As is the case with every NHL Fades, we are going to look at some players who you should think twice about placing in your lineup or who you should avoid using entirely. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.
Keep in mind 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, 1UT).
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Sean Monahan (CGY) - C - $7,600 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)
Monahan has been held off the scoresheet in his previous two meetings with Nashville this season. He has posted just three shots on goal during that time. Monahan hasn’t picked up a point in his last two outings, but he has not gone scoreless in three straight matches since mid-December. Still, it could be a quiet night for him at Nashville and he is a bit overvalued on FanDuel.
Max Pacioretty (MTL) - W - $7,200 (FanDuel), $6,600 (DraftKings)
Pacioretty hasn’t scored a goal seven games and he has contributed just two assists during that span. He has cooled off from his January hot streak. Pacioretty also didn’t have a point in a 5-4 loss to Arizona back on Nov. 16.
Rick Nash (NYR) - W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings)
Nash has been held off the board eight times in the last 11 games. He has two goals and no assists in eight contests. Nash has one assist in two previous matches against the Islanders this campaign. He has been the subject of plenty of trade talk with the deadline fast approaching and that uncertainty could be weighing on him.
Dylan Larkin (DET) - C - $6,400 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings)
Larkin hasn’t been racking up goals this season, but he will enter Thursday’s contest with a four-game point streak. He also got his first goal in nine games on Tuesday night. However, Larkin will be in tough to continue his hot play versus Tampa Bay. He hasn’t recorded a point in three previous contests against the Lightning this season and he has produced just three shots over that time.
Jason Zucker (MIN) - W - $6,400 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)
Zucker has gone pointless in each of his last three outings and he hasn’t had much success against Washington in his career with one goal in five appearances. Even though Minnesota has a great home record, Zucker has been much more productive on the road. He has nine of his 22 goals and 13 of his 40 points in 29 games at Xcel Energy Center this campaign.
Tyler Toffoli (LAK) - W - $5,800 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings)
Toffoli finally broke out of his slump on Tuesday night with one goal, one assist and six shots against Carolina. He had just one helper in 13 contests going into that matchup. Toffoli may pick up an assist on Thursday, but you shouldn’t expect to see another huge performance. He has notched just one goal and one assist over nine career games versus Pittsburgh. Toffoli also didn’t have a point in a 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Jan. 18.
Ryan Kesler (ANA) - C - $5,600 (FanDuel), $4,100 (DraftKings)
This is more for FanDuel than DraftKings, but Kesler shouldn’t be on your radar at this time. He hasn’t had a shot on goal in his last two games and he has one goal over his past six appearances. Kesler has registered just one multi-point effort this year and he has a mere eight points in 21 games since returning from off-season hip surgery.
Duncan Keith (CHI) - D - $5,400 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings)
Keith remains goalless after 57 games this season. He hasn’t even contributed an assist in the last six contests. It’s been a disappointing year for the veteran blueliner and unfortunately it’s making him an easy player to avoid at this time.
Justin Faulk (CAR) - D - $5,100 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings)
Faulk tallied his first NHL hat trick on Tuesday night after going goalless in his previous 14 appearances. He had six helpers during that goal drought. Faulk has had an off year in 2017-18 with seven goals and 22 points through 57 contests. You probably shouldn’t be looking for another offensive explosion on Thursday night versus New Jersey.
Devan Dubnyk (MIN) - G - $8,800 (FanDuel), $7,900 (DraftKings)
Dubnyk has been great at home this season and he has won his last two starts, but Washington will be a difficult matchup. He has struggled against the Capitals in his career with a 2-4-1 record, a 3.61 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. Dubnyk went 0-1-1 with a 4.54 GAA and .850 save percentage versus Washington in 2016-17.