May 2: Leafs close in on first division title in over 20 years
May 02 2021
Co-host of the Staff & Graph Podcast Mike Stephens joins Roger Lajoie to discuss how important it would be for the Leafs to win the Scotia North Division, their ideal first round matchup, and Auston Matthews' ascension this season (7:09). Writer for Dime, and co-host of the Dishes & Dimes Podcast Katie Heindl weighs in on the Raptors late-season burnout, their dwindling playoff chances, and the outlook for next year (50:10). Daily Hive TO's Ian Hunter chimes in on the Blue Jays' first sweep of the season over the Atlanta Braves, George Springer's ongoing health status, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s breakout year thus far (1:11:24). The Hockey News Toronto Maple Leafs Reporter David Alter talks about the Leafs' potentially winning the division title for the second time in 56 years, which goaltender could get the start for Toronto in game one, and Adam Brooks' impact on the fourth line (1:38:22). Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino comments on the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, the struggles for players and scouts in junior hockey ahead the NHL draft due to the pandemic, and how the QMJHL will be able to finish their season (2:00:58). President and co-owner of Cosmos Sports & Entertainment Cary Kaplan debates the new media rights deals struck between the NHL with ESPN and Turner Sports, if we could see NHL games selling out again beginning next season (2:26:02). theScore's Chicco Nacion gives his thoughts on the difficulties ahead for the Raptors while trying to make the play-in, how extended minutes have benefitted Malachi Flynn and Khem Birch, season evaluations for Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby, and the future of Kyle Lowry (3:16:24).