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Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) - C - $7,900
Getzlaf has recorded some big multi-point efforts on FanDuel lately, but he still generally has had boom or bust potential. He has been all over the map in terms fantasy points during his late-season hot streak. Due to injuries there will probably be just two centers who are more expensive than Getzlaf on Thursday night. He also may not provide much bang for the buck based on his two previous performances against Chicago this season. He has no points and no shots in those outings. Getzlaf also has just four goals in 32 home games this campaign.
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) - C - $7,400
Bergeron and the Bruins may be missing Brad Marchand for Thursday’s game due to a suspension. He skated alongside David Backes and Dominic Moore after Marchand was ejected Tuesday night. Bergeron also has just one goal in three meetings versus Ottawa this season.
Taylor Hall (NJD) - W - $6,400
New Jersey’s offense has generated two goals or less in seven of the last nine games. Hall has two goals and three assists during that span. He has no goals, three assists and six shots in three contests against Pittsburgh this campaign. Five of those shots came in one match, but he hasn’t posted a multi-point performance in any of those appearances. It’s unlikely that Hall will break out on Thursday night.
Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) - W - $6,400
Huberdeau hasn’t accounted for a point in four straight games. The last three matches of that slump have been played without top-line center Aleksander Barkov, who has been sidelined since Mar. 28. Huberdeau also has one goal and one assist in seven career meetings against St. Louis. He didn’t have a point in a 2-1 win over the Blues on Feb. 20.
Mikael Granlund (MIN) - W - $6,200
Granlund has struggled down the stretch in what has been his best offensive season. He has contributed just two assists in the past nine games. Granlund also has generated two helpers in four previous matches against Colorado, so there may not be a resurgence on Thursday night.
Tyler Johnson (TBL) - C - $5,700
Johnson played through a lower-body injury Tuesday night. He was credited with one shot in 15:32 of ice time against Boston. If he manages to play Thursday then he will probably still be banged up and he won’t be on one of Tampa Bay’s top-two lines. Johnson also has only one assist and two shots in two matches against Toronto this campaign.
Alexander Steen (STL) - C - $5,700
Steen has potted one goal in the last 11 contests. He has been held off the scoresheet in eight games over that 11-game stretch. Steen has registered just four points in 20 career matches against Florida. He didn’t have a point in a 2-1 loss to the Panthers on Feb. 20. Steen also hasn’t been racking up points on the road this year with four goals and 13 helpers coming in 34 outings.
Patrick Marleau (SJS) - W - $5,700
The Sharks will be missing Joe Thornton and Logan Couture Thursday due to injuries. That has moved Marleau back to center between Joel Ward and Joonas Donskoi. He has posted one goal in the last four games and he has been credited with four shots during that span. Marleau has produced a lone assist in four games versus Edmonton this year.
Drew Doughty (LAK) - D - $5,500
If the last two games are any indication, Thursday’s contest between Los Angeles and Calgary will probably be another chippy affair. Doughty has been a focal point of the rivalry, but he hasn’t done much damage on the scoreboard. He has picked up only one assist in four matches versus the Flames in 2016-17. Additionally, Doughty has been held pointless in seven of the last nine games.
Tuukka Rask (BOS) - G - $8,900
Rask posted his eighth shutout of the season on Tuesday night and he has won his last four starts, which is why he is second-most expensive goaltender on Thursday. However, he has gone 0-3-0 with a 3.07 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage during the 2016-17 season against the Ottawa Senators. Boston already clinched their playoff spot earlier this week and the Senators will be looking to do the same.