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.
Well, that sure was an interesting one Sunday. I don’t think anyone expected the Canucks to play as hard as they did, so let’s see what happens tonight.
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The Matchup

Toronto
Vancouver
Record
28-12-5, .678  points %
17-18-3, .487 points %
GF/GA
146-120
100-121
Power play %
21.9
19.6
Penalty kill %
76.1
78.5
CF%
50.85
46.66
xGF%
54.80
46.58
PDO
101.9
99.6
Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.

Who I like

I don’t mind David Rittich ($8,200), even though I think his price point is higher than it should be.
Auston Matthews ($9,100) has goals in each of the Leafs’ six games against Vancouver, and he’ll look to keep that pace up tonight.
I also really like William Nylander ($5,500) who will look to bounce back after a missed meeting. He’s got five points in six games already against the Canucks this year.
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On the otherside, Brock Boeser ($6,500) has been solid against Toronto scoring seven points in six games, while Bo Horvat ($5,900) also has scored at the same pace. Both solid plays in my eyes.

Around the NHL

Carolina has played Tampa Bay hard this year and I’m willing to take a gamble on Alex Nedeljkovic ($7,400) tonight.
Roope Hintz ($6,600) has been electric for Dallas this year scoring 37 points in 32 games. He hasn’t been talked about much, but has four points in three games against Detroit. He’s in my lineup.

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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]