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The good news for the Montreal Canadiens is they were able to stop Auston Matthews from extending his streak to nine on Wednesday night

The bad news is that it didn’t matter when it came to the bottom line

Travis Dermott, Justin Holl and Ilya Mikheyev each scored their first goals of the season when the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Habs 4-2

Toronto, which went into the night betting favorite with 105 odds to win the North Division, took a step closer to that goal by beating its greatest rival for the second time in as many meetings this season

If Wednesday night’s win is a sign of that, the Maple Leafs will likely be no longer available plus cash to win their division for much longer

Here’s the morning coffee for Thursday, February 11, 2021
Maple Leafs expand leadership in the North Division

The fact that none of Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and William Nylander scored and still beat their toughest opponent in the division should worry anyone betting Toronto to end up in the north >

John Tavares amassed two assists in his team’s 4-2 win over the Canadiens tonight and now has 10 points in 8 games against them since joining @MapleLeafs in 2018/19 gives him a rate per game that top only 5 on this list of those who produce Big vs MTL in the franchise history imageTwittercom / 1bOyz8eoRs

The Maple Leafs have won four straight wins to improve to 11-2-1 this season – the best record in the NHL

While 14 games are usually not big enough to be a comprehensive assessment of what to expect from a team in any given year, it certainly isn’t this season

Leaves after 14 games last season: 6-5-3, 15 points, plus 1 goal difference
Leaves after 14 games this season: 11-2-1, 23 points, plus 16 goal difference

Toronto played exactly 25 percent of its regular season schedule

Matthews and Company faced all six opponents they have to play this regular season and beat them all, collecting 23 points out of a possible 28

Are the Maple Leafs legitimate Stanley Cup contenders?

The odds show that it is – only the Vegas Golden Knights (750), Colorado Avalanche (750), and Tampa Bay Lightning (750) have shorter chances of winning than Toronto’s 1000

Of course, we won’t know how the Maple Leafs compete against these other teams until they get to the bottom four in the playoffs – if they make it to the bottom four

“For the other five teams in the 🇨🇦 North Division, I don’t see them in the same class as the Canadiens and the Leafs” @CraigJButton & @dutchysc on Wednesday, the close match between Toronto and Montreal, and Justin Holl’s blueline emergence : https: // tco / eHVlGT6Cjg # TSNHockey picTwittercom / MBchkEYyCP

With the Buds continuing to run away to the north, their chances of winning both the Division and Stanley Cup only get shorter as more weather leaps on that train

It will be very interesting to see where those numbers end up at the end of the season

For now, we can accept the fact that the Maple Leafs are clearly the team to beat in the North Division

At this point there is absolutely no reason to bet against them

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Raptors join a 500 record

Don’t look now, but Toronto’s basketball team is starting to warm up too – despite not playing in the city they represent

The Raptors (-5) defeated the Washington Wizards 137-115 on Wednesday night

The end has now scored in each of their last seven games

3 of the 4 highest rated Raptors reg season games in franchise history have been played against Washington in the past 2 years.They scored 140 in a 2OT win over the Wiz in 2019 and again in regulation in 2020. Today they have 137 on drop them
The team record is 144 points against SAC last month

Norm Powell had a game high of 28 points with seven rebounds and four assists Pascal Siakam scored 26 with five rebounds Kyle Lowry finished with 21 points, five assists and four rebounds

Toronto have now won five of their last six games, improving to 12-13

Can this team build on their recent hot phase and climb to the top? 500 for the first time this season?

Well the schedule is definitely getting a lot tougher

The Raptors end a six-game road trip against the Boston Celtics tonight

Then there are two games against the Milwaukee Bucks on the program, two against the Philadelphia 76ers, one against the Miami Heat, one against the Houston Rockets and two against the Minnesota Timberwolves

While Toronto shouldn’t have a problem with a Minnesota team that has the worst record in the NBA, the other teams on this list are pretty good

After a terrible start, the Raptors have crept back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture

It will be interesting to see where they stand at the end of February after their toughest part of the season

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