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Nathan MacKinnon (COL) - C - $7,000
MacKinnon has recorded one goal in the past 11 games and he has been held off the scoresheet in eight of those 11 contests, including the last four. Like most of his teammates, he has also struggled to produce at home this season with three goals and six helpers coming in 18 appearances at the Pepsi Center.
Ryan Johansen (NSH) - C - $6,600
Johansen will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation and his previous 10 outings have been a mixed bag. He has recorded a trio of multi-point efforts, but he has also been held without a point in four matches and he has one goal during that 10-game span. Johansen hasn’t enjoyed much success against Florida in recent years either, with one assist over his past six meetings.
Jeff Skinner (CAR) - W - $6,700
Skinner ended a season-long five-game scoring skid Thursday with a goal against St. Louis. He has produced two goal sin the past eight matches and will face another tough matchup Friday night at Chicago. Skinner hasn’t had much success in the second game of back-to-backs this season with zero points in five of six games under those circumstances. This will also be Carolina’s third game in four nights with a home meeting versus Boston on tap for Sunday, so fatigue could play a factor.
Daniel Sedin (VAN) - W - $6,300
Sedin has one goal in his last 12 games and he has added just three assists during that span. He has been credited with three shots in each of his past two outings, but he has been limited to two or less on eight occasions during his scoring slump. Sedin also didn’t have a point in a 4-1 loss to Calgary on Dec. 23.
Justin Faulk (CAR) - D - $5,900
Faulk just returned to the lineup on Thursday following a four-game absence because of a lower-body injury. He was red hot before he got hurt, but his rhythm has been disrupted now. He also only has one goal in six career appearances versus Chicago.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI) - D - $5,900
Ekman-Larsson recorded five goals in his first seven games, but he has found the back of the net just two times in 31 contests since then. He has generated four points in the last eight matches and he went pointless in five outings during that stretch. OEL also has two assists in his past 11 meetings against Anaheim. That includes a contest this season when he didn’t pick up a point and posted two shots in a 5-1 road loss on Nov. 4.