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Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Drops home start versus Arizona
Andersen gave up three goals in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Despite dropping two of his last three starts, Andersen is 4-2-0 in his last six appearances. The Maple Leafs' netminder remains an elite fantasy option in goal and should get a shot at redemption Wednesday versus the Capitals. The Dane won his only other start against Washington this season.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner: Will not practice Monday
Gardiner (back spasms) will miss Monday's practice and his status for Wednesday's game against Washington remains "unclear", Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Gardiner will sit out Monday's practice, and a decision on his status for Wednesday's game at home versus Washington is expected to be made Tuesday. While nothing has been made official, it would be surprising to see Gardiner suit up Wednesday with the All-Star break right around the corner. Toronto will likely keep him out until after the break, though check back Tuesday for confirmation.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Trevor Moore: Expected to join Maple Leafs
Moore will be recalled from AHL Toronto, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Moore will be promoted to the NHL in the next 24 hours, as Toronto needs to call up a player to replace Andreas Johnsson who left Sunday's game with a concussion. The 23-year-old has just three points with the Maple Leafs this season (in six games) but has been scorching in the minors, posting 26 points in 31 games with the Marlies.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson: Out until after All-Star break
Johnsson (concussion) has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game versus Washington, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
As expected, the Maple Leafs will play it safe with Johnsson after he left Sunday's game with a head injury that would later be diagnosed as a concussion. Already ruled out of Wednesday's contest versus the Caps, the Swede's first opportunity to return comes Feb. 1 in Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson: Leaves Sunday's game
Johnsson (concussion) will not return to Sunday's game against Arizona.
Johnsson went into the boards after a hit from Niklas Hjalmarsson and did not return to the game. Because it's a head injury, Toronto will likely just rest him until after the All-Star game. The 24-year-old Swede has 10 goals and 22 points on the year.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Martin Marincin: May dress Sunday
Marincin may dress Sunday against Arizona because of Jake Gardiner's injury.
There's no guarantee -- Justin Holl is also available. But Marincin has struggled less than the hard-luck Holl. Regardless, there's zero fantasy value in this situation. Marincin is a stay-at-home defender.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Justin Holl: Sits eighth on depth chart
Holl has spent all but two games this season in the press box.
Holl sits eighth on the Leafs' depth chart on the blue line, despite being a coveted right-hand shot. And with the Leafs out shopping for a right-handed defender, Holl's career appears stalled, especially after a poor second game back on Dec. 23. He lost puck battles and finished with a 5-on-5 Corsi For % of just 30.77.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' William Nylander: Fourth-line assignment Sunday
Nylander was alongside Frederik Gauthier and Par Lindholm on the fourth line at Sunday's morning skate, reports the Toronto Star.
"He's getting in his own way," said coach Mike Babcock. "We're just going to take the heat off him... Ideally (the fourth line move) will allow him to take some heat off himself." Nylander has just one goal and two assists in 19 games since signing his six-year, $41.77 million deal. The move will no doubt be temporary. Let's hope it takes enough pressure off for Nylander to get his head back into the game. The Leafs play the Coyotes on Sunday night.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner: Out Sunday
Gardiner (back) will not suit up for Sunday's game against Arizona.
The 28-year-old blueliner has just two goals and 24 points this season, including just three on the power play. Gardiner is still averaging 21:40 of ice time per game but isn't making nearly as big of an impact as he did last season. Toronto's next game will be Wednesday against the Capitals, the team's final game before the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: In goal Sunday
Andersen will face off against the Coyotes on Sunday.
In his last start, Andersen earned his first win since returning from injured reserve, making 36 saves on 38 shots against a dangerous Lightning offense. The 29-year-old Dane remains one of the best fantasy goalies in the league, both because of his elite play and Toronto's offensive success.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Garret Sparks: Comes up short against Panthers
Sparks stopped 26 of 28 shots in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Panthers.
Florida's final goal was scored into an empty net. Sparks was seeing his first action of 2019 with Frederik Andersen back at full health, and while he turned in a solid performance, the 25-year-old backup still has a mediocre 2.91 GAA and .907 save percentage on the season.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' William Nylander: Drops to fourth line
Nylander received an in-game demotion to the fourth line during Friday's 3-1 loss to the Panthers, Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star reports.
Nylander, who was at an impasse with the Leafs on a new contract before narrowly beating the Dec. 1 signing deadline, has just three points and a minus-9 rating in 19 games. "I don't know if it's necessarily because of the contract," Nylander said, as relayed from Mark Masters of TSN.ca. "It's more because of the missed time and being out of it for a while ... past couple games have been getting better, but now it's time to score some goals." Toronto's eighth overall pick from the 2014 draft potted 48 goals between three seasons and 185 games heading into the 2018-19 campaign, so we know he has it in him, but one would think it would be extra challenging for him to shine on the fourth line.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Garret Sparks: Granted Friday's start
Sparks will defend the net during Friday's road game against the Panthers, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Sparks will make his first appearance in net since he allowed four goals on 32 shots to the Islanders back on Dec. 29. He will look for a fresh start in the new year, though he will have to earn it against a Panthers team tallying 3.37 goals per game on home ice. Florida may also welcome back star forward Vincent Trocheck (ankle), which would make things even more difficult for Sparks.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Nikita Zaitsev: Posts rare two-point night
Zaitsev notched a pair of helpers in Thursday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.
The two assists snap a 12-game pointless drought for Zaitsev, who only has three points since Oct. 24. That level of inconsistency will not do you well in fantasy, so stay away from Zaitsev until he starts finding the scoresheet more frequently.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Grounds Lightning in Tampa
Tavares recorded a pair of assists in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Lightning.
Tavares now has five points in his last two road games and remains second on the Maple Leafs with 52 points, trailing only Mitch Marner (60). Tavares' assist on Marner's game-winning goal was his 22nd of the year, and he would add another helper on Zach Hyman's empty-net goal.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri: Pots goal, assist versus Tampa
Kadri scored his 10th of the season and added an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Lightning.
His goal was just his third since Dec. 1. Even though goals haven't come as easy as they did the past two seasons -- both 32-goal campaigns -- Kardi continues to produce at a high level, averaging 0.61 points per game in 2018-19. He remains a key piece to the power-play puzzle, logging 2:35 of ice time per game on the man advantage. However, Kadri's shooting percentage, currently at 9.0 percent, is his lowest mark since 2015-16.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Patrick Marleau: Two points in win over Bolts
Marleau scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Lightning.
Marleau got his night started with a secondary assist before adding a goal of his own in the second period. The two points ended his nine-game pointless skid and tied him for 24th on the all-time goals list with 257. The 39-year-old now has 11 goals and 22 points in 46 games this season. While he's still performing at a consistent level for Toronto, Marleau's average of 0.48 points per game is his lowest mark since his rookie campaign with the Sharks back in 1997-98.... See More ... See Less