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Thursday NHL Rundown
Here is the NHL rundown. We’ve got picks from Thursday Late Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!
Vancouver Canucks (29-34-7) vs St. Louis Blues (39-28-4)
Vancouver’s captain Henrik Sedin (club-best 30 assists) joins twin brother Daniel with one goal and three assists in his past four games overall and the Swedes each have two points versus St. Louis this season. Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko (team-leading 34 goals, 64 points) has eight points in as many games overall and had two goals and an assist in the first two meetings versus Vancouver.
Calgary Flames (41-28-2) vs Nashville Predators (36-25-7)
Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau collected four assists last month versus Nashville. This has sparked a 14-game stretch in which he’s amassed 18 points. Gaudreau has lit up the Predators in his career with three goals and nine assists in eight games. Nashville’s Craig Smith has not been able to score since the All-Star break, but he set up a pair of tallies in Monday’s victory versus Arizona.
Philadelphia Flyers (33-31-4) vs Minnesota Wild (44-22-4)
Philadelphia center Brayden Schenn has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in eight career meetings with Minnesota and has five (three goals, two assists) in his last five games overall. It won’t be easy for him and his team as they face one of the best goalies this season, Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk hopes to have put a painful stretch in his rear-view mirror after recording his career-high 37th victory on Tuesday, matching Niklas Backstrom’s franchise record for wins in a season.
Dallas Stars (29-33-9) vs Chicago Blackhawks (47-20-5)
Curtis McKenzie, who scored the Stars lone goal on Monday, is enjoying a career season by setting personal bests in goals (five), assists (eight), points (13) and games played (48). The 26-year-old British Columbia native has recorded points in two of his three contests at the United Center and in three of his six career games versus the Blackhawks. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who is riding a five-game point streak (three goals, three assists), and winger Patrick Kane have each scored three goals and set up two others versus Dallas this season.
Edmonton Oilers (39-25-4) vs Colorado Avalanche (20-49-2)
The NHL top scorer, Connor McDavid, is riding a five-game point streak during which he has collected three goals and seven assists for the Oilers. Colorado’s Matt Duchene has gone three games without a point, keeping him tied with Valeri Kamensky for 10th place on the franchise list with 414.
Winnipeg Jets (33-33-6) vs Los Angeles Kings (34-31-3)
Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler (one goal, two assists), Mathieu Perreault (one goal, one assist) and Mark Scheifele (one goal, two assists) combined for eight points in the win over Philadelphia on Tuesday. Los Angeles’ defense and goaltending have been solid most of the season, giving up just 2.46 goals per game (fifth) through Tuesday, but the Kings has surrendered seven goals in their past two contests.