William Nylander fought through food poisoning to play in Maple Leafs’ playoffs opener

It turns out, William Nylander wasn’t just battling the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs forward was embroiled in combat with his body after a suspected case of food poisoning the day of the game.
”I was puking that day, but whatever,” Nylander said. “I think it was sushi for lunch, I haven’t gone to that restaurant in a long time and it might have been where I got it.”
It didn’t show in the players’ performance in a 5-0 win against the Lightning to take Game 1 of their first round playoffs series. He had expected-goals rate of 63 per cent on Monday, according to NaturalStatTrick.com, and had an excellent breakaway chance in the first period that nearly converted.

Tavares sends Nylander in on a breakaway pic.twitter.com/c0J69hiezk
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 3, 2022

Despite feeling ill, the thought of sitting out of his club’s playoffs opener never crossed the 26-year-old’s mind.
“I mean, it’s Game 1, you’ve got to be ready,” Nylander said. “It is what it is and I thought we battled as a team.”
Nylander did not participate in practice on Tuesday as he allowed his body to recover.
”He ran out of gas a bit in the second half of the game,” Keefe said of Nylander. “That’s part of the reason why he didn’t practice with us, just making sure he could get some food and fluids stuff into him which he wasn’t able to do yesterday…That’s the playoffs.”
Nylander will continue his third-line role against the Lightning in Game 2 on Wednesday, alongside David Kampf and Pierre Engvall, who also missed practice on Tuesday.
The Swede scored 34 goals and 36 assists …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

Bringing back Luke Schenn could address Zach Bogosian’s departure

So it turns out giving Zach Bogosian a new contract was not a no-brainer like I thought it would.

Am told Zach Bogosian won’t be returning to the #Leafs . …
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) July 26, 2021

Bogosian played well in his lone season with the Leafs as a shutdown defenceman on the third pair. So much, in fact, that Sheldon Keefe had little choice but to continue riding the hot hand throughout the campaign and during the playoffs (apart from a shoulder injury that left him out of the lineup for a month). It seemed like an easy decision to bring him back for another year, but with rumours suggesting he wants to return to the United States and be closer to his family, he is off to greener pastures.
His departure from Toronto leaves a gaping hole on the blueline for a stay-at-home defender who slots in on the bottom pair and providing a physical edge to help make the team tougher to play against. Bogosian’s absence is going to sting but he is by no means irreplaceable. There will surely be plenty of options for Kyle Dubas to consider both on the market and within the organization as a …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

False Alarm! George Springer won’t make his debut on Tuesday

It turns out today won’t be the start of Springer Season after all.

Though there had been plenty of indication that today would be the day that George Springer finally makes his Blue Jays debut, that won’t be the case. Apparently, Springer ran at TD Ballpark in Dunedin Tuesday morning and his quad is still not back at 100%.

Multiple sources: George Springer will NOT make his #BlueJays debut tonight.
He ran at TD Ballpark earlier and the quad is still not 100% yet. Plenty more on #BlueJaysCentral at 6:30p.
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) April 27, 2021

As much as this sucks, it really is better that the Blue Jays are taking things slowly with Springer and ensuring that he’s all good to go before bringing him back. It would really be awful if he came back a little bit too early and nicked or aggravated something and had to go back on the Injured List for another few weeks shortly after finally making his debut. The season is a marathon, not a sprint.
That said, this is obviously really disappointing as we had all built ourselves up for today finally being the day. At this point, I’m not going to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs – 2018/19 Season Odds Wrap

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
As it turns out, the best way to bet on the Toronto Maple Leafs this season would have involved taking the OVER on an individual’s performance and the UNDER on how the team fared.
After having competitive playoff series in 2017 and 2018 and signing goal scorer extraordinaire John Tavares to join their nucleus of young talent, the Maple Leafs were high up on the 2019 Stanley Cup champion futures board at +1200 (bet $100 to win $1200) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. They were also the +160 favourite to win the Atlantic Division, just a smidge ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning at +165.
The oddsmakers also set an OVER/UNDER for regular-season points of 106.5, which might have seemed attainable given that Toronto had 105 points in 2017/18 and was collectively a year older and supposedly wiser.
The Maple Leafs had no problem qualifying for the playoffs – they were -800 to make it and +500 to miss – but hit a sort of plateau. A defence corps depleted by late-season injuries to Travis Dermott and Jake Gardiner was a factor in Toronto cruising home with a 46-28-8 record for an even 100 points, causing the UNDER to hit. The Lightning also ran away with the Atlantic …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation