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NHL Plays: Wednesday

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). Toronto and Montreal will be playing their second games in two nights, while Chicago and St. Louis will be back in action on Thursday night following their matchup against each other on Wednesday.


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Auston Matthews (TOR) - C - $8,100 (FanDuel), $8,200 (DraftKings)


Matthews played Tuesday night at Washington and was held without a point for the first time in six games this season, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from building a lineup around him. He has enjoyed a great start to his sophomore campaign with five goals, three assists and 18 shots. Matthews also feasted on the Red Wings last year with five goals and one assist in four games.


Patrick Kane (CHI) - W - $8,500 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings)


Kane has cooled off from a hot start, with only two assists in his last four outings. However, he has reached the scoresheet in each of his last two matches, with a helper in each appearance, and should benefit from the return of Nick Schmaltz to the lineup. Kane accounted for two goals and three helpers in five games versus St. Louis last year.


Jeff Carter (LAK) - C - $7,100 (FanDuel), $5,900 (DraftKings)


Carter checks in as a bit of a discount on DraftKings going into Wednesday’s action against a struggling Montreal squad. It’s been a sluggish start to the year for Carter, who has three assists in five games. However, he has two helpers and six shots in his last two outings and he’s overdue for a breakout effort. Carter had one goal and three points in two meetings versus the Canadiens last year.


Nick Schmaltz (CHI) - C - $5,000 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings)


Schmaltz is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday night after he was injured early into Chicago’s second game of the season. He had two goals and one helper in the Blackhawks’ opener, while skating between Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman. That combination is projected to be back together against the Blues and they should quickly get back on track.


Gustav Nyquist (DET) - W - $5,500 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings)


Nyquist had an inconsistent 2016-17 season and this campaign isn’t shaping up to be much different. Still, he concluded last year with a pair of multi-point performances against Toronto. He notched three goals and one assist during those matches. The 28-year-old’s eight goals versus the Maple Leafs is his highest against any opponent in his career. Nyquist is skating on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Anthony Mantha. He probably won’t have much ownership because of his slow start and could be a good value play.


Jake Muzzin (LAK) - D - $4,700 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings)


Muzzin has a reasonable price considering he will Wednesday night riding a four-game point streak. He has one goal and three assists during that span. Muzzin produced his first marker of the year on a Kings power play along with five shots and four blocks on Sunday against the Islanders. He could provide solid category coverage for your lineup when the Montreal Canadiens visit.


Probable Goaltenders:


Detroit (Jimmy Howard) Confirmed @ Toronto (Curtis McElhinney) Confirmed

Chicago (Corey Crawford) Confirmed @ St. Louis (Jake Allen) Confirmed

Montreal (Al Montoya) Confirmed @ Los Angeles (Jonathan Quick)

Corey Abbott

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