It's a packed Wednesday night, as the NHL will take a break for Thanksgiving. 26 of 30 teams will be in action, including a match-up for first in the NHL between the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa and Anaheim played the night before and will face rested clubs on the road Wednesday.
Remember to come back later in the day to check for confirmation on the starting goaltenders and keep an eye on the injury page.
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Filip Forsberg LW (Nashville) - $7,000
Nashville has been blanked in three straight games, but Forsberg's slump goes beyond that. He hasn't found the back of the net in 16 contests. Forsberg has two goals in 20 matches this year. He just isn't worth investing in at this time.
Max Pacioretty LW (Montreal) - $9,100
Montreal and New York should be a great goaltending battle between Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist. It could be a tough game for the shooters and Pacioretty will have to fight through some difficult defensive match-ups on the road. He also won't have spark plug Brendan Gallagher on his line because of injury.
Kyle Turris C (Ottawa) - $7,200
Turris and the Senators exploded for seven goals on 20 shots against Dallas on Tuesday. Everything seemed to find a way into the net for Ottawa, but a situation earlier this season is eerily similar. The Senators defeated Columbus 7-3 on Oct. 14 and then lost the second game of the back-to-back set to Pittsburgh by a score of 2-0. Surprisingly, Turris didn't factor into the scoring versus Dallas, while finishing with no shots and a minus-2 rating. There are plenty of cheaper options at center to go with too who have better upside.
David Backes C (St. Louis) - $7,300
Backes lost his spot on the top line this past Monday because of Paul Stastny's return. He picked up an assist in a 2-1 win over Buffalo, but his ice time dropped to 15:13 and he was slumping offensively before his promotion. Backes will also probably take on a checking role versus the Penguins' top guns, which will hurt his chances of contributing points.
Marian Hossa RW (Chicago) - $6,500
Hossa has been much better lately with two goals and three assists in his past five outings, but his projected spot on the third line is worrisome. Coach Joel Quenneville is constantly altering who plays with Jonathan Toews and now Hossa has been involved in the shuffle too. He practiced on the third line with Marcus Kruger and Marko Dano on Tuesday. Hossa will probably shift around after puck drop Wednesday night, but I would go with a more stable situation instead.
Jordan Eberle RW (Edmonton) - $5,900
It's been a slow start for Eberle since returning from a shoulder injury. He has shown some signs that he's getting back on track, but he's still shaking off some rust so you are better off avoiding him for now.
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,200
Pietrangelo hasn't registered a point in his last seven contests. He also has a minus-7 rating during that span. Pietrangelo has been logging big minutes for the Blues, but his offense has been lacking and he's been generating poor fantasy points on FanDuel.
Jack Eichel C (Buffalo) - $6,100
Eichel hasn't scored a goal in his last six matches and he has one assist during that time. He is simply overpriced for the amount of fantasy points he has been generating. Buffalo and Nashville have been struggling to score, so on paper this seems like another game to avoid.
Michael Hutchinson G (Winnipeg) - $7100
Hutchinson will get the nod again for the Jets, as he continues to fill in for injured netminder Ondrej Pavalec. He has been struggling lately and he hasn't won a start since Oct. 29 when he stood on his head against Chicago. Hutchinson will be facing a Capitals offense that has averaged 3.05 goals for per game. If he has a big game then he's a great bargain for that price, but he is too risky in my opinion.