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Filip Forsberg (NSH) - W - $7,600
Forsberg had been on a scoring tear before he was silenced Thursday night in Montreal. His six-game point streak came to an end and he may not get back on track right away Saturday against Chicago. He has just seven points in 15 career meetings versus the Blackhawks, which includes one goal and one assist in four games this campaign.
Jonathan Toews (CHI) - C - $7,400
Toews set an incredible scoring pace in February that will be difficult to match. He racked up seven goals and 18 points in 10 contests. Toews has started the month of March without a point after two games and he hasn’t had much success against Nashville this season. In four appearances versus the Predators, the Blackhawks captain has one goal and no assists.
Claude Giroux (PHI) - C - $6,900
Goals have been hard to come by for Giroux this season. He has scored 12 times in 63 games and he hasn’t found the back of the net since Feb. 2, which amounts to an 11-game goalless drought. He has managed to chip in three assists over the last three games thanks to his first multi-point performance on Tuesday since Jan. 14. However, that will be a tough task on Saturday against a stingy Washington group. The Flyers captain has one goal in three outings versus the Capitals this year.
Wayne Simmonds (PHI) - W - $6,600
Simmonds hasn’t picked up a point in three games against Washington this season. He has scored five goals in 27 career matches versus the Capitals. Simmonds has also been held off the scoresheet in three of the last four outings. Wait for a better matchup before using him again.
Kyle Palmieri (NJD) - W - $6,000
Palmieri’s four-game point spree was snapped Thursday night at Washington. It could be another quiet night for him Saturday versus Boston. He has one goal and one helper through 10 career appearances against the Bruins, including one goal in two games in 2016-17. Prior to his hot streak, Palmieri had one point in five matches as he isn’t a stranger to running hot and cold this season.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL) - C - $5,700
MacKinnon has gone 13 straight matches without a goal and he has one multi-point effort in the past 12 contests. The Avalanche forward has two goals and five assists in 18 career tilts versus Winnipeg, which includes just one goal and two points in four appearances this season.
Derek Stepan (NYR) - C - $5,500
Stepan has been ice cold since Jan. 19. He has a 19-game goalless slump and he has contributed a mere five assists during that span. Stepan also doesn’t have a multi-point performance to his credit in that time.
Gustav Nyquist (DET) - W - $5,000
Nyquist is eligible to return from his six-game suspension on Saturday night. He has registered just seven goals in 56 contests this year and he hasn’t found the back of the net since Jan. 18. Nyquist has accounted for only five assists during his 11-game goalless drought. There also could be rust after missing nearly three weeks’ worth of action.
John Klingberg (DAL) - D - $5,900
Klingberg has a four-game point streak going into Saturday’s contest. He hasn’t posted a point in five straight appearances this season and that trend could continue against Florida. Klingberg he collected three helpers in five career matches versus the Panthers and he didn’t have a point in a 3-1 loss on Dec. 31.
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) - D - $5,300
Ekblad has struggled offensively in 2016-17 after he posted impressive numbers in his first two NHL seasons. He has generated one goal and one assist in his last six outings and he has struggled at home with six points in 31 contests. He also has one goal and no helpers in five career appearances against Dallas.