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FanDuel Fades: October 22

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

Eight games are scheduled for Thursday night, with the Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings playing the first game of back-to-back situations. The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing in their first game since losing big-minute defender Duncan Keith for four-to-six weeks because of a meniscal tear that required surgery to repair.


Check out our injury page for updates around the league before setting your lineups and don't forget to confirm the starting goaltenders at the bottom of the page. They will be updated throughout the day.


Craig Anderson G (Senators) - $8,700


Anderson will get Thursday's game off and Andrew Hammond will make his first start of the season. The Hamburglar missed the start of the 2015-16 campaign due to a groin injury, but he's recovered and ready to play against New Jersey. Hammond checks in at $8,400 on FanDuel, so he will save you some money if you like the Senators tonight.


Marian Gaborik LW (Kings) - $6,800


Gaborik got his first point of the season Sunday when he scored a goal in a 2-1 win over Colorado. He had seven shots and zero points in his previous four outings. It hasn't been a good start for Gaborik and linemate Anze Kopitar, who also has one goal in five contests. It will also be a tough game for the Kings on the road against San Jose. The Sharks defeated Los Angeles by a 5-1 score back on Oct. 7 to open the year.


Anze Kopitar C (Kings) - $6,300


As you can see, I'm not liking the Kings in this match-up versus San Jose. The Rangers got to Sharks goalie Martin Jones Monday night and beat him for four goals, but the Kings scored once on him on only 20 shots earlier this season. Jones should be able to bounce back Thursday night. As previously mentioned, Kopitar has been ice cold at the start of the 2015-16 season. He produced the game-winning goal against Minnesota last Friday, but that is his only point so far.  There are better and cheaper options at center tonight.


Patric Hornqvist RW (Penguins) - $7,300


Hornqvist is still waiting to break out offensively. He has produced one assist after six games, while posting a minus-2 rating and 18 shots. He has also been skating on the second power-play unit because of the off-season acquisition of Phil Kessel. Playing at even strength with Evgeni Malkin hasn't led to much to this point for Hornqvist, but he's sure to start scoring again eventually. Unfortunately, right now you paying too much for potential and not getting results, so your resources are better off going somewhere else.


Jakob Silfverberg RW (Ducks) - $5,500


Silfverberg hasn't picked up a point in five appearances. He also has a minus-4 rating and 16 shots since returning from a head injury that he sustained in the preseason. Even though his price tag isn't that big, it's still too much for his lack of production.


Mats Zuccarello RW (Rangers) - $5.600


Zuccarello has been boom or bust in daily fantasy hockey so far and the boom hasn't carried that much weight aside from his two-goal performance against Columbus back on Oct. 9. He scored on Monday versus San Jose, but he had just one shot on goal. He has been credited with one shot in each of his past three matches. Until, Zuccarello can display some consistency, you are probably better off going in a different direction.


Sami Vatanen D (Ducks) - $5,000


It's been a slow start to the season for Vatanen and for the Anaheim offense in general. The offensive blueliner has one goal and nine shots in five games and he hasn't earned a point in his last three outings. Nashville's penalty kill ranks fifth in the league (87.5 percent), so the Ducks' horrid power play won't get any favors.


Brandon Pirri LW (Panthers) - $5,900


Pirri has a hefty price tag going into Thursday night's action. He has generated one goal and four points in six games this campaign. Pirri has been picking up points every other game, so by that logic he is due for a score against his ex-team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Still, he seems too pricey for a player that hasn't been very reliable early into the year.




Arizona (Mike Smith) @ New York Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) confirmed

Dallas (Antti Niemi) confirmed @ Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) confirmed

New Jersey (Cory Schneider) @ Ottawa (Andrew Hammond) confirmed

Anaheim (Anton Khudobin) confirmed @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne) confirmed

Columbus (Sergei Bobrovsky) confirmed @ Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) confirmed

Florida (Roberto Luongo) confirmed @ Chicago (Corey Crawford)

Washington (Braden Holtby) confirmed @ Vancouver (Ryan Miller)

Los Angeles (Jhonas Enroth) @ San Jose (Martin Jones) confirmed

Corey Abbott

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