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Patrik Laine (WPG) - W - $7,300
Laine emphatically ended his five-game goalless skid with a hat trick against Dallas on Tuesday night, but another offensive explosion may not be in the cards for him on Thursday. Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray has been excellent at home this season, while sporting a 12-1-2 record with a 2.20 GAA and a .932 save percentage, so he will be tough to beat if he gets the start. Laine has also scored just eight of his 26 goals in 27 games on the road this season. Temper your expectations if you decide to roster him because it could just be a night when he picks up an assist.
John Tavares (NYI) - C - $8,000
Tavares has cooled down from his Jan. 24-Feb. 3 four-game point streak. He has no goals and three assists in the last six matches. There are just four centers who are more expensive than Tavares on Thursday night and he hasn’t been providing much bang for the buck lately. He also has one goal in two outings versus the Rangers this season.
Claude Giroux (PHI) - C - $7,300
Giroux notched two goals and one assist in his last meeting against Edmonton, but the Flyers faced Jonas Gustavsson and not number one netminder Cam Talbot in that match. Giroux will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation Thursday night. He has been ice cold with two goals over a 22-game span. He also has contributed just one point in the last eight contests and none in the past five. There are much better options than Giroux at this time.
Rick Nash (NYR) - W - 6,400
Nash has recorded two goals and one assist in the last 10 games. He also has one helper in two appearances versus the Islanders this year and one point in his last five matches against the Rangers’ New York City rivals.
Matt Duchene (COL) - C - $5,900
Duchene hasn’t scored a goal for 11 consecutive contests. He has been held off the scoresheet in seven of those outings. Duchene didn’t have a point in two games versus Buffalo last year and his current play doesn’t suggest that will change on Thursday night.
Zach Parise (MIN) - W - $6,800
Parise has been better lately with five goals and one assist in the past nine games. Still, he hasn’t exactly been racking up points on FanDuel during that span. He has topped 20 fantasy points three times in that time and he has one power-play goal in the last 18 matches. Parise's struggles this year have been well documented and he has gone pointless in three meetings against Dallas this campaign.
Erik Karlsson (OTT) - D - $7,000
There are just two premium options on the back end Thursday night in terms of price. If you want to invest high in a defender then Kris Letang is arguably the better option for $200 more. Cory Schneider has strong numbers against the Senators in his career and Karlsson has four assists in his last seven tilts against New Jersey. He didn’t have a point in a 3-1 win over the Devils on Dec. 17. The Ottawa captain also has two helpers in the last five games.
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) - G - $8,800
Lundqvist is the third priciest goaltender for Thursday’s action and he has had some trouble with the Islanders this season. He has gone 1-1-0 with a 3.58 goals-against average and an .883 save percentage. Lundqvist has been on a roll recently, but the Isles will be looking to respond after a 7-1 blowout loss to Toronto on Tuesday.