TLN Three Stars: SPOILER ALERT-David Rittich didn’t make the cut

The Leafs lost 6-3 to the Canucks. Their second loss to Canucks following their return from COVID. The Leafs five loss in a row. If you are looking for silver linings and optimism in this post, you’ll be disappointed. I mean, we still can scrape together three worthwhile Leafs for the three starts, but to say that goaltending was an issue was an understatement. To say I want to see Morgan Rielly and Justin Holl on the ice together, who be a damned lie. To say I understand what Alex Kerfoot does on a nightly basis and get why he’s on the second line, will only be met with a confused look, followed by my desire to curl up in the fetal position. This game was unfortunate from top to bottom, and the Leafs have not inspired much confidence after Kyle Dubas boldly went all in by trading draft picks for depth.
The Leafs did pick up a powerplay goal, and Marlies callup Adam Brooks picked up a short handed goal, but even the high points tonight were quickly deflated. So let’s get on with it. We can salvage three stars tonight, so let’s do it.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look for another dominant performance against the Jets

The Leafs and Jets are squaring off for the second game of this series in Winnipeg, and the Leafs are not only looking for another win to pull them even further ahead of the pack, they’re also looking to put up another dominant performance against the Jets.
Based on the Leafs xGF% in each game this season, three of their six best performances have come against the Jets this season, with Wednesday’s game being their second best of the season after Jason Spezza’s hat trick game against the Canucks. I think it’s time we stopped fooling ourselves about this being an even matchup. Both teams have the talent, but at even strength, the Jets forwards just can’t bring their game like the Leafs, and the defense isn’t even close to being an even matchup. The only player that’s shown up for the Jets is Connor Hellebuyck, but that can only win you so many games.
That’s not to say the Leafs have dominated every game. Their second worst game of the season came against the Jets in that 5-2 loss a few weeks ago, and it’s one of just three games …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 offseason moves that make Toronto competitive

Toronto Raptors: 3 offseason moves that make Toronto competitive

The second half of this season has started with more struggles for Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors. A trio of tough losses, one via a buzzer-beater three in a 121-120 loss to Atlanta, a disappointing effort in a 114-104 loss to Charlotte Saturday night, and a Sunday Night blowout at the hands of the […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Channel Six Podcast Episode 2: Breaking down the Leafs trade, prospects, return of The Six, and more with Nick and Roxanne

We’re back for second real episode and third episode if you include our shakedown voyage. This time Mer and I were fortunately joined by Roxanne Khasow and Nick Richard of TLN fame to discuss all things Toronto hockey.
What were those all things Toronto hockey, well we dipped our toes into the Leafs losing streak, the Mikko Lehtonen trade, the goaltending situation beyond our shiny new fourth string goaltender, the next contract for Zach Hyman, plenty of Leafs prospects talk, and of course, a little discussion of the looming Isobel Cup and Dream Gap tour.
We definitely ran a little longer than we did previously to get all that in, as well as our summer camp style ice breakers with Nick and Roxanne.

Channel 6 Toronto · Episode 2: The Gang Learns How to Say Veini Vehvilainen.
If listening to us in your browser doesn’t cut it for you, you can find us on Apple and Spotify as well. And we’ll be back in a couple of weeks with even more Channel Six for your ears.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs glide back into the W column with a 4-3 OT win over the Jets

As the puck dropped at Scotiabank Arena for the second game in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets series, you could tell that the Leafs were waiting to get this game going and break their losing streak. With an early chance by Mitch Marner, and a breakaway by William Nylander, the boys in blue were clearly ready to go. A good look by Joe Thornton and Auston Matthews, and then by Pierre Engvall, but nothing was able to make it past Connor Hellebuyck, just yet.
With just under four minutes to go in the first period, the Leafs turnover the puck, as Pierre-Luc Dubois tipped it out of the air, held on, and passed to Nikolaj Ehlers, who got it past Frederik Andersen, which gave the Jets a 1-0 lead.
As the puck dropped for the second period, the Leafs were buzzing around the ice. Just over three minutes into the period, the Leafs made a play around the boards, from TJ Brodie to Matthews, who tried to get the puck through the traffic at the front of the net. Marner picked up the rebound and got the puck to the back of the net, tying the game, at 1 …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 players that need to bounce back in the second half of season

Raptors: 3 players that need to bounce back in the second half of season

The first half of the NBA season just wrapped up and the second half of the season has recently been released for the Toronto Raptors. It was quite the up and down first half of the season for the Raptors as they went 17-19 during the stretch, and ended it with the league’s health and […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Thursday is go time for the Toronto Raptors as they push for the playoffs

Thursday is go time for the Toronto Raptors as they push for the playoffs

With only a day left before the start of the second half of the 2020-2021 NBA season, it’s worth taking a quick look at the last two games the Toronto Raptors played pre-break and then delving into the minutiae of who needs to show up, who needs to step up and what needs to be […]
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Author: Cece Scott / Raptors HQ

Matthews out as Leafs look to keep lead on second place Oilers

For the second time this season, the Leafs will be without Auston Matthews against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers as both teams square off in this three game series. The first time this happened, the Leafs found themselves on the winning side with a 4-2 win, but will they be able to repeat that success again?
It isn’t all bad news on the injury front for the Leafs, as they will see Joe Thornton and Jake Muzzin return after missing the last two games, and Jack Campbell will make his first start in over a month after dealing with a Tkachuk-related injury. Having the NHL leading goal scorer out and not being able to match up against the NHL leading point scorer will hurt, but the roster is a bit more well rounded in other areas at the very least.
The Leafs come into tonight’s game after splitting a two game series with the Calgary Flames. They struggled to beat David Rittich in a 3-0 loss in the first game, and those struggles continued until the dying minutes of the second game, as William Nylander got the game tying goal with just minutes to spare, and then …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / 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 […]
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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