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 12 games on tap.
Jack Eichel (Buffalo) - C - $8,400 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)
Buffalo’s struggles have not slowed down Eichel, who has racked up seven goals and 15 points in the last 14 games. He has been held off the scoresheet just once during that span. Eichel has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 17 career matches against Detroit. That includes three assists, along with six shots, in two outings versus the Red Wings this season.
Mikko Rantanen (Colorado) - W - $7,600 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Rantanen has heated up after a bit of a slump in January. He has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. Rantanen has also racked up one goal and five assists in two meetings versus Ottawa last season.
Elias Pettersson (Vancouver) - C - $7,100 (FanDuel), $6,600 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)
Pettersson has provided five goals and 14 points in the past 14 contests. He has three goals and one assist in four previous outings versus Minnesota, including one goal and six shots against the Wild in a 4-1 win back on Jan. 12.
Mike Hoffman (Florida) - W - $6,000 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo)
Hoffman has generated six goals and 15 points in the last 13 games. He had a 10-game point streak from Jan. 2 to Jan. 21 during that stretch. Hoffman also has three goals and five points in four career matches against Vegas.
Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary) - W - $5,900 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo)
Tkachuk was unable to stretch his point streak to four straight games on Tuesday against San Jose, but he finished with five shots on goal and has plenty of bang for the buck upside on Thursday night. He had two goals, one assist and four shots in a 6-5 overtime win over Nashville back on Oct. 31. Tkachuk has five markers and 11 points in nine career contests against the Predators.
Jaden Schwartz (St. Louis) - W - $5,800 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
Schwartz has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 13 matches, including one goal and three helpers in the past four games. He has compiled two goals and six points in three previous matches versus Winnipeg this season.
Bargain Bin: Nazem Kadri (COL) - C - $5,400 (FanDuel)/$5,200 (DraftKings)/$19 (Yahoo), Andre Burakovsky (COL) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel)/$4,600 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Ilya Kovalchuk (MON) - W - $4,700 (FanDuel)/$4,800 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Jesper Bratt (NJ) - W - $4,600 (FanDuel)/$3,700 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Zach Sanford (STL) - W - $4,400 (FanDuel)/$3,500 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo)
Brent Burns (San Jose) - D - $6,400 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Burns has lit the lamp in two of the last three games and he has been credited with 12 shots during that span. He has notched one goal and one assist in his previous two appearances against Edmonton this campaign. Additionally, Burns had two goals and seven points in five games versus the Oilers in 2018-19.
Matt Niskanen (Philadelphia) - D - $4,700 (FanDuel), $3,900 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)
Niskanen has plenty of value potential for Thursday night’s slate. He has two goals, five assists and 17 shots in his last seven games. That includes two goals and three helpers during a three-game point streak. Niskanen has picked up an assist in each of the two games that he’s played against New Jersey this season.
Bargain Bin: Quinn Hughes (VAN) - $4,700 (FanDuel)/$5,400 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Jeff Petry (MON) - $4,700 (FanDuel)/$5,100 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Nikita Zadorov (COL) - $3,700 (FanDuel)/$2,500 (DraftKings)/$16 (Yahoo)
Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver) - G - $8,100 (FanDuel), $7,300 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)
Markstrom stopped 38 shots in a 4-0 loss to Boston on Tuesday night and will look to rebound on Thursday night if he gets the start. He has a 5-2-0 record in his past seven outings along with a .926 save percentage. That includes a 23-save effort in a 4-1 win over Minnesota on Jan. 12.
Brian Elliott (Philadelphia) - G - $8,000 (FanDuel), $8,200 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)
Elliott is coming off a 16-save shutout win over Detroit on Monday. He will face New Jersey on Thursday night and he’s been superb since Carter Hart went on the sidelines with an abdominal strain. Elliott has posted a 4-0-1 record with a .935 save percentage and two shutouts in five starts since Hart was injured.
Bargain Bin: Carter Hutton (BUF) - $7,500 (FanDuel)/$20 (Yahoo), Aaron Dell (SJ) - $7,500 (FanDuel)/$7,500 (DraftKings)/$28 (Yahoo), Jonathan Bernier (DET) - $7,000 (FanDuel)/$7,000 (DraftKings, Jordan Binnington (STL) - $28 (Yahoo)