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

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

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

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

Toronto Blue Jays Consensus Top 30 Prospects, Part 2

Here’s Part 1, we’ll pick up right where we left off…

15. Rikelvin De Castro – SS – 18: Got the high bonus in the 2019 J2 class of Blue Jays signings ($1.2m) based on flashy defensive tools and potential to eventually hit. But the latter is going to take considerably time and effort. A year behind the similarly skilled Jimenez, he’ll surely spend him time on a complex team, probably in the DSL. It will take years to get a full read on whether he was worth the bonus.
14. Otto Lopez – INF – 22: Jumped on everyone’s radar with a batting title at Low-A Lansing in 2019, his calling card is capable defense at multiple positions (he played SS, 2B and both OF corners in 2019 but may be best at 2B) and good bat-to-ball skills with untapped offensive potential beyond simply making contact. He’s got a solid opportunity to be a serviceable MLB utility man but he grades high on baseball instincts and some observers feel he has a shot to be more than that.
13. Eric Pardinho – RHP – 20: The one time Top 10 prospect is one year out from Tommy John and at the stage where he’s throwing but not yet roster ready. …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays 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

Montreal hands Toronto first regulation loss in 10 games with 2-1 victory over the Leafs

In a slow game, where the most flavour came during a second intermission segment spent discussing beef patties, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Montreal Canadiens 2-1, suffering their first regulation loss in ten games.
It was another story of struggling in low-opportunity games for Toronto who showed weakness against that style of play during last season’s play-in round when they lost three of five games to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both Toronto and Montreal seemed to take turns getting clogged up in the neutral zone and firing low-danger chances towards the other team’s goalkeeper. Making matters worse was the lack of powerplay time for either team with the referees calling only a single penalty for either franchise. With Toronto’s man-advantage unit being as lethal as it is, the referees putting their whistles away marked a noticeable dent into the Leafs gameplan.
The Leafs’ only goal came during the first period where Marner found the back of the net in close after a wonderful play from Auston Matthews behind the net to set up the goal.

Mitch Marner scores the first goal of his career against the Habs, 1-0! pic.twitter.com/NHLDgbI3fq
— Justin Holl’s …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Can the Toronto Maple Leafs keep rolling?

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

Amid a slew of games on Hockey Day In Canada, the Leafs will be taking on the reeling Montreal Canadiens for their second game in a row. Can they keep rolling themselves?
The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
11-2-1, .821 points %
8-4-2, .643 points%

GF/GA
52-36
50-37

Power play %
27.9

20.8

Penalty kill %
83.3
79.7

CF%
50.49
54.31

xGF%
49.67
57.48

PDO
104
102

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Freddie Anderson ($7,800) is getting the start today and could have some solid value at his price point. Montreal’s offence has slowed down over the last four games averaging only 1.5 goals per game.
Auston Matthews ($8,500) is on a complete tear right now scoring six goals and an assist in the last five games. He’s got two assists in two games against Montreal this year and would imagine he keeps rolling.
On the other side of the ice, Tyler Toffoli ($7,000) hasn’t scored much beyond playing the Vancouver Canucks, but that’s going to change at some point. Tonight might be the night he starts to chip in.


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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Can the Toronto Maple Leafs offence continue against the 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. 

It’s a quiet night around the NHL with the Maple Leafs-Canadiens game being just one of two tonight and the biggest question is can the Leafs keep up their offensive ways?
The Matchup

Toronto
Montreal

Record
10-2-1, .808 points %
8-2-2, .750 points%

GF/GA
48-34
48-30

Power play %
36.6

22.2

Penalty kill %
75.5
79.6

CF%
51.49
53.50

xGF%
50.21
57.86

PDO
104.2
103.3

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
If there’s one thing we know, is that it’s going to be one heck of a game pitting two of the best teams in the North Division against each other. The Leafs took game one 5-4.
Who I like
The last time the two teams played, William Nylander ($4,900) and John Tavares ($5,700) both had three-point performances with the former scoring two goals while the latter had two assists. Nylander has 14 points in as many games against the Habs, while Tavares, too, has seen a fair share of success against them posting 33 points in 36 career games.
On the other side, Shea Weber ($5,500) has been providing solid value all season long scoring …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs go for hat trick against Vancouver Canucks

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

Can the Toronto Maple Leafs score a hat trick sweep of the Vancouver Canucks tonight? The Leafs look to close out their three-game home-stand against the Canucks tonight, before heading out on the road for a Wednesday game in Montreal.
The Matchup

Toronto
Vancouver

Record
9-2-1, .792 points %
6-9-0, .400 points%

GF/GA
44-33
48-60

Power play %
38.5

17

Penalty kill %
75.6
80.0

CF%
52.02
46.14

xGF%
50.89
44.87

PDO
103
100

Analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
If there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that there’s probably going to be a few goals tonight. Toronto has poured it on in the last two games against the Canucks with 7-3 and 5-1 victories. Tonight, I’d be willing to bet that more of the same will continue.
Who I like
They won’t be cheap, but stacking Auston Matthews ($8,800) and Mitch Marner ($7,700) is once again, far from a terrible choice. Matthews has scored four goals in the last two games, while Marner has a goal and five assists on his own. Look for their multi-game point streaks to likely continue …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation