Raptors: Precious Achiuwa’s improved stats off the bench are startling

Raptors: Precious Achiuwa’s improved stats off the bench are startling

The Toronto Raptors needed to make some lineup alterations when Pascal Siakam came back into the lineup, and putting Precious Achiuwa on the bench seemed like the most logical move. Not only was Siakam likely to bump a frontcourt player down to the bench, but Achiuwa had been playing some very inconsistent basketball lately. Achiuwa […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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

Raptors: Winners and Losers from exhilarating win over Pacers

Raptors: Winners and Losers from exhilarating win over Pacers

The Toronto Raptors needed to wake up after two tough home losses, as the prospect of falling to 1-4 on the season was unacceptable for Nick Nurse and this team. Luckily, Toronto was able to get back on the right track thanks to veterans like Fred VanVleet and rookies like Scottie Barnes and Dalano Banton. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 2019 champ Marc Gasol may have played his last NBA game

Raptors: 2019 champ Marc Gasol may have played his last NBA game

The Toronto Raptors saw that they needed to add a rim-protecting center to the squad in 2019 to really put them over the top, and they found their man in Marc Gasol, acquiring him from the Grizzlies in a deal that sent Jonas Valanciunas and Delon Wright to Memphis. While Gasol didn’t put up the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Brad Hand from the Nationals in exchange for Riley Adams

The Blue Jays’ bullpen certainly needed a Hand. HEYYYYOOOOO!

According to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post, the Blue Jays have acquired left-handed reliever Brad Hand from the Washington Nationals. Apparently, it’ll be catcher Riley Adams going back to Washington in exchange…

Source: The Nationals have traction on a deal that will send Brad Hand to the Blue Jays.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 29, 2021

The Blue Jays are acquiring LHP Brad Hand from the Nationals for Triple-A C Riley Adams, per source. @dougherty_jesse was first with the news.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 29, 2021

Hand originally came up with the Florida/Miami Marlins as a starting pitcher but converted into a bullpen role after being selected by the San Diego Padres off of waivers.
In 2016, Hand broke out as a very effective bullpen arm, leading baseball in appearances and posting a 2.92 ERA. He then made back-to-back All-Star appearances in 2017 and 2018 and was traded to Cleveland along with Adam Cimber in exchange for Francisco Mejia.
In 2020, Hand had an excellent season with Cleveland, posting a 2.05 ERA over 23 appearances and led baseball with 16 saves. He struck out 11.9 batters per nine and walked just 1.6 per nine. Despite that, Cleveland didn’t pick up …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Reinforcements arrive for Maple Leafs battle against the Flames

After four much needed days off, the Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight, taking on the Calgary Flames in the first-half of a two-game set. Wayne Simmonds makes his return to the lineup tonight and Jack Campbell will be backing up Freddy Andersen.
Good Health
A rare four-day break for the Leafs seems to have done wonders for the team. Wayne Simmonds is now back from a broken wrist, Jack Campbell’s nagging injury seems to have subsided for now and reports indicate Auston Matthews’ wrist injury is doing a lot better.
This 56 game season truly is a grind, the Leafs have another four day break after this two-game set with Calgary, and then are playing every other day for more or less the rest of the season.
Having everyone back from injury will also allow Sheldon Keefe to slot guys back into their appropriate spots. Alexander Kerfoot is back centering the third line and Pierre Engvall is now on the fourth line. Both performed admirably when called upon to play higher up in the lineup.
Alex Galchenyuk Era
Tonight will be Alex Galchenyuk’s first game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. Sheldon Keefe is giving Galchenyuk a …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Is Toronto’s smaller lineup sustainable in the postseason?

Raptors: Is Toronto’s smaller lineup sustainable in the postseason?

Nick Nurse needed to do something to shake up the Toronto Raptors after a bit of a bumpy stretch, and he decided to turn the starting lineup completely on its head. Aron Baynes, the disappointing Australian big man who hasn’t done a great job of replacing Marc Gasol, has been banished to the bench. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 most insane stats from Fred VanVleet’s record-setting night

Raptors: 3 most insane stats from Fred VanVleet’s record-setting night

The Toronto Raptors needed someone to catch fire on the offensive end if they wanted to defeat the Orlando Magic for the second time in three days and get themselves right back in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference playoff push, and Fred VanVleet obliged with the greatest single-game scoring performance in Raptors […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs defeat the Oilers 4-3 in the battle of the special teams

Well if both teams needed to get some additional reps on the powerplay and penalty kill, tonight’s game was perfect for them. The Leafs stayed hot, defeating the Oilers 4-3, making it three straight wins. The Leafs finished the game 2/4 on the powerplay and the Oilers were a measly 2/7.
The Leafs opened the scoring midway through the first, courtesy of the man they call Vintage. Jason Spezza scores his first of the season after a Koskinen miscue behind the net.

JASON SPEZZA 1-0
The Dad is back! pic.twitter.com/dK1CoPFDg7
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 29, 2021

William Nylander added to the Leafs lead, scoring just as the Leafs powerplay expired to make it 2-0. Nylander’s third goal of the season ended a seven-game scoring drought.

#LeafsForever up 2-0 after the 1st
William Nylander on the PP and Spezza the goal scorers
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pic.twitter.com/h1NgvdOJ69
— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) January 29, 2021

The Leafs carried this lead late into the second period… Until the refs decided to enter the game.

Kerfoot called for *checks notes* slashing pic.twitter.com/dPENsudvnf
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 29, 2021

Kerfoot gets called for the non-existent slash, sending the Oilers to …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Leafs beat Tampa. Here’s to feeling good all the time

It’s safe to say the Leafs needed this one. It’s also safe to say the Leafs need to be consistently playing like they can beat their likely first round playoff opponent, but consistency is a problem for another day, and for now we can enjoy the Leafs outlasting the Lightning in a 2-1 victory.
It was a victory achieved through star power, as Matthews and Nylander continued to build on their impressive goal totals, both Tavares and Marner chipped in with 2 assists, Freddie Andersen, and even Rielly managed 21 minutes of ice time in a game we didn’t know he’d be in until this morning.

Vasilevskiy went one way, and Nylander capitalized pic.twitter.com/xpdsO9AVCf
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 10, 2020

The Road to 50 continues!
Auston Matthews puts the Leafs up 2-1 pic.twitter.com/Quz2Rgy7ZL
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 11, 2020
Period
CF
CA
CF%
HDCF
HDCA
HDCF%
xGF
xGA
xGF%

1

23
14
62.16%
5
0
100%
1.45
0.27
84.09%
2
10
9
52.63%
2
5
28.57%
0.21
0.7
23.05%
3
17
21
44.74%
2
5
28.57%
0.52
0.66
43.91%
Final
50
44
53.19%
9
10
47.37%
2.18
1.64
57.09%
via naturalstattrick.com
If we’re going to pump the breaks on the good times, the Leafs had a very strong start that tapered off as the game went on. Also, while acknowledging that goals are goals, the Leafs …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation