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

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]