After just two games on Wednesday, there are 12 games slated for Thursday night. Edmonton is the only club that is playing without rest after a 4-3 overtime win against Anaheim last night. Washington, Calgary, and the New York Islanders will be skating in the first games of their back-to-back situations.
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Jakub Voracek RW (Flyers) - $7,500
If you are still waiting for Voracek to break out this season, you are not alone. He has the fourth-highest price among right wingers even though he has generated just five assists in 15 games. That's just too big of an investment for a player who hasn't had any rhythm to his game so far. Washington is also a fairly tough match up as they have been difficult to score on and they don't allow many shots (just 25.3 per game).
Radim Vrbata RW (Canucks) - $6,600
Vrbata isn't playing with the Sedin twins again. Jannik Hansen has been up on the top line lately and he had a four-point performance this past Tuesday. Vrbata hasn't scored a goal in his past six games and he doesn't have a point in his last four outings.
Jason Pominville RW (Wild) - $6,500
Pominville is another member of the dreaded goalless club. He has gone 14 straight games without finding the back of the net. Pominville has been getting help from his teammates to try to end his slump, but not having Zach Parise on his line due to injury is obviously a big blow.
Brad Marchand LW (Bruins) - $6,900
Marchand will probably continue to play with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes on Thursday. He has still being getting some ice time alongside Patrice Bergeron, but his bump down the depth chart has reduced his ice time a bit and he has one assist in his last four games.
Marian Gaborik LW (Kings) - $6,800
The month of November has been worse than October so far for Gaborik. He doesn't have a point in five games and he has spent time on the third line with Trevor Lewis and Nick Shore. Gaborik may be back with Anze Kopitar Thursday night, but he still has two points in 15 games and the Islanders haven't been surrounding many goals this year. Gaborik just isn't worth using at this time.
James van Riemsdyk LW (Maple Leafs) - $6,900
Van Riemsdyk has been successful of late with one goal and two assists in his last four games, but the Leafs will face a tough Nashville team on the road Thursday night. Pekka Rinne allowed five goals in a 7-5 win against Ottawa on Tuesday and he's likely to respond with a much better effort. That could be trouble for a Toronto offense that has struggled in 2015-16.
Wayne Simmonds RW (Flyers) - $6,200
As previously mentioned, I don't see the Flyers doing much offensively against the Capitals and Simmonds is a little too pricey for my taste. He also has just two goals and five assists in 15 games this season. Additionally, he hasn't been getting many shots on net for a while now, aside from a seven-shot outing on Nov. 5 against Calgary. In his other six appearances, Simmonds has six shots.
Torey Krug D (Bruins) - $5,700
Krug has missed Boston's last two practices for some maintenance on a minor injury. He will probably play Thursday, but there's the possibility that he could sit as well. Either way, I'm not keen about choosing a player who could be limited in what he can do on the ice. Krug has piled up 10 assists in 14 games this year, but he has also gone pointless in his last three matches.
Jake Allen G (Blues) - $10,500
Allen has been brilliant for the Blues while posting two straight shutouts and stopping 96 straight shots, but that is one hefty price tag. Henrik Lundqvist, who will be at the other end of the ice, is also $10,500. That's a big chunk of your payroll and it means you won't be able to spend as much on offense. I would rather sink $10,100 into Alex Ovechkin and pick a less expensive netminder.
Craig Anderson G (Senators) - $8,600
Anderson won't get a chance to bounce back Thursday after he was blitzed by Nashville on Tuesday. He allowed seven goals on 38 shots in the contest. Ottawa will go with Andrew Hammond versus Vancouver and he is $100 cheaper than Anderson on FanDuel.