How the Toronto Raptors can come back against the Boston Celtics

After dropping the first two games, the Toronto Raptors are in desperate need of a change of plans. The Toronto Raptors are one of the sweetest 3-point shooting teams around. They shot for 37% from deep and ranked fifth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage during the regular season and smacked the Brooklyn […]
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Author: Louis Pavlakos / Raptors HQ

NHLPA Announces Postponements of Playoff Games

The NHLPA announced the postponement of playoff games originally scheduled for today and tomorrow.

Statement from the National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League. https://t.co/uV1F5iDeUS pic.twitter.com/JS2t0MvUij
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 27, 2020

The announcement comes on the heels of similar action taken by NBA and MLB players, to show solidarity and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Games will resume Saturday.

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation

NBA Scrimmage Grades: Raptors Sloppy in Loss to the Suns

During their previous two scrimmage games, the Toronto Raptors came out looking healthy, well-rested, and ready to defend their championship. That was not the case against the Suns in which the Raptors came out looking tired and played an overall sloppy game where they lost 117 – 106. The Toronto Raptors played their final scrimmage […]
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Author: Hani Salehi / Raptors HQ

Predicting the Blue Jays’ Opening Day 30-man roster based on who’s travelling to Boston

The Blue Jays are playing two exhibition games at Fenway Park on Tuesday and Wednesday before kicking off the 2020 season on Friday in Washington.

Based on the group that the Jays have brought with them, we can start to get a good idea of who will be on the team’s 30-man roster when the season opens up a few days from now.

#BlueJays players travelling to Boston for exhibition games: pic.twitter.com/WfXSH9BzEL
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) July 20, 2020

The Jays have 60-ish players (honestly, it’s gotten pretty confusing keeping track of the 60-man player pool with non-roster invitees still around and guys being placed on the Injured/COVID List) they can pick from, but the group travelling to Boston was whittled down to 38.
Nobody left behind was really surprising. Heading to Toronto’s alternate camp somewhere will be Alejandro Kirk, Riley Adams, Jordan Groshans, Kevin Smith, Austin Martin, Andy Burns, Patrick Kivlehan, Josh Palacios, Forrest Wall, T.J. Zeuch, Alek Manoah, Joey Murray, Travis Bergen, Ty Tice, Bryan Baker, and the injured guys, Chase Anderson and Julian Merryweather.
The only name I’m actually surprised to not see coming to Boston, and, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

KHL players will be able to sign with NHL teams as of May 1st

Games may not be played anytime soon, but we’re just over a month away from KHL signing season, and if recent history has taught us anything, that’s a significant time for the Leafs.
From TSN:
With the KHL season officially being cancelled Wednesday, players with expiring KHL contracts are free to sign with NHL teams as of May 1.
However, as TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports, the NHL has instructed teams that they can only sign players to deals that begin next season while this year’s campaign remains suspended. Whether or not that changes if the NHL resumes play is unclear.
So as far as Leafs reserve list players they’d possibly consider bringing over, there isn’t much over there, no Egor Korshkov in waiting. Vladislav Kara is an intriguing option, but he’s still got some development time, and I can’t see the Leafs rushing this Russian.
Now if the Leafs are wanting to consider their tradition of bringing over KHLers like Soshnikov, Zaitsev, Ozhiganov, or Mikheyev, the Leafs have had rumoured interest in a number of KHLers this season…
Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Daily Duce: NHL and NBA seasons have been suspended due to Coronavirus. What’s next for MLB?

Daily?!?!

Soak in today’s Blue Jays games, friends. They’re probably going to be the last ones we’ll be able to watch or listen to for a while.

Spring training games in Florida and Arizona are expected to be suspended.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 12, 2020

As Jon Heyman reports, Major League Baseball is expected to suspend Grapefruit and Cactus League games in Florida and Arizona. With the NBA and NHL suspending their respective leagues, for the time being, the focus for MLB now shifts to Opening Day, which is scheduled for two weeks from now. Camps will remain open for players to stick around and work out, but what happens after that is up in the air.
Honestly, at this point, how can you really guess what’s going to happen? I mean, look at how much can change in two weeks. Two weeks ago the idea of shutting down March Madness or postponing and talking about cancelling the NBA and NHL playoffs wasn’t even a discussion. But here we are. Two weeks from now, when first pitches are scheduled to be thrown on Opening Day, is going to be a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Three Raptors who need to step up down the stretch

The Toronto Raptors have 21 games left to play in what has been a pleasantly good season to date. The season is not over and here is a look at three Raptors who need to step up their game down the stretch. After coming away from Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings with a win, […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Five predictions for the Toronto Raptors last 25 games

The Toronto Raptors have 25 games left in their already very impressive season. How will the rest of the year play out for the East’s second-best team? Virtually nobody could have predicted the success the Toronto Raptors have accomplished so far this season. Forty-two wins, a 15-game winning streak and Pascal Siakam turning into a star […]
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Author: Hunter Surphlis / Raptors HQ

Grapefruit Notes: Hot start for Rowdy, Nate Pearson dazzles in debut, and more!

The Blue Jays played three games over the last couple of days, winning against the Braves and splitting their split-squad games against the Yankees and Phillies. The three games featured some big offensive performances and some exciting pitcher debuts. Let’s get into it!

Things worth mentioning…
Shun Yamaguchi made his North American debut on Monday against the Braves and it went, uh, not well. Yamaguchi lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing three earned runs on three hits while walking and hitting a batter. It’s just spring, so it doesn’t really mean much, but Yamaguchi’s command was all over the grid. As Keegan Matheson notes, Yamaguchi is dealing with adjusting to the North American ball, which is slightly bigger than the one he’s used to throwing in Japan.
The three runs surrendered by Yamaguchi would be the only ones allowed by the Blue Jays’ pitching staff on the day as eight relievers threw scoreless frames. Ken Giles had an easy inning, Anthony Bass struck out two in his inning, and non-roster hopefuls Ty Tice, Travis Bergen, and Justin Miller all had solid outings.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #57: 5 things to watch for against the Coyotes

The Leafs have nine games left before the trade deadline, and this morning they are more comfortably sitting in 3rd place in the Atlantic thanks to a Panthers loss to the Flyers. If it wasn’t already painfully clear, it seems the best path to the playoffs runs through the Atlantic Division 3rd place spot, rather than either of the wildcard spots.
The Coyotes are an ideal opponent for the Leafs tonight. The Habs played a tight game against them last night before Arizona ultimately sealed the deal in the final couple of minutes, avoiding overtime. The Coyotes find themselves in the same position the Leafs were on the weekend where they need to decide if the going with the same goaltender on both nights of a back to back is in their best interest.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.5#42 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 83.7#2 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 79.1#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.79#4 FL1

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.8#55 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 79.3#13 C

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.3#124 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#10 FL2

KYLE CLIFFORD
Rating: 70.4#106 LW

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 71.5#120 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 71.9#70 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.27#20 FL3

PIERRE ENGVALL


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation