WATCH: Frank Seravalli and Chris Gear discuss the concern over the Leafs goaltending situation

Our good friends over at DailyFaceOff weighed in on the rough night in net on Saturday, and the ongoing problems the Leafs have struggled with in net since the beginning of 2022.

The discussion on the Leafs goaltending begins around the 5:50 mark, and there is some Michael Bunting appreciation later in the show at the 29:00 mark.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 29

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 29

The Toronto Raptors may look like they’ve had a rough stretch over the last few weeks given their record, but plenty of their losses have come against some of the best teams in the league. The latest Toronto Raptors odds once again have them losing to a contender. Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat will […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Celtics Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 10

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Celtics Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 10

The Toronto Raptors have hit a bit of a rough patch after a five-game winning streak. That quality run of form was followed up by two straight losses against the Cavaliers and Nets. the latest Raptors odds don’t necessarily give them the best chance of reversing that streak on the road today. Toronto will take […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Maple Leafs hope to keep momentum going into season’s first battle of Ontario

After a rough start to the season opener where Jack Campbell was forced to bail out his teammates early and often during the first half of the opening frame, the team was able to settle down and control play for the remaining 50 minutes en route to a 2-1 win over their rival Montreal Canadiens. Winning a season opener against a rival is about as must-win as any game this early in the calendar can get for a team so the Toronto Maple Leafs will now look to ride that high of coming out on top of what was surely the most important Leafs vs Habs game of the past year into a game two matchup against the Ottawa Senators.
With this being the second game in two nights for the Leafs, the brand new goaltending tandem will be tested early as Petr Mrázek makes his Maple Leafs debut, hoping to match the stellar performance Jack Campbell put on the night before. Mrázek won’t be the only one getting tested however, as the Maple Leafs will be looking to show that they can have the killer instinct necessary to not only win games, but dominate games they should be winning. …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

IT’S LADY BYNG FINALIST SZN AND AUSTON MATTHEWS MADE THE CUT!!!

In what was undoubtedly the most physical, rough and tumble year of Auston Matthews career, it appears Matthews is still viewed as quite the gentleman.

Sportsmanship combined with a high standard of play.
Which finalist will be taking home the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy? #NHLAwards @NHLdotcom has more https://t.co/Henp0vGuBW pic.twitter.com/N678HxOx0S
— NHL (@NHL) June 5, 2021

Yep. He’s our gentleman despite seeing his penalty minutes increase from 8 in 2019-20 to 10 this season, and his hit total jump from 40 to 57 this year despite playing in 18 fewer games. Yes, Auston remains a Lady Byng finalist for the second straight year, and after finishing second in voting last season, it’s very possible that he’s the front runner this season because Brian Campbell is the only defenseman who won the award in the past 65 years. Facing Spurgeon and Slavin would probably make Matthews the favourite, and I wonder if voters will treat the Byng as Matthews consolation prize for having an incredible season, but not being able to leap past Connor McDavid for the Hart.
Auston has already addressed that individual accolades don’t quite cut it for him when he was announced as a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Yankees and Blue Jays, a match-up of teams looking to break out of underwhelming starts

The Blue Jays had a rough showing last week.

They lost two of three to Texas and then lost two of three to Anaheim while the fourth game in the series was rained out. They’re now 4-5 on the season, which is obviously disappointing given their impressive series win over the Yankees on opening weekend.
On a bright note, that 4-5 record isn’t quite as alarming when you look at how the Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees, two key teams the Blue Jays are fighting with this season, are doing so far.
How they’re doing…
Like the Blue Jays, the Yankees own a 4-5 record on the season. After getting dropped on opening weekend, New York took two of three from the Orioles and then went into Tampa Bay and lost two of three to the Rays.
The struggle for the Yankees thus far, surprisingly, has been their lineup. New York is averaging 4.22 runs-per-game, which is slightly below league average. The Yankees boasted the fourth-best offence in baseball last season despite a wealth of injuries to important players, so seeing them struggling with a healthy lineup isn’t really what you expect to see.
Some ugly …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: A Christmas Wishlist of what needs to be done in 2021

Toronto Raptors: A Christmas Wishlist of what needs to be done in 2021

2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but through it all the Toronto Raptors have consistently performed well. From being second place in the Eastern Conference last season to reaching the semifinals in the playoffs last season with the recent departures of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Although it doesn’t feel as Christmas day […]
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Author: Ben Zelniker / Raptors HQ

NHL 20 predicts the rest of Mitch Marner’s career

Mitch Marner has had quite the rough start to the 2020 offseason when it comes to speculation regarding his future. There’s quite a lot of differing opinions circulating around, referring back to his contract negotiations, the subsequent season that followed, and what lies ahead for him in Toronto. In fact, two of my TLN colleagues have written pieces on the subject, which you can check out here and here.
While I could give you my take on Marner’s 2019-20 campaign, I decided to take a different approach. Rather than make some bold predictions that could one day end up on @OldTakesExposed, why not use a video game to give a rough idea of how the remainder of his career will turn out.
Inspired by my good friend Matthew Rodrigopulle, who wrote an excellent piece in a similar style on Nick Robertson, today I am going to simulate Marner’s career in NHL 20!
Before we begin, let me cover some ground rules that I will be following.
I am going to make sure I do not control the Leafs roster at all during this simulation in an effort to keep things fair. Prior to starting, I randomly …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

A first round preview (assuming the Leafs don’t blow it)

So the Leafs are coming off another rough week. They went into California, and had a schedule of three very winnable games against lottery teams and left with one point. To add to that, the Florida Panthers won both of their games since the Leafs last played, and are now sitting one point back of the Leafs for 3rd in the Atlantic. At the beginning of last week the Leafs sat at a 90.2% chance of making the playoffs, now that’s dipped to 73.6% (according to Moneypuck.com). And the Panthers that were sitting around 20% are now up to 43.4% odds of making it. While the odds still favour the Leafs, I can’t imagine there’s a lot of confidence in the Leafs at the moment.
Of course, there’s good news too…

Morgan Rielly returns for TOR
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 10, 2020
Morgan Rielly goes a long way in improving the state of the Leafs blueline, and improving the locker room, as Rielly has certainly established himself as a leader in that regards as well over the past few seasons. Where Rielly slots in remains to be seen, but if I had to guess, it …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays fall to streaking Red Sox in rowdy four-gamer

Though they got off to a rough start this season, the Boston Red Sox (27-23) are still an undoubtedly good baseball team. In this week’s four-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, they demonstrated just that, disengaging Blue Jays hitters and handling the onslaught of pitchers with ease.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this week’s set against the rival Sox:
The Good
The stupidly productive Rowdy Tellez (5-for-13, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2B, BB) was the driving force in this series, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (4-for-15, HR, 3 R) and Brandon Drury (6-for-17, 3 RBI, 4 2B) also put together some solid at-bats throughout the series, as did Justin Smoak (4-for-16, 2 HR, BB, 2B).
On the mound, Clayton Richard (4.0 IP, 2 SO, ER) was rather efficient in his season debut, while relievers Derek Law (2.0 IP, ER, H, 2 SO), Tim Mayza (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 SO), and Ken Giles (1.0 IP, SO, H, 0 ER) were all dependable.
As per usual, Marcus Stroman (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 SO, ER, W) was outstanding, while fellow starter Aaron Sanchez (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 SO) managed to piece together yet another solid start.
The Bad
Knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) struggled once again, …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation