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 11 games scheduled.
Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary) - W - $6,900 (FanDuel), $7,300 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)
Tkachuk has amassed five goals and three assists during a four-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. He has nine goals and a team-leading 18 points over 18 matches this season.
Elias Pettersson (Vancouver) - C - $7,300 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Pettersson has generated 14 points, including 10 assists, in the past eight contests. He is tied for second in the league with six multi-point performances this year and he has racked up 20 points in 15 appearances.
Tomas Hertl (San Jose) - C - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,500 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)
Hertl has heated up since getting off to slow start the year. He has registered five goals and 14 points in his last 11 outings, which includes two goals and two helpers in the past four games. Hertl also had one goal and two assists in two contests with Minnesota last season. Additionally, he has produced five goals and nine points in seven home appearances this year.
Aleksander Barkov (Florida) - C - $8,000 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Barkov has been scorching hot offensively with two goals and 12 assists in his last nine games. He has scored a goal in each of the last two matches, while adding two helpers. Barkov also had five assists in three meetings with Washington last season.
Matt Duchene (Nashville) - C - $6,800 (FanDuel), W - $6,100 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)
Duchene ended his four-game scoreless skid with a pair of goals against Detroit on Monday night. He also had six shots on target that contest. Duchene appears to be getting back on track and he has a matchup against a struggling Avalanche team on Thursday night. He racked up four goals and one assist in two matches against his former Colorado teammates last year.
Jakub Vrana (Washington) - W - $5,800 (FanDuel), $5,800 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)
Vrana has six goals and three assists during a five-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. He is available for a great price considering his production of late. Vrana has potted five goals, including a hat trick, in the last two matches. He has been clicking with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson the second line of the Capitals.
Bargain Bin: William Karlsson (VGK) - C - $6,600 (FanDuel)/$6,600 (DraftKings)/$22 (Yahoo), William Nylander (TOR) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel)/$5,400 (DraftKings)/$20 (Yahoo), Tomas Tatar (MON) - W - $6,400 (FanDuel)/$5,100 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Eric Staal (MIN) - C - $6,400 (FanDuel)/$4,900 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Phil Kessel (ARI) - W - $4,900 (DraftKings)/$19 (Yahoo), Nico Hischier (NJ) - C - $4,800 (FanDuel)/$3,900 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo)
Roman Josi (Nashville) - $6,700 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)
Josi has collected three goals and 10 points in the last eight games. He has accumulated 16 points through 15 matches this campaign. Josi has three power-play assists in the last two games and nine points on the man advantage this year.
Shea Weber (Montreal) - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,900 (DraftKings) $20 (Yahoo)
Weber has bounced back from a slow start with two goals and six assists in the past nine games. He has 16 shots and 20 blocks during that span. Weber has also had plenty of success against Philadelphia during his career, with four goals and 14 points in 17 matches. That includes one goal and one assist in three outings versus the Flyers last campaign. Weber checks plenty of boxes for category coverage and he has a very good price.
Darcy Kuemper (Arizona) - $8,400 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $39 (Yahoo)
Kuemper has won each of his last three starts, while stopping 83 of 87 shots for a .954 save percentage and one shutout. Columbus has averaged just 2.33 goals for per game this season despite averaging 33.1 shots per match. That could result in a strong fantasy night for Kuemper. He has seven wins with a 1.69 goals-against average and .940 save percentage over 10 games played this year.
Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver) - $7,600 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $32 (Yahoo)
Markstrom has plenty of bang of the buck potential. He has been a hard-luck loser in overtime in each of his last two starts despite blocking 52 of 56 shots for a .929 save percentage. Chicago has struggled of late and it’s a good opportunity for Markstrom to get back in the win column. He has a 4-0-4 record versus the Blackhawks in his career with a 2.46 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.