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John Tavares (NYI) - C - $8,100
Tavares has been held off the scoresheet for two games and he has struggled to generate offense against Philadelphia lately. He has one goal and one assist in his last six tilts against the Flyers. Tavares managed to rack up 10 shots on Jan. 22, but he was held scoreless.
Claude Giroux (PHI) - C - $7,400
Giroux has produced two goals in 19 games. One of those markers did come against the Islanders on Jan. 22, but that outing was the only time he has surpassed 20 points on FanDuel since Dec. 22. The Flyers captain has been cold recently with three points in the past nine contests.
Matt Duchene (COL) - C - $6,200
Duchene has been held without a point in three of four games since the All-Star break. He had three assists against Winnipeg last Saturday, but that’s just one of two multi-point efforts in the last 14 matches. During that 14-game stretch, Duchene has scored just two goals and they both came in one game.
Ryan Kesler (ANA) - C - $6,700
Kesler has gone 10 straight games without scoring a goal. He has five assists over that span and just one multi-point performance. Kesler has slowed down from a hot start to the 2016-17 campaign. He also has just three goals and two assists in 12 career games versus Buffalo.
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) - C - $5,800
Zetterberg has two goals in the past four games, but those are his only markers in the last 10 contests. Scoring will be difficult on Thursday against a Washington team that has shut the door completely on the opposition 10 times this season, including the last two games. Zetterberg recorded one goal in three meetings versus Washington last season and he didn’t have a point in a 1-0 loss to the Capitals on Nov. 18.
Patric Hornqvist (PIT) - W - $7,100
Hornqvist loses some value with Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup. He has been playing alongside Scott Wilson and Carter Rowney during even-strength situations, which won’t help his chances of snapping out of a two-game pointless skid. Hornqvist still has a spot on the top power-play unit, which is where he will have to do his damage to be worth selecting.
James Neal (NSH) - W - $6,700
Neal has not earned a point in five consecutive games. He was elevated to the top line on Tuesday to try to get him going, but that didn’t help him end his recent scoring slump. Neal has been held off the scoresheet in 15 of his last 19 outings. He also didn’t get a point versus the Rangers on Dec. 17 in a 2-1 shootout loss.
Tyler Toffoli (LAK) - W - $5,700
Toffoli won’t break the bank but he isn’t a bargain either, especially based on his recent play. He doesn’t have a point over three games since returning from a lower-body injury and he didn’t have a point in two matches before he got hurt. Los Angeles has scored just one goal in the last three games and the team has been blanked in two straight contests.
Ryan McDonagh (NYR) - $5,600
McDonagh has gone goalless since Dec. 23, which amounts to a 17-game drought. The Rangers captain has also churned out just five assists in the past 14 matches even though two of those assists have come in the last three games. McDonagh didn’t pick up a point against the Predators on Dec. 17 and he has two goals in eight career appearances versus Nashville.
Tuukka Rask (BOS) - G - $8,700
Rask appears to be battling some fatigue. His backups have posted a record of 1-10-2 this season, so he has been forced to shoulder the load and his numbers have suffered lately. Rask has allowed three goals or more in each of his last five starts. He has posted a 3-3-0 record with a 3.19 GAA and a .904 save percentage in his previous six outings versus San Jose.