TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Can the red hot Leafs keep rolling?

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.

These Leafs, man. It’s safe to say they’ve hit juggernaut status dominating the North Division. They’ve built an impressive lead on the second place Oilers
The Matchup

Toronto
Vancouver
Record
18-4-2, .792 points %
9-15-2, .385
points %
GF/GA
87-56
73-90
Power play %

32.5

17.4

Penalty kill %
80.6

80.4

CF%
47.83
48.59
xGF%
50.80
47.92
PDO
104
98.9
Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($8,900). That’s it. That’s the play you need in to start.
William Nylander ($5,100) continues to be red hot and is now up to six goals and eight points in his last 10 games. Nylander’s scored three assists against the Canucks in as many games this year, and I can see him getting on the board again.
Quinn Hughes ($5,600) has been a great fantasy play this year averaging 9.2 FPPG while scoring 22 points in 26 games on a team struggling to win games.
Brock Boeser ($6,100) remains the top offensive weapon for the Canucks scoring 25 points in 26 games while averaging 11.1 FPPG.
Around the NHL
Semyon Varlamov ($8,300) has …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

3 Raptors players who could’ve participated in the All-Star Skills, Three-Point, and Slam Dunk Contests

3 Raptors players who could’ve participated in the All-Star Skills, Three-Point, and Slam Dunk Contests

The Toronto Raptors were shut out of the All-Star game for the first time in almost a decade, as their poor start and the sudden influx of perimeter talent in the Eastern Conference prevented the Raptors from extending their streak. There won’t even be any Toronto presence in the fun competitions, as the Skills Contest, […]
3 Raptors players who could’ve participated in the All-Star Skills, Three-Point, and Slam Dunk Contests – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Gameday — Matthews back as Toronto Maple Leafs look to sweep Edmonton Oilers

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.

Okay, so it’s safe to say that nobody expected back-to-back shutouts against the Edmonton Oilers, who came into this three game series as the league’s top scoring team. But now, the Leafs look to close out the three game series and build on their lead in the North Division standings.
The Matchup

Toronto
Edmonton
Record
17-4-2, .783 points %
14-10-0, .583 points %
GF/GA
81-55
79-72
Power play %

31.9

25.9

Penalty kill %
80.6

77.3

CF%
48.30
48.57
xGF%
50.55
50.79
PDO
103.5
100.3
Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Auston Matthews ($8,500) makes his return to the lineup and comes in a few hundred dollars less than what he has in a few weeks. At this price, and considering he has scored three goals in three games against the Oilers this year, he has great value tonight.
William Nylander ($4,900) continues to be great value this season averaging 9.6 FPPG scoring 19 points in 23 games. Honestly, it’s a bit of a surprise how low his cost is given his relative value.
Connor McDavid ($9,100) will …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Lmao McDavid got shut out by Michael Hutchinson

Much like Saturday’s game, the Oilers came out of the gate with a lot of pressure and gave Leafs fans some scares early on, but once again, it was the Leafs who opened the scoring, as Morgan Rielly made an excellent cross seam pass to Zach Hyman, who dangles around Mikko Koskinen and scores on the Leafs first shot of the game.

ZACH HYMAN
First shot of the game and it’s a goal! pic.twitter.com/RspFY66ELv
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 2, 2021

They followed it up quickly with another as William Nylander fought off Evan Bouchard and wired a backhander top shelf past Koskinen to make it 2-0.

Perfect pic.twitter.com/A8CImFYiYn
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 2, 2021

The Oilers would finally get a powerplay later in the first after not having a single one on Saturday, but it would last all of three seconds as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tripped up Justin Holl to make it 4-on-4. Another penalty to the Oilers would give the Leafs their first power play of the game, and they would capitalize on it as Rielly would fire a shot that deflected off of Darnell Nurse and squeak through Koskinen’s pads to give the Leafs a 3 …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs move six points ahead of Oilers after win – Rate That Leafs Game

This was a big game for the Toronto Maple Leafs and with the way they played, you could tell how important it really was.
Jack Campbell with a solid 30-save shutout, and from the supporting cast which was the entire Maple Leafs team, it was nice to see them rally. Along with the offense, Toronto’s defence was spectacular too. They didn’t allow a goal against by the Edmonton Oilers but more importantly, from one of either Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl.
A big game that both the Maple Leafs, Campbell and Auston Matthews will be proud of. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Toronto Maple Leafs play first of three against Edmonton Oilers

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’s an important three-game stretch here for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they pay visit to Edmonton. The Oilers, who are only four points back of the Leafs, have a chance to leapfrog the team.
The Matchup

Toronto
Edmonton
Record
15-4-2, .762 points %
14-8-0, .636 points %
GF/GA
74-55
79-65
Power play %

33.1

27.2

Penalty kill %
79.4

78.6

CF%
49.37
47.33
xGF%
56.96
49.95
PDO
102.5
101.6
Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
With Auston Matthews out of the lineup, they’ll be without the league’s high scoring player. Sheldon Keefe will have John Tavares ($6,400) slide up alongside Mitch Marner ($7,900) and Joe Thornton ($3,000) and any of the three could be a solid play tonight.
On the backend, Jake Muzzin ($4,700) continues to be a solid cheaper play on the back end and has scored nine points in the last 10 games. He continues to have tons of value.
In Edmonton Connor McDavid ($9,200) continues to tear up the NHL. He’s scored three goals and seven points against the Leafs this year and …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Coming off a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Toronto Raptors suffered a tough 116-108 loss against the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back. The Raptors moved to .500 on the season with the win over Philadelphia, but they are taking on a Heat team that is a far cry from […]
Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

TheLeafsNation Fantasy Game Day — Can the Toronto Maple Leafs offence rebound?

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 Toronto Maple Leafs have a tough go two nights ago when paying visit to the Calgary Flames. Their offence couldn’t muster much down a few bodies, and going 0-7 on the powerplay didn’t help. Let’s see if they can turn it around tonight.
The Matchup

Toronto
Calgary
Record
14-3-2, .789 points %
9-9-1, .500 points %
GF/GA
72-54
49-54
Power play %

33.3

21.6

Penalty kill %
78.8

79.4

CF%
48.82
51.37
xGF%
51.10
52.57
PDO
103.1
100.3
Goals in all situations, analytics at 5×5 c/o naturalstattrick.com.
Who I like
Hard to not run with Auston Matthews ($9,000) if you’re looking for a star to build your lineup around. Zach Hyman will draw back into the lineup and into his spot on the top line. He’s been fairly point dependent in DFS this year, but has a nice chance to rebound here tonight.
Justin Holl ($3,300) has provided great depth in the Leafs lineup this year and has averaged 5.7 FPPG this year. With Jake Muzzin still out, he could see a bump in icetime.
Matthew Tkachuk ($6,100) is …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Were Fred VanVleet and the Raptors snubbed from the All-Star game?

Raptors: Were Fred VanVleet and the Raptors snubbed from the All-Star game?

The NBA just announced the reserves for the 2020-21 NBA All-Star game, and even though the Toronto Raptors are fifth in the Eastern Conference, there aren’t any Raptors representing the East. One name from the Raptors that should be on the team is Fred VanVleet. There is no doubt that right now VanVleet is the […]
Raptors: Were Fred VanVleet and the Raptors snubbed from the All-Star game? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Rittich shuts the door as Leafs lose 3-0

This game had all the makings for this exact result. The Leafs were riding a hot streak, the Flames came in off a 7-1 loss, the Leafs had an absurd amount of injuries with Hutchinson in net. It went exactly the way we all thought it would.
And honestly, I’m not mad. With Andersen, Muzzin, Thornton, and Hyman all out (along with Simmonds and Campbell who have been for a while), the Leafs were already not sitting pretty going into the game, and David Rittich shut the door as the Leafs would lose 3-0.
The first period went about as well as we could’ve hoped for considering the circumstances. They saw the shot attempts and scoring chances favour the Flames, but they only found themselves down 1-0 after the first thanks to a goal from Sam Bennett. The Leafs had a couple power plays to get the game tied, but despite a plethora of scoring chances, they couldn’t get any in the net.

Sam Bennett trying to show Kyle he’s the one
(1-0) pic.twitter.com/HKDnQcHaJE
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 23, 2021

The Leafs started pressuring a bit more in the second, at even strength, on the power play, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation