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Justin Faulk D (Carolina) - $5,600
Faulk appeared to suffer an injury at practice on Thursday, but the Hurricanes didn't provide much of an update on his status after he left the ice. The young blueliner took to the ice Friday morning, but he didn't stay for the team's morning skate. He is officially listed as a game-time decision. Even if he does play, Faulk has one goal and one assist in his past 10 games and the Penguins' penalty kill ranks sixth in the league.
David Desharnais C (Montreal) - $3,800
Desharnais is projected to stay with Max Pacioretty and see time on the top power-play unit Friday night, but he hasn't been successful in either capacity lately. He has gone seven straight games without a point and he hasn't accounted for a power-play point in 33 consecutive contests. Tomas Plekanec's line, with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, shouldered the load offensively against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and that is the trio you should hitch your wagon to if you want to go with Canadiens.
Derick Brassard C (New York Rangers) - $7,700
Slowing down the trio of Brassard, Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller will be a point of emphasis for the Los Angeles Kings, especially with Jonathan Quick suffering from an undisclosed injury. That combination has been very successful of late and they have been even more important with Rick Nash out of the lineup. Brassard has slowed down a bit with one assist in the last three games and he is the second-most expensive center on Friday night because Evgeni Malkin is injured. There are much less costly options available.
Antti Raanta G (New York Rangers) - $7,800
Raanta is expected to get the nod against Los Angeles to give Henrik Lundqvist a breather. His last start came on Jan. 17 against Washington when he allowed four goals on 23 shots in a 5-2 loss. Raanta isn't much of a bargain for a netminder with a .909 save percentage and a 4-4-1 record.
Mikkel Boedker RW (Arizona) - $5,000
Boedker's scoring pace has slowed dramatically since the New Year. He has one goal and four assists in the last 16 games. To make matters worse, Boedker has a minus-8 rating in his past five outings.
Calvin Pickard G (Colorado) - $7,500
Pickard is penciled in to start the second game of Colorado's back-to-back set. Detroit has been playing well since they switched up their lines and reunited Henrik Zetterberg with Pavel Datsyuk. The Red Wings have posted three straight wins since the changes. Pickard has posted three victories, with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 11 appearances this season. He has also struggled on the road with an .885 save percentage in seven contests.
Paul Stastny C (St. Louis) - $5,300
Stastny was projected to play between Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz, but coach Ken Hitchcock has altered his plans and Jori Lehtera will occupy that spot instead. That places Stastny with Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri. You are better off going in a different direction and Lehtera will cost you just $4,300 if you choose to go that way.