TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs square up for game two against the Vancouver Canucks


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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After routing the Canucks in game one of their three-game set, the Maple Leafs look to pile on another lopsided victory tonight with a 7 p.m. EST matchup.

Toronto Vancouver
Record 8-2-1, .773 points % 6-8-0, .429points %
GF/GA 40-32 47-55
Power play % 40.0


Penalty kill % 75.6 80.3
CF% 51.75 46.21
xGF% 56.10 48.61
PDO 101.7 101.1

Analytics at 5×5 c/o

Toronto poured it on with a 7-3 victory Thursday night as they exploited all the defensive deficiencies within the Canucks lineup. I would look for that to happen again tonight, as the Canucks had no answers for the scoring up and down the Leafs lineup.

If you stacked the Leafs top line, you probably had a good time. That trio combined for seven points and I would strongly consider firing up Auston Matthews ($8,400), Mitch Marner ($7,600), and Zach Hyman ($4,700) again.

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At $5,500, William Nylander has been a solid value play this year averaging 11 FPPG. The point scoring matching had a three-assist night Thursday stacking up 19.5 points, and is now over a point per game on the season.

Vancouver’s offence was active Thursday night with J.T. Miller posting a 18 point fantasy night. He’s been dynamite for the Canucks since being acquired by the team and now has 13 points in 11 games on the season.

At only $2,900, Tyler Motte has been off to a great start this year. Averaging 8.3 FPPG, the bottom-six winger has still put up six points in 14 games. He averages two blocked shots a game, and there’s some value to be had here.

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So… the Carey Price play didn’t exactly hit on Thursday, but that’s okay. Back to the drawing board. I like Tristan Jarry ($7,200) in net for the Penguins against a New York Islanders team averaging the third worst goal scoring rate in the entire NHL.

At $4,500, Jesse Puljuarvi is could provide some solid cheaper value. Averaging 6.4 FPPG this year, he’s coming off a breakout two-goal performance against the Ottawa Senators. Tonight the Oilers play the Calgary Flames, who Puljujarvi has had his most NHL success against scoring six points in eight games.

Ryan Donato ($3,000) has been playing in the San Jose Sharks top-six and is quietly making a name for himself. He’s averaged 9.2 FPPG this year and has scored six points in nine games, including a 6.5 point fantasy game last 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]