Report from the Rock: The perfect road trip

Report from the Rock: The perfect road trip

The ECHL-leading Newfoundland Growlers remained perfect on the road and got their next homestand started on a winning note. That and more news, notes and stories coming from games 12-16 will be covered
In this run of games, the Growlers were a perfect 5-0, putting them to a 14-2 record on the season and solely in first place overall in the ECHL. As mentioned last time, Nathan Noel left the November 19 game against Reading after a fight, and it has since been confirmed that he broke something in his hand, which will put him on the shelf for a while. And that is disappointing because he had turned out to be such a revelation playing center for his fellow Newfoundlanders on the Made Right Here line.
One storyline that’s become apparent in the wake of this latest injury is just how flexible the players on this roster are. Eric Wellwood can assign any of his forwards to play center, and they fit the role. He can put any defenceman on any pairing, and they just seem to click after a shift or two.
“I’m extremely pleased with the boys, this wasn’t easy” said Wellwood during the postgame …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

News from the Rink: Updates on the status of injured Leafs

After coming off a road trip in California, which saw the Leafs get the sweep (for the first time since 2018), they’re back in Toronto.
It’s been a day of returns for some Leafs who’ve been out for some time due to injury. One is Ilya Mikheyev, and the other is Petr Mrazek. Ondrej Kase, however, was absent once again from practice.
He’s missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury.

Keefe says Kase skated this morning and it went well. Plan is for him to join the morning skate but will not play tomorrow.
— David Alter (@dalter) November 30, 2021

Ilya Mikheyev skates before Leafs take the ice
Starting with Mikheyev, he’s been out since training camp after suffering a broken thumb. The 27-year-old skated before practice at Ford Performance Centre on Tuesday.

Ilya Mikheyev taking feeds from Alex Kerfoot with Petr Mrázek in goal. pic.twitter.com/651hbLxVdf
— David Alter (@dalter) November 30, 2021

Mikheyev is on week seven of his recovery, which means he may return to full practices (or maybe even game action) very soon.
Petr Mrázek takes in full Leafs practice
Back on October 14th vs. Ottawa, Mrázek suffered a groin injury which …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Scottie Barnes to make his return from injury on Friday

Raptors: Scottie Barnes to make his return from injury on Friday

The Toronto Raptors may have won a few tough road games over the last few days, but they’ve done so with an incomplete roster, as Scottie Barnes has been sidelined with a thumb injury sustained late in a win over Chris Duarte and the Pacers. This put his sensational rookie season on pause. While it’s […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 most surprising players after 3 preseason games

Toronto Raptors: 3 most surprising players after 3 preseason games

With their 113-111 road loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at TD Garden, the Toronto Raptors are now more than halfway through their 2021 NBA preseason schedule: three games down, two to go. The Raptors are 1-2, including a 123-107 win over the 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday, and a 125-113 loss […]
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Author: Brian Swane / Raptors HQ

BJN Radio – Ep. 39: The bullpen meltdowns continue in a two-game sweep against the Nationals

That road trip was not at all what you wanted to see.

After flubbing to a 3-4 record through the West Coast part of the their swing, the Blue Jays rolled into Washington for a two-game set against the Nationals, a prime opportunity to end the trip on a positive note. That didn’t happen.
Alek Manoah got knocked around on Tuesday night and Rafael Dolis helped kill any chance of a late-game comeback. On Wednesday, Jose Berrios had a ho-hum start, the team rallied to earn a late-game lead, and then Brad Hand came in and threw it away. We talked about all of that bad stuff and also tried really, really hard to look for some positives from that frustrating couple of games.
The Blue Jays are now 63-56, four games back of Oakland and Boston for the second wild-card spot. In positive news, both Oakland and Boston have been struggling lately, so this isn’t all doom and gloom. The Blue Jays returning home to face the mediocre Detroit Tigers this weekend should be a boost, too, you’d think. That said, I’m worried that Old Friend Drew Hutchison is going to throw a no-hitter on …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Latest rotations from Nick Nurse are simply unacceptable

Toronto Raptors: Latest rotations from Nick Nurse are simply unacceptable

The Toronto Raptors hit a major bump in the road on Saturday against the New York Knicks, as awful perimeter defense helped a poor shooting team absolutely dice Toronto up from the 3-point line. Head coach Nick Nurse should by no means be excluded from the blame here, as he made some minor tweaks to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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