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.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a tough go two nights ago when paying visit to the Calgary Flames. Their offence couldn’t muster much down a few bodies, and going 0-7 on the powerplay didn’t help. Let’s see if they can turn it around tonight.
14-3-2, .789 points %
9-9-1, .500 points %
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Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Hard to not run with Auston Matthews ($9,000) if you’re looking for a star to build your lineup around. Zach Hyman will draw back into the lineup and into his spot on the top line. He’s been fairly point dependent in DFS this year, but has a nice chance to rebound here tonight.
Justin Holl ($3,300) has provided great depth in the Leafs lineup this year and has averaged 5.7 FPPG this year. With Jake Muzzin still out, he could see a bump in icetime.
Matthew Tkachuk ($6,100) is the most expensive non-goalie on the Flames and has averaged 10.8 FPPG this season. He’s got three points in as many games against the Leafs this year.
Another Flames player whose seen lots of success against Toronto? Johnny Gaudreau ($5,600) who has scored two goals and as many assists against the Leafs this year.
Around the NHL
Phillip Grubauer ($8,500) will be getting the start for me tonight and while the most costly goalie tonight, he’s worth every penny. He’s got two wins in two games against the Minnesota Wild and only allowed two goals in those two games against them.
Dustin Brown ($4,800) looks like the Dustin Brown of years past scoring 10 goals and 16 points in 17 games this year. Up against the St. Louis Blues tonight, a team he’s scored three goals and an assist in three games this year, is a player I like at his value.
While he hasn’t scored many points this year, only two goals, David Backes ($3,000) has still scored 9.4 FPPG this season and has a solid matchup against the Arizona Coyotes tonight.
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