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FanDuel Fades: Oct. 15

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

After a light Wednesday, we have eight games scheduled for Thursday night. The Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes are playing the second games of back-to-back situations, while St. Louis will compete in the first match of their own back-to-back set. Keep an eye on the starting goaltenders at the bottom of the page for updates throughout the day and check out Rotoworld's injured players page for status reports.

 

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C (Oilers) - $6,500

 

Nugent-Hopkins has one goal this season and he didn't even register a shot on goal to score it. He was credited with the marker after he lost a faceoff on an Oilers' power play and St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo banked the puck into his own net off a teammate.  Nugent-Hopkins has three shots and one point in three contests this season. Edmonton's top line has missed Jordan Eberle dearly at the start of the year and RNH's fantasy value has taken a hit because of it.

 

Alex Killorn LW (Lightning) - $5,800

 

Killorn has contributed two assists in four games to start the 2015-16 season. He doesn't have a goal yet on four shots and owns a plus-1 rating. Killorn emerged as a valuable scorer during Tampa Bay's playoff run, but he has occupied more of a checking role at the beginning of the regular season. He has been skating with Valtteri Filppula and Erik Condra on Tampa Bay's third line. Killorn loses a great of value when he isn't playing with Steven Stamkos.

 

James Neal RW (Predators) - $6,400

 

Neal has registered eight shots in three games, but he's still looking for his first point of the year. He has lost time on the top unit to Calle Jarnkrok this season, but his ice time has remained consistent and he has been getting plenty of time on the power play. Nashville has been scoring just 2.33 goals for per game and that is unlikely to change against the Islanders on Thursday night.

 

Kyle Okposo RW (Islanders) - $6,400

 

Okposo hasn't been seeing much time with John Tavares this season. He gets to play with the Islanders captain during power-play situations, but at even strength he has been skating with Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey. Okposo got his first points of the year this past Monday when he contributed two assists in a 4-2 win against Winnipeg. One of those helpers came on the power play and the other came on Bailey's empty netter to seal the victory. It seems like the man advantage will be his best chance to secure points, but that could prove to be difficult against Pekka Rinne and the Predators on Thursday night. Nashville has killed nine of the 10 power plays they have faced this year and this has the makings of a low-scoring match.

 

Jake Allen G (Blues) - $8,600

 

The Blues will go back to Brian Elliott on Thursday night versus Edmonton after he played in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Calgary. Allen will get the nod Friday at Vancouver. Elliott has two wins to start the season, including one over the Oilers on Oct. 8.

 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson D (Coyotes) - $5,900

 

Ekman-Larsson led the Coyotes in scoring last season with 43 points in 82 games. He potted the game winner against Los Angeles in the team's opener, but he hasn't earned a point in his last two matches. The offensive defender has 10 shots on goal during that span, but the Coyotes will be facing a well-rested Minnesota team after playing the night before in Anaheim. OEL logged 26:07 of ice time versus the Ducks, so fatigue could play a factor and it will be hard to beat Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk, who will be pumped to face his old team.

 

Ryan McDonagh D (Rangers) - $5,700

 

McDonagh has six shots and no points in New York's first four games. He isn't seeing time on the top power-play unit and his sluggish start doesn't make him an attractive option at that price. There are plenty of offensive blueliners who can be had for cheaper prices on Thursday night.

 

Corey Crawford G (Blackhawks) - $8,700

 

Crawford started Wednesday night's 3-0 loss to Philadelphia and he had 26 stops. He has one win in three appearances this season and it wouldn't be surprising if Scott Darling faced Washington in the second game of a back-to-back situation. A starter hasn't been confirmed at the time of this writing.

 

Goaltenders

 

Nashville (Pekka Rinne) @ New York Islanders (Thomas Greiss) confirmed

Ottawa (Craig Anderson) confirmed @ Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) confirmed

Chicago (Scott Darling) @ Washington (Braden Holtby) confirmed

New York Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) confirmed @ Montreal (Carey Price) confirmed

Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) @ Tampa Bay (Ben Bishop) confirmed

Buffalo (Chad Johnson) confirmed @ Florida (Roberto Luongo) confirmed

St. Louis (Brian Elliott) confirmed @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot) confirmed

Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) confirmed @ Arizona (Mike Smith)

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.