Falling Leafs, Flying Jets, meet in contest for 1st in division

As the Leafs prepare to take on their new-division-rival Jets, there’s a lot of moving parts to this game. Toronto has seen a bit of recent poor performance in net, after newly acquired David Rittich hasn’t been great, and as Jack Campbell falls a bit back down to Earth. Certainly one of the main hopes for Sheldon Keefe tonight is that the team gets some quality backstopping.
Another storyline is that as the Leafs fall, the Jets fly, up/down the standings that is. This is the first of three remaining games that Toronto has against the second place team in the North division, that being the Winnipeg Jets.
The last angle is that the Leafs’ highlight trade deadline acquisition in Nick Foligno will play his first game for Toronto tonight, and he’ll be getting quite the opportunity to shine.
Tale of the Tape

Leafs Lines
As mentioned, Nick Foligno draws into the team tonight and gets to play on the first line with Matthews and Marner. Foligno certainly won’t be able to complain about a lack of opportunity here in Toronto.
Another couple of important line notes: Zach Bogosian left the contest against Vancouver with …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers players show off Raptors fandom

Toronto Raptors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers players show off Raptors fandom

The Toronto Raptors are still in the middle of their sabbatical in Tampa thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that they’ve had to convince a bunch of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays fans to put their Orlando Magic fandom aside and come on out to Amalie Arena. At the very least, they’ve won […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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

Toronto Raptors: Paul Watson and Yuta Watanabe dominating proves it’s impossible to tank

Toronto Raptors: Paul Watson and Yuta Watanabe dominating proves it’s impossible to tank

The Toronto Raptors are not very skilled in the way of tanking due to their success over the last few years, but they’ve learned that it’s hard to lose games on purpose in the NBA. The time-tested method of tanking, playing inferior young players over veterans, didn’t even work, as Paul Watson and Yuta Watanabe […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Freddie Gillespie proved last night that he is worth a full NBA contract

Toronto Raptors: Freddie Gillespie proved last night that he is worth a full NBA contract

The Toronto Raptors waited far too long to address their lack of size and rebounding, but Masai Ujiri finally capitulated by signing former Baylor star Freddie Gillespie, who spent the earlier parts of the 2020-21 season with the Memphis Grizzlies’ G League affiliate in the Orlando bubble. A double-double machine, Gillespie finally got his shot […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Three Stars: Leafs get caught in a trap game and lose in OT

TLN Three Stars: Leafs get caught in a trap game and lose in OT

The Leafs entered this game coming off one of their sloppiest performances of the season where they were unprepared to face a struggling Canadiens team. Twenty-four hours later, they had a new goalie make his first start with the team and it just so happened to be against his old club. David Rittich played well enough to keep Toronto in a game that proved to be a defensive slugfest where neither team was getting many quality chances. Aside from the Leafs botching yet another power-play and allowing the first goal of the contest, they played much better than the previous night.

#Leafs Power Play: Last 16 Games
Goals: 1Opportunities: 38Ice Time: 67:44Shots on Goal: 51Shot Attempts: 104
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) April 14, 2021

The game went into overtime where it took the Flames just 36 seconds to end it off a tally from Johnny Gaudreau. That equates to just one point out of a possible four during the back-to-back games.
Three Stars
3rd Star: Scott Sabourin
Sabourin has been with the Leafs’ taxi squad for the last few weeks getting in practices with the team and his hard work was finally rewarded as he made his season debut. Boy did he leave a good first …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Khem Birch should start over Chris Boucher

Toronto Raptors: Khem Birch should start over Chris Boucher

The Toronto Raptors finally made an addition to their frontcourt, as they managed to bring in former Orlando Magic center Khem Birch, as the native Canadian was exiled after the Wendell Carter acquisition. Looking for more playing time, Birch joined up with Toronto, joining a frontcourt led by Chris Boucher. In his first game against […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry mentoring Malachi Flynn is a great sign of things to come

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry mentoring Malachi Flynn is a great sign of things to come

The Toronto Raptors continued their up-and-down season with a loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Critical errors down the stretch, including the Pascal Siakam double-dribble, proved the difference-maker. However, if there is one positive thing that Raptors fans can take away from the game it is that Kyle Lowry was seen coaching […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

The NHL announces more changes to the Leafs’ schedule

With the Canucks forced to put their season on pause as the result of a COVID-19 outbreak within the organization, the schedule was surely going to be impacted by it. The NHL announced on Saturday those changes and they impact three Leafs games.

The @NHL announced today that, pending today’s test results, the @Canucks will re-open their facilities for practice on April 11, with a return to game play on April 16.
Schedule changes impacting 15 games in the North Division also were announced: https://t.co/wSSqW13IiK pic.twitter.com/15ubK3Urvp
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 10, 2021

These changes are as follows:

Toronto @ Vancouver on April 19th, originally scheduled for 10 p.m., will now start at 9 p.m.
Vancouver @ Toronto, originally scheduled for April 30th, has been moved to April 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Toronto @ Ottawa, originally scheduled for May 10th, has been moved to May 12th at 7:30 p.m.

When looking at the new tweaks to the schedule, the most obvious is the ending of the Leafs’ regular season being pushed back an additional two days. They were initially supposed to have their season conclude on May 8th against the Canadiens, but this further delays when they will …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Lakers beatdown serves as a brutal reminder that this isn’t a playoff team

Toronto Raptors: Lakers beatdown serves as a brutal reminder that this isn’t a playoff team

The Toronto Raptors came into their game against the Los Angeles Lakers feeling good for the first time in what feels like forever. Not only did they demolish the Golden State Warriors, but they won at the buzzer against the Washington Wizards just a night ago. With no LeBron James or Anthony Davis for the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ