We have seven games scheduled tonight, featuring six teams (New Jersey, Carolina, Los Angeles, Toronto, Columbus, and Anaheim) that are searching for their first win of the 2015-16 campaign. The only winless team that won't be playing tonight is the Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile, Detroit, San Jose, and Minnesota will all be fighting to maintain their perfect records.
Keep an eye on the starting goaltenders at the bottom of the page as that will be updated as the day progresses and check out Rotoworld's injured players page for status reports.
Radim Vrbata RW (Canucks) - $6,600
Vrbata doesn't have a single point in four games this season. Obviously it's still early in the season, but it doesn't help that he's being used primarily as a second liner on a team that doesn't have a ton of offensive depth. On top of that, Vancouver will be playing St. Louis tonight, which isn't an ideal team to face when you're in a slump.
Matt Duchene C (Avalanche) - $6,900
Duchene has no points and a minus-four rating in three games this season. In the long run I think he'll bounce back, but the struggling Colorado Avalanche will be up against the equally hungry Anaheim Ducks. Between those two teams, I'd bet on the Ducks being the first to rebound.
Drew Doughty D (Kings) - $5,500
It's a similar story to Duchene: I have faith that Doughty is going to produce more as the season goes on, I just don't believe that Minnesota is an optimal opponent for Doughty and the Kings to breakout against. On a different day though, that $5,500 price tag would actually be pretty good.
Eric Staal LW (Hurricanes) - $6,900
Staal has been slowly declining in recent seasons and he's off to a somewhat sluggish start with a goal in three games. On top of that, Carolina will be playing against Detroit tonight, which is off to a strong start. There are too many more desirable LW options today to make it worth spending that much on Staal.
Logan Couture C (Sharks) - $7,700
Couture was hurt during Thursday's practice and it was revealed this morning that he has a fractured right fibula. Obviously you don't want to pick him right now.
Scott Hartnell LW (Blue Jackets) - $5,900
Under normal circumstances I wouldn't have a problem with taking Hartnell at that price, especially when Columbus' opponents are the lowly Maple Leafs. But with how badly this season has started for the Blue Jackets, I think most of their players are too big of a gamble right now. Maybe this will be the day that Columbus bounces back, but it makes more sense to me to wait for them to start turning their campaign around before taking a chance on Hartnell.
Brad Richards C (Red Wings) - $5,400
It's not as if Richards has a high price tag, but it's still too much for him. He has been limited to one assist in three games this season and I don't think that the 35-year-old is likely to pick up the pace. After all, he's coming off of a season where he recorded just 37 points with Chicago. It's not as if the shift to Detroit has provided him with a bigger role either as he's been averaging 13:56 minutes per contest this season.