Looks like Timashov is off the team

In the last chance to waive someone pre trade deadline, the Leafs have decided to waive Dmytro Timashov.

The move allows the Leafs to add to the roster without demoting one of Engvall, Liljegren, or Sandin. And if claimed, Timashov would be eligible to play in the playoffs for the team that takes him.
Timashov had requested a trade at the end of December and has been a frequent healthy scratch under Sheldon Keefe. He seemed to be appreciated by Mike Babcock previously, and while no one wanted to give up assets for him, I don’t doubt that someone will claim him or that he could be flipped for a different AHLer.
This is a fairy insignificant move, and an expected one, but it could signal further moves for the Leafs in the next 27 hours.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors look for another win in Orlando for Game 4: Preview, start time, and more

The Raptors have a chance to take the first commanding 3-1 lead they’ve ever had in a playoff series. It’s almost time for Game 4 against the Magic in Orlando. Kawhi Leonard followed his 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting with a 16 point outing, shooting an abysmal 5-of-19 from the field. With numbers like that from Toronto’s top guy, it should be next to impossible to win a playoff game on the road. However, something special happened.
Pascal Siakam, who many thought would struggle in this series due to the length of Magic players Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon, put up a show-stopping 30 points and 11 rebounds. In a season of continuous improvement from Siakam, he took over in the third quarter and made some big shots. Specifically, after Orlando took their first lead of the game just under the 7-minute mark, Siakam answered with a crowd silencing corner 3. Toronto would quickly go on a 16-0 run, capped off by a wonderful up-and-under move by Siakam against former Raptor Terrence Ross.
After the impressive performance, Danny Green was surprised to know Siakam had only been playing organized basketball for 7 years.

Reporter to Siakam: “You’ve only been playing basketball for seven years…” …

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Author: Zakaria Abdulle / Raptors HQ

LGD: On the Road Again

There was almost no chance that the Leafs were going to avoid having to play at TD Garden more than twice in the first round. With a low probability for a sweep and home ice advantage for Boston, Toronto’s team knew that they’d have to head into enemy territory more often than not as the first round went on.
The good news is that the Leafs have avoided the kind of decimation that two teams have already faced this spring, outlasting both the Tampa Bay Lightning (lmao!) and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the wake of a pair of early first-round sweeps.
The bad news, though, is that it looks to be another long and bloody series between the divisional rivals – so even if Toronto comes out of this all-too-crucial game triumphant, they’ll have less energy to spare than they’d like.
It’s a 2-2 tied series, and we’re here for Game 5.
THE LEAFS

Leafs lines at morning skate
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— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 19, 2019

As mentioned by The Toronto Sun, there have been 293 recorded hits so far across just four games this series. That’s over 70 …

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Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation