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 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs look to bounce back from embarrassing loss against the Senators

It was 5-1.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were up 5-1 in the second period of what was looking to be a dominant win over the league-worst Ottawa Senators on Monday. But then, the Leafs did what they seemingly do far too often–they blew it. They let in four straight goals before suffering a brutal loss in overtime.
How does a team even come back from such a monumental collapse like that? Who knows? But the Leafs will try to redeem themselves on Wednesday night in their second straight game against Ottawa. The Senators are on a two-game win streak for the first time this season and they’ll be looking to extend that streak to three.
The Leafs will need to play with that scorching-hot offence we saw on Monday once again, but this time, they need to focus a lot more in their own end. The Leafs are still making careless mistakes and turning over the puck in ways that need to be adjusted quickly and this was reiterated by Sheldon Keefe.
“It’s discouraging and definitely a step back for us,” Keefe said after Monday’s loss. “I thought we were just really careless and sloppy with …

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Author: Matthew Rodrigopulle / The Leafs Nation

The PWHPA partners with the Leafs on a Dream Gap Tour game

Today the PWHPA announced their second NHL team partner on their Dream Gap Tour, and we are pleased to see that it is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We are proud to announce a formal partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs!
The @MapleLeafs will host a future @SecretDeodorant Dream Gap Tour game, while also providing enhanced marketing coordination and support, and sponsorship consulting on commercial efforts. pic.twitter.com/SsLWF0wYML
— PWHPA (@PWHPA) February 6, 2021

From the official release:
The partnership involves enhanced marketing coordination and support, sponsorship consulting on commercial efforts, as well as a future Secret Dream Gap Tour game to showcase their players, which will be confirmed once Canadian Government regulations allow, and it is deemed safe to do so.
Comprised of approximately 125 of the world’s best women hockey players, the PWHPA was formed to advocate for, and advance, equity, fairness and opportunity in women’s professional hockey. Specifically, the group is working to provide increased opportunity in women’s hockey with the goal of creating a sustainable league that pays a living wage to players, provides appropriate elite-level resources (i.e. ice time, facilities, trainers, etc.) and invests in marketing that showcases the players and game.
“The …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Six score their first goal ever!

Just over 7 minutes into their second game, the Toronto Six scored their first goal ever! Lindsay Eastwood got the honours of marking this amazing moment in franchise history.

EASTWOOD!
FIRST TORONTO 6IX GOAL! pic.twitter.com/9UuPkMPxQJ
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 24, 2021

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Alex Kerfoot suffers injury in practice, listed as day-to-day

The Leafs took to the ice for their second practice session of training camp on Tuesday with the same groups and lines as they had on day one, but there will likely be some alterations for Wednesday’s practice. Alex Kerfoot, who has been centering a third line featuring Ilya Mikheyev and Zach Hyman through the first two days of camp, suffered an unspecified injury on Tuesday and will be day-to-day according to head coach Sheldon Keefe.

Sheldon Keefe said Alex Kerfoot went down in practice, got a little banged up. Will be day-to-day from here, but doubtful he skates tomorrow.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) January 5, 2021

Keefe went on to say that someone from the second group would be called upon to fill Kerfoot’s spot in the coming days, which makes sense for a team that doesn’t want to be shuffling pieces around a whole lot while they work to establish chemistry in an abbreviated training camp.
The leading candidates to skate between Mikheyev and Hyman should Kerfoot have to miss any time would be Travis Boyd, a 27 year old center signed to one-year contract this past offseason, and Adam Brooks who played seven games for the Leafs …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: The top unrestricted free agents to sign

The Toronto Raptors recently lost in the second round in game seven to the Boston Celtics. With the off-season slowly approaching, the Raptors need to turn their focus towards adding to their already talented roster. Although this free-agent class is not nearly as star-studded as next year, the Toronto Raptors can build on their current […]
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Author: Jeremy Wilks / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors Heat Check Vol.2: Takeaways through four seeding games

In the second edition of the ‘Toronto Raptors Heat Check,’ we’ll breakdown the biggest takeaways through four seeding games The Toronto Raptors are back like they never left through their first four seeding games in Orlando, sitting at a  3-1 record. As Drake once said, “Life is Good” right now for the defending NBA Champions. […]
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Author: Gavin Axelrod / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors can clinch second seed with win over Boston Celtics

Tonight the Toronto Raptors can secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference against a hungry Boston Celtics Team. The second seed means a lot more this year than in past years. The drop off in competition between the 6th and 7th seed is enormous — currently the Sixers are 6th and Brooklyn Nets are […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Leafs look to claw back to even strength 

In the second half of a back to back the Leafs look to level the playing field with a win in Play-in Series game four. This one will be a thriller, to say the least. A loss in this game will knock the Leafs out of the Playoffs since this is a best of five series. 
 
Fans remain on edge after the result of the game that was less than 24 hours ago. The offense was a positive factor throughout. It had us see a first from Nick Robertson, a short-handed goal from Cody Ceci, and some amazing opportunities (even though they didn’t go in). Having said this, something we could see at the forefront of this stress is what could be called a “defensive slack” from the team, especially in the third. 

Keefe on #Leafs D: “I thought that as a team we didn’t help our defence, and our defence didn’t help itself.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) August 7, 2020

It’s something Leafs fans know all too well. They get way too comfortable after achieving a nice lead. Their foot comes off the gas, play is …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Speculation Spectacular: Changes in Buffalo

For the second week of Speculation Spectacular we’ll be focusing in on Buffalo, and I apologize for that. No one should have that much Buffalo in their lives.
With the Sabres removal of Jason Botterill and replacing him with former Leaf, Kevyn Adams, it seems entirely possible that the Sabres will be making significant roster changes once something resembling an offseason occurs, and it’s also entirely possible that the new direction might mean usable players might be made available.
What usable players?
Well, that would be a very valid question when it comes to Buffalo. They have very good players like Eichel, Reinhart, Dahlin, Olofsson, and Cozens that they are certainly not moving.
They have players like Okposo, Skinner, and Ristolainen that possess contracts that no team in their right mind should want. There’s also a lot of other crap, but nestled away in that mess are Colin Miller and Brandon Montour, two right side defenseman that could be interesting buy low options for the Leafs, and add a bit of depth to the right side.
What about my trading for Reinhart pipe dream?
Let’s quickly dismiss that by saying that you …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation