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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 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 %
21.7
19.2
Penalty kill % 77.0
78.8
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.

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.

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 zach@oilersnation.com.


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