FanDuel NHL: Thursday Value Plays
FanDuel NHL: Thursday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel NHL series.

The weather is absolutely brutal in a lot of areas, so why not stay inside and watch some hockey? There are three NHL games on the slate Thursday, and here are my recommendations for your daily fantasy lineup.

GOALIE

Jaroslav Halak, BOS vs. PHI ($7,700): Halak's January hasn't been his best month, but he still has a 2.49 GAA and .918 save percentage on the season. Meanwhile, the Flyers rank in the bottom 10 in goals scored per game. It's not a great day for goalies Thursday, so Halak is looking like the best of a so-so bunch.

CENTER

Bryan Little, WPG vs. CLM ($5,300): Little has been contributed nicely recently, as he has five goals and five assists in his last 10 contests. The Blue Jackets have a 3.06 GAA, but January has been particularly bad for them. This month, they have a 3.20 GAA and .893 save percentage.

Nico Hischier, NJD vs. NYR ($5,200): Hischier has started 55.0 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, highest among Devils forwards. The first-overall pick has also averaged 3:02 per game with the extra man. As for the Rangers, they've had a rough go of it on the road. They have a 4.08 GAA in away games, and have given up 35.6 shots on net per contest as well.

WING

Kyle Palmieri, NJD vs. NYR ($6,600): Palmieri has 23 goals in 49 games, and he's been a stud on the power play once again. The 27-year-old has averaged 3:17 per game with the extra man, and tallied 14 power-play points. In addition to their aforementioned road struggles, the Rangers have the 26th-ranked penalty kill.

Chris Kreider, NYR at NJD ($6,300): Kreider has notched 22 goals on 138 shots through 49 games, and added 15 assists as well. This is fourth time in five seasons where he's tallied at least 20 goals. Keith Kinkaid will be in goal for the Devils, and in his last nine starts he has a 3.77 GAA and .881 save percentage.

Filip Chytil, NYR at NJD ($4,100): Chytil hasn't fully lived up to his prospect status yet, but he's shown his potential recently. Over his last seven games he's notched three goals and two assists. The Devils have a 3.37 GAA, bottom five in the NHL, and as previously noted Keith Kinkaid has a 3.77 GAA over his last nine starts.

DEFENSE

Torey Krug, BOS vs. PHI ($6,000): Krug has a ton of offensive skill, as his 33 points in 39 games indicates, but he's a particularly good weapon on the power play. He's averaged 3:52 per game with the extra man, and tallied 20 power-play points. That bodes well heading into this matchup, as the Flyers have the 28th-ranked penalty kill.

Will Butcher, NJD vs. NYR ($4,000): Butcher is another power-play star. He notched 23 points with the extra man as a rookie, and has 10 this season through 48 games. Butcher has also started 57.5 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, highest on the Devils. The Rangers, as previously noted, have the 26th-ranked penalty kill, but it actually ranks 29th on the road.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Chris Morgan plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: cmorgan3, DraftKings: cmorgan3.
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