Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Rockets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Feb. 10

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Rockets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Feb. 10

The Toronto Raptors rode another dominant performance from Pascal Siakam to a win against the Thunder last night. With seven straight victories in the bag, the latest Raptors odds hint that they will keep their hot streak up against a young team that is playing for the future. Toronto will take on Jalen Green and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

News from the Rink: Mrázek to start tomorrow night, Mikheyev close to return

The Leafs are back at Ford Performance Centre for a day of practice before they face Chicago on Saturday night.
It’s been a tough week for Toronto. The Leafs have won one game in their last four and have picked up three points of a possible eight. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but after Thursday night’s loss to Tampa, Sheldon Keefe discussed how costly mistakes are against teams like the Lightning.
“They played the game we thought they would in terms of counter-punching,” Keefe said. “I think the biggest thing, though, is just their team doesn’t make those kind of mistakes. They got those mistakes out of their game a few years ago and won a couple cups since. Our team’s gotta figure out when we want to get rid of those mistakes.”
Friday was another day at practice for the Leafs to get on the other side of that.
Leafs lines at practice:
Here are how the lines shaped up at practice, and as you can see, there are a few additions.

#Leafs lines at practice Dec. 10/21
Bunting-Matthews-KaseKerfoot -Tavares-NylanderRitchie-Kampf-SimmondsMikheyev-Engvall-Clifford
Extra: Steeves, Spezza^
Rielly-BrodieMuzzin-Liljegren Rubins-HollDermott*-Biega
*non-contact^suspended
— David Alter (@dalter) December 10, 2021



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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays head to Fenway for a two-game series against the surprisingly good Red Sox

Coming off of an ugly performance in Kansas City, the Blue Jays will play a two-game set with the best of the American League East which, just as we all expected, is the Boston Red Sox.

How they’re doing…
It’s only been a little over half a month, but the Red Sox are killing it this year. They’re 11-6, tied for the top spot in the American League, and they’re fresh off of kicking the shit out of Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito.
The expectation was that Boston would be a middling team this year and that would score quite a few runs but also allow quite a few in return. So far, the offence has come even more than advertised, as Boston has the second-most runs-per-game in baseball, and the pitching has been better than expected, as their 3.70 team ERA is above league average.
Now, of course, a few-week-long hot streak shouldn’t mean all too much, but this team has a good base here with Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts, and we’ve certainly seen the Red Sox inexplicably fart their way to a successful season despite low expectation. 2013 comes …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs look to maintain momentum against Oilers amidst goalie concerns

Coming off an impressive full-team performance Saturday night, led by a newly-returned Jack Campbell who posted a shutout against Connor McDavid and crew, the Leafs are hoping to keep the pressure on and come out with a similar result in Edmonton tonight. However, it seems they’ll be doing so without either Campbell or Frederik Andersen in net, as reports are out that Michael Hutchinson gets the start. Campbell is apparently out with an undisclosed injury, no timeline for return given, and Freddie is not yet ready to step back into net.

Hutchinson in the starter’s net for Toronto.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) March 1, 2021

Even without Auston Matthews, the Leafs played as complete a game as we have seen from them this season on Saturday, delivering both offensively and defensively. They also succeeded in keeping their foot on the gas even with a solid lead in the third period, something they have struggled with in the past. Campbell’s performance in his return was nothing less than stellar, and the mood of the entire team following the win was noticeably jubilant.
Meanwhile, despite their loss in that game, the Oilers have been dominant over the last couple weeks. Prior to Saturday’ …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Seravalli: Expecting Auston Matthews to score 50 goals this season is “nonsensical”

After another two-goal performance against the Ottawa Senators, the talk of the town is exactly how many times we can expect Auston Matthews to score this season.

Matthews currently leads the league with 16 goals through 17 games. At the pace he’s operating on right now, Matthews would eclipse the 50-goal plateau despite this season having a shortened 56-game schedule.
Is that doable? Frank Seravalli, the co-host of The DFO Rundown, spoke about it on Friday…
Seravalli: “I get it. Auston Matthews is off to a fantastic start and I’m not slagging him by any means. What he’s done has been simply incredible to this point.
But, really? The Hart? The Selke? Should we give him the Vezina as well? I get that he’s been fantastic, but geez, it’s every minute of every day it feels like the fawning over Auston Matthews.
Can he score a goal-per-game? What are we even talking about here? No, he cannot score a goal-per-game.
Alex Ovechkin is the best, I think, goal scorer of all-time. In his best 56-game stretch of his career, he scored 48 goals, which is incredible. If Auston Matthews could get to 50, it would be insane. 50 in 55 games …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to ignite offense against Flames

Thanks to some puck luck and a strong performance from Jack Campbell between the pipes, the Leafs were able to come away with their second consecutive victory when they defeated the Flames by a score of 3-2 on Sunday. Auston Matthews referred to the contest as an “ugly game” with Toronto struggling to generate much offensive pressure but they don’t ask how, they ask how many, and the Leafs will be looking to stretch their winning streak to three games when they take on the Flames once again on Tuesday night.
For their part, the Flames will be looking to get back into the win column after having a mini two game winning streak of their own snuffed out by the Leafs the last time out. With just four games played, they have played less than any other team in the North Division to this point and will be hoping to start making good on some of the games they have in hand to put themselves in the conversation as one of the top teams in the division.
Perhaps fortunate to come away with a victory in what was mostly a listless effort, the Leafs will need to find …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: A lot of pressure riding on Pascal Siakam’s performance

Toronto Raptors: A lot of pressure riding on Pascal Siakam’s performance

Pascal Siakam’s performance against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night will have big implications for the Toronto Raptors. The Toronto Raptors are coming off of their first win of the season against the New York Knicks. This comes after Toronto started the 2020-2021 NBA campaign 0-3. However, going into Thursday night’s matchup with the […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors stout victory vs Orlando Magic

The Toronto Raptors put in a strong defensive performance to defeat the Orlando Magic 113-97. What did we learn from the victory? The Toronto Raptors were back in action and hosting the Orlando Magic for the second time this season after already defeating them once back in October. The Raptors were coming into Wednesday night’s […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: It’s time to change the narrative on Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet is fresh off the best performance of his life in the 2019 NBA finals. After his big-time moment, it’s time to change the way we talk about the point guard. Imagine you were heading into work on whatever your profession’s biggest day of the year is. Let’s say you were a server at […]
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Author: Zak McDonald / Raptors HQ

Total team effort? The Raptors had no choice in Game 3

Led by a superhuman performance from Kawhi Leonard, and minus two of their better players, the Raptors came together to fend off the Bucks in Game 3. As inspirational stories go, this one is up there. Despite the idea being bandied around prior to tip-off, the Raptors did not change their starting lineup for Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, coach Nick Nurse said changes were coming, but he didn’t specify what those would be. It wasn’t until the game was underway that it became clear what the Raptors were trying to do (answer: not much). And by the time they were into their second overtime, it didn’t matter what plans Toronto had. Their 118-112 victory came instead through attrition, won by a hodge-podge lineup that just happened to work enough to keep Milwaukee at bay. And it was indeed just enough.
“I think just in general, we played with a much tougher mindset,” said Nurse after his modest shifting of the team’s minutes kept Toronto juiced throughout. “I thought we were kind of gritty and we didn’t really have much choice there. Those guys had to roll those minutes, and they kept on playing and …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ