TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs look to topple Ottawa Senators

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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. 

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If there’s one thing that North Division teams love this year, it’s playing the struggling Ottawa Senators. Stuck amid a rebuild, they’ve struggled to win games and tonight, Toronto has an opportunity to continue their hot start.

Toronto Ottawa
Record 11-3-1, .767 points % 3-12-1, .219 points %
GF/GA 53-38 34-64
Power play % 34.1

13.1

Penalty kill % 76.9 74.6
CF% 49.75 50.24
xGF% 49.99 49.68
PDO 103.5 94.7

Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.

The Maple Leafs big guns should keep rolling today with Auston Matthews ($8,800), Freddie Andersen ($8,500), Mitch Marner ($7,500) John Tavares ($6.500) and William Nylander ($5,300) all providing what should be great value.

Ilya Mikheyev ($3,700) has provided good, cheaper value all season averaging 8.4 FPPG and Joe Thornton ($2,900) could provide some too in his return.

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There’s not much to like from Ottawa, but Thomas Chabot ($6,000) and

There’s tons of action happening around the league today and here’s a few plays I like on this busy Family Day.

I like Semyon Varlamov ($8,200) in net against a Buffalo Sabres team that has sat for the last number of weeks, and I think Kevin Lankinen ($7,800) provides great value, too.

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Up front, Sebastian Aho ($6,300) has been a stud for the Carolina Hurricanes averaging 16.3 FPPG while some of my favourite plays this year — Patric Hornqvist ($5,800, 13.7 FPPG) and Carter Verhaeghe ($4,900, 7 FPPG) will look to continue rolling.

On the backend, Brett Pesce ($4,000) has provided great value scoring 11.2 FPPG this year. A rookie Connor Mackey ($2,500) will dress for his second NHL game today, and scored 5.2 points in his debut the other night.


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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]