Toronto Raptors: Three Players who must step up in Orlando

The NBA season is set to resume in 10 days and the Toronto Raptors are the reigning champions. To remain the best in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors will need three players to bring their top game to the bubble in Orlando. There are three players the Toronto Raptors will need to step up their […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Three teams the Toronto Raptors want to face and three they want to avoid

  The reigning and defending NBA Champions, the Toronto Raptors, are being disrespected with Las Vegas betting odds at +2400x for the Raptors to repeat. However, the Raptors are currently second-best in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and third overall in the NBA. As a top-five team in the NBA, there are three teams the Toronto […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Could the Toronto Raptors go Back to Back if the Season Resumes?

With the Toronto Raptors being the reigning NBA champions and currently sitting third place in the NBA, could they go back to back and win the 2020 NBA championship if the season resumes? The Toronto Raptors have one of the best teams in the NBA, with them winning the championship last season and currently sitting […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Leafs Postgame: Getting rid of the Blues

Last night the Maple Leafs took on the reigning champion St. Louis Blues on the road in a difficult match up.
The Leafs got off to a great start, scoring the first goal within 3 minutes of the opening puck drop on a great read by Mitch Marner, leading to a goal by Zach Hyman:

Marner reads the pass and then sets up a one-timer for Hyman. 1-0 Leafs #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/y4ZwpSZRon
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) December 8, 2019

The Blues got one back quickly though, capitalizing on great pressure on the forecheck to set up the Ivan Barbashev goal:

A turnover and Barbashev fires one home from the slot. 1-1. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/ubVFNvE65T
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) December 8, 2019

The match was the debut opportunity for Pontus Aberg, who the Leafs signed to a 1 year contract last season. He got his first opportunity on the first line, a great chance to impress with Auston Matthews and William Nylander.
While Aberg didn’t do so much on the scoresheet, the line did create a goal for Auston Matthews to put the Leafs up 2-1:

What a play by Nylander and what a shot by Matthews. 2-1 Leafs. #LeafsForever …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation