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Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) - G - $9,100
Lundqvist has been alternating between good and poor starts. If that trend continues then this could be one of good ones, but he the Maple Leafs won’t make it easy on him. Toronto is one of just six team averaging more than 3.00 goals for per game. Lundqvist does have a 13-8-5 record versus Toronto in his career, but he also has a 2.77 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
Jack Eichel (BUF) - C - $7,300
Eichel has registered one assist in the last three games. He has gone through some hot and cold spells since returning to the lineup from an ankle injury. Eichel has been playing between Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta at even strength, which hasn’t helped. He will play the second game of back-to-back situation on the road Friday night. Eichel has one assist in three matches this year on zero days of rest. Carolina has been strong at home and their top-ranked penalty kill has a chance to hold Eichel and the Sabres in check.
Tyler Johnson (TBL) - C - $5,700
Johnson hasn’t recorded a point in six of his last 10 appearances. He has recorded two multi-point performances during that span, but that may be difficult to do from Tampa Bay’s third line. Johnson also has one goal and one assist in seven matches this season on zero days rest and facing the Blue Jackets will be a tough matchup.
Jonathan Toews (CHI) - C - $7,200
It hasn’t been a very good season for Toews offensively, with seven goals and 21 points in 35 contests, but he has been better lately. He has two goals and four assists in the past seven games. However, he will probably have his hands full trying to slow down Washington’s top players on Friday night. The Capitals have won seven straight games and Braden Holtby has allowed just three goals against in the past four outings.
James van Riemsdyk (TOR) - W - $7,200
Van Riemsdyk went into Toronto’s bye week on a hot streak, but the break may not serve him well. He has accounted for one assist in four games on three-plus days of rest this season. JVR also has six goals and 11 points in 25 career appearances against the New York Rangers.
Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) - D - $6,200
Ristolainen hasn’t scored a goal in 10 straight games and he has chipped in just four assists during that span. He has registered one helper in eight career outings versus Carolina and he doesn’t have a point in two meetings against the Hurricanes this season. As previously mentioned with Eichel, Buffalo may have trouble scoring on the power play Friday night and that doesn’t make him an attractive option on the back end.
Brent Seabrook (CHI) - D - $5,600
Seabrook hasn’t found the back of the net since Nov. 18, which amounts to a 24-game goalless drought. He has scored just two times in 42 matches this season. Seabrook also doesn’t have a point in his past six contests.