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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. 

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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.

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On the other side, Shea Weber ($5,500) has been providing solid value all season long scoring seven points in 12 games averaging eight FPPG. Josh Anderson ($5,000) has been off to an incredible start this year scoring eight goals in 12 games averaging 12.8 FPPG. He’s more affordable than I would’ve imagined.

Corey Perry ($2,700) is on the Canadiens top power-play unit and could be worth a look tonight.

Around the NHL

There’s only one other game on tap tonight with the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers teeing off.

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The big player will be David Pastrnak ($8,500), who has scored five goals and eight points in his first four games of the year averaging 27 (!) FPPG. He’s a must-start in any lineup.

Chris Kreider ($4,300) has averaged 8.3 FPPG while only scoring four goals in 11 games this year. He could be worth a look tonight, too, as someone who will surely rebound sooner rather than later.


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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]

 

 

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