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NHL Plays: Thursday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: January 16, 2020, 10:17 am ET

NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.  

Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check Rotoworld’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

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 13 games scheduled.

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Forwards: 

Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers) - W - $8,400 (FanDuel), $6,800 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)

Panarin has racked up four goals and eight assists during a four-game point streak.  He has recorded a multi-point performance in each outing, including a five-point effort versus the New York Islanders this past Monday.  He will attempt to terrorize the Islanders again on Thursday night.     

Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida) -W - $7,500 (FanDuel), $6,700 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)

Huberdeau became Florida’s all-time point leader last Sunday and he’s in the midst of a career year offensively. He has accounted for seven goals and 24 points in the past 13 matches.  Huberdeau has been held off the scoresheet just two times during that span.    

Taylor Hall (Arizona) - W - $7,300 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)

Hall has heated up with five goals and 10 points in the past nine games.  That includes three goals and two assists in two matches going into Thursday night’s action.  Hall has also amassed 10 goals and 36 points in 35 career contests versus Vancouver.  

Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Marchessault returned to the lineup on Tuesday night after missing five games with a lower-body injury.  He will look to continue his success against Ottawa on Thursday night.  Marchessault has six goals and 12 points in 11 career contests versus the Senators, which includes three markers and five helpers over five outings since he became a member of the Golden Knights.  

Jakub Vrana (Washington) - W - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)

Vrana has plenty of bang for the buck upside.  He has five goals and two assists during a six-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action.  Vrana is on track for a career year in 2019-20, as he already has 20 goals and 38 points through 47 games.  He also has one goal and eight shots in two previous appearances against New Jersey this year.    

Alex Killorn (Tampa Bay) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo) 

Killorn has produced 10 goals in the last 14 games.  He has been credited with 30 shots on target during that stretch and he’s chipped in two assists.  Killorn is one goal away from hitting the 20-goal plateau for the first time.  He is also having a career year in 2019-20 with 38 points through 44 contests.  

Bargain Bin: Roope Hintz (DAL) - C - $5,400 (FanDuel)/$4,700 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Reilly Smith (VGK) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel)/$5,300 (DraftKings)$18 (Yahoo), Jared McCann (PIT) - W -$5,000 (FanDuel)/$4,600 (DraftKings)/C - $17 (Yahoo) Sam Reinhart (BUF) - W - $5,000 (FanDuel)/$5,600 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Conor Garland (ARI) - W - $3,500 (FanDuel)/$4,500 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo)

Defensemen: 

Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay) - D - $6,000 (FanDuel), $6,700 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)

Hedman is going through his first rough patch of the season and he’s still managed to register four assists in seven games heading into Thursday night’s action.  He has great price for FanDuel.  Hedman had one goal and six shots on Dec. 5 versus Minnesota.  

John Klingberg (Dallas) - D - $5,800 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Klingberg has collected nine assists in his last seven appearances.  He picked up an assist and four shots on goal in his return to the lineup on Tuesday after missing four games due to injury.  Klingberg has also compiled 12 helpers in 11 career matches versus Buffalo.  

Bargain Bin: Torey Krug (BOS) - $5,600 (FanDuel)/$4,600 (DraftKings)/$20 (Yahoo), Tony DeAngelo (NYR) - $ 5,100(FanDuel)/$4,600 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Rasmus Sandin (TOR) - $3,700 (FanDuel)/$2,700 (DraftKings)/$12 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders: 

Ben Bishop (Dallas) - G - $9,100 (FanDuel), $8,200 (DraftKings), $36 (Yahoo)

Bishop has posted a 4-0-0 record in his last four starts.  He has stopped 140 of 146 shots during that span, with a .959 save percentage and one shutout.  Bishop also has a career mark of 12-1-1 versus Buffalo in his career with a 1.55 goals-against average and .943 save percentage.  

Elvis Merzlikins (Columbus) - G - $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo)

Merzlikins has a 6-2-0 record in eight starts to go with a .950 save percentage and two shutouts since Joonas Korpisalo was injured.  He has posted two shutouts in a row going into Thursday night, with a 27-save performance against Vegas and a 34-save effort versus Boston.  

Bargain Bin:  Alexandar Georgiev (NYR) - $7,900 (FanDuel)/$6,700 (DraftKings)/$29 (Yahoo) Pekka Rinne (NSH) - $7,500 (FanDuel)/$7,700 (DraftKings)/$29 (Yahoo), Chris Driedger (FLA) - $7,100 (FanDuel)

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.