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NHL Plays: Friday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

NHL Plays will look at some players to consider adding while building your lineups. 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).


Ottawa, New Jersey, Carolina, Nashville, Minnesota and St. Louis will be playing the first games of their back-to-back situations, while Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Chicago and Calgary will skate for the second time in two nights.


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Taylor Hall (NJD) - W - $7,400 (FanDuel), $7,300 (DraftKings)


Hall returned from the Christmas break with a two-assist effort against Detroit on Wednesday night. He set up two goals by Nico Hischier and had four shots on target of his own.  Hall has collected three goals and four helpers in his last five outings and has reached the scoresheet in each of the past three games. Hall also earned two assists in a 6-2 win over Buffalo back on Oct. 9. He has nine points in 10 career meetings against the Sabres.


Josh Bailey (NYI) W - $7,000 (FanDuel), $6,900 (DraftKings)


Bailey has been white hot with six goals and 11 assists during a nine-game point streak. He has six multi-point performances over that stretch. Bailey picked up an assist in a 5-2 win against Winnipeg on Dec. 23. He has collected 15 points in 24 career games versus the Jets. Bailey has been clicking with John Tavares, who has an eight-game point spree.


Vladislav Namestnikov (TBL) - W - $6,700 (FanDuel), $6,700 (DraftKings)


Namestnikov is enjoying a career year offensively. He already has a personal best 15 goals and is closing quickly on his previous high of 35 points with 32 after 36 games this season. Namestnikov has three goals and two assists in the last six matches, which includes a four-game point streak. He has also played well versus Philadelphia during his career with five points (two goals, three assists) in seven contests. Namestnikov picked up three helpers in three games last campaign against the Flyers.


Mikko Rantanen (COL) - W - $5,900 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings)


Rantanen has tallied two goals and six assists during a seven-game point streak. He recorded one goal, which was on the power play, in two matches against Toronto last year. The 21-year-old forward has had a great year so far and he has been great at home where he has eight of his 11 goals and 23 points in 18 matches.


William Nylander (TOR) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings)


Nylander has got himself back on track with three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. He has a two goals and two helpers in two contests since Auston Matthews returned to the lineup from injury. Take advantage of Nylander’s discounted price while it lasts.


Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG) - W - $5,700 (FanDuel), $5,900 (DraftKings)


Ehlers has two goals and three assists over a four-game point streak going into Friday night’s action. The Jets will need players to step up now that Mark Scheifele is out with a long-term injury and Ehlers has that ability. He also has a fairly inexpensive price tag and five points (one goal, four assists) in five career contests versus the Islanders.


Leon Draisaitl (EDM) - C - $6,500 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)


Draisaitl has compiled 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 10 games. That includes one goal and eight helpers over a five-game point streak. Draisaitl had two goals and two assists in three appearances versus Chicago in 2016-17.


Ryan Kesler (ANA) - C - $5,000 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings)


Kesler got back in the lineup on Wednesday. He logged 16:27 of ice time and recorded three shots on goal against Vegas in his season debut following off-season hip surgery. It could take some time before he gets back into game shape, but his past success against Calgary makes him an intriguing value play for Friday night.. Kesler has 23 goals and 56 points in 69 career contests versus the Flames, which includes four goals and nine points in five games last year.


Devan Dubnyk (MIN) - G - $8,400 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings)


Dubnyk served as the backup goaltender on Wednesday night in a 4-2 win over Dallas in his return to uniform from a lower-body injury, but he will probably be back in the crease on Friday night. He has won his last four decisions against Nashville, which includes a 6-4 victory on Nov. 16. Dubnyk has 11 wins along with a .926 save percentage and a 2.27 goals-against average in 20 career games versus the Predators. He is also 7-2-2 on home ice this year with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.


Jared Spurgeon (MIN) - D - $4,500 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings)


Spurgeon found the back of the net on Wednesday night against Dallas for his first point in five games since his return from a groin injury. He appears to be rounding back into form and the holiday break probably did him some good. Spurgeon accounted for one goal and two assists the last time he faced Nashville. He has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 12 home games this year and should be able to factor into the team’s scoring again on Friday night.


Probable Goaltenders:


Buffalo (Robin Lehner) Confirmed @ New Jersey (Cory Schneider) Confirmed

Columbus (Sergei Bobrovsky) Confirmed @ Ottawa (Mike Condon) Confirmed

NY Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) Confirmed @ Detroit (Jimmy Howard) Confirmed

Philadelphia (Brian Elliott) Confirmed @ Tampa Bay (Peter Budaj) Confirmed

Pittsburgh (Tristan Jarry) Confirmed @ Carolina (Cam Ward) Confirmed

NY Islanders (Jaroslav Halak) Confirmed @ Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) Confirmed

Nashville (Pekka Rinne) Confirmed @ Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) Confirmed

St. Louis (Jake Allen) Confirmed @ Dallas (Ben Bishop) Confirmed

Toronto (Calvin Pickard) @ Colorado (Semyon Varlamov) Confirmed

Chicago (Jeff Glass) Confirmed @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot)

Calgary (Mike Smith) Confirmed @ Anaheim (John Gibson) Confirmed

Corey Abbott

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