Jack Campbell could end up starting both tonight and tomorrow night

Like anyone on a Friday, everyone is asking Sheldon what he’s up to this weekend. For some reason, he’s being weird and cagey about it, like he’s got something to hide about his plans this weekend. Specifically, he’s not revealing which goaltender will start Saturday night’s game. Here was his quote from today:

Full quote from Keefe on goalie plan for Saturday: “We’re going to focus on today. Jack’s going to play today. We have a plan, of course, but we’re holding until we have all the information before the next game that we’re just going to focus on tonight’s game.” https://t.co/MPnrDxrmlV
— David Alter (@dalter) November 12, 2021

We know that Jack Campbell is getting the nod for this evening’s tilt against Calgary, but for tomorrow’s game against Buffalo, all we know is that they “have a plan”.
With Joseph Woll backing up Campbell in Petr Mrazek’s absence due to a re-aggravated groin injury, it was assumed that he would get his first NHL start on Saturday. And that could very well still be the case. But with Keefe acting like my relationships in my early 20’s and refusing to commit, …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Winners and Losers from tight victory against Pacers

Raptors: Winners and Losers from tight victory against Pacers

The Toronto Raptors needed everyone from starters like Precious Achiuwa and OG Anunoby as well as bench players like Svi Mykhailiuk to step up on Saturday night. They were playing a desperate Indiana Pacers team that was coming back home after some brutal road losses, and that desperation helped them play a very physical game. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Tunesday: the Leafs beginning we kinda saw coming

Welcome everyone to the first regular-season edition of the Not Enough of Blue playlist! This one is short and sweet but encapsulates the fan feelings well. Beginning to the end of these first two weeks, the outcome was predicted by many. Everything is linked down below, so feel free to listen while you read!
After what felt like forever without fans and real cheering, the time has come for a new reality. Fans are back and their presence, as well as their energy, can breathe new life into this team. First up and representing our home opener we have Applause-Lady Gaga.

“I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause”

Morgan Rielly is ready to feel all the good feelings again. Truly I think we all live for the applause. We are 100% ready to see this team dominate, and they should be ready to hustle.
In the chorus, Lady Gaga sings,

“Give me that thing that I love (I’ll turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make ’em touch, touch (Make it real loud)
Give me …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Significant injuries, Topi Niemelä continues to score, and the Growlers are back!

We’re fully into the hockey schedule as everyone in the Leafs organization have their regular seasons underway. With the Marlies kicking off last weekend and the Newfoundland Growlers starting their season on Thursday night, there will be lots more prospect content coming up.
We’ve got good news and bad news on this week’s edition of the Leafs Prospect Roundup. Let’s get the bad out of the way first. Depending on who you still consider a prospect, the Leafs two top prospects are injured and are set to miss significant time.
Rodion Amirov remains out, Nick Robertson to miss extended time
It was a short-lived strong start for the Marlies as they opened with a 5-1 victory against the Manitoba Moose, only to fall 5-0 the following day and see their most dangerous offensive piece hobble to the locker room.
Nicholas Robertson was electric in the season opener, scoring two assists and looking great alongside Kirill Semyonov and Josh Ho-Sang. In the second game, though, a relatively innocuous play resulted in Robertson landing awkwardly on his leg.

Here’s another look at Nick Robertson’s injury: pic.twitter.com/uRniSTVgQl
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) October 17, 2021

It didn’t …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Leafs get an outdoor game, but unfortunately it’s against the Sabres

Good news everyone, the Leafs will be playing outside again this year. The bad news is it will likely be against a Jack Eichel-less Buffalo Sabres team in Hamilton.

The 2022 Tim Hortons NHL #HeritageClassic will feature the @MapleLeafs and @BuffaloSabres on March 13 at Tim Hortons Field, in Hamilton, Ont. Info: https://t.co/S1v1ewXgdd pic.twitter.com/bn8twg6A6q
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 16, 2021

The game counts as a Sabres home game, so you can hold back any possible outrage over having to drive to Hamilton for a Leafs game instead of it being in Toronto, this is just shaving some time off the drive to Buffalo for Leafs fans who normally make that trip, and saving people the inconvenience of the border crossing, which ironically the home team fans will have to put up with. It being a Sabres home game seems like it will be so in name only, as Leafs fans generally take over the arena in Buffalo anyways, and in this scenario it seems very unlikely their fans will outnumber the Leafs fans.
This also marks the first time that an American team has been involved in the Heritage Classic, let …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What would you do Wednesday: The way too early Leafs line combinations

What would you do Wednesday: The way too early Leafs line combinations

How’s it going everyone? Finally getting some rest after a busy week of TSN notifications and checking twitter last week? Good news, we’re in the dog days now. And until we get the excitement of a new contract for Denis Malgin, we should probably plan on a much more quiet month from the Leafs.
With that development, I thought I’d bring back a TLN Classic this week in the form of What would you do Wednesday. We’re not interested in telling you what we think, we’re interested in taking the pulse of Leafs land, and now that there are a ton of new Leafs to work with, let’s get a look at those way too early line combinations you’ve been working on. Don’t pretend you haven’t done it or that you’re above making line combinations. We’ve all done and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Why not share them with us in the comment section and subject yourself to the ridicule of the internet? It’s a good time. Frankly the abuse fuels me.
The stipulation we’re putting on this is, work with what they’ve got. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Habs vs. Jets series is a reminder of what could have been if the Leafs weren’t so committed to failing spectacularly

The Habs vs. Jets series is a reminder of what could have been if the Leafs weren’t so committed to failing spectacularly

I guess everyone needs a gimmick, and the Leafs have chosen finding interesting and exciting ways to fail as theirs. No longer satisfied with blowing Game 7s, the Leafs upped the ante this year and blew games 5, 6, and 7. That’s commitment. Setting the NHL record for longest Stanley Cup drought in history, well, 54 years of failure is commitment defined.
Yes, this series is doing wonders to keep the anger alive and well as we embark on week two of the offseason, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be any easier anytime soon.
So here’s the thing. We’ve just watched the Canadiens in a series. We saw the Leafs outscore them, and at times outplay them. For the Leafs playing to even 80% of what could reasonably be expected of them, they would have won that series.
Now enter the Winnipeg Jets. They seemed to be sending a message by sweeping Connor McDavid and the Oilers. They looked like they could potentially be a hard out. Apparently that is not the case at all. They are now on the verge of being swept, and it’s hard not to see Montreal waltzing neatly into the Semi-Final …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors Draft: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is the best Round 2 sleeper

Toronto Raptors Draft: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is the best Round 2 sleeper

While everyone keeps both eyes trained on the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft lottery (June 22), we fans should also keep in mind that president Masai Ujiri has two second-round picks at his disposal that he could use to turn this Toronto Raptors draft into a franchise-changing event. One way to do this is nabbing Villanova […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

What Is There to Even Do: A Brief Dive Into the Toronto Maple Leafs Current Predicament

I don’t know that I can speak for everyone else, but I know that I am not having a good time watching this series. Against all odds, because of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs are going the distance against the Montreal Canadiens. A team the Maple Leafs owned during the regular season to the tune of a 6-2-1 record, then proceeded to own for four more subsequent games this postseason until they found a way to completely collapse under the weight of their own deeply ingrained ineptitude. Perhaps I’m fortunate that I’m a lot younger than many other long suffering Maple Leafs fans and don’t have much of anything in the way of pre-2005 lockout Maple Leafs memories. To be completely honest, I don’t even know what’s worse: The years of complete bumbling lunacy that defined this team between 2006 and 2013, culminating with “It Was 4-1”, or this current era of rebuilding, seeing a product that genuinely looks like it’s going to go somewhere, only to have your heart ripped out over and over and OVER again.
Perhaps the Maple Leafs win Game Seven. To be completely honest, the circumstances are there and …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: What can Kyle Lowry do during Toronto’s playoff push?

Toronto Raptors: What can Kyle Lowry do during Toronto’s playoff push?

The Toronto Raptors are officially confusing everyone again. Just when it seemed they were in tank mode and headed for the lottery, the Raptors have won four games in a row. The Raptors, and leader Kyle Lowry, are toying with the emotions of their fans and the NBA at large. The Raptors, like Lowry, don’t […]
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Author: Jose Guzman / Raptors HQ