Grades from the Toronto Raptors close loss to DeRozan and the Spurs

The Toronto Raptors had good news with the returns of Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam but ultimately fell to the Spurs 105-104 in a down-to-the-wire battle. The Toronto Raptors are struggling, now losers of three of their last five games but things are still looking positive moving forward. The biggest reason for this positivity moving […]
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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ

Say “Hi, man” to Hyman

Hyman cleared, returns tomorrow #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) November 12, 2019
The moment of Hyman’s return is somewhat bittersweet. We’ve been looking forward to this moment all season, and recently felt that this was going to be the date that the Leafs roster was made whole again, but now here we are living in a world of Mitch Marner having a high ankle sprain and now it may be Christmas before we have a chance to kid ourselves into believing the Leafs will ice a completely healthy lineup.
No more Marner negativity, this is about celebrating Zach Hyman, a player who’s absence has been noted in the lack of toughness and the lack of penalty kill success. Hyman’s try hard ways is something that will hopefully also be infectious for a Leafs team that at times has seemed a little light on effort.
As for where Hyman slots in, well…

#Leafs lines at practice:
Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander
Hyman-Tavares-Kapanen
Mikheyev-Kerfoot-Moore
Petan-Shore-Gauthier
Spezza, Timashov
Rielly-Ceci
Muzzin-Barrie
Dermott-Holl
Marincin
Andersen
Kaskisuo
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 12, 2019
Hyman being next to Tavares is no surprise, and that’s exactly where we should want to see him. The addition of Kapanen to that line is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pre-game #4: 5 Things to watch for against St. Louis

Stanley Cup Champion Tyler Bozak returns to Toronto tonight.
I could have said Stanley Cup Champion Alex Steen or Stanley Cup Champion Carl Gunnarsson and it would have resulted in less vomit in my mouth, but here we are, embracing the darkest timeline.
Lineup

LW
C
RW
Forwards
KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 72.8#70 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 79.3#10 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.6#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.94#12 FL1

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.5#52 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 81.3#5 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 73.7#37 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.15#3 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.2#38 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.9#108 C

TREVOR MOORE
Rating: 72.2#65 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.74#8 FL3

DMYTRO TIMASHOV
Rating: 73.7#44 LW

NICK SHORE
Rating: 70.9#133 C

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 69.5#106 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.39#11 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 77.8#4 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.9#78 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.82#20 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 74.9#21 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 77.6#9 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.27#2 DL2

RASMUS SANDIN
Rating: 74.1#40 LD

MARTIN MARINCIN
Rating: 72.4#70 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.23#11 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
JADEN SCHWARTZ
Rating: 77.2#15 LW

BRAYDEN SCHENN
Rating: 74.5#46 C

VLADIMIR TARASENKO
Rating: 80.2#4 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.30#9 FL1

SAMMY BLAIS
Rating: 71.5#101 LW

RYAN O’REILLY
Rating: 76.6#28 C

DAVID PERRON
Rating: 75.5#29 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.56#9 FL2

ROBBY FABBRI
Rating: 70.9#136 LW

TYLER BOZAK
Rating: 73.0#78 C

ZACH SANFORD
Rating: 70.7#92 RW



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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation