Penalty troubles dig Leafs into a deep hole early in 5-2 preseason loss to Habs

Leafs had another strong game at 5 on 5, but a slew of penalties early in the game put the Leafs in an early 2-0 hole that they couldn’t recover from, and they found themselves on the losing end of the scoresheet.
Of course, it’s preseason, so who really cares.
Jack Campbell got the start in net and didn’t look amazing, although you can’t really fault him on any of the goals except for maybe the first one. He was amazing last season, but of course there will be some concern about if he can maintain that for a full season, so it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. The penalty killing didn’t look too hot either, but none of the defensemen are really mainstays on the penalty kill, but it kept up that aggressive play from Saturday and had several chances of their own.
Despite the loss, they were probably the better team, and that’s because a lot of the players had really strong games. Mitch Marner was creating chances like he always does, and his shot looked at least somewhat threatening, which overall is encouraging considering how much scrutiny he got in …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Canadian AJ Lawson could find a home with TOR

Toronto Raptors: Canadian AJ Lawson could find a home with TOR

The Toronto Raptors have a somewhat strong Canadian presence on the roster given the likes of Chris Boucher and impending free agent Khem Birch, but that might not stop them from adding even more homegrown talent to the roster in the 2021 NBA Draft. One Canadian player that could fill a need is South Carolina […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

More fastballs, more strikes, more success for Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray has had a strong start to the season for the Blue Jays. His first two starts were very Robbie Ray-esque. Ray allowed two runs in 10 innings against the Yankees and Royals, with nine walks versus just six strikeouts. Ray limited the damage as he only allowed one home run in those two starts, even though the Blue Jays lost both of those games; they could have been much worse.

In his next two starts the home run was back, Ray allowed three homers accounting for all five of the runs he allowed. But he struck out 14 batters, didn’t walk anyone and pitched deeper into the games, throwing 12.2 innings. You total everything together and Ray has a sparkling 2.78 ERA but with a 4.73 expected ERA, a 4.83 FIP and 4.33 xFIP. Indicating Ray hasn’t pitched as well as his ERA suggests and that regression is coming.
Regression is certainly coming soon for Ray. A 93.5% left on base rate and a .237 batting average on balls in play is not sustainable over a full season. Ray however is doing certain things differently this year, which will help him continue to succeed even as certain things regress.
For Ray everything starts with the …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Drafting Evan Mobley would be a dream come true in 2021 NBA Draft

Toronto Raptors: Drafting Evan Mobley would be a dream come true in 2021 NBA Draft

The 2021 NBA Draft is pretty strong as far as draft classes go. It’s full of high-character guys, a good mix of positional talent, and a deep pool of NBA-level players for the Toronto Raptors to chose from. Still, there are five in this class that stand out in Cade Cunningham, the G-League Ignite’s Jalen Green […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Leafs look to ignite offense against Flames

Thanks to some puck luck and a strong performance from Jack Campbell between the pipes, the Leafs were able to come away with their second consecutive victory when they defeated the Flames by a score of 3-2 on Sunday. Auston Matthews referred to the contest as an “ugly game” with Toronto struggling to generate much offensive pressure but they don’t ask how, they ask how many, and the Leafs will be looking to stretch their winning streak to three games when they take on the Flames once again on Tuesday night.
For their part, the Flames will be looking to get back into the win column after having a mini two game winning streak of their own snuffed out by the Leafs the last time out. With just four games played, they have played less than any other team in the North Division to this point and will be hoping to start making good on some of the games they have in hand to put themselves in the conversation as one of the top teams in the division.
Perhaps fortunate to come away with a victory in what was mostly a listless effort, the Leafs will need to find …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Which player should be taking the last shot?

Toronto Raptors: Which player should be taking the last shot?

Despite several strong performances from Pascal Siakam recently, the Toronto Raptors #1 option has come short in the clutch on back-to-back nights, forcing the Raptors to pull back and evaluate their options on who should have the ball in their hands at the end of the game. Although Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam was unable […]
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Author: Kyle Oliveira / Raptors HQ

Limp offence and questionable management decisions cost the Blue Jays in the rubbermatch

Strong pitching, limp bats, puzzling decisions, and a late-game bullpen meltdown. Ladies and gents, your 2020 Toronto Blue Jays.

Things worth mentioning…

Coming into the game, the big draw was Nate Pearson making the second start of his career after a brilliant debut in Washington last week. Things didn’t go quite so well for Pearson this time largely due to some issues with his command, but he still showed incredibly promising signs of what makes him such a good pitcher.
Pearson went five innings, scattering three earned runs. Two of those runs came directly from some poor command. In the first inning, he walked Dansby Swanson on four pitches and Freddie Freeman golfed a two-run homer immediately after. In the fourth, Marcell Ozuna hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before eventually scoring on a sac fly.

But still, the positive here is that, despite not having his best command, Pearson was still able to put together a strong start for the Blue Jays. Atlanta mustered just two hits off of him over five innings and he struck out five. Pearson’s best moment of the night came when he made Johan Camargo, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

NHL History: Felix Potvin posts shutout in 1994 playoffs as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks

After a strong regular season led by Doug Gilmour, Dave Andreychuk and Wendel Clark that saw the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs post a 43-29-12 record, they squared up with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Having taken out the visiting club in games one and two at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto hit the road for games three and four — games the Leafs fell in 5-4 and 4-3 (OT).
In game five, a match that took place today in 1994, Felix Potvin shut the door and Mike Eastwood lit the lamp en route to a crucial 1-0 victory. Eastwood’s goal came at the 10:07 mark of the third on the powerplay as Blackhawk Gary Suter sat two minutes for hooking.
Potvin, meanwhile, stopped all 17 shots he faced at Toronto put a series stranglehold on Chicago. Two nights later it was deja vu for the Leafs, who held onto a 1-0 lead all night to once again shutout the Blackhawks as they eliminated Chicago from the playoffs.
Toronto went on to face off against the San Jose Sharks who the Leafs routed in seven games. But in the third round, Toronto was no match for the Vancouver Canucks. Despite the Leafs …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Has Terence Davis hit the dreaded “rookie wall”?

After a strong start to the season, Terence Davis’ play has dropped as of late for the Toronto Raptors. Has he hit the dreaded “rookie wall”? It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to suggest that Terence Davis has been one of the stories of the season; not just for the Toronto Raptors but in the whole of […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors stout victory vs Orlando Magic

The Toronto Raptors put in a strong defensive performance to defeat the Orlando Magic 113-97. What did we learn from the victory? The Toronto Raptors were back in action and hosting the Orlando Magic for the second time this season after already defeating them once back in October. The Raptors were coming into Wednesday night’s […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ