Maple Leafs collaborate with Justin Bieber on Next Gen jersey

After many days of waiting for this Next Gen jersey, which was leaked by Martha Stewart and Justin Bieber, it’s finally here.
Thank god.

We’ll be rocking the black and blue, hby?
The Leafs x @drewhouse flipside jersey is here. pic.twitter.com/UqvnQdpPny
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 22, 2022

The Maple Leafs have collaborated with Justin Bieber’s clothing company, ‘drew house’, to make this Next Gen jersey. On one side, it’s Toronto’s jersey with a new shade of blue and an interesting texture on the Maple Leaf and arm bands. On the “flipside”, which is what the team is calling it, is a smiley face inside a Leaf.
A smiley face is the main logo for Drew.

The Maple Leafs will be wearing this jersey on Wednesday night for the Next Generation game where they’ll take on the New Jersey Devils.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Amazon Prime Video Announces “All Or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs” Premiere

It’s the moment Leafs Nation has been waiting for since the closing seconds of Game 7. Today Amazon Prime announced the premiere date for the highly anticipated and not-at-all pointless “All Or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs” docu-series.
You may remember that back in January, just after the start of the season, it was announced that a documentary crew would be following the Leafs around this season, chronicling their journey through the pandemic-shortened season and eventual rise to the top of the NHL’s North Division (in the regular season), I wonder how it’ll end?
All five episodes of the series will drop on Friday, October 1st and it will notably be narrated by actor, comedian and lifelong Leafs fan, Will Arnett.
Produced by Amazon Studios in association with NHL Original Productions and Cream Films, “All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs will be forever entrenched in history as the first Canadian Amazon Original series to launch.
Take a look at the trailer that was released alongside the premiere date announcement:

I’ll be the first to admit, I had no interest whatsoever in watching this series and my intention was to fully ignore it even happened once it dropped. I’ …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

John Tavares has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home

John Tavares has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home

We’ve all been anxiously waiting for an update on John Tavares, and we’ve just received it…

An update on @MapleLeafs captain John Tavares. pic.twitter.com/sV0dlfpdI8
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 21, 2021

John Tavares receiving a thorough examination and being discharged is absolutely encouraging, and we are hoping for the fullest of recoveries. While it goes without saying his absence leaves a huge hole in the Leafs roster, there are far more important things in life recovering from a head injury certainly takes priority. All the best to the captain, and hopefully the Leafs make him proud while he’s out.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Springer Season begins (maybe???) as the Washington Nationals visit Dunedin

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for.

George Springer will finally make his much-anticipated Toronto Blue Jays debut on Tuesday as the Blue Jays host the Washington Nationals in Dunedin. Well, it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but today has been the date the team was talking about all last week.
The $150 million man, as we know, has missed the first month-ish of play due to a couple of injuries and he’ll be welcomed back to action by none other than three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
How they’re doing…
The Nationals have been bad since they won the 2019 World Series.
Anthony Rendon walked in free agency, Stephen Strasburg has been injured, and the Nats look like a shell of their 2019 selves at this stage. They went 26-34 in 2020 and they’re off to an 8-11 start this season.
Washington has the second-worst offence in baseball this year, as they’re scoring just 3.26 runs per game with a paltry .664 team OPS. The Blue Jays actually have an even shittier team OPS of .660 in 2021 but they’re scoring 3.95 runs per game, putting them a few spots below league average.
On the other side of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Getting ready for the BJs

Anyways…
It’s been a long few months of waiting for this moment, and it’s finally here. The Leafs are playing the Blue Jackets, and a lot of digital ink has been slipped over the past couple of months on this matchup. With that in mind, what better way to know our enemy than to take a refresher course on what has been written about the Leafs and the Blue Jackets…
What to expect from…
Over the past month we’ve been breaking down the Leafs potential bubble roster and what to expect from them. You can find those profiles in the depth chart below…

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G

HYMAN
MATTHEWS
NYLANDER
MUZZIN
HOLL
ANDERSEN

MIKHEYEV
TAVARES
MARNER
RIELLY
CECI
CAMPBELL

ROBERTSON
KERFOOT
KAPANEN
DERMOTT
BARRIE
WOLL

CLIFFORD
ENGVALL
SPEZZA
SANDIN
MARINCIN
KASKISUO

JOHNSSON
GAUTHIER
MALGIN
ROSEN
LILJEGREN

PETAN

If that isn’t enough content for you, here are some of other other articles on the topic of the Leafs and Blue Jackets matchup.
2020 Playoff Preview: How do the Leafs match up against the Blue Jackets?

Breaking Down Columbus’ Goaltending

Scott’s Thoughts: The Leafs scare me …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

2020 Playoff Preview: How do the Leafs match up against the Blue Jackets?

After months of waiting, we are only two weeks away from playoff hockey.
With that, it’s time to start analyzing the Leafs “first-round” opponent, The Columbus Blue Jackets. They finished the regular season with the same amount of points as the Leafs and were also hit hard by the injury bug this year. The break from hockey has allowed both teams to recover. Other than Columbus forward Josh Anderson, and Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson, both teams are at full-strength.
The similarities between these two teams end there.
In this playoff preview, I’ll showcase:

The major differences between the two by looking at the numbers, their lineup construction, and the systems that they implement.
The mini-battles to watch for and how both teams can be successful in each.
Predictions from the contributors of The Leafs Nation and The Everything Leafs Podcast.

Statistical overview:

Toronto

Columbus

5v5 Offence

 

60.19 (4th)

CF/60

54.1 (23rd)

2.74 (8th)

GF/60

2.16 (28th)

2.47 (3rd)

xGF/60

2.20 (24th)

8.57 (11th)

Sh%

6.80 (28th)

5v5 Defence

 

55.5 (13th)

CA/60

56.06 (17th)

2.73 (27th)

GA/60

2.11 (5th)

2.32 (18th)

xGA/60

2.04 (3rd)

Special Teams

 

23.1 (6th)

PP%

16.40 (27th)

77.70 (21st)

PK%

81.70 (12th)

It’s clear that these teams are polar opposites. The Blue Jackets are …

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Five rules to help you root for Toronto Raptors underdog Terence Davis

Terence Davis is the newest underdog story in waiting on the Toronto Raptors. And while everyone’s on the bandwagon, you can be the one leading the charge. Here are five rules to help you cheer for the underdog hero. Everyone loves to root for an underdog. And Toronto Raptors fans are no different. There’s nothing […]
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Author: Zak McDonald / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The original Dino jersey finally returns

In a decision that everyone has been waiting for, the Toronto Raptors have finally brought back one of the greatest jerseys in the history of the sport, the Dino jersey. Throwbacks are sometimes call-backs to out of date, and out of touch times, or for teams that are trying to remain relevant by clinging to […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

The Zac Rosscup era is over

Apologies to those who are sitting at home waiting for their Zac Rosscup jerseys to arrive in the mail. The veteran reliever cleared through waivers and has elected free agency.

Rosscup made just one appearance for the Blue Jays, surrendering three earned runs over the course of one inning. He was signed, presumably, to fill in for Tim Mayza as the Jays’ top lefty was on the disabled list.
Speaking of Mayza, the Jays have also optioned Justin Shafer to Triple-A Buffalo, opening up a spot on the 25-man roster. As Mike Wilner reports, Mayza will be activated tomorrow in a corresponding roster move.

#Bluejays announced earlier this hour that Justin Shafer has been optioned back to #Bisons and that Zac Rosscup has cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent.
Corresponding move tomorrow, could well be Tim Mayza coming off the IL.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) June 3, 2019

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors and Sixers look to avoid elimination in Game 7: Preview, start time, and more

With Giannis and company waiting in the wings, Toronto will try to extend their playoff run in a win or go home contest against the 76ers. Only one team will travel Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday — will it be The Raptors or the Sixers? Game 7s are nerve-racking occasions for fans, players, and coaches alike. For the fans, we remember all past Game 7s we’ve been lucky (or unlucky) to see. For the coaches and players, it’s a tense time, an evening to leave everything out on the floor.
Toronto has been in this position multiple times before with all sorts of outcomes. In a 2014 first round matchup, Toronto hosted Paul Pierce and the Brooklyn Nets in a Game 7 that went down to the wire. With the game on the line, Terrence Ross made an excellent defensive play to win possession for Toronto. Down by one with a little over six seconds remaining, Kyle Lowry attempt at a game winner was thwarted at the rim by Paul Pierce, winning Brooklyn the series.

In the 2016 playoffs, Toronto went through a home Game 7 against Indiana in the first round (a furious 17-4 run in the fourth quarter made it a …

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Author: Zakaria Abdulle / Raptors HQ