Toronto Maple Leafs Player News: All Positions

News: Gauthier (foot) declared himself fit to play in Saturday's game against the Rangers, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Gauthier, a bottom-six center, has compiled three goals and nine assists to complement a plus-5 rating over 62 games this season. While he's nothing more than a punt play in DFS settings, Gauthier has shown that he can be an effective producer in such limited action.
News: Dermott (shoulder) joined Friday's practice session in a non-contact jersey, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: Dermott's initial timeline still has him about a week away from suiting up, but his participation at practice is an indication he is trending in the right direction. Once cleared to play, the blueliner could see an uptick in ice time with Jake Gardiner (back) still unavailable. The Ontario native needs three more points to reach the 20-point mark for the first time in his young career.
News: Gardiner (back) took the ice ahead of Friday's practice session, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: While Gardiner wasn't able to take part in practice, the fact that he is at least back on the ice is a step in the right direction. The blueliner should probably still be considered week-to-week at this point and the team hasn't provided any additional details on when he might be ready to return. In the meantime, Igor Ozhiganov and Justin Holl figure to slot in as the third pairing.
News: Petan secured a two-year, $1.55 million contract extension with Toronto on Thursday.
Impact: Petan has seen minimal action since joining the Leafs at the trade deadline, averaging a mere 7:13 of ice time in five outings, but he's clearly done enough to convince team brass to keep him around a while longer. The center should slot into the fourth line during Frederik Gauthier's (foot) absence, but Petan may be relegated back to the press box once Gauthier is cleared to play.
News: Matthews scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: The 21-year-old has been on a tear lately, and Matthews now has six goals and 10 points in the last seven games. He's now two points shy of setting a new career high, a milestone he should easily reach with the Leafs having eight games left in the regular season.
News: Tavares scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: It's his fourth multi-point performance in the last eight games, a stretch during which Tavares has five goals and 10 points. The 28-year-old has been as advertised in his first season for the Leafs -- he already has a career-high 41 goals, and he's only six points shy of establishing a new personal best with eight games left on the schedule.
News: Sparks turned aside 22 of 24 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: It's his first victory since Feb. 2. Sparks has been seeing more work than usual lately due to Frederik Andersen's stumbles, but his 4.05 GAA and .889 save percentage in his last five outings don't inspire much confidence should he keep getting the call.
News: Nylander (illness) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Sabres, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: Nylander missed Wednesday's morning skate due to an illness, but he was never in serious danger of missing the evening's matchup with Buffalo. The 22-year-old forward will slot into his usual role skating on Toronto's second line and second power-play unit against the Sabres.
News: Nylander is under the weather and is in doubt for Wednesday's clash with Buffalo, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Coach Mike Babcock didn't seem too worried about Nylander's status and it seems unlikely he will want to miss a matchup against his brother Alexander, but his absence from practice is certainly worth monitoring. The 22-year-old finds himself bogged down in a 10-game goal drought, though he still racked up six helpers over that stretch.
News: Marincin (illness) will miss Wednesday's matchup with Buffalo, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: Marincin is still dealing with an illness and will be out of action for a second straight game. With the Slovak unavailable, Justin Holl will link up with Igor Ozhiganov in the third pairing once again. Considering Marincin has managed a mere five points in 19 games this year, he won't offer much in terms of fantasy value even once given the all-clear to play.
News: Sparks will be between the pipes for Wednesday's road tilt versus Buffalo, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: Sparks gets the second game of the Leafs' back-to-back after Frederik Andersen started versus Nashville on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Sparks has seen action in just 17 contests this year, in which he is 7-7-1 with one shutout, a 3.24 GAA and a .902 save percentage. Toronto has one remaining back-to-back on the schedule, so the Illinois native may only get one more look in the crease in 2018-19.
News: Andersen stopped 17 of 19 shots in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Nashville's final goal was scored into an empty net. Andersen wasn't particularly busy, but he had little chance on the two goals he allowed, both of which were the product of some pinpoint passing. After surrendering 14 goals and getting the hook twice in his prior three starts, however, this outing counts as progress.
News: Kapanen (concussion) will be in Tuesday's lineup against the Predators.
Impact: As expected, the 22-year-old will return from a four-game absence in Nashville. Kapanen will be looking for his 20th goal in his first full-time NHL season.
News: Marincin (illness) will not play in Nashville on Tuesday.
Impact: A bottom-pair blueliner, Marincin has five points while averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time per game in 19 contests this season. His status for Wednesday's game in Buffalo remains a question but Igor Ozhiganov will likely replace him during his absence.
News: Andersen will tend the twine Tuesday in Nashville, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Andersen got a rare night off in the second game of a back-to-back set Saturday, needing a reset after allowing four or more goals in three straight outings. Nashville sits in the middle of the pack in terms of scoring (3.00 goals per game) in March, though the club averages just 2.89 goals per game at home, so Andersen could have a decent shot to notch win No. 35.
News: Marleau has one goal, two assists and a minus-2 rating in his last nine games.
Impact: Overall, his 36 points (72 games) put him at risk of barely hitting 40 points this season. Marleau's game has clearly dropped off dramatically this season and he is struggling to move the puck up the ice in possession. His problems at 5-on-5 started last season, but were masked by the glitter of those 27 goals. This year, the Leafs are getting outshot, outchanced and outscored when Marleau is on the ice. Put simply, he's dragging down the scorers he plays with. At 39 with another year at $6 million AAV, he's a huge anchor on the Leafs' salary cap.
News: Kapanen (concussion) is expected to play Tuesday in Nashville, Dave McCarthy of reports.
Impact: Kapanen has missed the last four games with a concussion, but on Monday, head coach Mike Babcock went on record as saying the 22-year-old could've returned sooner, but the team elected to hold Kapanen out longer for precautionary reasons. As of now, it appears he'll return Tuesday, but expect the team to confirm Kapanen's playing status well before warmups.
News: Gauthier (foot) won't travel with the team on its upcoming two-game road trip.
Impact: The news is unexpected as Gauthier hasn't been dealing with any injuries in recent days. The 23-year-old will be re-evaluated Thursday, which means he won't play in the team's next two games. With Gauthier out, Nicolas Petan should likely draw into the lineup barring any callups.
News: Gardiner (back) is not progressing as quickly as hoped, reports
Impact: Bad news for the Leafs and fantasy owners. Gardiner, who has been out since Feb. 25, has not resumed skating. With three weeks left, he's not likely to contribute to your fantasy season.
News: Sparks made 38 saves in a 6-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday night.
Impact: It was yet another adventure in goaltending for Sparks. He made a lot of big saves in the first period to keep his mates in the game. But he also lost his shape and position far too often from that point forward. Sparks does not have the confidence of his coach, Mike Babcock. And he shouldn't have yours right now, either.
News: Rielly scored a goal Saturday in a 6-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: It was a beauty shot -- off the inside of the post and in. Rielly is the first defender this season to hit 20 goals. He's putting up a Norris-worthy performance and should be in your lineup every Leafs game, even when they stink up the joint like they did Saturday.
News: Tavares scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-2 loss to Ottawa.
Impact: J.T. was a bright spot in an otherwise dark night for the Buds, who have allowed far too many goals in games this week. That aside, Tavares now has his first 40-goal season and is just two goals from second overall in the league. He won't catch Alex Ovechkin, who has 48, but Leon Draisaitl's 42 are close. And he sits tied with Mark Scheifele with 79 points -- that's good enough for 16th in the league. Tavares' first season in blue and white has been like a dream.
News: Matthews scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Friday's 7-6 win over the Flyers.
Impact: He nearly had a hat trick, but his second-period tally got overturned on replay after Brian Elliott knocked the post off its mooring before Matthews got the puck behind him. The 21-year-old superstar has now scored in three straight games, giving him 34 goals and 65 points on the season through only 57 contests.
News: Muzzin scored two goals and added a power-play assist in Friday's 7-6 win over the Flyers.
Impact: He scored twice in 123 seconds near the end of the second period with the Leafs down 5-2 to kickstart the team's comeback. Muzzin now has four goals and 14 points in 22 games since the trade that brought him east from Los Angeles.
News: Andersen stopped 23 of 29 shots in Friday's 7-6 win over the Flyers.
Impact: While he managed to play all three periods in this one, it was still another rough outing for the netminder, who's been tagged for 14 goals on only 62 shots over his last three starts -- a brutal .774 save percentage. Expect Andersen to get the night off Saturday in Ottawa to try and regain his focus.
News: Hyman (illness) will rejoin the lineup for Friday's game against the Flyers,
Impact: Hyman was considered a game-time call after taking part in practice Friday morning, but it appears he's feeling well enough to give it a go. He will take the place of Nicolas Petan among the lines and slot in alongside John Tavares and Mitch Marner. He doesn't typically participate on a power-play unit, which limits his appeal to deep fantasy leagues, but Hyman still has 32 points over 59 games.
News: Dermott (shoulder) skated Friday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Dermott is expected to be sidelined for another couple of weeks, but his return to the ice Friday marks a step in the right direction. He'll still need to return to practice and gain clearance for contact before the blueliner will be considered a candidate to play.
News: Kapanen (concussion) skated on his own prior to Friday's practice, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Kapanen will need to be cleared to practice with his teammates before returning to game action, so although he's clearly trending in the right direction, it's safe to assume he won't be available for Friday's matchup with Philadelphia or Saturday's game against the Senators. Another update on the 22-year-old winger's status should surface once he's ready to start taking contact.
News: Sparks will start in goal Saturday against host Ottawa, Mark Masters of reports.
Impact: Sparks is scheduled for the second half of the back-to-back set after Frederik Andersen takes on the Flyers in Toronto. This next appearance for Sparks will be his 17th of the season, tying his mark as a first-year NHL netminder in 2015-16. He'll bring a 7-6-1 record, 3.04 GAA and .906 save percentage into this next start against an Ottawa club that ranks 18th in the league offensively (2.92 goals per game).
News: Andersen will start between the pipes in Friday's clash with the visiting Flyers, Mark Masters of reports.
Impact: Andersen got the early hook in each of his last two starts. The 29-year-old gave up four goals on 19 shots to the Lightning on Monday and then four goals on 14 shots to the Blackhawks on Wednesday. Andersen will face a Flyers team that's in do-or-die mode -- it sits five points out of a wild-card spot with 12 games left -- and averaged 3.83 goals per game in the first six games of March, good for fourth best in the league.
News: Hyman (illness) will be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Flyers, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: Hyman missed Wednesday's game with illness and more information for Friday's clash should become available closer to puck drop. The 26-year-old has racked up 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 59 games this season, including 14 points and 40 shots on goal over his last 20 games. If Hyman were to miss Friday, Toronto would likely rely on Nicolas Petan to fill in for the winger.
News: Head coach Mike Babcock said Thursday that he expects Hyman (illness) to be ready for Friday's home clash against the Flyers, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: Hyman missed Wednesday's game due to the illness, and his availability for Friday was unclear. The 26-year-old has run his point total up to 32 in 59 games this campaign. As always, check on the winger's status closer to puck drop, but expect Hyman to resume his first line role Friday.
News: Nylander collected two even-strength assists and five shots in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Nylander has been somewhat of a disappointment this campaign after signing a huge contract, recording 19 points in 42 games. The 22-year-old has a career-low 5.7 shooting percentage this season, which could mean some progression and more goals could be coming. It's worth noting that Nylander didn't receive any power-play ice time in the game, which would hurt his fantasy value if that trend continues.
News: Marner dished out two assists, one on the power play, in 20:06 of ice time in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Chicago.
Impact: Marner was able to get back in the point column after he failed to do so the past two games. The 21-year-old has been on a tear this season, racking up 84 points in 70 games. Continue to ride the hot hand in all fantasy formats as Marner creeps closer to the 100-point mark.
News: Rielly scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: The 25-year-old now has four goals and 10 points in his last 11 games, keeping Rielly among the NHL's scoring leaders off the blue line -- his 19 goals ranks first, while his 67 points is second only to the Sharks' Brent Burns. The Leafs have a playoff spot all but locked up, but with home-ice advantage at least through the first round on the line, expect Rielly to continue seeing a big workload and making a big impact down the stretch.
News: Matthews scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Both points came in a wild third period, as the Leafs tried unsuccessfully to climb out of a 5-1 hole. Matthews had just two points (a goal and a helper) in his prior six games, but the 21-year-old is still on pace for a career-best campaign with 32 goals and 63 points through 56 contests.
News: Johnsson scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: He got the Leafs on the board late in the second period with his 20th goal of the season, sparking a comeback attempt from a 5-0 deficit that fell just short. After a brief five-game point drought, Johnsson now has three points in his last two games, giving him a solid 39 points in 63 games on the season.
News: Sparks replaced Frederik Andersen to begin the second period Wednesday, stopping 24 of 25 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: The Leafs' No. 2 goalie has had to come off the bench in consecutive games and looked solid each time, although he got saddled with an undeserved loss Wednesday. Sparks now sports a 3.04 GAA and .906 save percentage on the season, and with Toronto playing a back-to-back set this weekend he should get his first actual start since Feb. 28.
News: Andersen allowed four goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Garret Sparks to begin the second period of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: For the second straight start Andersen got an early hook, and he more than deserved this one, as the first two Chicago goals both seemed like pucks the 29-year-old would have had no difficulty rejecting earlier in the year. There's been no suggestion the netminder is nursing any kind of injury or illness, but with the Leafs facing a back-to-back set this weekend, Sparks could well get the nod Friday on home ice against the Flyers, giving Andersen an extra day to clear his head before a road trip to Ottawa.
News: Hyman will sit out Wednesday's matchup with the Blackhawks due to the flu.
Impact: Hyman's owners will miss a juicy matchup against a Chicago club that's surrendering 3.70 goals per game -- second-most in the league. Don't expect the top-line winger to be knocked out too long, with his next chance to return coming Friday against the Flyers. Nicolas Petan will likely emerge from the press box to fill in for Hyman on Wednesday.
News: Duszak signed a two-year future entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Impact: Duszak comes from Mercyhurst University, recording 99 points in 101 career games. The 21-year-old could figure to provide offense from the back end in the future, but will join AHL Toronto Marlies on a try-out basis first.
News: Andersen will start between the home pipes Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Mark Masters of reports.
Impact: Coming off a rare yanking from the net Monday versus the Lightning, Andersen retakes the cage Wednesday looking to regain his 2.53 GAA and .925 save percentage form at the home rink. The Blackhawks enter the contest on a three-game winning streak, scoring 14 goals over that span, so Andersen, though they notched just two in their only road game and the two home contests came against the Sabres and Coyotes.
News: Kapanen is dealing with a concussion and will not play Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Kapanen has broken out in his age-22 season, posting 42 points -- 19 goals and 23 assists -- over 68 games with a plus-13 rating. While part of his success can be attributed to the talent around him, Kapanen's proven he's no slouch as a goal-scorer. Look for Kapanen's clearance for contact to signify him nearing a return to action.
News: Based on the findings of an investigation from the NHL, Rielly did not utter a homophobic slur at an official in Monday's game against the Lightning, therefore, the case is closed, TSN reports.
Impact: According to this report, both Rielly and the official, Brad Meier -- among others -- were interviewed about the alleged incident, and audio was reviewed before the league issued an official statement on the matter. Rielly and the Maple Leafs can now focus their attention on Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks.
News: Sparks stopped 21 of 23 shots after replacing Frederik Andersen early in the second period of Monday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: The 25-year-old backup had a little more luck repelling the Tampa attack than Andersen did, but it was still far from a clean outing. Sparks has only started one of the Leafs' last 14 games -- and gave up six goals to the Islanders when he did so -- so there's no guarantee he gets the call Wednesday on home ice against the Blackhawks despite Andersen's stumble.
News: Andersen allowed four goals on 19 shots before getting replaced by Garret Sparks early in the second period of Monday's 6-2 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: It's his first regulation loss since Feb. 21, and the first time he's gotten the hook since early December. Anderson's 2.62 GAA and .922 save percentage on the season remain strong, and he'll get a day to clear his head before the Leafs host the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
News: Hyman (undisclosed) will play in Monday's home game against the Lightning, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Hyman had missed Monday's morning skate but was spotted on the ice for warmups and will suit up. The 26-year-old will remain alongside John Tavares and Mitch Marner on the Leafs' top line. Hyman has been a solid fantasy asset recently, racking up three points in his last three games.
News: Kapanen (illness) will not suit up in Monday's home tilt against Tampa Bay.
Impact: It seems that the illness hampering Kapanen came unexpectedly, and the team will hold him out as a precaution. Toronto will certainly miss his 42 points in 68 games this campaign, and Trevor Moore will draw into the lineup in his stead. Kapanen's next chance to suit up is Wednesday against the Blackhawks.
News: Andersen will be the starting goaltender for Monday's home game against the Lightning, Dave McCarthy of reports.
Impact: The Maple Leaf netminder is coming off a win in his last start and has gone nearly a month without a regulation loss, with Andersen's last such defeat coming back on Feb. 21. He'll be going for his 34th win of the season Monday, facing a Lightning team that has just two losses in its last 15. The Danish netminder is .500 in two meetings with Tampa Bay this season, winning the last matchup with the league leaders by a score of 4-2.
News: Hyman (undisclosed) missed practice Monday, but coach Mike Babcock believes he'll suit up for Monday's game against the Lightning, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: The Maple Leafs are going to need all hands on deck to compete with the league's best team, but luckily it sounds like Hyman won't have to miss this one. Still, those relying on the top-line winger in fantasy should check in prior to puck drop to confirm his status. Koshan added that should Hyman sit, Tyler Ennis would move up in the lineup while creating a fourth-line opening for Trevor Moore.
News: Nylander picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Oilers.
Impact: The apple snapped a four-game point slump. Nylander's game is improving, but it will be next season before he fully shakes the effects of his holdout. Hold him long term, but don't overrate him short term.
News: Kadri (concussion) returned Saturday and delivered a power-play assist in 12:50 of ice time in a 3-2 win over Edmonton.
Impact: He played 2:23 on the power play -- that was a team-high mark shared with Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly. Get him back in your lineup.
News: Muzzin scored the game-winning goal Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Muzzin has really poured on the gas lately -- he has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last eight games. It must be refreshing to play with so many offensive studs in Toronto. Take advantage.
News: Tavares scored a goal and added two assists in a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Saturday.
Impact: His point streak stands at four games and eight points (two goals, six assists). The goal was Tavares' 38th and that ties his career best, set in 2014-15. And it moves him into fourth in the NHL, just two behind Patrick Kane.
News: Andersen made 31 saves in a 3-2 win over the Oilers on Saturday.
Impact: The Leafs played 58-and-a-half great minutes of hockey, followed by 90 seconds of stink. Freddy bent, giving up two goals in that late span, but held the fort on a couple of fabulous chances in the last minute to preserve the win. Andersen is elite and thankfully the Leafs have had a change of heart with respect to the number of starts he will have before season's end. Use him well.
News: Gauthier (illness) is expected to play Saturday against the Oilers,'s Derek Van Diest reports.
Impact: Gauthier missed Friday's practice due to an illness, but he was never in serious danger of missing Saturday's contest. The 23-year-old will slot into his usual role centering Tyler Ennis and Connor Brown on the Maple Leafs' fourth line against Edmonton.
News: Kadri (concussion) will return Saturday versus the Oilers, Derek Van Diest of reports.
Impact: Look for Kadri to slot in on the third line with Patrick Marleau and William Nylander as his flankers. We can also expect Kadri to return to a power play that ranks eighth in the league at 22.4 percent between the two groupings, as he continues to fly under the radar with the likes of John Tavares and Auston Matthews drawing so much attention in the top six.
News: Andersen will start in goal Saturday versus host Edmonton, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Thursday that Andersen would be capped at 56 appearances, but the bench boss ultimately redacted the statement, with Johnston relaying that the Dane could see closer to 60 turns in goal for 2018-19. Andersen's start Saturday will mark his 50th game, this time facing an Oilers club that ranks 22nd in the league in home scoring with 2.97 goals per game.
News: Gauthier is under the weather, but he could be healthy enough to play in Saturday's clash with Edmonton, Mark Masters of reports.
Impact: Gauthier was absent from Friday's practice session, though coach Mike Babcock didn't seem to think it would affect the center's availability versus the Oilers. In the event the Quebec native is unable to suit up, Tyler Ennis figures to slot into the lineup.
News: Hollowell signed a three-year, entry-level future contract with the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Impact: While Hollowell's entry-level deal evidently won't kick in right away, the Maple Leafs showed urgency in coming to terms with the 20-year-old, who reportedly leads the OHL in goals (23) and points (72) through 59 games as a member of the Greyhounds. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 163 pounds, Hollowell was Toronto's fourth-round (118th overall) selection in the 2018 draft. His small stature hasn't impeded his production at junior, but we'll have to see how the right defenseman fares against quicker and stronger competition found in the professional ranks.
News: Sparks will get close to half of the Leafs' remaining starts, according to TSN's Mark Masters.
Impact: Coach Mike Babcock says Toronto is targeting 56 starts for Frederik Andersen, who has already started 49. There are 15 starts left with three back-to-backs in that stretch. Go get Sparks, especially if you were counting on the Great Dane to bolster a playoff run. Or if you want to block his owner. Sparks might not be a great start immediately, but he has shown confidence under a heavier workload while in the AHL. You might just snag a few extra wins down the stretch.
News: Andersen will play 56 games this season, according to Leafs' coach Mike Babcock.
Impact: This is devastating news for fantasy owners who are counting on the Great Dane down the stretch or in head-to-head playoffs. Andersen has already started 49 games, so that means backup Garret Sparks will end up in about half of Toronto's remaining games until season's end. It's great for the Leafs to have a rested goalie for the postseason, as Andersen struggled last year (.896 save percentage) after starting 66 games. But fantasy owners need to plan to get to a title.
News: Zaitsev has two points in his last 13 games.
Impact: Zaitsev continues to log a lot of ice time, including heavy minutes on the penalty kill. That helps the Leafs, but does not do anything for fantasy owners.
News: Gauthier has been thrust into part-time duty with the arrival of Nicolas Petan.
Impact: Coach Mike Babcock seems to be alternating the 6-foot-5 Gauthier with the 5-foot-9 Petan to give the fourth line a dramatically different look based on matchup. Gauthier doesn't bring much offense to his role, so this shift to part-time work won't impact fantasy lineups.
News: Petan fired one shot in 9:54 Wednesday against the Canucks. He did not register a point.
Impact: Petan brings a high-skill look to the Leafs' fourth line -- he scored the game-winning goal in his first game in blue and white. Coach Mike Babcock seems to be alternating Petan with Frederik Gauthier as the team's bottom-line pivot. The newcomer is a good eight inches shorter than the Goat, so expect the alternating to continue based on the Leafs' opponent. Daily leaguers could benefit from Petan's presence in their lineup when he laces them up. But weigh all your options because of his part-time status.
News: Brown picked up a shorthanded assist Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.
Impact: Brown is a coach favorite, but it is unlikely he'll be able to build on his impressive 20-goal rookie season from 2016-17 while in blue and white. The Leafs' forward depth is too impressive and Brown just can't climb the lines. He could see a fantasy upgrade if he ends up in another city in an offseason trade. For now, he should be left on the wire. While he has three assists in his last six games, Brown hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 4. And he only has two snipes since Nov. 10.
News: Matthews fired four shots on goal but failed to find the scoresheet in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: The American-born All-Star did not have a particularly great outing versus Vancouver, going pointless and also winning just 20 percent of his faceoffs. At 60 points through 53 games, Matthews is averaging more than a point per game in 2018-19. However, with just two assists in his last five outings, the 21-year-old's production has slowed a bit of late. Matthews will undoubtedly be looking to make an impact in Toronto's next game, that being a road affair in Edmonton versus Connor McDavid and the Oilers. No. 34 has four points in four career contests versus Edmonton.
News: Holl logged 10:39 of ice time and failed to find the scoresheet in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.
Impact: The third-pairing defenseman recorded a pair of blocks and finished with a minus-1 rating. Holl has been mostly in the background so far this season, appearing in just four games at the NHL level and has yet to register a point. The 27-year-old is not to be owned in any format, no exceptions.
News: Hainsey scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: After a scoreless opening period, it wasn't until 12:28 of the middle frame that this one got its first goal, coming courtesy of Hainsey, who, for just the second time in his career, scored with his team down a man. The 37-year-old blueliner is enjoying a good run of late, picking up four points over his past five games. In 67 appearances, Hainsey has five goals, 20 points, and leads the league with a plus-37 rating.
News: Andersen allowed three goals on 31 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.
Impact: Toronto's primary crease protector had gone five straight without a loss before Wednesday's result. In his last 17 starts, Andersen has just three regulation losses, a clear sign of just how dominant the Danish netminder has been in 2018-19. The Canucks got the best of the Buds and their goaltender on this occasion, but Andersen's record, even with the loss, remains an impressive 32-13-4 to go along with his 2.57 GAA and .923 save percentage.
News: Kadri (concussion) won't play Wednesday against Vancouver, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Kadri will miss an eighth consecutive contest Wednesday and remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return to game action. His next opportunity to rejoin the lineup will arrive Saturday against the Oilers, but he should probably be considered iffy at best for that match at this point.
News: Andersen will get the starting nod for Wednesday's road clash with Vancouver, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Andersen is riding a five-game winning streak in which he posted a .933 save percentage while facing 35.8 shots per night. The Danish netminder seems poised to try and help the Leafs track down Boston for the No. 2 spot in the Atlantic Division. The 29-year-old is 8-2-4 with a 1.46 GAA in 14 career matchups with the Canucks and will look to continue that dominance Wednesday.
News: Gardiner (back) remains week-to-week, Michael Traikos of Postmedia reports.
Impact: Gardiner reportedly is dealing with two separate injuries, but the only one that's been specified is a back issue that surfaced in late January. Despite the defenseman having missed the past four games, Gardiner is not on injured reserve, as more roster flexibility was afforded to teams following the trade deadline.
News: Borgman signed a one-year, two-way contract extension valued at $700,000 with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Impact: Borgman, a heavy-hitting rearguard, remains a work in progress defensively, though he put up three goals and eight assists over 48 games with the Leafs as a rookie in 2017-18 to tease some offensive potential. With any luck to the Buds, this contract will provide the confidence booster that he needs to fully ascend from the AHL ranks and make an impact with the parent club in 2019-20, but he'll more than likely be an organizational tweener.
News: Sparks agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract extension with Toronto on Tuesday.
Impact: Sparks was slated to spend much of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors in favor of Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard, but after earning the starting job out of camp and seeing the other two guys claimed off waiver, Sparks has cemented himself as the No. 2 option. In limited action this season (14 games), the 25-year-old Sparks is 7-5-1 with one shutout and a .902 save percentage. Toronto has three more back-to-backs on the schedule, though the youngster could see a few extra starts to keep Frederik Andersen fresh for the playoffs.
News: Rielly had an assist, two hits, five blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in a 6-2 win over the Flames on Monday.
Impact: Rielly was all over the place as his Leafs took down Mark Giordano's Flames in a battle between two potential Norris Trophy candidates. Rielly is up to 63 points in 66 contests, one point ahead of Giordano for second place in scoring among blueliners. Rielly is having the best year of his career and those lucky enough to scoop him up on draft day have enjoyed his services throughout the season.
News: Marincin has two assists in three games since his recall from the AHL's Marlies on Feb. 27.
Impact: He's added five hits, three blocked shots and six shots on goal in that span. The 27-year-old blueliner only has four points in 13 games this season, and has never recorded more than seven points in a season. He does not warrant fantasy attention.
News: Kapanen had an assist on the man advantage and four shots in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: Kapanen has been a strong supplementary scored for the Leafs this year, with 42 points and 144 shots in 66 games. The Finnish winger was drafted in the first round in 2014 and is beginning to show promise in his breakout year. He's done most of his work on the second line.
News: Muzzin provided a pair of helpers in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: Muzzin has six assists in his last six games, as well as 15 hits and 9 blocked shots in that span. He's done well with 10 points in 17 contests since being traded from the Kings, giving him 31 points in 67 games overall this season. With 150 hits and 120 blocks to his name, he can provide plenty of value to fantasy defense groups in a variety of formats.
News: Moore registered two assists in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: Since his recall on Feb. 25, Moore has four assists in five games despite being limited to fourth-line minutes. He has seven points in 12 games this season, but he only averaged 8:56 per game entering Monday's contest. The scoring pace he's on can't be considered sustainable for the rest of the season.
News: Marner scored a goal and provided two assists in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: It's the winger's third three-point outing in his last four games, a span during which he has picked up three goals and seven assists. Marner has career highs in all the scoring categories and continues a pace to threaten the 100-point mark.
News: Hyman buried a pair of goals in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: The left-winger has done well lately, with six points in his last six games. He had four shots and a plus-3 rating in Monday's contest. Hyman has 31 points in 56 games this season, eclipsing the 30-point plateau for the second consecutive year. As long as he remains on the top line, he will have value in deeper formats.
News: Ennis scored half of Toronto's goals in a 6-2 win over the Flames on Monday.
Impact: Ennis' first career hat trick helped the Maple Leafs secure a road win against a tough Calgary team. Ennis now has 12 goals and 17 points in 40 appearances this year, while occupying a bottom-six position for Toronto. He hasn't exceeded 25 points since earning 46 in 2014-15 with the Sabres, but he had his best skills on display Monday.
News: Andersen let in two goals on 37 shots in a 6-2 win over the Flames on Monday.
Impact: Andersen pushed his win streak to five games with the convincing victory over the fourth-best offense in the league. He improved to 32-13-3 this season with a 2.56 GAA and a .924 save percentage. One of the league's best goalies is in top form currently, and will look to extend the streak Wednesday in Vancouver.
News: Kadri (concussion) will miss Monday's game in Calgary, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: After Monday's game, Kadri's latest concussion will have robbed him of seven appearances, and it wouldn't be surprising if he missed all three games of Toronto's western road swing, though nothing beyond Calgary has been confirmed. The Leafs travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks on Wednesday before returning to Alberta to take on Edmonton on Saturday. Kadri has not played since Feb. 19.
News: Andersen will tend the road goal in Monday's contest against the Flames, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: In his past four starts, Andersen has a perfect 4-0-0 record to go along with a 2.50 GAA and .930 save percentage. The Flames are no slouch offensively, however, sitting fourth in the league in goals this campaign (232). The 29-year-old has been great against the Flames in his career, racking up a 7-1-1 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.47 GAA.
News: Rielly lit the lamp and fired four shots on net in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Impact: The Maple Leafs were trailing late in the first period, but Rielly snuck a long wrister through Linus Ullmark's pads with 20 seconds left to give his team a fresh start for the second frame. Reilly continues to exceed expectations and has a whopping 9.4 shooting percentage, which dwarfs last year's 3.3 mark.
News: Andersen made 35 saves Saturday in a 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: He wobbled early, giving up two goals in a span of 1:34 starting at the six-minute mark of the first. Then Andersen locked down the twine tent. He's won four straight. And he's one of fantasy's best goalies.
News: Tavares scored his 37th goal of the season and added two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Tavares is now just a single goal from matching his career mark set in 2014-15. His 71 points in 65 games put him on a 90-point pace. JT is clearly at home in Toronto. He should be at home on your roster, too.
News: Marner scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Impact: He's put together a three-game, seven-point streak and has nine points, including seven assists, in his last five games. Marner's recent quiet run is a thing of the past. He now has 81 points on the season for the first of what we believe will be many 80-point campaigns.
News: Kadri (concussion) participated in morning skate, but he doesn't appear fit to play in Saturday's game against the Sabres, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Barring a quick turnaround, fantasy owners will need to continue seeking alternatives to Kadri in daily contests. He has missed five consecutive games but remains off injured reserve, partially due to the 23-man roster limit being lifted. Kadri's next opportunity to suit up will arrive Monday for a road game against the Flames.
News: Andersen will start in goal Saturday evening against the visiting Sabres, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: The 29-year-old has evolved into one of the most consistent goaltenders in the league, and Andersen can glean confidence in the fact that he took down this Sabres club at home only five days ago to help spur an active three-game winning streak. It's impossible for the Maple Leafs to catch up to the Presidents' Trophy frontrunners in the Lightning, but Andersen can help his team gain ground on the Bruins, who are only three points ahead in the Atlantic Division standings.
News: Sparks stopped 31 shots in a 6-1 loss to the Islanders on Thursday night.
Impact: Sparks wasn't horrible. But when the Leafs don't show up, he has zero chance at a win. Sparks continues to have NHL starter potential, but he is struggling to find his his footing in a backup role. He just can't seem to develop any rhythm playing in an occasional role, but he needs to find some fast. Frederik Andersen needs some rest heading into the postseason, but Sparks is 1-4 in his last five starts. If the Leafs can't use him, you can't either.
News: Tavares was held without a point Thursday in his first return to Long Island as a member of the Maple Leafs. New York defeated his new team by a 6-1 score.
Impact: The fans were relentless. They threw rubber snakes at him during line rushes in the warm-up. And then chanted many things, including "we don't need you," every time he touched the puck. Tavares brushed it off like water off a duck's back. The game broke a four-game scoring streak, but he'll be back on the scoresheet again in very short order.
News: Muzzin snagged an assist, two blocked shots, three hits and four shots on goal in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Muzzin escaped the barren scoring environment of Los Angeles, with the two-way defenseman having since recorded a goal and six helpers over 14 games in Toronto's punchy attack. The man from Woodstock, Ontario hasn't been much of a factor on the power play this season -- one goal and two helpers in that spot between the Kings and Leafs -- but he's not afraid to mash (142 hits) or jump into the line of fire (116 blocked shots). Keep Muzzin in mind when you need a DFS blueliner without having to break the bank.
News: Dermott (shoulder) will be on the mend for four weeks, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: If Dermott's timeline holds, he should return near the end of the regular season and would be ready for the playoffs in the second week of April. The second-year blueliner is likely rostered mainly in deeper leagues, but he can now be safely dropped in all formats aside from keeper leagues. The team recalled Martin Marincin to take his place among the defensive pairings Thursday.
News: Tavares will make his first appearance on Long Island since leaving the Islandes via free agency Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Tavares faced the Islanders earlier this season in Toronto, a 4-0 loss, but this will be his first trip back to Long Island. He played for the Isles for nine season before leaving to sign a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Leafs last July. Tavares will likely set a career high in goals this season, as he is only two off of the career best (38) he had in 2014-15. The reception for JT on Thursday is likely to be less than friendly as fans still feel like Tavares left them at the altar when he bolted for his hometown Leafs even though the Islanders offered him more money. The truth is, that anger is better directed at former general manager Garth Snow, who decided not to trade Tavares at the trade deadline last season despite the team being out of playoff contention, thus assuring that the team would receive nothing in return if Tavares left in free agency, which of course, he did.
News: Brown collected an assist in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Brown is a low-volume shooter with 69 shots through 63 games this season, but he's assisted in back-to-back games and now has a career-high 17 apples. With Nazem Kadri (concussion) out of commission, Brown figures to continue assuming power-play responsibilities -- he logged 1:34 in that spot versus Edmonton.
News: Marleau garnered a goal and a helper against the Oilers on Wednesday.
Impact: Marleau has three multipoint games in his previous seven outings and appears to be rediscovering his scoring touch at the right time. The veteran winger needs just seven more points to earn his sixth straight 40-point campaign.
News: Nylander garnered a goal and an assist (both on the power play) in Wednesday's 6-2 thrashing of the Oilers.
Impact: Nylander tallied four points in his previous three games and seems to be settling into his third-line center role well. Limited to just 35 games due to a contract dispute, combined with a slow start to the year, the Calgary native has notched just 16 points this year. If he continues rolling, however, he may still have enough time to reach the 30-point threshold.