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NHL Plays: Thursday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: February 25, 2021, 11:13 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 NBC Sports EDGE'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, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL 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 10 games on the schedule.

Forwards:

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton) - C - $8,400 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)

Draisaitl has three multi-point performances in the last four games, while registering two goals and seven points during that span. He has picked up at least one point in each of his previous three appearances versus Vancouver. Draisaitl has racked up eight helpers in those contests and he’s coming off a three-assist night on Tuesday.

Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg) - $8,000 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)

Scheiele is riding a 10-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. He has compiled seven goals, nine assists and 18 shots during that span. Scheifele has also found the back of the net in five straight outings. Additionally, he has accounted for 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 14 career appearances versus Montreal.

Filip Forsberg (Nashville) - W - $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)

Forsberg has produced three goals and three assists in five games heading into another meeting with Detroit on Thursday night. He has racked up two goals and five points in three previous matches versus the Red Wings. Those performances have come during his recent five-game hot stretch. Forsberg also has 13 shots on target against Detroit this campaign as well as 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 15 career matches versus the Wings.

Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Tkachuk has generated five goals, two assists and a whopping 27 shots on target over the past six games. He has posted a multi-point performance, while supplying three goals and one helper, in each of his past two outings. Tkachuk has also been credited with 90 hits through 21 contests. His category coverage and hot play makes him an intriguing target against a Calgary team playing for the third time in four nights and the second time in two nights.

Bo Horvat (Vancouver) - C - $5,900 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Horvat has three goals, one assist and 18 shots in the past five games. He had one marker on five shots in Tuesday’s match against Edmonton. That gives Horvat two markers and one assist in three outings versus the Oilers this year. He has also been credited with 15 shots on target during that span.

Sam Reinhart (Buffalo) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Reinhart has collected three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. That includes two multi-point efforts against New Jersey. Reinhart has two goals, two assists, five shots and two-power play points. He has picked up a point on the man advantage in each match during his four-game point spree.

Bargain Bin: Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ) - C - $5,500 (FanDuel), $4,300 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Dominik Kubalik (CHI) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Drake Batherson (OTT) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $3,700 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo), Sebastian Aho (CAR) - C - $5,600 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo), Evgeni Malkin (PIT) - C - $5,100 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo), Ondrej Palat (TB) - $5,900 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)

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Defensemen:

Neal Pionk (Winnipeg) - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Pionk has picked up two goals and three helpers during a four-game point streak. He has one goal and one assist on the power play durning that stretch. Pionk has also been credited with five shots, nine hits and six blocks over the course of his scoring spree, so he offers plenty of bang for the buck upside across multiple categories.

Seth Jones (Columbus) - $5,200 (FanDuel), $5,800 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Jones has 10 points, including nine assists, in 10 games entering Thursday’s tilt with Chicago. He contributed two assists, two shots, one hit and one block in Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Blackhawks. Jones has accumulated four helpers and 14 shots in five meetings with Chicago this season. His offensive improvement mixed with his shot (42), block (28) and hit (38) totals give him plenty of fantasy point potential.

Bargain Bin: Nick Leddy (NYI) - $4,000 (FanDuel), $3.500 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo), Shea Weber (MON) - $5,300 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Dougie Hamilton (CAR) - $5,300 (FanDuel), $24 (Yahoo), Charlie McAvoy (BOS) - $5,700 (FanDuel), $20 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders:

Pekka Rinne (Nashville) - $7,000 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo)

Rinne has won three of his past four starts. Two of those victories and the only loss came against Detroit, which will be the opponent for Nashville again on Thursday night. Rinne is coming off a 24-save shutout victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday. He has a 1.88 goals-against average and .932 save percentage against Detroit in 2020-21.

Linus Ullmark (Buffalo) - $7,300 (FanDuel), $7,400 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo)

Ullmark has a 3-0-0 record against New Jersey this campaign and he has stopped 97 of 103 shots for a 1.95 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. Two of his past three starts have come against the Devils, including a 4-1 victory on Tuesday when he stopped 41 shots. 

Bargain Bin: Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ) - $6,900 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings), Kevin Lankinen (CHI) - $7,400 (FanDuel), $7,300 (DraftKings)

Corey Abbott

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