After facing their fair share of doubters following a poor midseason stretch, the Toronto Raptors have silenced those critics with another winning streak. Returning home to kick off a lengthy stay, the Raptors can clinch their season-best seventh consecutive win Monday night when they face the upstart Milwaukee Bucks. Watch all the action LIVE on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5 and listen to all the action on TSN 1050 beginning at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Toronto (33-15) suffered eight losses in 11 games from Dec. 30-Jan. 21 following a stellar start to the season, but the Raptors have bounced back and extended their win streak to six with a 120-116 overtime win at Washington on Saturday. Confidence. No matter what, we still feel that were going to win the game, DeMar DeRozan told Torontos official website. Somebody makes a big shot, were still not going to be down. Weve got the utmost confidence were going to win every single game until that clock runs out. While Toronto has won six in a row two previous times this season - Nov. 14-26 and Dec. 12-21 - it hasnt had a streak of at least seven since winning a franchise-record nine consecutive games from March 22-April 09, 2002. DeRozan has led the way during the current surge, averaging 18.3 points, and he has scored at least 24 three times on the streak. Kyle Lowry, who carried the Raptors with seven of their 11 points in overtime against the Wizards, has also been a major contributor with 19.3 points and 7.4 assists while earning his first All-Star selection. Toronto ranks near the top of the NBA in scoring with 106.8 points per game, but will face a stiff challenge when it opens a five-game homestand against Milwaukee (25-22). The Bucks have one of the NBAs top defenses, holding opponents to an average of 97.0 points. The Bucks are also allowing opponents to shoot just 43.5 percent this season, a figure that bodes well against Toronto, which is 8-10 when shooting 44 percent or worse. Milwaukees most noticeable defensive performer of late has been John Henson. With Ersan Ilyasova (groin) and Zaza Pachulia (calf) both out due to injury, Henson has averaged 13.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over the last two games. Both Ilyasova and Pachulia are questionable for Monday. Henson had 14 points, eight boards and four blocks to help the Bucks beat Portland 95-88 on Saturday for their season high-tying third consecutive win. Leading scorer Brandon Knight had only 11 points, but six players were in double figures for Milwaukee. Thats how we have to play to win, said Henson. Coach Kidd always says we have no one guy who can carry the load, so it has to be a team-effort. Recent history is not on their side, however. Toronto has won the last six meetings, including two this season. The Raptors won 92-89 at Milwaukee on Jan. 19 before matching a franchise record for margin of victory in a 124-82 home victory Nov. 21. 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If Seabrook comes back and Backes doesnt, imagine the outcry if Seabrook scores the winning goal to eliminate the Blues. I dont want to see that. I dont think the NHL does either, but given the chance to prevent that scenario, the NHL took a pass. On fairness. Now, I will save both of us time by asking you to go to the top, insert the names of Matt Cooke and Tyson Barrie where Seabrook and Backes were mentioned, and read this again. Same deal—Cooke should not return to the Minnnesota-Colorado series unless Barrie does, and we know Barrie wont, due to an MCL injury, so Cooke is either finished for the season or waiting to play St. Louis or Chicago. No need for a hearing, NHL. ------- Heres item two - the 2015 NHL entry draft, to be known as the Conor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes. McDavid and Eichel are two so-called "franchise-changers". The NHL teams that land them wont just be better, they may succeed for many years to come solely because of them. So there will be more interest than normal in the draft lottery that will identify the teams with 2015s first and second picks, and more interest than normal, so the theory of "tanking" goes, in playing just badly enough to secure the most favourable lottery odds next year.Heres where I come in. I will create more interest than ever in the draft lottery and, at the same time, end all thought and any mention of tanking. I will do that by giving all 14 non-playoff teams an equal shot at the first draft pick in 2015. Fans of each of those 14 teams will hang on every second of the draft lottery. Itll be similar to, but better than, the draw that sent Sidney Crosby to Pittsburgh. It was packed with suspense, but it had odds attached that happened to favour the Penguins, so there wasnt the wide-open nature of competition and interest that pure luck creates. However, the biggest reason for eliminating draft lottery odds is to wipe out any incentive to gain a draft advantage on the ice, and to eliminnate all the talk that goes with it.dddddddddddd As the imaginary leader of the NHL, Im furious whenever I hear a team advised to think about winning a draft by losing a game. The NHL includes just one guarantee when it sells a ticket - it guarantees a contest that will see two teams trying their best to win. If there is any doubt that the customer is receiving that guarantee, the doubt must be removed. A "luck of the draw" draft order will do that. And before you, or the NHL complains that the worst teams should be the ones that land McDavid and Eichel, realize two things - the NHL could make it happen that way by eliminating the lottery, and chooses not to do so, and the NHLs current system allows for the possibility that its best non-playoff team will make the first draft selection. Its just unwilling to make that a stronger possibility. Im not. --------- Now its time to open the rule book and apply some common sense to it. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be complaining all the way to next season about a Ryan Callahan goal against Montreal that didnt count because…..well, because the referee thought it shouldnt count. I cant explain it better than that. When Alex Killorn was trying to put the puck past Carey Price and ended up in the net himself, all sorts of confusion ensued. The refs arms waved, play continued as Killorn extricated himself and tried to avoid Price and P.K. Subban, even as they didnt seem to be trying to avoid him, and Callahan eventually scored…..sorry…put the puck in the net. Then the refs arms waved again, and the goal was disallowed. My new rule wouldnt have allowed the Lightning to be tied with Montreal on the scoreboard, but it would have prevented all the controversy. The best new rules are simple ones. In this case, when Killorn plunged into the net, regardless of whether he did that on his own, was pushed, or did so because of contact with Price, the whistle should have blown to halt the play. Nothing good ever follows a net crash like the one involving Killorn. If he stays there, no goal can be scored. If he tries to get out, he can get mugged, or at least interfered with, and theres every chance hell be bothering the goalie enough to affect things and make any refs ruling subject to criticism. Just as the whistle blows if the puck enters the net, so should it blow if a player does. Thats all the time I have to run the NHL today. If Ive made any sense, pass it on. And if I havent, Ill try again next time. 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