After a light schedule on Wednesday there are eight games set for Thursday night. Pittsburgh is the only club that played last night, while Carolina, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Colorado, Chicago, Vancouver and Montreal will play the first game of their back-to-back sets.
Carey Price G (MTL) - $10,600
Price is incredibly pricey for Thursday's game at Edmonton. He just had his worst start of the season this past Tuesday when he surrendered five goals on 28 shots in a 5-1 loss. Montreal may go right back with him to try to erase that outing from his memory, but there's also speculation that Mike Condon could start for the third time this season against the Oilers. The Canadiens play in Calgary on Friday, so both goaltenders will probably see action.
Marc-Andre Fleury G (PIT) - $9,600
Fleury turned aside 33 of 34 shots in a 3-1 win over Washington on Wednesday. That makes it probable that Jeff Zatkoff will see his first start of the season against Buffalo. Just like the Montreal situation, you should take a wait-and-see approach before devoting that much cap room to a goaltender who may not play. There's also some additional risk here because Fleury did play the night before.
Jaroslav Halak G (NYI) - $9,100
Eric Staal LW (CAR) - $7,500
Staal recorded his first point in five games in Tuesday's game against Detroit when he scored his third goal of the season. I don't think this is the start of a scoring spree and the Hurricanes will be facing a tough opponent in the Islanders on Thursday even without the services of Halak.
Matt Duchene C (COL) - $6,900
It's been a cold start to the year for Duchene. He has one goal and one assist in eight games for the struggling Avalanche to go with a minus-5 rating and 15 shots. Duchene has picked up both of his points in the last four contests, but Colorado will be in tough on the road against a hungry Tampa Bay Lightning team on Thursday.
Kevin Shattenkirk D (STL) - $5,800
Shattenkirk is close to returning to the lineup, but he won't play Thursday night versus the visiting Anaheim Ducks. The offensive defenseman was hoping to play in the contest, but he isn't ready just yet.
Andrei Markov D (MTL) - $5,700
Markov has amassed 10 points in 10 games this season, but five of them came in one outing and he has a minus-5 rating in his last two contests. The veteran defender still ranks third in the league with a plus-9 rating, but he's a little too expensive for someone would could record just one assist Thursday night.
Patric Hornqvist RW (PIT) - $7,300
Hornqvist is still looking for his first goal of the season after nine games. He has one assist, 22 shots and a minus-4 rating yet DFS players are being asked to pay a premium for his services. Hornqvist is playing with Sidney Crosby during five-on-five play and he has a spot on the top power-play unit, but his struggles up to this point don't make him an attractive selection especially at that cost.