NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
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Thursday night is jam-packed with 11 games on tap.
Patrik Laine (WPG) - W - $7,600 (FanDuel), $6,500 (DraftKings)
Laine has one goal and five assists during a four-game point streak. He has 12 shots during that span. Laine has looked good alongside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, which is a combination that could wreak havoc on Minnesota. The Wild have permitted 4.50 goals against per game this year.
Filip Forsberg (NSH) - W- $7,600 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings)
Forsberg has scored a goal in each of Nashville’s first three games, while adding an assist and 12 shots. He has meshed nicely with newcomer Matt Duchene and has enjoyed plenty of success against the team that traded him away. Forsberg has six goals and 11 points in nine career matches versus Washington, which is the club that selected him 11th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Alex DeBrincat (CHI) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings)
DeBrincat and his Chicago teammates will play for the first time since last Friday in their home opener against a reeling Sharks team. He had one goal and five shots in his season debut and appears to be poised to build on his 41-goal, 76-point performance from last campaign.
Ryan O'Reilly (STL) - C - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)
O’Reilly and the Blues will face an Ottawa team that has surrendered 4.50 goals against per game. He has produced three assists in three outings this year. O’Reilly has also amassed 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 20 career appearances versus the Senators.
Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) - C - $6,100 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings)
Backstrom is coming off a two-point performance and he has three points (one goal, two assists) through four matches this season. He has accounted for 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 19 career matches against Nashville, which includes one goal and one helper in two games last year.
Alexander Radulov (DAL) - W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $5,500 (DraftKings)
Radulov picked up one goal and one assist on Tuesday after being reunited with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn to end his two-game scoreless skid. He isn’t a stranger to recording points in bunches and this could be just what he needs to get going offensively. Radulov also had one goal and one assist in three meetings versus Calgary last season.
Bargain Bin: Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) - C - $6,100 (FanDuel),/$4,300 (DraftKings), Jonathan Toews (CHI) - C - $5,800 (DraftKings), James Neal (EDM) - W - $5,200 (FanDuel)/$5,500 (DraftKings), Alexander Nylander (CHI) - W - $3,800 (FanDuel)/$5,000 (DraftKings), Tom Wilson (WSH) - W - $4,300 (FanDuel)/$3,700 (DraftKings), Derek Stepan (ARI) - C - $5,700 (FanDuel)/$4,600 (DraftKings), Roope Hintz (DAL) - C - $5,500 (FanDuel)/$5,000 (DraftKings), Anthony Cirelli (TB) - C - $4,500 (FanDuel)/$3,900 (DraftKings)
Victor Hedman (TB) - D - $6,700 (FanDuel), $5,900 (DraftKings)
Hedman has contributed one assist in each of Tampa Bay’s previous three games this season. He only has two shots, but that should change in a hurry. Hedman has averaged more than two shots per game for the past four years. He has also been credited with six blocks this campaign and had four points (one goal, three assists) in three contests versus Toronto last season.
Erik Gustafsson (CHI) - D - $5,500 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings)
Gustafsson produced two assists, including one on the power play, in Chicago’s opener against Philadelphia. He has picked up where he left off last season when he amassed 60 points in 79 appearances. Gustafsson also had one goal and three helpers in three outings against San Jose last year.
Matt Dumba (MIN) - D - $5,000 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings)
Dumba has reached the scoresheet in both of Minnesota’s previous games this season with one goal and one power-play assist. He picked up two helpers in his only appearance against Winnipeg last year. Dumba was superb last year despite having his season shortened due to injury.
Bargain Bin: Neal Pionk (WPG) - $3,900 (FanDuel)/$4,100 (DraftKings), Mikhail Sergachev (TB) - $4,500 (FanDuel)/$3,900 (DraftKings), Filip Hronek (DET) - $4,200 (FanDuel)/$3,600 (DraftKings), Cale Makar (COL) - $4,600 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings)
John Gibson (ANA) - G - $8,300 (FanDuel), $7,400 (DraftKings)
Gibson has been excellent in 2019-20, while sporting a 3-0-0 record to go with a 1.00 goals-against average and .970 save percentage. Pittsburgh has ravaged by injuries early this year, which could bode well for the Ducks and Gibson on Thursday night.