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Derek Stepan C (NY Rangers) - $7,600
Stepan scored a pair of goals in Game 1 against Pittsburgh and he has been held without a point in the last two matches. He was credited with seven shots in the opener, but he hasn't had the same impact in Games 2 and 3 where he had 1.6 and 2.2 fantasy points, respectively. I can see him earning an assist Thursday night, but that wouldn't be worth the hefty salary investment. Stepan is the third-highest priced center on the board.
Andrew Ladd LW (Chicago) - $5,800
Ladd racked up 14 penalty minutes in a heated end to Tuesday's game against St. Louis, but he hasn't made an impact on the scoresheet during the playoffs yet. The highly sought-after winger registered 12 points in 19 games with the Blackhawks after he was acquired from Winnipeg, but he hasn't picked up a point in four playoff matches.
Chris Kreider LW (NY Rangers) - $5,900
Kreider was hot down the stretch for the Rangers, but he hasn't been getting the job done in the postseason. He has one goal and four shots in three games versus the Penguins in the opening round. Kreider has also been better on the road than at home this year, with only six markers and 17 points coming in 39 matches at Madison Square Garden.
David Backes RW (St. Louis) - $6,100
Backes accounted for a goal and two assists over the first three games of the Blues' first-round series against Chicago. However, he lost Alexander Steen from his line in Game 4 and his point streak came to an end without him posting a shot. Backes also saw just 14:40 of ice time. There are better options.
Pavel Datsyuk C (Detroit) - $5,800
This could be Datsyuk's final game in a Detroit uniform. The Lightning can finish off the Red Wings on home ice Thursday night. Datsyuk hasn't recorded a point in the series yet. He had seven shots in Game 1, but he has accounted for eight in the last three games.
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,000
Pietrangelo has contributed two assists in four games in Round 1 of the postseason against Chicago. He is second in the NHL in average ice time per match at 28:48, but he hasn't been generating many fantasy points on FanDuel. Pietrangelo had 3.4 points in Game 1, but he hasn't surpassed three points in his past three appearances which includes two 1.8 performances. Duncan Keith and Roman Josi have the same price as Pietrangelo and I think they both have higher upside. I also like Victor Hedman and Blues teammate Kevin Shattenkirk more for Thursday's slate.