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Rick Nash LW (NY Rangers) - $7,900
Nash and the Rangers will play their second game in two nights in Los Angeles versus the Kings on Thursday night. He has been quiet since his return to the lineup with no points and 11 shots in three games. There isn't enough there to justify him being the second-most expensive left winger for this slate. There are plenty of better options.
Zach Parise LW (Minnesota) - $7,000
Parise is slated to play with Mikael Granlund, who has struggled for most of this season, and Thomas Vanek, who hasn't been producing lately, on Thursday night. Parise also has not been meeting his value on FanDuel and he has picked up more than three fantasy points one time in the last six games. He has failed to reach one point on FanDuel four times during that span, including his past two outings.
Phil Kessel RW (Pittsburgh) - $7,000
Kessel hasn't scored a goal in the last six games and he has contributed three assists during that span. He has been credited with just five shots in his past three appearances. The second line of the Penguins has to be better with Evgeni Malkin injured to take pressure away from Sidney Crosby's combination, but with Kessel this cold I would rather pay the extra $200 for Patric Hornqvist. There are plenty of less costly options as well.
Tyler Johnson C (Tampa Bay) - $6,500
Johnson hasn't scored a goal in five straight games and he has one assist in his last outings. He has cooled down from his four-game point streak and he lost Nikita Kucherov to Steven Stamkos' line. It's been a disappointing season for Johnson, who has 12 goals and 33 points in 57 games. Fortunately, there are some great bargains at center on Thursday night.
Henrik Zetterberg C (Detroit) - $5,400
Zetterberg may look like a bargain for the price he is set at, but he has been struggling mightily to generate offense. He hasn't scored a goal in 12 straight games and he has collected only two assists during that span. On top of that, he has been piling up minus ratings. Zetterberg owns a minus-9 rating during his scoring slump. It's best to avoid him for now.
Drew Doughty D (Los Angeles) - $5,900
Doughty is a great two-way defender, but he hasn't registered a point in the last three contests. He had two helpers against the Rangers earlier this season, but those were his first points versus New York in 10 career appearances. Doughty is a fairly pricey blueliner on Thursday, but there are cheaper options if you don't have the space to splurge on Brent Burns and/or Kris Letang.
Ryan McDonagh D (NY Rangers) - $5,800
I feel the same way about McDonagh as I do Doughty. McDonagh has one goal and no assists in the last five games and you can get more bang for the puck elsewhere.
Henrik Lundqvist G (NY Rangers) - $9,500
New York has been playing well lately, but Lundqvist has allowed three goals or more in each of his last three appearances. Two of those losses were to the Penguins and Lundqvist wasn't in goal for the Rangers' 5-4 overtime loss to the Kings in February, but I don't feel confident investing that much cap space into him. He is the third-highest priced netminder for Thursday and he doesn't have an easy match-up.