NHL Plays: Thursday

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Thursday has nine games on the schedule.


Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) - C - $8,700 (FanDuel), $7,400 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)

Kopitar hasn’t picked up a point in his past two outings following a four-game point streak. He should be able to get back on track in a home matchup against Winnipeg. Kopitar has four goals and three helpers in two matches at the STAPLES Center this season. Additionally, he had one goal and two assists against the Jets in 2019-20 when the team last met.

Sebastian Aho (Carolina) - C - $8,500 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $33 (Yahoo)

Aho has registered at least one point in each of his first five outings this campaign. He has four goals and three assists during that span along with 14 shots on target. Additionally, Aho has four markers during a three-game goal spree. He has eight goals and 12 points in 10 career matches versus Boston.

Logan Couture (San Jose) - C - $5,500 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Couture has compiled three goals and six assists during a season-opening six-game point streak. He has been credited with 16 shots on goal during that stretch. Couture has amassed six goals and 18 points in 15 career contests versus Montreal, which includes two assists in a 5-0 win on Oct. 19.

Andrew Copp (Winnipeg) - W - $4,700 (FanDuel), C - $5,900 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Copp has fit in nicely as a top-six forward for Winnipeg this season, while generating four goals and four assists in six games. He has two three-point efforts, which includes a stat line of one goal, two assists and six shots this past Tuesday.

Andrew Mangiapane (Calgary) - W - $4,400 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Mangiapane has been white hot with seven goals through six matches. He has found the back of the net six times during a four-game goal streak going into Thursday night’s action.

Bargain Bin: Alex Killorn (TB) - W - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Evan Rodrigues (PIT) - C - $4,700 (FanDuel), $4,000 (DraftKings), $15 (Yahoo), Victor Olofsson (BUF) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

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Torey Krug (St. Louis) - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Krug has compiled four of his five assists in the past two games, while adding six shots on goal and two points on the power play. He also checks in with good cap hits and has five helpers in his last nine matchups versus Colorado.

Neal Pionk (Winnipeg) - $5,000 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Pionk has accounted for six assists, 17 shots, eight blocks and 23 hits in six games to begin the 2021-22 season. He has been held off the scoresheet on just two occasions so far and has three helpers in the past two matches. Pionk has plenty of bang for the buck upside on Thursday night.

Bargain Bin: Erik Karlsson (SJ) - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Jaccob Slavin (CAR) - $4,200 (FanDuel), $4,100 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Bowen Byram (COL) - $4,200 (FanDuel), $3,500 (DraftKings), $10 (Yahoo)


Adin Hill (San Jose) - $7,100 (FanDuel), $8,300 (DraftKings), $32 (Yahoo)

Hill has had a strong start to the season with the Sharks. His loss to Boston on Sunday damaged his numbers, but he had stopped 71 of 77 shots prior to being pulled early from that contest. He registered a 21-save shutout against Montreal on Oct. 19 and could get a chance to bounce back on Thursday night.

Bargain Bin: Craig Anderson (BUF) - $6,700 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $30 (Yahoo), John Gibson (ANA) - $6,800 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo), Thatcher Demko (VAN) - $7,400 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)