Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Trail Blazers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 23

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Trail Blazers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 23

The Toronto Raptors finally chalked up another win after a very difficult road lost streak, as Scottie Barnes’ career-high 27 points helped them take down the Wizards in Washington. The latest Raptors odds are bullish on this team. as they expect them to be victorious and avenge an early-season loss. Toronto is slated to take […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pistons Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 14

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pistons Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 14

The Toronto Raptors finally took home a 2022 loss in a very tight matchup against Phoenix, and it came right before a long road trip. Luckily, the latest Raptors odds have them in line to grab a victory against a team that is competing for the No. 1 pick in the draft. Toronto will take […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs 3 stars of the week: Alex Kerfoot continues career year, Ilya Mikheyev impresses early on

After what felt like forever, we finally had some Maple Leafs hockey to look forward to throughout this past week. With two games on the schedule this past week postponed for the blue and white, we were lucky enough that they had two other games on schedule too, and we’re grateful that they ended playing both of them. Games against the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens were postponed due to COVID-19/attendance issues and games against the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche were given the okay to be played.
They started their week in Edmonton to take on the McDavid-less Oilers and honestly handled them pretty well despite Edmonton actually looking dangerous at some points throughout the game but Toronto held their own and continued their success down in Edmonton by picking up a 4-2 win on the road. They then followed up that game with a trip to Colorado to play the red hot Avalanche who have won 10 straight home games coming into Saturday night’s game. I don’t really want to get into it because Toronto had a 3-0 and 4-1 lead and then proceeded to lose 5-4 in overtime. Well, at least they picked up a point! Right?
 
Record during week 13: 1-0-1 | Season …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Fred VanVleet shows offensive potential of healthy Raptors lineup

Fred VanVleet shows offensive potential of healthy Raptors lineup

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors could finally reap the benefits of a fully healthy lineup. After a myriad of injuries and COVID-19 positive tests, the Raptors could finally start VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, and Gary Trent Jr. while being supplemented by many of their top reserves. Their first game in a while with […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Bulls Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 22

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Bulls Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 22

The Toronto Raptors were finally going to face off against DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls for the second time this season, but some unfortunate new COVID-19 developments crippled Toronto’s hopes. The latest Raptors odds look extremely grim. The Raptors forced seven players into the health and safety protocols over the last four days, including […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors acquire Canadian Nik Stauskas after Gary Trent Jr. news

Raptors acquire Canadian Nik Stauskas after Gary Trent Jr. news

The Toronto Raptors are finally starting to get sidetracked due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, as players like Pascal Siakam, Dalano Banton, and Gary Trent Jr. have all entered the league’s health and safety protocols. In need of some more shooting off of the bench, Toronto chose to add a well-traveled journeyman in Nik Stauskas. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What will Brandon Goodwin, Juwan Morgan bring to the Raptors?

What will Brandon Goodwin, Juwan Morgan bring to the Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors were finally hit by the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the NBA, as Pascal Siakam and Dalano Banton were both forced to enter the league’s health and safety protocols. In order to fill that roster spot, Toronto looked for players like Brandon Goodwin and Juwan Morgan to fill that void until […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How will NBA’s health and safety protocols impact Raptors?

How will NBA’s health and safety protocols impact Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors were finally moving closer to full health after the return of OG Anunoby, but the Raptors found out that Pascal Siakam and Dalano Banton would not be able to suit up just minutes before what ended up being a dominant win against the Golden State Warriors. Siakam and Banton were both placed […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Tavares and Kerfoot entering COVID protocol leads to Leafs cancelling practice

The unfortunate has finally happened for the Leafs. John Tavares and Alexander Kerfoot have been placed in COVID-19 protocol. And because of that, Toronto has cancelled their scheduled practice in Vancouver.

Forwards Alexander Kerfoot and John Tavares have been placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
For precautionary reasons, today’s practice in Vancouver has been cancelled.https://t.co/rP27ClVJVN
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 17, 2021

“Maple Leafs players and traveling staff were tested yesterday in Vancouver and the club was informed of the testing results early Friday morning.” Said the Leafs’ media release. “All players and traveling staff will undergo additional testing today.”
This comes a day before the Leafs are supposed to take on the Vancouver Canucks — another team who has players in COVID-19 protocol.
Two of the NHL’s eight games on Saturday have been postponed (Wild vs. Panthers, Avalanche vs. Lightning). As the number of players on the COVID list continue to rise, there’s a possibility that more games are postponed, including the Leafs’ Saturday night game.
 

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Why Kevin Gausman can survive the AL East the second time around

They have finally done it. The Blue Jays have been after Kevin Gausman for ever it seems and on Sunday they landed their guy signing Gausman to a 5-Year $110 million contract.

It’s not hard to see why the Blue Jays coveted Gausman, he checks off so many boxes for this front office. First of all he is an ace. Gausman had a 2.81 ERA last season, supported by a 3.00 FIP and 3.28 xFIP. By FanGraphs WAR he was worth 4.8 wins, ranking 10th among pitchers who threw at least 50 innings.
He struck out 227 batters against just 50 walks. He has swing and miss stuff, his 15.3% swinging-strike rate, was basically the same as Robbie Ray’s last season. Second, he is durable, having made at least 30 starts in four of the last five full seasons. His 192.0 innings pitched last year were the sixth most in baseball. This is something I think the Blue Jays have focused on. In a league where starters are pitching less and less the Blue Jays will have two pitchers (of just seven) in their rotation next season who threw 190 innings last season in Gausman and José Berríos.
Third, Gausman seems like a really good person.

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation