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Cam Talbot (EDM) - G - $8,800
Talbot has emerged victorious in each of his last four starts and he won against the Capitals back on Oct. 26 when he stopped 34 of 35 shots, but he’s still facing a difficult matchup. Washington has scored five or six goals in each of their last 11 home contests. The Capitals also rank second in the league with 3.36 goals for per game. Talbot’s win streak could be in jeopardy.
Leon Draisaitl (EDM) - C - $6,800
Draisaitl has posted two goals and four assists in the past five contests, with three points coming against Arizona on Feb. 14. However, that has been his only multi-point performance in his last 10 appearances. He hasn’t posted double digits in FanDuel points on six occasions during that stretch. Draisaitl also has just one assist in three meetings against the Capitals in his young career.
Jeff Skinner (CAR) - W - $6,400
Skinner has been playing better lately, with two goals and 16 shots in the last three games. He had just one goal and one assist over 11 matches previously. Skinner could have a tough time scoring Friday night though with Ottawa visiting. Craig Anderson has been brilliant this season and he has great career numbers versus the Hurricanes (9-3-4 record with a 2.21 GAA and a .934 save percentage). Skinner has one assist in two meetings against the Senators this campaign and he has just 11 points, with six goals, in 21 career appearances.
Jason Spezza (DAL) - C - $6,000
Spezza has potted one goal in the last 19 games and he has generated just two multi-point efforts over that span. He has been skating outside of Dallas’ top-six forward group recently alongside Radek Faksa and Devin Shore. Spezza has scored only eight goals in 48 matches in what has been a disappointing campaign.
Justin Faulk (CAR) - D - $5,000
Faulk has gone three straight outings without a point and he has contributed one goal in the last five contests. He has chipped in three goals and six helpers in 15 career tilts against Ottawa and he doesn’t have a point in two matches versus the Senators this year.
Derick Brassard (OTT) - C - $5,600
Brassard will enter Friday night’s action on a four-game point streak. He racked up two goals and one assist against Toronto last Saturday, but in the other three games he earned an assist each time. Brassard went scoreless in five consecutive contests prior to his recent hot spree and he hasn’t enjoyed much success in the past versus Carolina. He has eight career points in 20 matches and he hasn’t added to that total in two appearances this season. With Ottawa’s injuries up front and Carolina’s lack of firepower this could be a low-scoring affair.