1-4 and sit 13th in the East right now, only ahead of the Pistons and Wizards. It is fair to say that the Toronto Raptors‘ frustrating first week was by no means a fluke, and was instead a preview of the challenges that lie ahead. The Raptors follow their […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Pregame #45: 5 Things to watch for against the Jets

After a rather long train ride out east, the Jets are enjoying the luxury of flight on their road trip around the Atlantic division. Tonight they get the privilege of playing Toronto against the Leafs, who having to deal with their devastating one game losing streak which has shaken all our beliefs about this team.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.9#46 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.2#2 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.5#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.19#5 FL1

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 72.8#70 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 80.0#8 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 78.0#9 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.92#3 FL2

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.2#60 LW

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.2#151 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.0#59 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.11#12 FL3

MASON MARCHMENT
Rating: 73.2#59 LW

ADAM BROOKS
FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 68.9#127 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.06#14 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.0#10 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 76.4#12 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.17#5 DL1

MARTIN MARINCIN
Rating: 71.8#82 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 73.2#45 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.51#26 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.8#57 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.5#81 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.16#15 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 78.8#9 LW

MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 79.3#12 C

PATRIK LAINE
Rating: 75.1#28 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.74#6 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation