Changes to the Leafs schedule announced

Given the rather serious COVID outbreak experienced by the Vancouver Canucks organization, it was inevitable that there were schedule changes coming for the Leafs. The initial schedule changes looked like they could have had the Leafs playing four games in five nights. Fortunately, that isn’t the case and the NHL released the revisions today.

Leafs schedule updates
TOR @ VAN – from April 17 to April 18 @ 7pm ETTOR @ VAN – from April 19 to April 20 @ 9pm ETTOR @ WPG – from April 21 to April 22 @ 7pm ETTOR @ WPG – from April 23 to May 14 @ 8pm ETTOR @ OTT on May 12 – from 7:30pm to 8pm ET https://t.co/6mMFHBWIAP
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 16, 2021

For now we’re going to assume that the TV rights remain unchanged, and Sportsnet will still have the Vancouver/Toronto game on Sunday as a national game, and all other television arrangements remain the same as well. We’ll update this if we learn any different.
The schedule also pushes back the end of the Leafs season to Friday, May 14th, from the previous end date of May 12th. Given the Leafs slide and the success of the Jets, that final game could be an important one for establishing playoff seeding.
 

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #45: 5 Things to watch for against the Jets

After a rather long train ride out east, the Jets are enjoying the luxury of flight on their road trip around the Atlantic division. Tonight they get the privilege of playing Toronto against the Leafs, who having to deal with their devastating one game losing streak which has shaken all our beliefs about this team.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.9#46 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.2#2 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.5#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.19#5 FL1

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 72.8#70 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 80.0#8 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 78.0#9 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.92#3 FL2

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.2#60 LW

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.2#151 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.0#59 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.11#12 FL3

MASON MARCHMENT
Rating: 73.2#59 LW

ADAM BROOKS
FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 68.9#127 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.06#14 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.0#10 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 76.4#12 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.17#5 DL1

MARTIN MARINCIN
Rating: 71.8#82 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 73.2#45 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.51#26 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.8#57 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.5#81 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.16#15 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 78.8#9 LW

MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 79.3#12 C

PATRIK LAINE
Rating: 75.1#28 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.74#6 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Predicting where Elvis Luciano starts the 2020 season

It was rather weird that the Blue Jays selected Elvis Luciano from Kansas City in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft. At the time an 18-year-old hurler who’d never pitched above Rookie, Luciano wasn’t exactly the most natural choice for a team to select.
Still, Ross Atkins and the Blue Jays chose him and became instantly faced with the challenge of keeping him on the big-league roster all season. Though the season came with its fair share of growing pains — Luciano pitched to an ERA of 5.35 in 33.2 innings, allowing 20 earned runs on 36 hits and 24 walks, striking out just 27 — the organization was, miraculously, able to keep him in the system, thanks chiefly to a timely stint on the injured list.
Now, the Blue Jays have full and complete control of Luciano’s future, which, ultimately, is what they wanted when they took him from the Royals. With years of control and an electric yet raw arm, Luciano becomes more intriguing now than ever.
Since his rookie status is still intact as of the end of the 2019 season, the Blue Jays can develop him as they wish. Player development, especially in this organization, is a challenging and at times divisive topic. Do the …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation