Kawhi Leonard and Clippers are what Toronto Raptors could’ve been

Kawhi Leonard and Clippers are what Toronto Raptors could’ve been

The Toronto Raptors’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers is more than just a matchup between a team looking to make it to the play-in tournament and an opponent looking to get some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack in West. It’s a chance for the Raptors to catch up with old […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Three Stars: Jack Campbell steals a point, but Leafs cough up the extra point in OT

Up until the 59th minute in tonight’s game, it looked like the Leafs would finally goalie their opponent for the first time this season. Alas, it was not meant to be.
The Leafs opened the scoring early in the first period when a Morgan Rielly wrist shot found its way through a crowd in front and past a screened Jake Allen. If you could give two assists to the same player on a goal, Alex Galchenyuk would have deserved both. His through-the-legs pass back to the point is what lead to the Rielly shot in the first place, and the chaos he caused as he went to the front of the net is what prevented Allen from tracking the puck.
In what would become a theme during this game, the referees called three consecutive penalties against the Leafs that were weak in nature. Within the spirit of the rules? Probably. But within the standard that we’ve seen these types of calls made? Probably not. The Leafs weathered the storm with two straight penalty kills, but the Habs capitalized on their third try with a Nick Suzuki cross-seam pass to Tyler Toffoli that everyone at home saw coming. Toffoli …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

George Springer homers twice, Blue Jays pull off comeback, but Alejandro Kirk and Tommy Milone wind up on the Injured List

That was definitely the most exciting game of the Blue Jays’ season this far. It looks like this team is finally rolling.

The Braves went up 4-0 early on the power of a grand slam off of Tommy Milone but the Blue Jays kept battling back. George Springer homered twice, the team put together a sixth-inning rally, and then Randel Grichuk hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to complete the comeback. What a blast that was to watch.
Things worth mentioning…

Saturday night felt like the true arrival of George Springer. He had a goose egg in his first game, got on base a few times in his second, but exploded in his third. Springer grounded out in the first inning and appeared to re-aggravate his injury as he hobbled to first base. Despite that, Springer stayed in the game and was key to the comeback effort. He hit a two-run dinger to cut Atlanta’s early lead to 4-2 and then hit the game-tying homer in the seventh inning. Springer is now 3-for-12 with a couple of dingers and three walks as a Blue Jay. Let’s just hope he can stay on the field.

George Springer …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Oh hey, Vancouver again!

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

In their fourth game against the Canucks in the last two weeks, the Leafs will close out their nine game series against them. The Canucks have won two of the last three, but can the Leafs still the show tonight?
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The Matchup

Toronto
Vancouver

Record
32-13-5, .690 points %
19-22-3, .466 points%

GF/GA
166-132
115-141

Power play %

21.7

19.7

Penalty kill %
76.6

78.6

CF%
50.67
46.62

xGF%
55.03
45.64

PDO
101.9
99.4

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Who I like
Auston Matthews ($9,100). Next.
John Tavares ($6,900) has provided solid value all year and has eight points in eight games against Vancouver. I could see him keeping up that pace tonight.
Nick Foligno ($4,100) has gotten assists in each of his three games with Toronto so far, and I like his chances to keep it up tonight.
Around the NHL
I like Devan Dubnyk ($8,100) in net tonight for the Avs against the Sharks as well as teammate Cale Makar ($6,100). He has six points in three games against …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Building a lead

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

The red hot Edmonton Oilers are slowing crawling up the standings towards the top ranked Leafs. Tonight, the Leafs will look to beat up on a depleted Canucks team to try and stretch their lead.
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The Matchup

Toronto
Vancouver

Record
31-13-5, .684 points %
19-21-3, .477 points%

GF/GA
162-131
114-137

Power play %

21.7

19.2

Penalty kill %
77.0

78.8

CF%
50.52
46.72

xGF%
54.67
46.05

PDO
101.7
99.6

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Who I like
I think we can dabble into David Rittich ($8,300) territory tonight, but I’m not overly confident in it. Proceed with caution, as always, when it comes to Leafs goalies these days.
With Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin out, I like Justin Holl ($3,000) tonight, someone who is averaging 5.9 FPPG this season.
You know we’re going to keep rolling with Auston Matthews ($9,200), too.
Around the NHL
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,000) has been on an absolute heater as of late with seven points in his last 10 games, including two goals and four points …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Merry Clinchmas!

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

It is Clinchmas! Toronto can clinch a playoff spot with a regulation win and a Senators regulation win today. Let’s see what happens!
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The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
30-13-5, .677 points %
21-17-9, .543 points%

GF/GA
158-130
135-133

Power play %

21.5

25.7

Penalty kill %
76.6

80.5

CF%
50.69
48

xGF%
54.74
77.3

PDO
101.5
100

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Fade the goalies.
But don’t fade Auston Matthews ($9,200)! Look, he’s incredible. He’s almost a sure-fire lock to win the Rocket Richard, and has four goals and 10 points in six games against Montreal. Fire away.
Alex Kerfoot ($2,900) has two points in his last three games and has two in six against the Habs this year. He’s going to be point-dependent, though, so proceed with caution.
Rasmus Sandin ($2,500)? He’s got two points in his first four NHL games and will look to add to that total tonight.
Around the NHL
My favourite fantasy play this year has …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Joe Thornton, Rasmus Sandin have best game as Leafs in win over Jets

Joe Thornton had a heck of a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, I’ll just say that. A goal and two back-to-back penalties, which featured Nikolaj Ehlers. Great stuff.
Also, Rasmus Sandin had an incredible game, and probably the best one of his NHL career so far (including that massive hit on Blake Wheeler).
There’s a lot to go through after this win — why it meant so much, why it’ll mean so much in the playoffs, and everything else.
I hope you enjoy the video. It’s the best one yet.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Goals. Goals everywhere.

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

I must say, it’s tough to get a read on these Leafs as of late. On Thursday, however, they were able to break out of their wee losing skid. They’ll look to win another tonight against the Jets.
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The Matchup

Toronto
Winnipeg

Record
29-13-5, .670 points %
27-16-3, .620 points%

GF/GA
154-129
147-123

Power play %

22.1

25.7

Penalty kill %
76.0

80.5

CF%
50.70
48

xGF%
54.76
45.88

PDO
101.5
101.2

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Fade the goalies? Fade the goalies.
Auston Matthews ($9,200) continues to hum along this season. Against the Jets, he’s scored five goals and 10 points in seven games, averaging almost two more FPPG against them than his season average. On top of that, he has 10 goals and 16 points in the last 10 games. Fire away as your building block.
Morgan Rielly ($4,800) is very points dependent as a fantasy player but I have a feeling he gets on the board tonight. He’s got four points in …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to put stranglehold on division lead with series sweep over Jets

This game has all the makings for a bloodbath.
A couple of “dirty” plays from the Leafs in response have apparently sent the Jets into a bit of a frenzy, mostly noted with Paul Maurice not even giving the credit of being a tough and dirty team, just a “poorer” team, although I still don’t quite get what he means by that. Some of the Leafs took offense to that, and defended their plays, and here we are now.
That said, you probably shouldn’t go into this game expecting the Leafs to mess everyone up. Their roster makeup has always been a “make you pay by scoring” kind of team, so if the Leafs really want to follow up on that mantra, they might wanna make it a blowout. But this is also where guys like Wayne Simmonds and Nick Foligno really show their worth, so what they add to what has been an oddly chaotic series will be interesting to see.
That’s not the only note for this game, as the Leafs will look to really bury the Jets in the standings to secure first place in the division. The Leafs win, and the Jets are …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

A big first inning on Tyler Glasnow leads the Blue Jays to a win at The Trop

A slumping offence going into a game against a guy with a 0.73 ERA? Seems like it’s going to be a bad time, right? Nope! The Blue Jays spanked Tyler Glasnow for a four-run first inning and hung on to beat the Rays by a score of 5-3.

Things worth mentioning…

Just about all of Toronto’s offence came in the first inning. Glasnow struck the first two guys he faced out but then Vlad Jr. kept the inning going with a single. After that, Rowdy Tellez drove him in with a double, Randal Grichuk drew a walk, and then Marcus Semien clubbed a three-run bomb to centre field. Glasnow allowed twice as many runs in the first inning of Friday’s game than he had in 24 2/3 innings coming into the game. It looked like Glasnow was going to mow the Blue Jays down based on the first couple of at-bats. It’s amazing how quickly things can change…

That’s a 13 pitch, 0 run inning if Vladdy’s grounder is like 5 feet left. What a sport.
— bk (@_bkuh_) April 23, 2021

Steven Matz was solid on Friday, though he had to compensate for some ugly defence behind him. The Blue Jays made three errors …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation