NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
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Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).
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Thursday night has nine games on the schedule.
Jack Eichel (Buffalo) - C - $8,300 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)
Eichel won’t come cheap if you decide to include him in your lineup, but he could be worth the price with the Sabres facing the struggling Kings. He has produced four goals, six assists and 26 shots over six contests thanks in large part to three multi-point performances. Los Angeles has been giving up a league-leading 4.67 goals against per game and the team ranks 27th on the penalty kill. Additionally, Eichel had one goal and four helpers in two meetings versus the Kings last year.
Max Pacioretty (Vegas) - W - $6,900 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)
Pacioretty has two goals and six assists along with a whopping 28 shots in seven games this season. Ottawa has struggled defensively, while allowing 3.80 goals against per game, and the Golden Knights should be able to take advantage of that.
Max Domi (Montreal) - C - $6,700 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Domi and the Canadiens will face a Minnesota team on Thursday night that has struggled to keep the puck out of the net. He has registered three goals and three assists in six outings this season, including two goals and two helpers during a three-game point streak.
Brayden Schenn (St. Louis) - C - $6,300 (FanDuel), $6,500 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)
Schenn has a five-game goal streak along with 12 shots going into Thursday’s matchup against Vancouver. He has also added two power-play assists in the last two games. Schenn had one goal and one assist in three meetings against the Canucks last year.
Viktor Arvidsson (Nashville) - W - $7,400 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)
Arvidsson has accounted for three goals and three assists through six matches, including one goal and three helpers during a three-game point streak. His combination, with Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok, could play a larger role in Thursday’s matchup if Filip Forsberg (lower body) is unavailable to play.
Bargain Bin: Paul Stastny (VGK) - C - $5,400 (FanDuel)/$6,200 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel)/$4,900 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Kaapo Kakko (NYR) - W - $5,100 (FanDuel)/$5,200 (DraftKings)/$10 (Yahoo), Jack Hughes (NJ) - C - $4,400 (FanDuel)/$4,100 (DraftKings)/$10 (Yahoo)
Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo) - $6,000 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
Dahlin has accounted for one goal and seven assists in six contests this campaign. He has generated six power-play helpers and has been credited with 10 shots. Dahlin has been held off the scoresheet in just one game so far.
Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg) - $4,700 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)
Morrisey has plenty of bang for the buck upside on Thursday night. He is riding a four-game point streak that has seen him record five assists and 12 shots. Morrissey has also picked up three points on the power play during that span.
Torey Krug (Boston) - $5,700 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Krug checks in with a reasonable price tag because of a sluggish start to the season. He has four points through six games, but all of his production has come thanks to two multi-point efforts. Krug is coming off a two-assist outing on Monday, with both helpers coming on the power play. Tampa Bay has struggled on the penalty kill this season and Krug has had plenty of success versus the Lightning over his career with 20 points (one goal, 19 assists) in 23 contests.
Bargain Bin: Mikhail Sergachev (TB) - $4,500 (FanDuel)/$4,000 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Ryan Ellis (NSH) - $5,000 (FanDuel)/$4,800 (DraftKings)/$19 (Yahoo), Jeff Petry (MTL) - $4,600 (FanDuel)/$5,500 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo)
David Rittich (Calgary) - $8,100 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $32 (Yahoo)
Rittich bounced back against Philadelphia on Tuesday and faces a Detroit squad that has hit a rough patch, while scoring just three goals in the past two games in a pair of losses. Rittich has also been impressive at home this year with a mark of 2-0-1, a 1.66 goals-against average, a .948 save percentage and one shutout.