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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team playing without rest on Thursday night following a 4-0 blanking of the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The NHL's hottest team, the Florida Panthers, have won 10 straight games and they will be in action at Ottawa.
Mike Hoffman LW (Ottawa) - $7,000
The 19-goal scorer is projected to play on the same line as Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad on Thursday. Michalek is just returning from a broken finger, while Zibanejad took a stick to the eye on Monday night. Hoffman has enjoyed plenty of success this year with Bobby Ryan and/or Kyle Turris, but I don't like his prospects nearly as much on his new combination.
Jamie Benn LW (Dallas) - $10,600
I have no doubt that Benn will break out of his three-game point skid soon, but his hefty price tag has me walking away from him right now. He comes in as the highest-priced player on Thursday. which could hurt your chances of building a quality lineup. Benn may not start the game with Tyler Seguin as a linemate and that could actually help you stack whatever line he is on, but the changes may not last very long before they back together.
Jason Pominville RW (Minnesota) - $6,000
After a brief bounce-back period, Pominville's production has tailed off again. He has one goal and no assists in his last nine outings and he hasn't picked up a point in his past six appearances. There are plenty of bargains available on the right side Thursday and Pominville is unlikely to give you the same bang for the buck that they can.
Milan Michalek RW (Ottawa) - $5,200
Michalek is slated to return to the lineup Thursday from a broken finger for the first time since Dec. 1. There is bound to be some rust after he had his first practice with his teammates on Wednesday. Michalek also has just five goals and eight points in 24 games this year. His teammate, Mark Stone, is a cheaper play at $4,700 and he's the better play.
Pavel Datsyuk C (Detroit) - $6,600
Datsyuk has recorded eight points in his last 10 games, but he hasn't been churning out fantasy points because he has just one power-play point and he hasn't been racking up shots over that span. Datsyuk hasn't surpassed five points on FanDuel in his last eight outings and he has posted two points or less in five of his past seven.
Sean Monahan C (Calgary) - $7,900
This is more about price than anything else, but Monahan has also been quiet offensively of late with no goals and one assist in his last seven matches. Monahan is behind only John Tavares and Tyler Seguin (both at $9,000) in cost among centers, so there are plenty of other options.
Thomas Greiss G (New York Islanders) - $8,900
Greiss would have been an expensive option against a strong Washington team Thursday night, but Jaroslav Halak is ready to return from an upper-body injury and will get the nod. Halak is priced at $8,600 and he had his share of ups and down versus the Capitals last season.