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TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Merry Clinchmas!

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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It is Clinchmas! Toronto can clinch a playoff spot with a regulation win and a Senators regulation win today. Let’s see what happens!

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The Matchup

Toronto Montreal
Record 30-13-5, .677 points % 21-17-9, .543 points%
GF/GA 158-130 135-133
Power play %
21.5
25.7
Penalty kill % 76.6
80.5
CF% 50.69 48
xGF% 54.74 77.3
PDO 101.5 100

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

Who I like

Fade the goalies.

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But don’t fade Auston Matthews ($9,200)! Look, he’s incredible. He’s almost a sure-fire lock to win the Rocket Richard, and has four goals and 10 points in six games against Montreal. Fire away.

Alex Kerfoot ($2,900) has two points in his last three games and has two in six against the Habs this year. He’s going to be point-dependent, though, so proceed with caution.

Rasmus Sandin ($2,500)? He’s got two points in his first four NHL games and will look to add to that total tonight.

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Around the NHL

My favorite fantasy play this year has easily been Jakob Chychrun ($6,400). He’s got 36 points in 49 games and has really strong peripherals. Against San Jose this year, he averages 16.9 fantasy points.

Kirill Kaprizov ($6,900) continues to be electric this season with eight goals in his last 10 games. I like him to stay hot against the Blues.

Jesse Puljujavi ($4,300) has had a strong season with the Oilers and has been heating up with eight points in his last 10 games. He has a favourable matchup tonight against the Jets.

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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]