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Nicholas Robertson scored the Leafs third goal of the game, his first of his NHL career, in the Leafs 4-3 loss to Columbus.

Fantasy Impact: Nicholas Robertson has provided good energy to the Leafs lineup in the playoffs, and the Leafs will need more of this as they hope to avoid elimination tonight.

Category: Game Recaps

Mitchell Marner scored an assist in his 28:00 minutes played, which led all Leafs forwards.

Fantasy Impact: Mitchell Marner only has one point in the playoffs and will need to find his scoring touch in game five on Friday.

Category: Game Recaps

William Nylander found the back of the net on the power play in the second period, but proved too little as the Leafs lost 4-3 to Columbus on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: William Nylander now has two points in the playoffs, but he will need more if the Leafs are to avoid elimination from Columbus tonight.

Category: Game Recaps

Kasperi Kapanen provided some offense for the Leafs with a pair of assists in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.

Fantasy Impact: Kasperi Kapanen will need more efforts like this to keep the points coming for the Leafs forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Alexander Kerfoot scored two assists in the Leafs 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Alexander Kerfoot provided a nice offensive spark for the Leafs, but these efforts were few and far between for the Leafs this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Jake Muzzin took a bad cross-check from Pierre-Luc Dubois in the third period of Tuesday's game against Columbus. Muzzin fell into Columbus' Oliver Bjorkstrand's leg after taking the hit and was not able to get up. Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken immediately to the hospital. He appeared to have movement in his extremities as he left the ice. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Jake Muzzin looks to be out of the lineup for the Leafs for the foreseeable future. And, he will need to clear NHL COVID-19 protocol before being able to return to the team when he is ready to play.

Category: Injury Updates

John Tavares got his first goal of the playoffs in the Leafs 3-0 win over Columbus on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: John Tavares will need to be a force for the Leafs if they want to keep winning. And, more efforts like the one on Tuesday will lead to more offensive production.

Category: Game Recaps

Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Leafs, as they would go on to beat Columbus 3-0 on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Auston Matthews recorded his first goal of the playoffs and will be looking for more in the next game as the Leafs top goal scorer from the regular season.

Category: Game Recaps

Frederik Andersen stopped all 21 shots he faced on Tuesday in the Leafs 3-0 win over Columbus. After giving up a soft goal in the first game of the series Andersen bounced back in a big way with the shutout.

Fantasy Impact: Frederik Andersen did not look his best during the regular season, but so far in the playoffs he is performing at a high level.

Category: Game Recaps

Andreas Johnsson scored two goals - one on the power-play - and added an assist in Toronto's 6-0 beat down of the Red Wings on Wednesday. He also fired six shots on goal during his 14:31 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: After a five game slide where he was absent from the scoresheet, Johnsson came up with his best offensive performance of the season. He's been demoted from the first to the second power-play unit since Sheldon Keefe took over, which has resulted in a slight dip in ice-time. But, Johnsson is still finding himself in a nice position by lining up with Auston Matthews and William Nylander. Johnsson has produced a decent total of 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 26 games so far this season, just shy of a 50-point pace.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyson Barrie has now recorded a point in five consecutive games (three goals, four assists) and has scored in three straight, with all coming on the road.

Fantasy Impact: The defenceman has looked rejuvenated since Sheldon Keefe was named head coach and Barrie has not left the goal column since the beginning of his tenure behind the bench. Barrie is the first defenceman in Maple Leafs history to score in three straight road games that were played consecutively. He looks like a completely different player and is now a must-start in fantasy lineups. His season totals have crept up to 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 26 games after producing a weak five assists through the first 21 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Hutchinson will reportedly receive a start on the first half of the Maple Leafs' back-to-back on Friday afternoon in Buffalo. (Source: Kristen Shilton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hutchinson will make his first start in the NHL since Sheldon Keefe was named head coach of the Leafs. After struggling as the back-up to start the season, Hutchinson got his game together with the AHL Marlies in three starts (3-0-0, .942 SV%, 1.95 GAA). He's got another chance to prove himself as the man to back-up Freddie Andersen, so a motivated Hutchinson has spot-start appeal behind a scorching-hot Maple Leafs team while facing-off against a Sabres team that has lost five of their last six.

Category: Rumors

Ilya Mikheyev assisted on a pair of goals in Toronto's 3-1 win over Arizona on Thursday night. He also posted four shots on goal, one hit and a +2 rating. He's now up to 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 24 games.

Fantasy Impact: Mikheyev skated for 18:32, which was his highest total since back on November 2nd (18:36). He also snapped a streak of eight straight games where he played 15:38 or less. Interestingly, Thursday's boost in ice-time ran parallel to Sheldon Keefe's debut as head coach. Keefe opted to slot Mikheyev on John Tavares' left wing on the Maple Leafs' second line. This is certainly an encouraging development for the 25-year-old Russian as he's shown so far this season that when given the opportunity, he can produce. Mikheyev has skated 15 minutes or more in 16 games so far this season and has 12 points in those games (three goals, nine assists). Comparatively, he has just two points in the eight games he has received less than 15 minutes of ice-time. Simply put, if this ice-time keeps coming and he's out there on your waiver wire, he's worth scooping sooner rather than later.

Category: Game Recaps

Pierre Engvall scored his first career goal, which was ultimately the game winner, in Toronto's 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday. His goal was of the shorthanded variety, and he had 9:22 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Engvall has now played two games in his NHL career, and he's had a different head coach for each one of them. However unique that situation may be, his ice-time only varied by five seconds between the two games. Engvall clearly isn't a fantasy option right now, but the big, 23-year-old Swede has shown some speed and a knack for penalty killing in his small sample size. He has the opportunity to carve out a fourth-line role under his new NHL head coach, also-known-as his former bench boss from down in the AHL, Sheldon Keefe.

Category: Game Recaps

Zach Hyman scored a power-play goal - his first goal of the season - in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Tuesday. He also fired six shots on goal and had one hit.

Fantasy Impact: In what was his fourth game of the season since his return from injury, Hyman finally put the puck in the back of the net. He has been thrown right into the mix, averaging 18:04 of ice-time per-game and is skating on the second power-play unit. While the Leafs are struggling mightily right now, Hyman is skating on a line with John Tavares and has posted back-to-back 40 point seasons. He could be worth a speculative add in deeper leagues because the potential for value is there if things get back on track in Toronto.

Category: Game Recaps

Kasimir Kaskisuo will make his first NHL start on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 26-year-old has a record of 6-1-1, along with a 2.13 GAA and .928 SV% with the AHL Toronto Marlies this season. (Source: Mark Masters on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After the Maple Leafs took their fourth consecutive loss on Friday night to the Boston Bruins, Head Coach Mike Babcock confirmed the Leafs will turn to the rookie on the second half of a back-to-back. The Finnish goaltender is a risky fantasy start given Toronto's defensive woes, as they've surrendered four-plus goals in three straight contests.

Category: Rumors

Jason Spezza scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers. He also had an assist, four penalty minutes, two shots, a hit and a block across 12:55 on the ice.

Fantasy Impact: After Spezza took back-to-back penalties while his team trailed 2-1, his teammates bailed him out and killed them off. Spezza then promptly tied things up, 2-2, with his first goal of the season, erasing what could've been costly penalties. It's been a quiet year so far for the veteran, but he's found his way into the lineup on a regular basis with John Tavares still out due to injury. Spezza has put up four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games played this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Nic Petan was loaned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies on Friday. He has appeared in just four games and recorded one assist so far this season. (Source: Leafs PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Petan has been a regular in the Maple Leafs' press-box all season long. You would think that the injury to John Tavares would help his case for playing time, but that has not been the case. Reports have circulated recently that Toronto may be seeking to deal Petan as a result of his inactivity, but that's likely hard to do since they haven't showcased him. However, if teams like what they see of Petan in the minors, don't be surprised if he's on his way out soon.

Category: Rumors

Travis Dermott has been medically cleared to return and will be activated for his season debut on Tuesday night against the Capitals. (Source: Mark Masters on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a welcomed addidtion for a Maple Leafs defensive group that has struggled of late. The 22-year-old is coming off his first full season with the Maple Leafs where he contributed 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 64 games played. He's more likely to be a real-life boost to the Leafs than a boost to any fantasy teams. It's likely that Kevin Gravel will be sent to the AHL Marlies in a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Morgan Rielly potted a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Toronto's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins on Saturday. He added five shots and four blocks.

Fantasy Impact: The goals were Rielly's first two of the season and they couldn't have come at a better time for the Leafs. On his overtime goal, Rielly was the beneficiary of a lucky bounce as Mitch Marner fired a shot that hit him right in the chest and found its way into the back of the net. But they all count, and I don't think fantasy owners are complaining. While that goal may have been a bit fluky, Rielly's production so far this season is far from that. He's second in the NHL among defensemen with 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in nine games and doesn't look like he's slowing down.

Category: Game Recaps