NHL Plays: Thursday

Corey Abbott
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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 NBC Sports EDGE's player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

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Thursday night has 10 games on the schedule.

Forwards:

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) - C - $7,600 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)

Malkin has registered two goals and five assists during a five-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. He has been held off the scoresheet just two times in the past 11 games and he amassed 12 points (three goals, nine assist) over that stretch. Additionally, he picked up three goals and five points in three meetings with Buffalo last season. Malkin can be stacked with Kasperi Kapanen on Monday.

Sebastian Aho (Carolina) - C - $7,300 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)

Aho has accounted for four goals and three helpers in five outings this month. He has notched one goal and one assist in each of the past two matches, including Tuesday’s contest versus Nashville. Aho has produced four markers, two helpers and eight shots in three previous matches against the Predators this season.

T.J. Oshie (Washington) - W - $5,800 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Oshie has a three-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. He has picked up one goal and three assists during that span. Oshie contributed two assists on Sunday in his last appearance versus Philadelphia. He has been skating on the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom as well as seeing time on the top power-play unit.

Joel Farabee (Philadelphia) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Farabee has racked up five goals and 13 points in his last 10 appearances. He has generated a multi-point effort in three of the past five games, while registering three goals and four assists during that span. Additionally, Farabee has earned one goal and three helpers in two matches against Washington this season.

Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) - C - $5,400 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Nelson has four goals on 13 shots and one assist during a four-game point spree. He has plenty of bang for the buck upside if he can carry that momentum into the start of a three-game set versus New Jersey. The Devils have allowed five goals or more three times in their last four games.

Roope Hintz (Dallas) - C - $5,300 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Hintz has dealt with some injury issues this season, but he has been productive when he’s been in the lineup. He has six goals and 14 points in 15 games. Hintz has supplied one goal and one assist in each of past two appearances. He has two goals and one assist in three previous matches versus Chicago this year.

Bargain Bin: Jordan Staal (CAR) - C - $4,700 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Jakub Vrana (WSH) - W - $5,000 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Kasperi Kapanen (PIT) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Jason Robertson (DAL) - W - $3,700 (FanDuel), $3,100 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Yanni Gourde (TB) - C - $4,500 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Tyler Johnson (TB) - W - $4,400 (FanDuel), C - $3,400 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo), Eeli Tolvanen (NSH) - W - $3,700 (FanDuel), $3,400 (DraftKings), $15 (Yahoo)

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Defensemen:

Dougie Hamilton (Carolina) - $5,600 (FanDuel), $6,700 (DraftKings), $25 (Yahoo)

Hamilton has produced seven assists during a six-game point streak. He has 19 shots, 10 hits, 10 blocks and five points on the power play during that span. Nashville ranks 29th in penalty-kill percentage and have allowed a league-high 27 power-play against this year. That is something that the Hurricanes could take advantage of on Thursday night.

Neal Pionk (Winnipeg) - $5,100 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Pionk has five assists during a three-game point spree. He has five shots, nine hits and four blocks over that stretch. Pionk is coming off a three-helper performance against Toronto on Tuesday to give him four assists in two outings versus the Leafs this season.

Bargain Bin: Mikhail Sergachev (TB) - $4,500 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) - $4,400 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Nick Leddy (NYI) - $4,300 (FanDuel), $3,700 (DraftKings), $12 (Yahoo), Jaccob Slavin (CAR) - $3,900 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Matt Grzelcyk (BOS) - $3,800 (FanDuel), $4,100 (DraftKings), $15 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders:

Sergei Bobrovsky (Florida) - $7,900 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)

Bobrovsky, who will get the nod on Thursday night against Columbus, has a 4-0-1 record in his last five starts. He has a .927 save percentage during that stretch, while stopping 164 of 177 shots. That includes a 38-save performance in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Jaroslav Halak (Boston) - $7,800 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings), $35 (Yahoo)

Halak has turned aside 57 of 59 shots in his last two starts, while posting a 1-0-1 record. He has surrendered just one goal in each of those outings. He may be called upon to play again on Thursday night if the Bruins decide to give Tuukka Rask more time to nurses an injury. Halak also posted a 21-save shutout win against the New York Rangers on Feb. 12. He went 3-0-0 versus the Rangers last year with a 2.32 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

Bargain Bin: Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) - $7,800 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo), Anton Khudobin (DAL) - $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo), Jacob Markstrom (CGY) - $7,400 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)