Marlies and Me: Toronto is 4-4-0-0 to finish off road trip

The Toronto Marlies had an interesting road trip to start the season. At some points they looked like the most dominant team on the ice, and at other points they looked like they could use a few practices. It’s obviously not ideal for Toronto because of the amount of games and how much practice time they’ve got, but right now in this time, that’s the circumstances they’ve had to play through.
And it’s not an excuse to say and even players on the Marlies have said that, though you do have to consider that to be part of the reason. Toronto played eight games in 12 days and with any of the days off that they had, it was used for rest.
Overall on this road trip, there were a lot of positives that can be taken away from it. The Marlies are such a young team this year with the likes of Nick Robertson, Adam Brooks, Joey Anderson and a few others. It’s going to take some time to not only get used to each other but to have a good idea of systems and special teams.
If I had to predict one aspect …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Travis Boyd will travel with the Leafs on the Alberta road trip

The Leafs are set to begin a four-game road trip in Alberta and made a roster move in preparation for it.

Forward Travis Boyd has been added to the Maple Leafs’ roster and will travel with the club to Alberta for its four-game Western road trip. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 23, 2021

It made sense why the Leafs are bringing Travis Boyd with them out west given all of the injuries they have had to deal with this past week, including losing two key forwards for a month and Auston Matthews sitting out Friday’s game.
While it’s unclear if Boyd will make an appearance in any of the games, he definitely played well enough in training camp and the scrimmage to earn the position he is in right now. After all, he was one of the last cuts after training camp and has been with the taxi squad so far this season.
He spent the past season with the Washington Capitals where he recorded three goals, seven assists, and 10 points in 24 games.
All stats unless otherwise noted are from Hockey-Reference.com.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Here’s an early look at Sahlen Field in Buffalo decked out in Blue Jays colours

After a long, gruelling two-and-a-half-week road trip, the Blue Jays will finally play their home opener on Tuesday.

This home opener, of course, will be different than usual, as it’ll be the first time in 105 years that a Major League game (that wasn’t an exhibition) gets played in Buffalo. You have to go all the way back to 1915 when the Federal League’s Buffalo Blues hosted the Baltimore Terrapins to find Buffalo’s last big-league game.
But, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Canadian government’s reluctance to allow MLB teams to travel in and out of the country, here we are. Buffalo might not have been the Blue Jays’ first choice given the fact Sahlen Field doesn’t have the same bells and whistles of a Major League-calibre facility, but, after making some renovations and upgrades, it’ll be just fine for this strange season.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Blue Jays have upgraded the park’s lighting, made improvements to the field (surely it’s better than the turf!), expanded the clubhouse and dugouts, and have built temporary training facilities and workout areas. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

What to expect from Pierre Engvall this summer

Pierre Engvall has travelled a long road to get to the NHL as a 7th round draft pick unearthed by Swedish super scout, Thommie Bergman, in the 2014 draft. Always a long shot, he would spend four more seasons playing in Sweden before joining the Marlies to finish the 2017-2018 season. After a full season and a bit in the AHL, Engvall finally made his Maple Leafs debut in November of 2019 in what would be Mike Babcock’s final game behind the Leafs bench.
And while it may have taken him a while to reach the NHL, it didn’t take him long to make an impact once he arrived. In just his second game, Engvall broke in shorthanded and buried his first NHL goal.

Pierre Engvall’s first NHL goal! pic.twitter.com/lYgUcgCqwV
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) November 22, 2019

It didn’t take long for him to become something of a fan favourite either, injecting some much needed energy into the Leafs bottom six forward group and penalty kill unit with his sneaky speed and puck protection ability.
While Engvall was effective enough to earn a brief stint alongside John Tavares early on, he seemed to fade …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Korshkov and Marchment ahead of tonight’s game in Buffalo

On the heels of a road back-to-back that saw them beat the Senators last night, the Leafs will head into Buffalo this evening for a tilt with the Sabres. It’s an important game, like all of them at this point, where they can put 6 points between themselves and the 4th place Panthers with a win.
It also looks like, given the proximity to home, the team will use the opportunity to potentially get some fresh legs in the lineup.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forwards Egor Korshkov and Mason Marchment from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.com/pGeAHSXjgg
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 16, 2020

Then again, both of these guys might just be getting the call to hop up to the big club for a couple days of NHL salary as a reward for their strong play with the Marlies recently. Both have been scoring at a nice clip in the last few AHL games.
But if we want to go into full trade season speculation mode, maybe this signifies the Leafs are working on something and want to have a little insurance in the lineup. Either way, nice to see the team continue to put trust in graduating …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors bounce-back win over the Charlotte Hornets

The Toronto Raptors picked up a bounce-back road win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, with Terence Davis and Serge Ibaka leading the charge. How did everyone grade in the win? The Toronto Raptors headed into Tuesday night’s road game against the Charlotte Hornets in need of an uplifting win. The Raptors were 2-3 over […]
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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors ugly road loss to the Miami Heat

The Toronto Raptors suffered a road loss to the Miami Heat in a matchup that could be a playoff preview. How did everyone grade in the tough loss? Coming into Thursday’s Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat matchup, most everyone expected a slugfest. This was a contest between two top-10 defenses and two teams that right next to […]
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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ

Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts From a Victory in Oil Country

Well, the road trip is over.
The Toronto Maple Leafs ended a stretch of 11 out of 13 games on the road. With 7 wins, they are now 7-4 under Sheldon Keefe. So, it was okay. Ideally, the Leafs needed to come away with 10 wins to make up ground, but anything less than .500 in this stretch would’ve been disastrous. On Saturday night, they finished strong in Edmonton against the NHL’s very best weapons.
Here are my five thoughts:
1) Shutting Down McDrai
Coming into the game, there was no doubt the Leafs had to shut down the Oilers top line to have any chance of winning. Mission accomplished, as the Leafs kept McDavid and Draisaitl to 27.74% and 24.15% xG, respectively.
Considering what those two have done to the NHL this year, keeping them at bay when they got favourable matchups was a huge positive. Now, McDavid did have a chance in the first period that would’ve been played on loop for the rest of the year, had he converted. Andersen stood tall, and from then on, it was a relatively quiet night from the Oilers’ dynamic duo.
Sheldon Keefe did a great job of making sure that Muzzin …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors ugly win against the Orlando Magic

It wasn’t pretty, but the Toronto Raptors earned a road victory against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. How did the team perform individually? In what felt like their 45th meeting of the season, the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic apparently decided to keep their offenses at home. Both teams looked defensive-minded, played a little […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors impressive win vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Toronto Raptors picked up an impressive road win against the Portland Trail Blazers to improve their record to 8-3. How did everyone grade in the game? To say that the Toronto Raptors West Coast road trip had been something of a success, so far, would be disingenuous. It would also be a little hard […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ