TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Building a lead

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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The red hot Edmonton Oilers are slowing crawling up the standings towards the top ranked Leafs. Tonight, the Leafs will look to beat up on a depleted Canucks team to try and stretch their lead.

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The Matchup

Toronto Vancouver
Record 31-13-5, .684 points % 19-21-3, .477 points%
GF/GA 162-131 114-137
Power play %
Penalty kill % 77.0
CF% 50.52 46.72
xGF% 54.67 46.05
PDO 101.7 99.6

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

Who I like

I think we can dabble into David Rittich ($8,300) territory tonight, but I’m not overly confident in it. Proceed with caution, as always, when it comes to Leafs goalies these days.

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With Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin out, I like Justin Holl ($3,000) tonight, someone who is averaging 5.9 FPPG this season.

You know we’re going to keep rolling with Auston Matthews ($9,200), too.

Around the NHL

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,000) has been on an absolute heater as of late with seven points in his last 10 games, including two goals and four points in his last three games.

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Sebastian Aho ($6,600) has been on a tear, too, with 12 points in his last 10 games. While he hasn’t lit up Detroit up to this point this season, I could see him having a big night tonight.

On the cheaper side, I like Kyle Palmieri ($3,500) against the Rangers. He’s got two points in three games against them this year.

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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]