The Leafs look to put out the Flames and get back on the scoreboard

A mere 48 hours after getting shutout by the Flames on Monday night, the Leafs head into the rematch with some much-needed reinforcements.

Sheldon Keefe on #Leafs injured parties:
Zach Hyman WILL play tonight. Nic Petan out.
Everyone else is still out.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 24, 2021

The Leafs surely missed Zach Hyman two nights ago as the Leafs loaded top line failed to find the back of the net while also hurting the overall depth. Hyman should help restore some balance and provide Toronto with some much-needed offensive reinforcement.
Sheldon Keefe told the media that Frederik Andersen is “progressing well” but did not provide an update as to when we can expect him to be reinstated into the lineup. Along with Jack Campbell still not cleared to return, that means we can expect Michael Hutchinson to make his second straight start (more on him in a bit).
Kristen Shilton reported that the Leafs might be going with their Reverse Retros for tonight’s tilt as the Leafs tweeted out a picture of John Tavares wearing the jersey for the Game Day post. Going into the game, the Leafs have a record of 1-0-1 when they don the Reverse Retros …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Should Nick Nurse win Coach of the Year again?

Toronto Raptors: Should Nick Nurse win Coach of the Year again?

After a dismal 2-8 start, the Toronto Raptors suddenly find themselves in a position to grab a top-four spot in the Eastern Conference, and they have head coach Nick Nurse to thank for the stunning turnaround. As fans of the Raptors know too well, The NBA is all about narratives. It always has been, and […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

Seravalli: Expecting Auston Matthews to score 50 goals this season is “nonsensical”

After another two-goal performance against the Ottawa Senators, the talk of the town is exactly how many times we can expect Auston Matthews to score this season.

Matthews currently leads the league with 16 goals through 17 games. At the pace he’s operating on right now, Matthews would eclipse the 50-goal plateau despite this season having a shortened 56-game schedule.
Is that doable? Frank Seravalli, the co-host of The DFO Rundown, spoke about it on Friday…
Seravalli: “I get it. Auston Matthews is off to a fantastic start and I’m not slagging him by any means. What he’s done has been simply incredible to this point.
But, really? The Hart? The Selke? Should we give him the Vezina as well? I get that he’s been fantastic, but geez, it’s every minute of every day it feels like the fawning over Auston Matthews.
Can he score a goal-per-game? What are we even talking about here? No, he cannot score a goal-per-game.
Alex Ovechkin is the best, I think, goal scorer of all-time. In his best 56-game stretch of his career, he scored 48 goals, which is incredible. If Auston Matthews could get to 50, it would be insane. 50 in 55 games …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Tavares, Nylander end droughts, Matthews extends point streak to 15 in 7-3 blowout vs the Sens

After a blown lead on Monday and a game that was closer than it needed to be last night, the Leafs finally had the kind of game we expected against the Sens, as all of the big guns would show up in a 7-3 blowout. There were a lot of goals to cover, so let’s get right into it.
It was a high scoring first period as the Leafs made sure to get a quick lead to support Hutchinson’s season debut. They got a couple powerplays to start the game, and capitalized on the second one with another Auston Matthews goal, who gets his 15th of the season, and extends his point streak to 15 games as well.

pic.twitter.com/UCG8CfUpzF
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 19, 2021

The Sens ran into a bit of goalie trouble after that, as Marcus Hogberg got hurt and Matt Murray, who played last night. Don’t worry, there was no David Ayres in this game to give the Leafs any trouble.
The Matthews goal was the only goal for most of the first, but the floodgates opened up late. First, the Leafs made it 2-0 as Joe Thornton deflects a Jake Muzzin a slap …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs add some offensive depth by trading for Alex Galchenyuk

So, after Galchenyuk’s recent interesting week of being on traded to Carolina, instantly being put on waivers, going unclaimed, and assigned to Chicago of the AHL, he’s now found a new home.

We’ve acquired Alex Galchenyuk from Carolina in exchange for Egor Korshkov and David Warsofsky. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/SZX639nsNG pic.twitter.com/P8uMQ5wDQ1
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 15, 2021

Yep, that’s right, the Leafs added Galchenyuk, a guy they could have claimed off waivers for free in exchange for Egor “Not DeBrincat” Korshkov, and David Wars of Sky, who was the throw-in AHLer in the Kapanen trade.
In case you’re wondering why they traded for Galchenyuk instead of claiming him off waivers, it comes down to the fact that Galchenyuk is more valuable to the Leafs when they can start him out in the Marlies, or have him take up residency on the taxi squad for the next month without requiring waivers than having to force him into the roster and hoping he pans out every night.
Additionally, it frees the Leafs from a couple of standard players contracts in the process, which isn’t a bad thing.
We can probably …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors rumors: Pass or pursue for 4 trade targets

Raptors rumors: Pass or pursue for 4 trade targets

The Toronto Raptors have a record of 11-13 after a tough 128-113 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. It has been a struggle this season, at times, but the Raptors are very much in the thick of the playoff hunt right now. The roster is flawed. It is overwhelmed with players you could consider projects like […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Chris Boucher’s stellar performance not enough as Toronto loses to the Hawks

Raptors: Chris Boucher’s stellar performance not enough as Toronto loses to the Hawks

The Toronto Raptors had no time to rest after a controversial win against the Brooklyn Nets. On the second night of a back-to-back, Toronto was unable to come away with the victory against the Atlanta Hawks, snapping their 3 game win streak. Nick Nurse’s squad just seemed a step slow but was able to remain competitive […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Raptors: The 2 best lineups Nick Nurse needs to use more often

Raptors: The 2 best lineups Nick Nurse needs to use more often

After a chaotic start to a season that saw the Toronto Raptors kicked out of their home country after losing a few of their key secondary players to free agency, head Nick Nurse has done a fantastic job righting the ship. He helped turn around Pascal Siakam after a slow start, promoted Yuta Watanabe into […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Will Teresa Resch become the first female GM in NBA history?

Raptors: Will Teresa Resch become the first female GM in NBA history?

After a few years of breaking glass ceilings, women are working their way into increasingly more prominent, powerful roles throughout the NBA and the broader professional sports landscape. The Toronto Raptors are no exception, with Masai Ujiri behind the hiring of 14 females among the team brass, chief among them Teresa Resch. The current VP […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays are going to score a lot of runs. But can their pitching hold up?

After the team snuck into a playoff spot due to the expanded post-season field, the expectation for the Blue Jays’ front office this off-season was to make a big splash.

They delivered by signing George Springer, the best outfielder on the market, to the biggest free-agent contract in franchise history, and they doubled down by adding a former MVP finalist in Marcus Semien.
In a matter of days, a good lineup became a very, very good lineup.
The Blue Jays scored the seventh-most runs in baseball in 2020 (5.03 per game), and the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox were the only teams in the American League who scored more than they did. The team produced at a high level despite having one of their most dynamic hitters, Bo Bichette, miss half of the season due to injury and despite having some black holes in the lineup like Travis Shaw and Joe Panik.
Inserting Springer, who has slashed an elite .284/.376/.576 line over the past two seasons, is a massive boon in itself, but replacing Shaw and Panik at-bats with Semien and a healthy Bichette makes the Blue Jays’ lineup one of the best in baseball.
According to FanGraphs, the Blue Jays …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation