Scottie Barnes’ 3-point barrage shows Raptors sensation is improving

Scottie Barnes’ 3-point barrage shows Raptors sensation is improving

The Toronto Raptors haven’t had a ton to smile about over the last few weeks due to some painful losing streaks, but the play of rookie sensation Scottie Barnes has been a bright light amid some disappointment. Even with Pascal Siakam taking some shots away, Barnes has continued to be a threat on offense. Barnes […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Jazz Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 18

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Jazz Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 18

The Toronto Raptors have hit the skids over the last few games, as their five-game winning streak has now been overshadowed by five losses in their last six games. The latest Raptors odds are not only expecting them to lose their next game, but they are hinting at a demolition at the hands of a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Where Ilya Mikheyev fits once he returns to the Leafs lineup

Ilya Mikheyev is just over halfway through his recovery of a broken thumb suffered in a pre-season game vs. Ottawa.
In a few weeks, this is going to be a problem. But it’s always a good problem to have.
Earlier this year, we learned that Mikheyev requested a trade because he wanted more ice time, which he felt like he wasn’t getting in Toronto. If you remember back to the All or Nothing series, Mikheyev spoke with Kyle Dubas about his play last year.
During his pre-season, Mikheyev looked considerably well. He was finishing more of his chances, showcasing his speed, and proving why he’s such a valuable member of this lineup.
However, fitting him in at this point of the season is going to be very difficult.
It seemed as though the 27-year-old would be a fit with David Kämpf and Ondřej Kaše. But after going down with an injury, Pierre Engvall has filled in and played considerably well with the two.
When Engvall isn’t with Kaše and Kämpf, the line has a 5.51 GA/60 at five-on-five. Once you place Engvall back, the line has a 0.54 GA/60 at five-on-five. If you’ …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Trivia: Where do these 2020/21 Leafs play this season?

Now over a month into the 2021/22 season, we’ve finally settled into the season on hand. With around 15 games played for each team across the NHL, we’ve had time to familiarize ourselves with the new faces in new places all across the league.
Or at least, so we think.
Over on NBA on TNT, they begin each season by testing Charles Barkley’s knowledge of the offseason with a little game by the name of Who He Play For? They name five players that changed teams over the summer and see if Barkley can correctly name the team that he plays for.

So let’s begin TLN Trivia this season with our own Who He Play For? Instea, d of taking random players from across the league, your task today is to correctly guess which team each departed player from the 2020/21 Toronto Maple Leafs roster now plays for this season.
There are 16 total players that played at least one game for the Leafs in 2020/21 that are no longer in the organization. Can you name where each player now currently plays?
Be sure to share your results with us on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below. Please note you …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays are one of the teams attending Justin Verlander’s throwing showcase

Though he’s made just one start over the past two seasons, Justin Verlander is one of the most interesting pitchers on this winter’s free-agent market.

Verlander allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out seven on opening day for the Houston Astros in 2020. After the game, he was diagnosed with a forearm strain.
That forearm strain would keep Verlander out for the rest of the 2020 season and ultimately resulted in him getting Tommy John surgery, which kept him out for all of 2021, as well.
The Astros gave Verlander a qualifying offer, so he can return to the team on a one-year deal worth $18,400,000, but he isn’t ruling out exploring the open market. Verlander is hosting a throwing showcase on Monday, and the Blue Jays are one of the teams in attendance…

Hearing #BlueJays will be one of many teams watching the Justin Verlander showcase.I’d say it’s more that due diligence based on the fit.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) November 8, 2021

It’s difficult to say how Verlander, who turns 39 years old in February, will look after having Tommy John, especially given he’s hardly pitched over the last couple of seasons.


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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Leafs seek redemption as a new season opens with a playoff rematch

Preseason is finally over and the dawn of a new Leafs season is upon us. Now freed from the constraints of the all-Canadian North Division, the Leafs will take on all 31 other NHL teams this season, but the theme of this season is redemption. It is about finally rising above the middling results of seasons past and truly achieving something, so it’s only fitting that the Leafs open the season against the bitter rivals who eliminated them back in May, and in the process, handed them their most embarrassing set of losses in franchise history. I am of couse talking about the Montreal Canadiens.
And much like their last meeting with the Habs, the Leafs will be missing one of their top-two centers as Auston Matthews continues to work his way back after wrist surgery. And they may have to play without a top-3 scorer in the league as Mitch Marner is a game-time decision after an incident at practice yesterday.

Sheldon Keefe said Mitch Marner will be game-time decision, but had a positive morning with optional skate
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 13, 2021

Despite playing without the reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner, the Leafs are icing a deeper, more …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Burning Question: Will the Leafs make it beyond the first round this year?

Over the course of the past couple of weeks we’ve been running some Burning Questions posts on this site, trying to deal with some of the big questions surrounding the Leafs. The one big burning question that has always been left looming is the one that has a lot of fans willing to completely throwaway or ignore the regular season and focus entirely on the postseason, and that question is “Is this the year the Leafs finally make it out of the first round?”
We’ll start with the fact that it’s impossible to know for sure. Law of averages say that a team as good as the Leafs will eventually have something break their way instead of things going against them, and they’ll get there. I can appreciate that appeal to the math of it. The problem with math though is that it ignores the fact that it’s the Leafs we’re talking about. They’ve always been able to find new spectacular ways to have things fall apart on them. No other team blows a 4-1 lead in a game seven, no other team loses to an emergency backup goaltender that they employ, no …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 trade assets Masai Ujiri could part with

Toronto Raptors: 3 trade assets Masai Ujiri could part with

For the first time in over nine seasons, the Toronto Raptors will be entering the season without Kyle Lowry, signaling a whole new era for Canadian basketball. After the team’s nightmare of a season that was riddled with COVID-19 issues, chemistry problems, and ultimately never playing a game at home, the Raptors never stood a […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Scottie Barnes defending guards already is perfection

Raptors: Scottie Barnes defending guards already is perfection

The Toronto Raptors poured over the video of Scottie Barnes several times over when the Florida State alum was coming out of college, and they decided to make him the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft thanks to his potential as a two-way star. Barnes finally got to show off his stuff against […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

This season was only the beginning of the Blue Jays’ competitive window

After a hard-fought battle over the past six months, the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2021 season came to a disappointing end as they finished just 1.0 game shy of the American League Wild Card chase, although all isn’t lost for this promising organization.

While the wound remains fresh for the fanbase, and rightly so, they won’t have to look very far to become excited once again regarding this team’s future. Sure, this might not be the conversation most fans want to have right now, but with the off-season just around the corner, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that this franchise has brighter days ahead of it.
Though key free agents like Robbie Ray, Marcus Semien and Steven Matz are slated to hit the open market next month, putting that trio aside, the Blue Jays’ roster already consists of a strong core of position players and pitchers that should allow them to remain competitive for several years to come.
Core Position Player Pieces
Starting with Toronto’s breakout superstar, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took the baseball world by storm this season, as he completely overcame last season’s disappointing performance and directly put himself into the conversation for the AL …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation