Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Coming off a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Toronto Raptors suffered a tough 116-108 loss against the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back. The Raptors moved to .500 on the season with the win over Philadelphia, but they are taking on a Heat team that is a far cry from […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Can the Toronto Maple Leafs offence rebound?

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a tough go two nights ago when paying visit to the Calgary Flames. Their offence couldn’t muster much down a few bodies, and going 0-7 on the powerplay didn’t help. Let’s see if they can turn it around tonight.
The Matchup

Toronto
Calgary

Record
14-3-2, .789 points %
9-9-1, .500 points %

GF/GA
72-54
49-54

Power play %

33.3

21.6

Penalty kill %
78.8

79.4

CF%
48.82
51.37

xGF%
51.10
52.57

PDO
103.1
100.3

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Hard to not run with Auston Matthews ($9,000) if you’re looking for a star to build your lineup around. Zach Hyman will draw back into the lineup and into his spot on the top line. He’s been fairly point dependent in DFS this year, but has a nice chance to rebound here tonight.
Justin Holl ($3,300) has provided great depth in the Leafs lineup this year and has averaged 5.7 FPPG this year. With Jake Muzzin still out, he could see a bump in icetime.
Matthew Tkachuk ($6,100) is …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Were Fred VanVleet and the Raptors snubbed from the All-Star game?

Raptors: Were Fred VanVleet and the Raptors snubbed from the All-Star game?

The NBA just announced the reserves for the 2020-21 NBA All-Star game, and even though the Toronto Raptors are fifth in the Eastern Conference, there aren’t any Raptors representing the East. One name from the Raptors that should be on the team is Fred VanVleet. There is no doubt that right now VanVleet is the […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Rittich shuts the door as Leafs lose 3-0

This game had all the makings for this exact result. The Leafs were riding a hot streak, the Flames came in off a 7-1 loss, the Leafs had an absurd amount of injuries with Hutchinson in net. It went exactly the way we all thought it would.
And honestly, I’m not mad. With Andersen, Muzzin, Thornton, and Hyman all out (along with Simmonds and Campbell who have been for a while), the Leafs were already not sitting pretty going into the game, and David Rittich shut the door as the Leafs would lose 3-0.
The first period went about as well as we could’ve hoped for considering the circumstances. They saw the shot attempts and scoring chances favour the Flames, but they only found themselves down 1-0 after the first thanks to a goal from Sam Bennett. The Leafs had a couple power plays to get the game tied, but despite a plethora of scoring chances, they couldn’t get any in the net.

Sam Bennett trying to show Kyle he’s the one
(1-0) pic.twitter.com/HKDnQcHaJE
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 23, 2021

The Leafs started pressuring a bit more in the second, at even strength, on the power play, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs look to pile on Calgary Flames

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the visiting Calgary Flames, who are coming off a huge 7-1 loss to the Oilers. Can Toronto keep pouring it on them?
The Matchup

Toronto
Calgary

Record
14-3-2, .789 points %
8-9-1, .472 points %

GF/GA
72-51
46-54

Power play %

37.5

20.3

Penalty kill %
80.3

77.1

CF%
48.53
51.99

xGF%
50.88
53.43

PDO
103.9
100

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($9,000) continues to be one of the hottest players in the NHL right now. He’s up to 18 goals in 18 games and has totalled another 11 assists on top of that.
With Freddie Andersen out for the Leafs tonight, I would fade Michael Hutchinson ($8,100) in what I see as a high scoring game.
John Tavares ($6,400) will replace an injured Joe Thornton on the first line and could be some great value tonight. WIlliam Nylander ($5,100) could step up, too.
Around the NHL
In net, I like Kaapo Kahkonen ($8,000) against a Sharks team struggling to score.
Some solid depth value plays today: Ryan Pulock ($4,700) and Anders Lee ($5,800) against …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to add to division lead vs. Habs

Going into tonight’s game, the Toronto Maple Leafs have an eight point lead over the Montreal Canadiens for the division title, but the Habs have three games in hand. This game could be the difference between having a 0 point lead if the Habs win their games in hand or having a four point lead if they do, and any chance to help cement your chance as the division winner should hopefully be capitalized on.
The Leafs head into tonight’s game after a three game series against the Ottawa Senators, where they took five of a possible six points, and did it in the most frustrating way possible, blowing a 5-1 lead on Monday night, barely squeaking by on Wednesday night, only to finally blow them out on Thursday night. They’re currently on a two game win streak as a result, and have managed to only lose in regulation once in their last 13 games, going 10-1-2 in the process.
The Habs have had the week off after last Saturday’s game against the Leafs, which saw them get the tying and go ahead goals in the third period on route to a 2-1 win. That ended a …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs visit Montreal Canadiens

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

After closing out a three-game set against the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have a tough match tonight against one of the other best teams in the North, the Montreal Canadiens.
The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
13-3-2, .778 points %
9-4-2, .667 points %

GF/GA
67-48
44-78

Power play %

34.6

20.8

Penalty kill %
80.0

80.0

CF%
48.53
54.64

xGF%
50.88
56.56

PDO
103.9
102.1

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($8,800) has 16 goals in 17 games. It’s hard to not have him be in your lineup every night given what’s amounting to be an incredible season.
His linemate Joe Thornton ($4,400) has provided solid value this year scoring 8.7 FPPG. He’s scored six points in the last three games since his return from injury.
Justin Holl ($3,200, 6 FPPG) has been a steady producer from the Leafs blueline in DFS this year, while a slightly more expensive Jake Muzzin ($5,200, 9.7 FPPG) has too.
Around the NHL
Amid a busy slate of games tonight, I like Zach Aston-Reese ($3,600) for the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. He’ …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Tavares, Nylander end droughts, Matthews extends point streak to 15 in 7-3 blowout vs the Sens

After a blown lead on Monday and a game that was closer than it needed to be last night, the Leafs finally had the kind of game we expected against the Sens, as all of the big guns would show up in a 7-3 blowout. There were a lot of goals to cover, so let’s get right into it.
It was a high scoring first period as the Leafs made sure to get a quick lead to support Hutchinson’s season debut. They got a couple powerplays to start the game, and capitalized on the second one with another Auston Matthews goal, who gets his 15th of the season, and extends his point streak to 15 games as well.

pic.twitter.com/UCG8CfUpzF
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 19, 2021

The Sens ran into a bit of goalie trouble after that, as Marcus Hogberg got hurt and Matt Murray, who played last night. Don’t worry, there was no David Ayres in this game to give the Leafs any trouble.
The Matthews goal was the only goal for most of the first, but the floodgates opened up late. First, the Leafs made it 2-0 as Joe Thornton deflects a Jake Muzzin a slap …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Who’s it going to be in game three?

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league all with daily fantasy in mind.

On the second half of a back-to-back, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators will look to close out their three-game set. With the Senators taking game one and the Leafs game two, who’s going to break the tie?
The Matchup

Toronto
Ottawa

Record
12-3-2, .765 points %
4-13-1, .250 points %

GF/GA
60-45
41-71

Power play %

32.7

11.9

Penalty kill %
79.3

75.0

CF%
49.32
50.62

xGF%
50.91
48.91

PDO
103.4
94.9

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($9,000) sure loves to score goals. Never a bad play.
Jake Muzzin ($5,300) has been providing great value from the back end scoring 9.8 FPPG this season. He’s $1,000 cheaper than teammate Morgan Rielly and outproducing him by nearly 2 FPPG. Justin Holl ($3,700) is another solid daily fantasy player for the Leafs averaging 6.2  FPPG this season.
Brady Tkachuk ($6,500) and Thomas Chabot ($5,900) are the two top-performing Sens this year producing 11.7 and 9.6 FPPG, respectively.
Around the NHL
Jordan Binnington ($8,300) and Darcy Kuemper ($8,000) are both solid play in what I feel should be wins for both the St. Louis …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs look to topple Ottawa Senators

Welcome to TheLeafsNation Game Day where we take a look at today’s Leafs game and a few other things happening around the league. 

If there’s one thing that North Division teams love this year, it’s playing the struggling Ottawa Senators. Stuck amid a rebuild, they’ve struggled to win games and tonight, Toronto has an opportunity to continue their hot start.
The Matchup

Toronto
Ottawa

Record
11-3-1, .767 points %
3-12-1, .219 points %

GF/GA
53-38
34-64

Power play %
34.1

13.1

Penalty kill %
76.9
74.6

CF%
49.75
50.24

xGF%
49.99
49.68

PDO
103.5
94.7

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
The Maple Leafs big guns should keep rolling today with Auston Matthews ($8,800), Freddie Andersen ($8,500), Mitch Marner ($7,500) John Tavares ($6.500) and William Nylander ($5,300) all providing what should be great value.
Ilya Mikheyev ($3,700) has provided good, cheaper value all season averaging 8.4 FPPG and Joe Thornton ($2,900) could provide some too in his return.
There’s not much to like from Ottawa, but Thomas Chabot ($6,000) and
Around the NHL
There’s tons of action happening around the league today and here’s a few plays I like on this busy Family Day.
I like Semyon Varlamov ($8,200) in net against a Buffalo Sabres team that has …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation