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NHL Plays: Thursday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: March 12, 2020, 10:10 am ET

NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.  

Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check Rotoworld’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone 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, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G). 

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Thursday night has 10 games on tap.

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Forwards: 

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) - C - $8,600 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings), $32 (Yahoo)

Malkin has compiled four goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak.  He has posted three multi-point performances over that span.  Malkin has produced seven markers and 16 points in his past 10 outings.  Additionally, he has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his last 10 appearances versus Columbus.  

William Nylander (Toronto) - W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)

Nylander has generated five goals and eight points in his last 10 contests.  He has racked up 30 shots on goal target during that stretch.  Nylander has three power-play goals in that span and he has lit the lamp in each of the past two games.  He also had one goal and one assist in his previous meeting with Nashville this year. 

Teuvo Teravainen (Carolina) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,500 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)

Teravainen has collected three goals, four assists and 25 shots in eight games going into Thursday night’s action.  He has provided 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 16 career matches versus New Jersey.  That includes one goal and one assist in two games this season.  

Mikael Backlund (Calgary) - C - $6,000 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Backlund has amassed 10 goals and 12 assists in 16 games entering Thursday night’s slate.  He has been credited with 53 shots during that span.  Backlund has one goal and two helpers during a three-game point streak.  He also had two goals and one assist in two meetings with the New York Islanders last year.  

Zach Parise (Minnesota) - W - $6,300 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo) 

Parise has recorded four goals and five assists to go along with 19 shots in seven games going into Thursday’s match against Vegas.  He has three goals and five points in six career contests versus the Golden Knights.  That includes two markers and one assist in two appearances this campaign.  

Jeff Skinner (Buffalo) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $12 (Yahoo)

Skinner hasn’t picked up a point in two games since moving back to the top line alongside Jack Eichel, but he has earned nine shots on goal.  However, he has plenty of bang for the buck upside on Thursday night.  Skinner has one goal in two games against Montreal this season after he had four goals and three assists in four outings last year versus the Canadiens.  

Bargain Bin: Justin Williams (CAR) - W - $4,100 (FanDuel)/$5,000 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Ondrej Palat (TB) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel)/$4,700 (DraftKings)/$14 (Yahoo), Tyler Bertuzzi (DET) - W - $4,700 (FanDuel)/$4,800 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo). Tanner Pearson (VAN) - W - $4,500 (FanDuel)/$4,900 (DraftKings)/$14 (Yahoo), Nikita Gusev (NJ) - W - $4,400 (FanDuel)/$4,500 (DraftKings)/$16 (Yahoo),

Defensemen: 

John Carlson (Washington) - D - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,900 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo) 

Carlson comes in at a much cheaper price than he did earlier this campaign because he has five assists and 23 shots in the last nine games.  However, he has a high ceiling on Thursday night against Detroit.  Carlson has four goals and 17 points in 22 career contests versus the Red Wings.  The Red Wings also rank last in the league in penalty kill percentage.  

Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo) - D - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo) 

Dahlin has three assists, including one on the power play, and five shots in the past three games.  The sophomore blueliner has supplied six assists and nine shots on target in six career matches versus Montreal.  That includes three helpers in two games this year. 

Bargain Bin: John Klingberg (DAL) - $5,400 (FanDuel)/$5,400 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Ryan Suter (MIN) - $5,100 (FanDuel)/$5,100 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Morgan Rielly (TOR) - $4,800 (FanDuel)/$5,600 (DraftKings)/$19 (Yahoo), Justin Schultz (PIT) - $4,300 (FanDuel)/$3,800 (DraftKings)/$12 (Yahoo), Jake Gardiner (CAR) - $4,100 (FanDuel)/$2,700 (DraftKings)/$14 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders: 

Frederik Andersen (Toronto) - G - $8,400 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $25 (Yahoo) 

Andersen has a 4-0-1 record in his last five starts.  He has stopped 137 of 146 shots during that span, while posting a .938 save percentage and one shutout.  Andersen blocked 34 of 36 shots in a 5-2 victory versus Nashville on Jan. 27.  He has gone 9-2-0 against the Predators in his career to go with a 2.29 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.  

Petr Mrazek (Carolina) - G - $7,800 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo) 

Mrazek picked up a victory against Detroit in his return to the lineup from a concussion.  He turned aside 23 of 25 shots in his first game since Feb. 22 and he has another winnable matchup versus New Jersey.  Mrazek made 35 saves in a 5-2 win over the Devils on Feb. 14.  He has gone 6-2-0 against New Jersey in his career to go with a 2.03 GAA and .926 save percentage.  

Bargain Bin: Cam Talbot (CGY) $8,200 (FanDuel)/$ (DraftKings)/$32 (Yahoo), - Anton Khudobin (DAL) - $8,100 (FanDuel)/$ (DraftKings), Chris Driedger (FLA) - $7,500 (FanDuel)/$ (DraftKings), Linus Ullmark (BUF) - $7,600 (FanDuel)/$ (DraftKings)

Corey Abbott

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