After an easy-going Wednesday night, the NHL schedule is packed Thursday with 11 games. Nine of those matches will get underway before 9:00 p.m. ET. All of Thursday's participating teams are rested, but Florida, Vancouver, San Jose and the New York Rangers will play again on Friday.
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John Tavares C (New York Islanders) - $9,500
Tavares has accounted for one goal in his last six matches. He hasn't had much success against competition that shouldn't be shutting him down and the Islanders will face a hot Colorado team on Thursday. Semyon Varlamov has been especially strong lately, so Tavares' slump may continue for another game. He is the most expensive center and using him is too risky right now.
Ryan Johansen C (Columbus) - $7,900
Columbus has lost five straight games (0-3-2) and Johansen has been struggling. He hasn't scored a goal in eight games and he has four assists over that span. Johansen also hasn't picked up a point in three games and he has just two shots in that time. He has the potential to bounce back against Arizona, but there are cheaper options available who don't carry as much uncertainty.
Boone Jenner LW (Columbus) - $6,600
Jenner is back on the top line with Ryan Johansen, but he has been quiet offensively. After a seven-game scoreless drought, he notched a goal and an assist in two contests before going pointless again in his last two outings. Teammate Scott Hartnell is a better play for $200 more against Arizona.
Evander Kane LW (Buffalo) - $6,500
Kane has gone six straight games without registering a point and his shot totals have been dropping. He has been credited with five shots in his last three games after racking up 12 in two games previously. Kane had his best stretch of the season when he played alongside Ryan O'Reilly, but now he's back to playing with Jack Eichel and the change has not been beneficial.
Marian Hossa RW (Chicago) - $6,400
Hossa notched a goal and a helper on Dec, 6 versus Winnipeg, but he hasn't done much offensively aside from that performance. He has three points in his last nine appearances. Hossa has scored just five goals on 93 shots in 29 games this campaign. It's unlikely that he will be worthy of his price.
Jarome Iginla RW (Colorado) - $6,400
Iginla has netted one goal in 17 matches and he hasn't produced a point in eight consecutive games. Colorado's stacked top line of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon hasn't made Iginla a very attractive target.
Mike Ribeiro C (Nashville) - $5,900
Ribeiro has three goals and just 25 shots in 31 games this season. He hasn't earned a shot in three of his last four contests and has gone seven straight games without a goal. Ribeiro has two assists during that span as well. His price suggests he could be a bargain, but he isn't worth a spot on your lineup.
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,400
Pietrangelo is fairly expensive even though he has struggled mightily to generate points this season. He doesn't have a point in nine straight outings. Pietrangelo notched a goal and an assist on Nov. 25, but those are his only points in the last 17 games. He also has a minus-10 rating during that span.
Andrei Markov D (Montreal) - $5,300
Markov was taken off the top pairing Tuesday and replaced by Nathan Beaulieu. He finished the game with a minus-3 rating and he has only one assist in his last eight outings. Markov has two goals in 32 games this year and he hasn't scored since Nov. 11.
Pekka Rinne G (Nashville) - $8,000
Rinne has had an inconsistent season and he hasn't played well on the road. He has three wins in 11 games away from Bridgestone Arena to go with an .885 save percentage and a 2.99 goals-against average. The Predators will also be visiting a tough opponent Thursday at St. Louis.
Mike Condon G (Montreal) - $7,600
Condon won't leave much of a dent in your payroll, but he has lost his last three starts and he has allowed three goals in each game. Los Angeles isn't an easy match-up either, so I wouldn't take a chance on him.