Eight games are on tap for Thursday night's action. The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs will finish their back-to-back situations against Colorado and Minnesota, respectively. New Jersey, Arizona, Florida and Dallas will play the first game of their back-to-back sets on Thursday.
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Remember to come back later in the day to check for confirmation on the starting goaltenders and keep an eye on the injured players list.
Antti Raanta G (New York Rangers) - $9,300
Raanta has played well this season with four wins, a .952 and a 1.36 goals-against average in six appearances, but normally when a backup is playing you want to save some cap space and Raanta doesn't offer that. He hasn't been confirmed as the starter, but he's likely to get the nod after Henrik Lundqvist played in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Islanders. It's also not a very easy match up against a strong offensive club in Colorado.
Eric Staal LW (Carolina) - $7,800
Staal is another player who is overpriced going into Thursday's contests. He hasn't scored a goal in 12 straight games and has just four markers in 24 outings this season. There are several cheaper options at left wing tonight who should surpass Staal's fantasy production.
Brad Richards LW (Detroit) - $5,300
Richards has been skating with Pavel Datsyuk and he registered two assists on Nov. 21 against St. Louis, but he hasn't picked up a point in his last four matches. He also saw just 10:12 of playing time this past Tuesday against Buffalo prior to scoring the shootout winner. He skated on the fourth line during Thursday's morning skate and has had trouble generating offense this season, with no goals and four helpers in 12 contests. It's best to avoid him for now.
Jarome Iginla RW (Colorado) - $6,500
Iginla snapped an eight-game goalless drought on Monday, but he has only four points in his last 10 appearances. The veteran winger has been skating with Mikhail Grigorenko and Carl Soderberg since the Avalanche put Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon together on the top line. It has hurt his fantasy value and he isn't worth using in FanDuel at this time.
Tomas Plekanec C (Montreal) - $7,100
Plekanec isn't projected to start Thursday's game alongside Max Pacioretty. David Desharnais is expected to occupy that role instead after the duo finished Tuesday's game together. Plekanec is poised to play between Tomas Fleischmann and Paul Byron, which makes it unlikely that he'll provide much bang for the buck against the Capitals.
Martin Hanzal C (Arizona) - $5,400
Hanzal is moderately priced for a player who has 19 points in 22 games this season, but he has produced just one goal in his last five contests. He hasn't registered a shot on goal in three of those games and appears to be slowing down after a strong start.
Tyson Barrie D (Colorado) - $5,300
Barrie scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's game against New Jersey, but it was just his second marker of the season. He has generated points in two straight games just three times this season and his fantasy points on FanDuel have fluctuated wildly. I would go with someone more reliable on the back end.
Keith Yandle D (New York Rangers) - $6,200
I'm fading Yandle partially because he played last night and there are just as good or better defensemen within his price range. You can spend a little extra to get Duncan Keith, John Klingberg or John Carlson or a little less to snatch up Brent Seabrook, Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Andrei Markov. Yandle also has just one goal this season and three assists in his past nine games.