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Sean Monahan (CGY) - C - $6,200
Monahan hasn’t scored a goal in nine straight games and he has recorded just two assists over that span. Now, the Flames will be missing Johnny Gaudreau because of a broken finger and there will be more pressure piled on Monahan to produce. I don’t like his chances to break out against the Chicago Blackhawks and Corey Crawford, who has been excellent this season, on Friday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH) - C - $5,900
Kuznetsov has struggled in 2016-17 after he racked up 77 points in 82 games last year. He has scored two goals in 16 matches on just 22 shots, while accounting for five assists. Kuznetsov has also been very quiet at home this campaign with two helpers over seven appearances.
Dylan Larkin (DET) - W - $5,200
Larkin has produced one goal and no assists in last six games. He also has just one goal and one helper away from home this year. Detroit will be facing a tough Capitals team, which probably won’t help his case, even though he does have two points (one goal) in three career appearances against them.
Jeff Skinner (CAR) - W - $6,300
Skinner has slowed down lately with no goals and one assist in the past five games. Montreal has been difficult to score against this season and Al Montoya is unlikely to be blitzed again like he was by the Columbus Blue Jackets, especially by Carolina (2.53 goals for per game).
John Carlson (WSH) - D - $6,300
Carlson has been an inconsistent producer on FanDuel, while averaging 10.2 fantasy points per game. He doesn’t have a goal in 16 contests this season despite 44 shots. Carlson needs to start scoring because he has only one multi-point performance and he isn’t doing enough to justify his price tag. He is the third-most expensive defender on Friday’s slate, so there will be plenty of cheaper options if you don’t want to spend up for Kris Letang or Shea Weber.
Jimmy Howard (DET) - G - $8,500
Howard has played very well this season and he still has great statistics despite being shelled for five goals on 25 shots by Montreal on Nov. 12 in his last outing. The Washington Capitals just scored seven goals on Pittsburgh Wednesday night following some troubles with their offense. If the Caps are getting back on track then Howard may have to stand on his head. He has a 3-1-3 career record versus Washington, but he also owns a 3.15 GAA and an .890 save percentage.