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FanDuel NHL: Thursday Value Plays

Rob Geriak

Geriak covers hockey for RotoWire. He previously was the DFS Content Director at DraftShot and appeared on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio for Scout Fantasy Sports.

Goalie

Pekka Rinne, NSH vs ARI ($8,500):
Nashville is 14-4-2 at home while Arizona is 5-14-5 on the road. Rinne has averaged 21.92 fantasy points over his last four starts, is fifth in the NHL in wins with 21, and boasts a .925 save percentage.

Center

Ryan O’Reilly, BUF at NYR ($5,700):
O’Reilly is in the midst of a three-game point streak with two goals and three assists over that span. Overall, he has 11 goals and 19 assists to go along with six power-play goals this season. He’s averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per game, including three-plus minutes in man-advantage situations. The Rangers have allowed the third most fantasy points to centers over the last four weeks, including 14 goals and 21 assists.

Paul Stastny, STL at OTT ($5,500): With points in five of his last six games, Stastny has cemented himself on the first line skating alongside star winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Stastny has compiled four points over his last four games against Ottawa, which has allowed 17 goals and 16 assists to centers over the last ten games.

Wing

Rick Nash, NYR vs BUF ($6,000):
Nash has been on the offensive of late with two goals, an assist, and 14 shots on goal over his last three games. The Sabres have allowed the second most fantasy points to left wings over the last month, including 16 goals and 18 assists over their last 10 games. The Rangers have been a very good home team with a 16-8-3 record at Madison Square Garden. On the other hand, the Sabres have a 5-13-6 road record.

William Nylander, TOR at PHI ($5,900): The Flyers have allowed the third most fantasy points to right wings over the last month. Nylander, who sees ice time on the first line and second power-play unit, gets an opportunity to produce against the Flyers and their 29th ranked penalty kill.

Craig Smith, NSH vs ARI ($4,700): Smith is underpriced and has been productive this season with 15 goals and 10 assists. In his last six games against Arizona, Smith has two goals and four assists.

Defense

Charlie McAvoy, BOS at NYI ($4,700):
McAvoy is in a great spot against the Islanders, who have allowed 10 goals and 25 assists to blueliners over their last 12 games. The 20-year-old is seeing important minutes for the Bruins and is one of the better young defensemen in the NHL.

Ivan Provorov, PHI vs TOR ($5,300): Speaking of good young defensemen, Provorov has been on quite a roll with points in four of his last five games (three goals and four assists). He offers a solid floor with over two blocked shots and shots on goal per game and draws a good matchup. The Maple Leafs have allowed four goals and 17 assists to defensemen over the last 11 games.

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