NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
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Thursday night has 10 games scheduled.
Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis) - W - $7,600 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)
Tarasenko has been productive out of the gate with 10 points in the first nine games of the season. He has three goals and five assists during a five-game point streak going into Thursday night. Tarasenko has also enjoyed plenty of success against Los Angeles in his career with 10 goals and 19 points in 20 contests, including one goal and two helpers in three outings last year.
Aleksander Barkov (Florida) - C - $7,400 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Barkov has been held without a goal through nine games this season, but he has generated 18 shots and eight assists. He has contributed five helpers in the last four matches and the only outing over that that span that he didn’t earn a point was against Nashville when he left early due to injury. Barkov is bound to break out sooner rather than later.
Travis Konecny (Philadelphia) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,600 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
It’s been a hot start to the year for Konecny, who has four goals and a team-leading 10 points in seven games. He has been held off the scoresheet in just one outing and already has three multi-point performances.
Jeff Skinner (Buffalo) - W - $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)
Skinner has racked up six goals and eight points through 10 outings this campaign. He has scored a goal in each of the past two games. Skinner also ranks second in the league with 49 shots on goal in 2019-20.
Max Domi (Montreal) - C - $6,700 (FanDuel), $5,900 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Domi is riding a six-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. He has two goals and five assists during that span along with 12 shots. San Jose has giving up 3.56 goals against per game, which ties the club for the 26th in the league.
Bargain Bin: Nick Schmaltz (ARI) - C - $5,100 (FanDuel)/W - $4,700 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ) - C - $5,000 (FanDuel)/$4,700 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Kaapo Kakko (NYR) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel)/$3,800 (DraftKings)/$10 (Yahoo), Jaden Schwartz (STL) - W - $5,500 (FanDuel)/$4,800 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo)
John Carlson (Washington) - D - $7,100 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Carlson won’t come cheap, but that’s to be expected with the way he’s been playing to start the year. He has been all over the scoresheet with five goals and 20 points through 11 matches. Carlson has accounted for five goals and 12 assists during an eight-game point streak. He has 18 shots during that span and five points on the power play. Additionally, Carlson has 12 points in 14 career appearances versus Edmonton.
Roman Josi (Nashville) - D - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,800 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)
Josi has supplied four goals and nine points in nine games this season. He has found the back of the net in each of the last two contests, while adding an assist and six shots. Josi also has two goals and four points on the power play.
Ryan Ellis (Nashville) - D - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,800 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
Ellis has stepped up for the Predators this season and he sits second among defensemen in scoring with 12 points in nine outings. He has compiled nine of his 11 assists during a five-game point streak. Ellis is also second on Nashville with 16 blocks. He remains a great value play in all three daily fantasy formats.
Darcy Kuemper (Arizona) - G - $8,200 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $37 (Yahoo)
Kuemper has won his last four starts, while stopping 115 of 122 shots for a .943 save percentage. The Coyotes and the Islanders both have win streaks going into Thursday’s meeting, but New York’s 2.50 goals for per game presents a very small margin for error versus Kuemper and Arizona. He has a 1.68 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in six games played.
Carter Hutton (Buffalo) - G - $8,700 (FanDuel), $7,400 (DraftKings), $33 (Yahoo)
Hutton has a 6-0-0 record in 2019-20 with a 1.65 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage and two shutouts. It’s been an outstanding start for him and for the Sabres. They will visit the struggling New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Bargain Bin: Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ) - $7,700 (FanDuel)/$7,600 (DraftKings)/$23 (Yahoo),