Toronto Raptors are going to need Norman Powell’s scoring in Game 5

The Toronto Raptors are set to play Game 5 against the Boston Celtics and they need everything they can get from someone who’s been way too quiet this series, Norman Powell. For the series, Norman Powell is shooting a very poor 33.33 (9/27) percent from the field. When teams are down 2-0 in the playoffs, only […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics: How to watch, live stream for Game 3

The Toronto Raptors look to avoid a 3-0 deficit against the Boston Celtics Thursday night, Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals will take place between the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors. Having lost games 1 and 2, the defending champion Toronto Raptors look to keep from going down 3-0. There are several adjustments […]
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Author: Josh Wilson / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors set to take on the Brooklyn Nets in Round 1 of NBA Playoffs

With a win against the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, the Toronto Raptors locked up second in the East and a date with the Brooklyn Nets in Round 1 of the playoffs. Since the disastrous performance against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the Toronto Raptors have been rolling. On a filled Sunday afternoon, the Raptors easily […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Goal Analysis – Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Play-In Game #2

Tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets might have been the Leafs first or second best playoff game in the Shanaplan era. The Leafs thoroughly outplayed the Blue Jackets from start to finish, outshooting the Blue Jackets 39-20. Joonas Korpisalo was stellar once again, but the Leafs stuck to their game plan and were finally rewarded.
Link to the post-game highlight package can be found here.
Maple Leafs 1st Goal – Auston Matthews (Assist Hyman)

Let’s goooooo #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/u8yFj6qpKr
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 4, 2020

The Leafs gather up the puck in their own end after a scoring chance by the Blue Jackets and Matthews leads the three-on-two fast break the other way. As Matthews approaches the blueline, he sends the puck over to Hyman and then books it towards the front of the net. Hyman makes a hard pass back over to Matthews, who redirects the puck past Korpisalo’s blocker.
This was one of the rare times where Seth Jones was not on the ice against the Matthews line. The Blue Jackets instead had Murray-Werenski out, but on this goal, Oliver Bjorkstrand (#28) ends up having to play defense after Werenski pinched …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

3 Things the Toronto Raptors did right against the Miami Heat

The Toronto Raptors and especially VanVleet came up big against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat yesterday. Coming into this game, the Toronto Raptors failed to get a win against the Miami Heat in the regular season. The Heat was just a team the Raptors couldn’t figure out. Adebayo was too mobile, Duncan Robinson was […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Top three takeaways from week 20

Week 20 saw the Toronto Raptors finish a perfect 3-0 against three weaker Western Conference teams. With the end of the regular season getting closer, here are my three takeaways from this week’s action. This week was eventful for the Toronto Raptors. Not only did they increase their lead over the Boston Celtics for second […]
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Author: Aditya Chandran / Raptors HQ

5 Thoughts on another game getting goalied for the Leafs

It’s not often that a game against an out of conference non-playoff team could be considered a must win game, but after only getting one point in the first two games on what should’ve been an easy California road trip, the Leafs find themselves needing the two points tonight. Let’s look at some of the biggest points of the game.
Welcome Back Cody Ceci
I’m not going to lie, I completely forgot Cody Ceci was a thing on this team. Not going to lie though, when I heard he wasn’t coming back, I wasn’t in complete dismay.
Ok, hold your boos. I remembered him having solid stats, and considering that Timothy Liljegren was starting to falter, he was probably a better replacement for the time being. But, I forgot about one big thing with Ceci.

Rowney banks in the rebound. 1-0 Ducks. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/gJiR6sojvl
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) March 7, 2020

Cody, baby, what in the sweet hell are you doing? Actually, that’s an easy answer. Nothing, you’re doing nothing.
Somebody teach Marner how to shoot a puck
This is weird …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors’ sound win vs Minnesota Timberwolves

The Toronto Raptors provided a sound win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on the second night of a back-to-back. How did everyone grade in the game? After the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards in emphatic fashion on Friday night, they came into the second night of their back-to-back safe in the knowledge that, for the […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Pregame #48: 5 Things to Watch for against the Flames

The Leafs picked up a much needed win against noted win donors the New Jersey Devils the other night, but face a bit more a legitimate challenge tonight in the Calgary Flames. I mean, not really all that legitimate, they are decent by Pacific Division standards and Lucic in their lineup, but still the difficulty level is going up a little.
The Leafs are in a win/win situation in that if they beat the Flames they get two points, but if they lose they put the Oilers and Canucks in a worse position. I think it’s important that we appreciate the silver linings regardless of the outcome.
LINEUPS

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.5#32 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.6#3 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.9#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.66#5 FL1

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.8#44 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.5#15 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.12#8 FL2

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 72.7#68 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.9#106 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.1#52 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.55#7 FL3

DMYTRO TIMASHOV
Rating: 71.4#91 LW

ADAM BROOKS
Rating: 72.0#105 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.2#113 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.21#13 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.6#69 LD

JUSTIN …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

How concerning is the Toronto Raptors record against top-end opponents?

The Toronto Raptors have a poor record against top-end opponents this season. Should we be concerned by their struggles? When all is said and done in the NBA, it comes down to the best team from each conference – the East and the West – battling it out for supremacy and the right to call […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ