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TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs play first of three against Edmonton Oilers

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.

It’s an important three-game stretch here for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they pay visit to Edmonton. The Oilers, who are only four points back of the Leafs, have a chance to leapfrog the team.

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The Matchup

Toronto Edmonton
Record 15-4-2, .762 points % 14-8-0, .636 points %
GF/GA 74-55 79-65
Power play %
33.1
27.2
Penalty kill % 79.4
78.6
CF% 49.37 47.33
xGF% 56.96 49.95
PDO 102.5 101.6

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.

Who I like

With Auston Matthews out of the lineup, they’ll be without the league’s high scoring player. Sheldon Keefe will have John Tavares ($6,400) slide up alongside Mitch Marner ($7,900) and Joe Thornton ($3,000) and any of the three could be a solid play tonight.

On the backend, Jake Muzzin ($4,700) continues to be a solid cheaper play on the back end and has scored nine points in the last 10 games. He continues to have tons of value.

In Edmonton Connor McDavid ($9,200) continues to tear up the NHL. He’s scored three goals and seven points against the Leafs this year and I could see another multi-point game from him tonight.

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Around the NHL

Jonas Brodin ($4,300) will slide in on my fantasy roster tonight as the Minnesota Wild are red hot. He’s scored six points in the last 10 games averaging 10.1 FPPG over that stretch.

Speaking of red hot players from the Wild, Mats Zuccarello ($4,400) has come back from injury and in since games since, he’s been on an absolute tear. He’s scored three goals and 10 points averaging 13.8 FPPG. He’s well worth the add.

Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,300) has been scoring over a point per game with the Florida Panthers this year and at his cost, has been providing tremendous value. He’s scored seven goals and 23 points in 19 games this year averaging 10.2 FPPG.

And the last pick of the day is Nino Niederreiter ($4,800), who has scored five goals and seven points in the last 10 games notching 11.3 FPPG.


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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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