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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.

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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.

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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’s scored four points in his four games he’s played this year and has averaged 13.2 FPPG. His salary could be on the rise if he keeps up his offensive production.

Upfront Connor Mcdavid is another big name at $8,600 you can build a lineup around. He’s gone a bit cold over the last week or two and is expected to rebound with some big goal production soon.

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Jakob Chychrun ($6,000) has become a must-start on the backend scoring 11 points in 16 games amassing 11.3 FPPG. He plays all minutes, blocks shots, and puts up points — all things you love to see.

Lastly, I’m rolling with Mikko Koskinen ($7,900) in net for the Edmonton Oilers, The Calgary Flames offence got stymied last night and the whole team looked pedestrian.


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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]