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 take on the visiting Calgary Flames, who are coming off a huge 7-1 loss to the Oilers. Can Toronto keep pouring it on them?
14-3-2, .789 points %
8-9-1, .472 points %
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Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($9,000) continues to be one of the hottest players in the NHL right now. He’s up to 18 goals in 18 games and has totalled another 11 assists on top of that.
With Freddie Andersen out for the Leafs tonight, I would fade Michael Hutchinson ($8,100) in what I see as a high scoring game.
John Tavares ($6,400) will replace an injured Joe Thornton on the first line and could be some great value tonight. WIlliam Nylander ($5,100) could step up, too.
Around the NHL
In net, I like Kaapo Kahkonen ($8,000) against a Sharks team struggling to score.
Some solid depth value plays today: Ryan Pulock ($4,700) and Anders Lee ($5,800) against Buffalo, Blake Coleman against Carolina ($3,900), Andreas Athanasiou ($2,800) against St. Louis and Patric Hornqvist ($6,000) against Dallas.
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