Leafs preseason starts September 25th

It’s the day before the NHL schedule comes out, there’s an expansion draft going on, and you are probably more interested in the entry draft, free agency, and whatever trades Kyle Dubas might have up his sleeve. Still, a preseason schedule is still news, so here we are joyfully dumping it on our website for you to reference.

Preseason dates are set #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 21, 2021

Following a year that saw the Leafs only play against Canadian teams, I can’t think of anything I’m less enthused about than seeing that continue, but I assume there’s some recognition of the ease of limiting border crossings when possible, and that’s what drove this situation.
It also gives us a time frame for when we’ll start watching actual hockey again, which is nice and I can’t wait to read way too much into how the Leafs will do from these games.
The regular season will be released tomorrow, and we’ll take a much more meaningful look at that. I promise.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays yet again come up short against one of the American League’s best

The Blue Jays have had the most difficult schedule in baseball so far.

They own a 31-29 record through 60 games, which is slightly worse than their 32-28 record was at the end of the COVID-shortened season last year. Given the fact they haven’t seen the league’s worst yet, like Baltimore and Detroit, that’s fairly encouraging.
But, still, at some point, if you want to be one of the best teams in the league, you have to beat the best teams in the league. You can’t just rely on kicking the shit out of the Orioles to compensate for not being able to beat the White Sox, Astros, and Rays.
After dropping two of three to the Astros, the Blue Jays went into Chicago and again lost two of three from the White Sox. It’s been a disappointing stretch against some of the American League’s best after a nice run against the Yankees and Cleveland last week.
Things worth mentioning…

A noticeable theme in the Chicago series was Toronto’s bullpen being ineffective. In the game on Tuesday, Robbie Ray put together an excellent start, allowing just one earned run over six-and-one-third innings while striking …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Marlies receive new schedule, and some help from Leafs players

The AHL has announced a revised schedule for the Toronto Marlies ahead of their final stretch.

VS BEL – from Apr. 28 to May 1, 3pmVS LAV – from May 13 to May 12, 3pm@ LAV – from Apr. 15 to May 14, 7pm@ LAV on May 15 – from 1pm to 3pm@ LAV – from Apr. 18 to May 17, 7pm@ BEL – from Apr. 21 to May 19, 7pm@ BEL – from Apr. 23 to May 20, 4pm https://t.co/EDWxgtiwpZ
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) April 26, 2021

Toronto hasn’t seen any game action since April 10th, where they lost 4-3 to the Laval Rocket. Their last media availability was held on April 13th before everything was shutdown due to COVID-19. The Marlies will return to play on May 1st against the Belleville Senators and will finish their season off on May 20th versus Belleville again.
In that span, Toronto will play 13 games in 20 days. They will play Belleville (4 games), Laval (6 games) and Manitoba (3 games) before their season comes to an end.
The AHL’s Canadian Division will also not have playoffs:

The Toronto Marlies regular season has been extended through May 20 with the rescheduled games from their recent break because of COVID-19 cases. There won’t be playoffs held in @TheAHL Canadian Division this year.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs willing to trade top prospects and other notes from Kyle Dubas’ media availability

With the Leafs in the midst of a break in their schedule, general manager Kyle Dubas spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the first half of the season and the Leafs’ plans leading up to trade deadline day.
Dubas opened his virtual presser with some praise for his group, saying he believes the current standings are an accurate representation of how they have performed thus far. Despite some recent struggles, the Leafs still sit atop the North Division standings heading into a two game set with the Flames this weekend.

Dubas (before questions): “The standings are a fair indication of our overall quality in the first half of the season.” Will explore trade options prior to deadline. #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) March 16, 2021

Though the Leafs haven’t gotten the desired results as of late, Dubas believes his team his still played well for the most part and that this recent slide is an opportunity for his group to grow through a bit of adversity.
Even in recent losses, this Leafs team hasn’t wilted the way we’ve seen some past rosters do when things aren’t going well. The team is sticking with it and battling …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Raptors schedule release: Important dates, crucial contests, takeaways

Raptors schedule release: Important dates, crucial contests, takeaways

The Toronto Raptors schedule for the second half of this unusual 2020-21 season has officially been revealed. After a 2-8 start, the Raptors have managed to climb back to .500, taking down some of the best teams in the league in order to do so. Nick Nurse and Toronto looked destined for a No. 1 […]
Raptors schedule release: Important dates, crucial contests, takeaways – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Marlies season on hold

Today, the AHL released the schedule for the 2021 season. However, they left out a few teams — actually the entire Canadian Division.

.@TheAHL has released the 2020-21 season schedule for the Atlantic, North, Central and Pacific Divisions.
Schedules for the Canadian Division will be forthcoming at a later date.
The league’s 85th season begins two weeks from today. #AHLSchedule
→ https://t.co/AmoKlXvyst pic.twitter.com/38wP5qayvP
— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) January 22, 2021

The AHL has said that each of the four teams in the Canadian Division (Toronto Marlies, Belleville Senators, Laval Rocket and Manitoba Moose) schedules will be announced at a later date. A possible reason to why there’s a delay is because of the Ontario Government:

The #BellevilleSens (and the Marlies) are still awaiting provincial approval to play and rumour is, that won’t come until after Ontario’s expected lockdown end date on Feb.10.#BSensOnBQ #BSens #ForTheB #Sens #AHL
— David Foot (@FootyOnTheAir) January 22, 2021

It looks like the AHL season up north will be delayed, but for how long is the question. Right now the NHL is allowing transactions to and from the clubs’ farm teams, yet for AHL regulars playing in Canada, when they’ll play is still a mystery.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

NWHL Lake Placid Bubble Season Schedule Announced

Gear up Toronto Six fans! The NWHL has released the schedule for the upcoming bubble season in Lake Placid! Time to watch some hockey and cheer on the women of the Six.

Your 2021 NWHL season and post-season schedule is here!
: https://t.co/t7GeztxMkm pic.twitter.com/eJUmceTIp8
— NWHL (@NWHL) January 14, 2021

The @NWHL has released its game schedule for the upcoming bubble season in Lake Placid: pic.twitter.com/SXIWWZI0uy
— Lyndsey D’Arcangelo (@darcangel21) January 14, 2021

And don’t forget that the semifinals and finals will be broadcast on NBCSN, too!
We’re excited to watch these women in their inaugural season, and of course we’ll be bringing you a ton of great game coverage and team content as well! See you in Lake Placid!

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors NBA schedule release: February will be biggest challenge for team

Toronto Raptors NBA schedule release: February will be biggest challenge for team

The schedule for the first half of the Toronto Raptors’ 2021-21 season was unveiled this Friday. With many road games, back-to-backs, and matchups against East contenders. February is looking to be a tough month for the Raptors. Released through March 4, the Toronto Raptors are set to play 17 of 37 games at their new […]
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Author: Jessica Aldos / Raptors HQ

Leafs to get prime time slot for qualifying games

On Friday, the NHL released it’s schedule for the qualifying round, and today we got a potential update for the schedule with some tentative start times.

Tentative game schedule and times for the first 5 days of the NHL’s return to play and Stanley Cup Qualifiers – no TV listings have been released yet. ( – @NoVa_Caps via NHL API) pic.twitter.com/trAjNjN27q
— NHL News (@puck_report2) July 12, 2020

To the surprise of nobody, it looks like the Leafs will be getting the prime time slots for game times during the qualifying round. It makes sense, considering that the Leafs tend to get that slot on Saturdays due to the size of the fanbase, even when they’re playing in a different time zone.
There are a couple other interesting things to point out with this schedule. First, it seems like most of the Canadian teams are getting similar prime time slots when possible, specifically Montreal because they’re the only other Eastern Canadian team in the playoffs. Otherwise, Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg are rotating their prime time slots around, while Vancouver is consistently getting that time slot.
One thing that surprised me …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Major League Baseball has released its 2021 schedule

Though the schedule for this summer’s 60-game dash was just released, Major League Baseball has decided to double-down and put out the calendar for what they expect the 2021 season to look like.

You can view the schedule here, on the Blue Jays’ official website.
This is kind of a weird thing to look at and talk about because, I mean, we really have no idea if the season is going to operate as planned or if fans will be able to watch games in person or not. It makes sense that MLB is planning for a normal season even despite the fact COVID-19 is still a thing and it isn’t going away any time soon, it’s just difficult to look at it and make any kind of plans.
Some things of note…

Opening Day is scheduled for April 1, giving us plenty of opportunity for April Fool’s jokes.
The Blue Jays will head to New York to be hosted by the Yankees for their home opener and then they’ll head to Texas to be hosted for the Rangers’ home opener. There’s a fair chance …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation