How the lines could look following Muzzin’s injury

While the Leafs did enjoy a bounce-back win on Tuesday evening, it came at the expense of Jake Muzzin who left the game early.
Late in the third period, Muzzin was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois and as he fell to the ice, his head and neck were knocked back after colliding with Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg. He was unable to get up on his own power and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher following a 15-minute delay.

Here’s the cross check from Pierre-Luc Dubois on Jake Muzzin. No penalty for Dubois.
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) August 4, 2020

In the fallback of this gut-wrenching injury, fans wonder how the Leafs will adjust their lines for Games 3 and 4. This depends on what Sheldon Keefe will be looking for on his blue line for however long Muzzin is gone. Does he want to implement a player who can impact the game offensively or can provide value on the penalty kill?
If the answer is the former, then Rasmus Sandin makes the most sense. He showed promising progression during his second tenure with the big club and was trusted into big minutes when they had …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Leafs vs Panthers tonight has massive playoff implications

The Leafs needed a bounceback, statement, character, whatever kind of win you want to call it in the worst way on Tuesday against the Lightning. They got it. But while that was a game to feel great about for a couple days, the reward for it is the setup for tonight’s monster game against the Panthers – the only team really chasing and capable of catching the Leafs to bump them out of the playoffs.
How much is on the line tonight? About as much as a regular season game can possibly be worth at this stage in the schedule. has as much as a twenty percent swing in playoff chances for either team. Truly bonkers. Thankfully they also project the Leafs as road favourites in this game with a 53% win probability. I’m sure that will ease everyone’s mind.
It might seem like this season has been going off the rails for Toronto, and to a point that’s true, but with the playoff seeding set up as it is, their cutoff to get in is going to be on the low side. Going into this evening, the Leafs are projected …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors bounce-back win over the Charlotte Hornets

The Toronto Raptors picked up a bounce-back road win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, with Terence Davis and Serge Ibaka leading the charge. How did everyone grade in the win? The Toronto Raptors headed into Tuesday night’s road game against the Charlotte Hornets in need of an uplifting win. The Raptors were 2-3 over […]
Grades from Toronto Raptors bounce-back win over the Charlotte Hornets – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ