Leafs kick off California road trip with rematch against the Kings

The Leafs have been doing a lot of winning lately – 11 of their last 13 to be exact – but one of those two losses came in a lackluster showing against the Los Angeles Kings just over two weeks ago. It was an off night for the Leafs but it wasn’t as lopsided as the 5-1 score indicated and the Leafs were able to shake it off and get back on track to win their next five games. They will be looking to avenge a loss against a Kings team that has struggled to score goals during a stretch that has seen them go 2-2-2 since their last meeting with the Leafs.
Wednesday night’s matchup will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Jack Campbell, Jake Muzzin, and Kyle Clifford who was recently reacquired and subsequently recalled to the Leafs’ roster. Though it feels like they have been with the club for a long time, Wednesday will be the first time that Campbell and Muzzin take the ice at Staples Center as members of the Maple Leafs. The Leafs were last in California right before the pandemic shut down the NHL season – and everything else – and Campbell sat on the …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 stars from week six of the season (November 14-20)

After entering week five on a five-game winning streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on home ice and were determined to start a brand new winning streak the next game. Well, as we know, they ended the week going 3-0-0 against the Flyers, Flames, and Sabres which gave them a three-game winning streak heading into week six. Fast forward to last Tuesday, the Maple Leafs were ready to host a Nashville team that they haven’t seen in quite some time.
With another three-plus game-winning streak currently going on for the Maple Leafs, they were looking to extend it to four games as they played host to the Predators last week. They played yet another great 60-minute effort against that Nashville team as they picked up a 3-0 win, but it was much closer than it seemed as it was 1-0 for Toronto basically all game until the last four minutes of the third period when David Kampf potted home an insurance goal and then Marner followed it up with an empty-net goal to seal the deal.
Less than 48 hours later, they were set to host the New York Rangers for the second …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kevin Durant expecting tough challenge from Toronto fans

Raptors: Kevin Durant expecting tough challenge from Toronto fans

The Toronto Raptors saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night against a solid Cavaliers team, but they don’t have a ton of time to sit around and sulk. Raptors fans will see their team embark on a brutal stretch of games that includes a tussle with Kevin Durant and the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Nets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 7

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Nets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 7

The Toronto Raptors finally saw their winning streak snapped, as their five-game run was halted excruciatingly when the Cavaliers came to Canada and beat them by just one point. The latest Raptors odds don’t seem as forgiving for Nick Nurse. For the first time this season, Toronto will face off against Kevin Durant, James Harden, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs’ recent win streak is surprisingly well-deserved

The recent four-game winning streak for our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs is a welcome respite from what was a really concerning October. The team looked lethargic, and it was honestly getting a bit desperate. What we were seeing felt like a continuation of the depressing finish to last season, exiting the playoffs in the first round yet again.
However, despite how things looked to start, it feels like it is starting to turn around. After victories against Detroit and Chicago that were, frankly, embarrassingly close, the Leafs put together a deserved dominant win over an admittedly faltering Vegas team, and then a well-fought victory over the three-peat-hopeful Tampa Bay Lightning.
I wanted to know: are these wins a mirage? Are the real Leafs the ones who were losing and looking terrible, or the ones winning and looking pretty solid?
The Leafs are now 11 games into the season, which is a really nice niche where we haven’t seen enough goals to let them determine team quality, so shot attempts are by far the best indicator of team quality. This because we’ve seen way more shot attempts, enough to somewhat reliably predict what might happen as the season rolls on.


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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 players who could shine without Scottie Barnes

Raptors: 3 players who could shine without Scottie Barnes

The Toronto Raptors went on a 3-game winning streak after a slow 1-3 start to the season, but thanks to some sensational performances from rookie stud Scottie Barnes, the ship started to steady. However, before their matchup against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Barnes suffered his first major NBA injury. Barnes is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors odds: Scottie Barnes has already improved his ROY chances

Raptors odds: Scottie Barnes has already improved his ROY chances

The Toronto Raptors might not have played a ton of winning basketball to start the season, but they can at least look to the performance of rookie sensation Scottie Barnes if they want to put a smile on their face. Barnes has been arguably the best player for this team in 2021, and the latest […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays showed how good they are with that series win over the Rays

The Blue Jays continue winning, no matter who their opponent is.

This incredible stretch started with a three-game sweep over the Oakland A’s and continued into New York with a massive four-game sweep over the New York Yankees. Toronto then went into Baltimore and won three of four against the Orioles, scoring about a million runs in the process.
After that was a series against the American League-leading Tampa Bay Rays, an opponent that makes even the most optimistic Blue Jays fan a little nervous.
I remember coming out of the Yankees series and looking at the schedule ahead and thinking okay, if the Blue Jays take care of business and kick the shit out of Baltimore and Minnesota, they can afford to go, like 1-6 in their remaining games against Tampa. There are still four games left to play against the Rays at The Trop, which is a whole different animal, but Toronto taking two of three in that series is a huge win, one that really proved that they’re legit.
The best start of Alek Manoah’s career
Things kicked off on Monday night with rookie Alek Manoah taking the mound against a combination of Collin …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Trading prospects over draft picks is the right move for Maple Leafs

Trading prospects over draft picks is the right move for Maple Leafs

There comes a time where winning is everything, especially for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And that time is right now.
Kyle Dubas sought to take a massive step at the trade deadline last season by giving up a first-round pick for Nick Foligno. It was okay to take that risk last year with such a thin draft class. This year, though, is a completely different draft. The first-overall pick for is likely going to be Kingston Frontenacs centre, Shane Wright. You don’t get a player of his calibre after that, but it’s still a deeper draft than in 2021.
Toronto had three picks in this year’s draft and could have the same next year. With that being the case, the Maple Leafs might want to think twice about trading their first-round draft pick. Even the second-round pick wouldn’t be worth risking at this point. The Maple Leafs don’t have the deepest of prospect pools and would miss out on a good player if a pick is traded.
Could it make sense to trade a younger player instead? Perhaps so.
Looking at Toronto’s prospects, only three are off-limits: Nick Robertson, Rodion Amirov and Timothy Liljegren. Obviously, …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Drew Hutchison is the Tigers’ scheduled starter against the Blue Jays on Sunday

It’s time for the Blue Jays to start winning some fucking games.

After putting together an amazing, seemingly season-changing stretch when they returned to Toronto, the Blue Jays hit the road to travel west and fell completely flat.
They split a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, dropped two of three in Seattle and lost George Springer to an injury in the process, and then, worst of all, they capped the trip off by dropping both games in a two-game series with the lowly Washington Nationals, a team that traded away nearly everyone of note on their roster before the trade deadline.
At the beginning of September, the Blue Jays will play seven games that will ultimately go a long, long, loooooong way in deciding whether or not they’ll be able to make the playoffs. They host Oakland for three games and then they travel to the Bronx to play the Yankees four times.
These head-to-head games will be massive for the team to make up ground on two of the teams they’re chasing in the wild-card race. Before that, though, the Blue Jays have a prime opportunity to get hot and put pressure …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation