Leafs look to rebound from Habs loss against the Flames – with David Rittich in net?

Listen, Jack Campbell was not going to win every game he started this season. A loss was bound to happen sooner or later, and I don’t know about you, but Leafs losses just don’t faze me as much this season. They’re good, their record is good, they have what it takes to pull out wins even when they might not deserve it. Yes, last night’s game was not exactly a great example of what they can do, but I can’t be too mad at a stinker every 9 or 10 games.
Onward. The Leafs play again tonight against the Flames – and on Sunday evening they traded for former Flames goalie David Rittich  (who has historically played very well against the Leafs) – it’s like a soap opera and I love it. Will he start tonight? If so, is that a good thing? Obviously having some extra goalie insurance is a plus, because with Frederik Andersen sidelined indefinitely the Leafs goalie options are Campbell, who is clearly not yet used to handling the starter’s workload, and Michael Hutchinson, who is Michael Hutchinson. It’ll be interesting to see what Rittich can do behind this Leafs team.
The …

Read More

Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Jack Campbell wins 10th-straight and sets Leafs franchise record

Holy cow. Jack Campbell did the thing. 10 wins in a row to start a season. The first Leafs player to ever do it.
I don’t have many words other than “wow.” Campbell deserves everything that is coming his way after hearing about his journey to the NHL and all the battles he had to face. He’s an incredible person, the team rallies around him and again, he’s such an important person to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After the game, I thought about how I was going to open up my video, and well, I think I did a pretty good job. I hope you enjoy the video!

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Jack Campbell is making Leafs history – Rate That Leafs Game

With another win under his belt, Jack Campbell improves to 9-0-0 this season and ties the Maple Leafs franchise record for most consecutive wins. Does he make it to ten-straight?
Auston Matthews also scored two goals last night and now leads the Rocket Richard race with 27 goals this season. Does he win the goal-scoring title?
And finally, Jason Spezza, who’s a 37-year-old in the NHL, adds another point to his total this season (which is 21 points in 38 games). Is he the best veteran player in the NHL?
Happy power play goal day. I hope you enjoy the video!

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs vs Flames 04/05/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post
Saving Jack Campbell for the second night of a back-to-back might help the Toronto Maple Leafs keep their recent groove in a scenario where they tend to struggle. The Maple Leafs are -150 away favourites and the Flames are +130 underdogs with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Monday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto beat Calgary 4-2 on Sunday. The Maple Leafs are 3-11 in their last 14 games when they played the previous day, with the OVER hitting eight times at betting sites. The Flames are 0-4 this season when they are playing for the second consecutive day, and are 6-9 in their last 15 such contests with the UNDER hitting eight times. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last five away games as a -130 to -170 favorite, with the UNDER hitting three times.
Maple Leafs vs Flames | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Maple Leafs lead the season series 5-2 and have a 14-10 edge over the Flames in five-on-five goals. Toronto has the edge in expected goals-for percentage, or xGF% (56.7), scoring-chances share (56.1) and high-danger chances share (60.0), per Natural Stat Trick. Head-to-head, the Maple Leafs are two-for-25 on the power play and …

Read More

Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Did Jack Campbell steal the net from Frederik Andersen? – Rate That Leafs Game

Another shutout for Jack Campbell. Wow.
When I ask the question “Is Jack Campbell now the Maple Leafs starter?” I mean, until Frederik Andersen returns from injury, sure, he has the net. But what about after that? I think you can say that if Campbell plays really well while Andersen is out, he’s the Leafs starter, right?
I believe so. I also believe that Jason Spezza has the best shot in the NHL at the age of 37. I hope you enjoy the video!

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Campbell records a shutout, because of course he did

So, Jack Campbell is going to be the starter now, right?
The Leafs desperately needed a win after going into the contest losing six of their previous seven games and boy did they come away with a good result. Not only did they generate a lot of offensive chances but they got some reliable goaltending for the first time in what seemed like ages. You could also tell the Leafs played a different type of game in front of Campbell as they felt more relaxed compared to 24 hours prior.

Jack Campbell has made 69 consecutive saves.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) March 21, 2021

Both teams combined for seven penalties on the night with a number of them being questionable calls at best. On Toronto’s end, they came up short time and time again which could have widened the gap even further had just one found twine (more on that later). Despite the lacklustre power play, their penalty kill was miles better than it has been the past few weeks.
All of which is to say that this is the result they needed heading into another lengthy break.
Three Stars
3rd Star: Jason Spezza
Late in the first period, Spezza lived up to his …

Read More

Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Leafs News & Notes: Matthews and Andersen nearing return, Nylander held out of practice, Dermott ready for retribution?

The Leafs are riding high after Jack Campbell and Michael Hutchinson helped lead the team to back to back shutouts over Connor McDavid and company in the last couple of games, and they’ve done so without Auston Matthews in the lineup as well. Tuesday’s practice, however, brought with it some optimism that reinforcements for an already formidable squad could be on the way sooner rather than later.
Matthews has been skating for the last few days but Tuesday’s practice was the first time that he was back skating in his regular place between Mitch Marner and Joe Thornton as part of the main practice group. He is still questionable to return for Wednesday’s matchup but returning to full practice is an encouraging step in his recovery.

Auston Matthews on how his hand/wrist is doing:
“It’s feeling a lot better. Day by day it’s progressed. The plan is to see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) March 2, 2021

According to head coach Sheldon Keefe, Matthews has been battling with an injury to his hand/wrist area for most of the season but it was aggravated further in last Wednesday’s overtime …

Read More

Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

How much of Michael Hutchinson will we see?

The news that Campbell is out for weeks is the opposite of ideal. Some might say it’s pretty bad. The fact that the Leafs recently lost Aaron Dell on waivers to gain some flexibility in taxi squad recalls for Thornton and Robertson’s injury makes things feel a little worse, and the Leafs are once again looking at Michael Hutchinson as the Leafs backup goaltender.
This time Hutchinson is the backup, not out of poor planning, but out of the necessity. He was slated as the fourth string goaltender, but the shortage of goaltenders around the league made Aaron Dell a commodity, and Campbell’s injury, is well, why the had Dell in the first place. The fact that they are now onto Hutchinson, who is a perfectly reasonable option as a third string goaltender wouldn’t be an issue except for the decreasing confidence from Leafs fans in Freddie Andersen, but he’s actively trying to prove people wrong. Over the past three starts Andersen is sitting at a .938 save percentage which is decidedly better than he started the year at. Fingers crossed that he can perform at this level or at least somewhere in-between this level and …

Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Nate Pearson will reportedly start for the Blue Jays on Wednesday

The wait is almost over.

According to Jamie Campbell, the Blue Jays are planning to start Nate Pearson on Wednesday in Washington against the Nationals.

#BlueJays plan to start Nate Pearson on Wednesday in Washington, per source.
— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) July 27, 2020

We always knew that Pearson would make his Major League debut at some point this season, the question was simply when it would happen. Pearson’s service time will have been adequately manipulated by Wednesday, so the Blue Jays will gain an extra year of control before he can hit free agency well down the road.
Adding Pearson to the rotation should be a huge boost for the team. Though we should always keep our expectations for rookies at a realistic level, Pearson was absolutely dominant in spring training and realistically could hit the ground running and immediately become a top-of-the-rotation option for the Blue Jays.
Also, having Pearson in the rotation (along with Hyun Jin Ryu, Matt Shoemaker, Trent Thornton, and Tanner Roark) will allow the Jays to use Thomas Hatch and/or Anthony Kay as a reliever, which will give Charlie Montoyo some much-needed depth out of the ‘pen.
Pearson is currently on the …

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Report: Blue Jays sign catcher Caleb Joseph to MiLB deal

According to Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have signed former Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph to a minor-league deal. Mike Wilner of Sportsnet The Fan 590 suggests that Joseph will likely take Luke Maile’s spot on the roster after he was non-tendered and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December.

#BlueJays sign catcher Caleb Joseph, per source. Minor league deal, non-roster invitee.
— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) January 20, 2020

Joseph, 33, was drafted by Baltimore in 2008 and spent parts of five seasons with the Orioles before signing as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2019, with Arizona, he slashed .211/.250/.263 in 20 games. In 2018, he appeared in 82 games in Baltimore, posting an OPS of .575.
A defence-first catcher, Joseph, a native of Nashville, Tennesse gained minor notoriety in Toronto after an altercation with Marcus Stroman in 2014.
More updates to come.

Read More

Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation