Maple Leafs lose 3-1 to the Canucks – Rate That Leafs Game

As the Maple Leafs entered a back-to-back against the Vancouver Canucks, one thing was certain — it was going to be a tough game for Toronto. And that it was.
They struggled to score on Thatcher Demko who made it really tough for the Leafs to get anything past him. He stopped 31 shots in a 3-1 win.
We also received some sad news shortly before last night’s game ended. Walter Gretzky, the father of Wayne Gretzky passed away at 82. In my video, I explain what kind of impact he’s made on the game of hockey. His legacy will always be remembered and Walter was someone who grew the game immensely. Rest in peace, Walter Gretzky.
I hope you all enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs hope to keep Alberta hot streak alive tonight in Edmonton

Following back-to-back wins against the Flames in the Saddledome, the Leafs find themselves travelling North for another two-game series at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The two franchises have already matched up twice against each other in this speed run of a season taking a game apiece and will now each be looking to take the season series lead against one another.
Hockey fans everywhere were surprised at just how underwhelming the first two games between Toronto and Edmonton were, especially with two squads that have been built around offensive firepower. That trend should look to break sooner rather than later however as each team has not only shown they can put up goals on command, but have also had growing concerns in net with injuries sidelining the backup goalies while their starters have looked inconsistent. To rub salt in the wounds, the two franchises have each also lost third-string goalies to waivers, an especially troublesome reality as Leafs and Oilers goalies have both put up season save percentages below .900.
For Toronto, the powerplay has been the driving force behind their early-season success. Converting at a staggering 41.7%, they’ll look to build off that trend against an Edmonton penalty kill that …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

A stalemate between DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees has the Blue Jays back in the mix

After back-to-back seasons in the conversation for American League Most Valuable Player, DJ LeMahieu wants to get paid.

It seems he also specifically wants to be paid by the Yankees and, unfortunately for LeMahieu, the team is skeptical to do so.
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, LeMahieu and the Yankees are locked in a stalemate and the player is fed up with it, so he’s going to re-engage in talks with other teams who have previously shown interest in signing him, such as the Blue Jays, Dodgers, and Mets.
There was a report back in December that came out of New York in which it was suggested that the Blue Jays “desperately” wanted to sign LeMahieu, but that really seemed like his camp using Toronto as a bargaining chip against the Yankees.
Creating a bidding war between two teams, division rivals nonetheless, is a great way to drive up your asking price. I would imagine this is the same thing and LeMahieu’s end goal here is to get the Yankees to cave.
Reports indicate that LeMahieu wants $100 million over five years while the Yankees only want to go as high as $75 million over four years. Logic …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs recall Korshkov and Marchment ahead of tonight’s game in Buffalo

On the heels of a road back-to-back that saw them beat the Senators last night, the Leafs will head into Buffalo this evening for a tilt with the Sabres. It’s an important game, like all of them at this point, where they can put 6 points between themselves and the 4th place Panthers with a win.
It also looks like, given the proximity to home, the team will use the opportunity to potentially get some fresh legs in the lineup.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forwards Egor Korshkov and Mason Marchment from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.com/pGeAHSXjgg
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 16, 2020

Then again, both of these guys might just be getting the call to hop up to the big club for a couple days of NHL salary as a reward for their strong play with the Marlies recently. Both have been scoring at a nice clip in the last few AHL games.
But if we want to go into full trade season speculation mode, maybe this signifies the Leafs are working on something and want to have a little insurance in the lineup. Either way, nice to see the team continue to put trust in graduating …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors tough loss to the Thunder

Short-handed and on the second night of a back-to-back, the Toronto Raptors couldn’t quite earn a win. What were the game’s biggest takeaways? It’s never easy to win on the second night of a back-to-back. It’s nearly impossible to do so when your team is missing half of its roster to injury. The Toronto Raptors […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs Pregame #37: Five Things to Watch Against the Red Wings

The Leafs look to win both halves of a back-to-back for the first time this season, and they’ll probably never get an easier opportunity, as they face the 9-24-3 Detroit Red Wings for the third time this season.
Both teams are trending in opposite directions, as the Leafs are sporting a 9-4 record since they fired Babcock, and the Wings have lost 14 of their last 16 games, including a 12 game losing streak.
Here’s what to look for in tonight’s game.
Lineups
Leafs lines have yet to be confirmed until later today, but right now it sounds like Trevor Moore might finally get back into the lineup after another injury this week during practice. According to Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets), if that’s the case Timashov will probably be the odd man out.

Meanwhile Detroit is looking like they have all season, a few solid pieces surrounded by garbage.
Hutchinson is the confirmed starter for Toronto, while former Leaf Jonathan Bernier is in net for the Red Wings.
1. Hutch’s Final Chance?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hutchinson hasn’t been good for the Leafs. He& …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: Sheldon Keefe talks learning experiences, Jason Spezza discusses his role, and more

After picking up back-to-back wins to kick off their four-game Western Conference road trip, the Leafs dropped one of their most frustrating games of the season last night. They carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, and, within a matter of a couple of minutes, allowed three unanswered goals and took the loss.

The Leafs will look to rebound on Saturday night when they head to Edmonton to take on the struggling Oilers. Edmonton is mired in their first real losing streak of the season, as they’ve lost three in a row. The Leafs have won every single match-up against the Oilers in the Auston Matthews era, with Edmonton’s last win against Toronto coming back when Connor McDavid had a five-point game back in February of 2016.
Sheldon Keefe teased everybody today when Michael Hutchinson was the first goalie off the ice at practice, indicating that he would get the start, though the coach confirmed shortly after that Freddy Andersen would be getting the start in Edmonton. I don’t know about you guys, but the idea of Hutchinson getting a start against Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl sounds a little disturbing.

Well, Sheldon Keefe …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors narrow loss to Los Angeles Clippers

Shorthanded on the second night of a back-to-back, the Toronto Raptors played the Los Angeles Clippers tough, but ultimately fell short in a hard-fought loss. The Toronto Raptors were up against it on Monday night. They were on the road, without three members of their rotation (losing a fourth just minutes into the contest), and […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ