Leafs snap their three game losing streak

Perhaps the title of this post isn’t fair. And it certainly doesn’t embrace the fact that it was fun to see the Leafs play again, and while the purpose of the preseason isn’t necessarily to win, it certainly doesn’t hurt to come away with the W, and the Leafs did tonight in a 4-1 win, and with a 2-1 shootout victory as well.
Tonight marked the anticipated return of John Tavares to the lineup, and the healthy captain potted a goal from where we’ve come to appreciate him the most, in front of the net redirecting a William Nylander shot.
Nylander, Tavares, and Jake Muzzin certainly did what we’d hope to see out of them, and played a step above the competition you see teams are playing with only half a NHL roster and shooting against AHL goaltending.
The new arrivals also put on a strong showing as Gabriel managed to end an assist short of a Gordie Howe Hat trick, Michael Bunting put in a greasy goal as well, and Josh Ho-Sang had a strong night, that might unfortunately have one bad turnover as a mark against him. It’s probably worth noting …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Ben Simmons trade value dropping is good news for Toronto

Raptors: Ben Simmons trade value dropping is good news for Toronto

The Philadelphia 76ers might be more well-equipped for a title run than the Toronto Raptors on paper, but the Sixers have been saddled with some misfortune after star point guard Ben Simmons has reportedly requested a trade. While it’s easy to crack jokes about his inability to shoot, Simmons is still a top-flight point guard. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Day After Thoughts: We’ve seen this film before, and didn’t like the ending

Day After Thoughts: We’ve seen this film before, and didn’t like the ending

Did you catch the Taylor Swift reference in the title? It’s there because this team’s relationship with its fans truly feels like a doomed relationship spiraling towards a messy breakup. After years of historic collapses, the Toronto Maple Leafs have set themselves up for what may very well end up being the largest choke in franchise history as they blow a 3-1 series lead and head into a Monday night game seven against the Montreal Canadiens.
For fans, what’s there left to do other than listen to breakup songs and wonder why you invest so much energy into this franchise? Faltering against a team that finished with eleven less wins during the season, a team with a goal differential 48 goals worse than Toronto’s, a team whose highest scorer had less points than three different Leafs. The only variable working in the favor of the Montreal Canadiens seems to be that they are playing the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team who has the energy of a cartoon villain from a children’s television show, finding the most absurdist way to stumble into foiling their own plans.
At what point does believing in this team count as a …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

3 title winners from the last decade the 2019 Toronto Raptors are better than

3 title winners from the last decade the 2019 Toronto Raptors are better than

The Toronto Raptors’ 2-year anniversary of the 2019 title less than a month away, which prompted a little sentimental project. The Raps’ title run has always been regarded as a “fluke/asterisk/whatever-you-want-to-call-it” championship for most people south of the border who follow sports, citing the Golden State Warriors’ parade of injuries as the main reason. That’s […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

Kawhi Leonard wasn’t the only reason the Toronto Raptors became champions

Kawhi Leonard wasn’t the only reason the Toronto Raptors became champions

In the wake of the Toronto Raptors winning an NBA title and hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy on the back of Kawhi Leonard’s Herculean efforts, there was a nervous energy in the city. Raptors fans were concerned that the man they had just fallen in love with was about to leave them. Torontonians did […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

Auston Matthews has 18 goals in 18 games – Rate That Leafs Game

As you see in the title, the Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the best players in the world on their roster. Auston Matthews scored two goals in a game for the 7th time this season and now has 18 goals in 18 games, which is mind-boggling. He’s solidified himself as, in my opinion, the second best player in the NHL behind Connor McDavid.
I do think he’s inching closer to the number one spot though.
Mitch Marner had another great game too as he now has goals in back-to-back games and is second in the NHL with 30 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadiens in a game that I’d say was a statement game. Montreal didn’t look good and, well, the Leafs did. I think we can say that Toronto is the best team in the North Division, right?
Anyways though, 18 in 18. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Takeaways: Toronto Raptors collect massive Game 1 win over Brooklyn Nets

The Toronto Raptors start off their title defense with a first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets. Despite being a severely undermanned team, the Nets have been one of the better teams in the bubble but it didn’t take long to see how far apart the defending champs and Brooklyn are, even in such a different […]
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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Three keys to series win vs Brooklyn Nets

The Toronto Raptors begin their title defense on Monday, August 17th, 2020 against the Brooklyn Nets.  It should be a relatively smooth start to a hopefully deep playoff run and here are the three key factors to winning vs the Nets. Finally, the 2020 NBA playoffs have arrived and the Toronto Raptors will face the […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

For Danny Jansen, Crouching is everything

I originally was going to title this “The Danny Jansen Breakout is here” but after only four games that felt a little premature.

Jansen is having a hot start to the season. He’s played in three games, has four hits and two walks in those games, including this home run from Monday in Washington.

Danny Jansen – Toronto Blue Jays (1) Solo
Distance: 420 ftExit Velocity: 101.0 mphLaunch Angle: 30°pic.twitter.com/zmI6gUrCn4
— MLB Home Runs (@HomeRunVideos) July 27, 2020

What I’ve noticed with Jansen, and heard mentioned on the broadcast a couple of times, is that Jansen is crouched more at the plate this year. Here he is in his last at bat from 2019.


The difference is clear. His stance is more upright and open in 2019, and he has a bigger leg kick.
This is something Jansen played around with last year. Check out this swing from May.

Looks an awful lot like that swing from September, doesn’t it?
Now look at this swing from …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs recall Mason Marchment from Marlies

The title pretty much says it all, folks. The Leafs called up Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies, adding to a slew of transactions with the farm team recently.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forward Mason Marchment from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.com/oAlRedBmZY
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 1, 2020

Marchment was added to the Toronto Marlies back when General Manager Kyle Dubas was Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas, in charge of running the AHL affiliate for the Maple Leafs. He signed an AHL contract with the club in 2016 and has began with the ECHL farm team for the Marlies at the time, the Orlando Solar Bears.
After that season,,he earned a full time job with the Marlies, typically playing in a middle 6 role for the last 2 seasons.
Expectations for this call up should be kept low, as it hasn’t been confirmed that Marchment is going to be playing for the Leafs yet. It’s most likely that he’s here as injury insurance. Both Pierre Engvall and Kasperi Kapanen had minor bumps and bruises from last night’s game, but there hasn’t been any word that either will be missing any …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation