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Petr Mrazek G (Detroit) - $9,300
Mrazek is the third-most expensive goaltender Thursday night and he doesn't have an easy match-up against Pittsburgh. The Penguins have had a couple of days to collect themselves after three straight losses, while Detroit has had some issues defensively while dealing with the absences of Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson due to injuries. The Red Wings have allowed nine goals against in the last two contests. Mrazek has a 3.43 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in three games against Pittsburgh in his career and he hasn't looked like himself in his past two outings.
Benoit Pouliot LW (Edmonton) - $6,300
Pouliot found his way into coach Todd McLellan's doghouse on Tuesday because of a pair of penalties and he was benched for most of the third period. During Wednesday's practice, he was off the Connor McDavid line and he might skate with Anton Lander and Nail Yakupov against Minnesota. It's a situation worth monitoring because he could be moved back up, but there are cheaper options available with similar and better upside.
Patrick Sharp RW (Dallas) - $5,800
Sharp hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 3, which amounts to a 17-game goalless slump. He also has one assist in the last eight contests. He may get to play with Jason Spezza on Thursday if the veteran center is able to return from an upper-body injury, but his value takes a hit when he isn't playing with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.
Eric Staal C (Carolina) - $6,200
Carolina has been playing well lately despite the unproductive play of Eric Staal, who has no points in the last six matches and no goals in his past 13 appearances. With trade rumors circulating and unrestricted free agency in the summer, the long-time member of the Hurricanes may be feeling a bit distracted. He has also struggled this season with just nine goals and 30 points in 57 games.
Alexander Steen C (St. Louis) - $6,700
Steen has picked up one goal and two assists in the past eight games and he has eight points in 21 career games versus Los Angeles. The Blues are getting healthier, but their offense hasn't been clicking. St. Louis was also shut out by the Kings back in November and they scored one regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 9, so goals have been hard to come by in this series for them.
Kyle Turris C (Ottawa) - $5,100
Turris is apparently playing through a lower-body injury, which may be contributing to his scoring woes. He hasn't scored a goal in 21 straight games and he hasn't hit the scoresheet with a point in the last 10 contests. Turris didn't practice Wednesday, but he is expected to play against Carolina.
Colin Wilson LW (Nashville) - $5,300
Wilson hasn't registered a point in four games since returning to the lineup from a lower-body injury. Before he got hurt he was getting a chance to play on the top line, but now he is on the third unit with Mike Fisher and Viktor Arvidsson. Wilson isn't worth using and it's odd that he is priced higher than Loui Eriksson and Andre Burakovsky.
Thomas Greiss G (New York Islanders) - $8,900
Greiss has a higher price tag than Tuukka Rask, Ben Bishop, both of Anaheim's goaltenders and Jonathan Quick. He has played well this season, but that's a steep cost when compared to other netminders and he faces a difficult match-up against the NHL-leading Washington Capitals.
Torey Krug D (Boston) - $5,200
Krug put an end to a five-game scoring slump on Tuesday night against Columbus with an assist, but his goal drought extended to 31 consecutive contests. He has scored only three times on 170 shots this season and will need to pile up shots to provide your lineup with any kind of value. You are better off considering Kevin Shattenkirk at the same price or spending $100 more on John Carlson.
Dylan Larkin LW (Detroit) - $6,200
Larkin hasn't registered a point in the past four games and he has a minus-3 rating during that span. It's premature to stay that the talented rookie is slowing down, but his recent slump means you should look elsewhere until he heats up again. Fortunately, there are some good bargain picks available at left wing on Thursday night.
Nazem Kadri C (Toronto) - $6,400
Kadri hasn't recorded a point in the last four games and he has been hit by a minus-5 rating over that time. The Rangers will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set on Thursday, but they will still be a tough match-up for a depleted and struggling Maple Leafs lineup.