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Thursday NHL Rundown
Here is the NHL rundown. We’ve got picks from Thursday Primetime Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!
Tampa Bay Lightning (34-29-6) vs Boston Bruins (38-29-4)
Tampa Bay won a lot of games with its power play this season, but it converted once in 11 tries over the last four games and failed on two late opportunities Tuesday. Bruins winger Brad Marchand was kept off the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Ottawa after posting 10 points (five goals) in the previous four games to push his total to a career-high 80.
Columbus Blue Jackets (47-19-5) vs Washington Capitals (47-17-3)
Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski recorded an assist against Toronto on Wednesday to give him eight points in his last seven contests. He’ll be up against the top line of Nicklas Backstrom, Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. The trio has led the way for the Capitals as of late, totaling 23 points over the last five games.
New Jersey Devils (27-33-10) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (34-23-7)
Devils rookie center John Quenneville had a game he’ll never forget Tuesday, scoring his first NHL goal and adding an assist for the first multi-point performance of his career. Despite the accomplishment, Quenneville will face Leafs star prospect Auston Matthews who scored his team-leading 33rd goal against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday. It tied him with Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine for tops among all NHL rookies. The 19-year-old is heating up at the right time, tallying twice in his last three contests after enduring a seven-game drought.
Carolina Hurricanes (31-27-8) vs Montreal Canadiens (41-23-7)
Forward Jeff Skinner continues to do the heavy lifting for Carolina, scoring the tying and winning goals against Florida to give him five tallies in his last three games and three multi-goal efforts in his last six. Montreal coach Claude Julien decided to shuffle his lines at Wednesday’s practice, taking center Alex Galchenyuk off the No. 1 unit and shifting him to left wing alongside center Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen. Galchenyuk, who had a career-high 30 goals last season, is scoreless in nine games this month.
Pittsburgh Penguins (46-17-6) vs Ottawa Senators (40-24-6)
The Penguins’ top line of Crosby, Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel had been humming along with a staggering 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) over the past five games, but Guentzel’s won’t be available after receiving a concussion from a blindside hit he suffered on Tuesday. Senators captain Erik Karlsson (team-leading 52 goals, 66 points) has erupted for 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in his last 20 games overall and could easily add to that total if the first two meetings with Pittsburgh are any indication. The two-time Norris Trophy winner erupted for six points (one goal, five assists) versus the Penguins, highlighted by a season-best four-point total (one goal, three assists) in an 8-5 setback on December 5.
Arizona Coyotes (27-37-7) vs Florida Panthers (31-30-5)
‘Yotes rookie forward Christian Fischer was recalled from Arizona’s American Hockey League affiliate on Tuesday to make his fourth NHL appearance and he certainly is making the best of his few chances. Fischer scored the opening goal at Tampa Bay to give him three tallies Tuesday. The Chicago native actually scored all three of his NHL goals in the Florida region (2 vs Tampa Bay, 1 vs Florida). With starting netminder Roberto Luongo still injured, James Reimer will get back to work after resting on the bench during Tuesday tilt against the Hurricanes. He has won 2 game out of the 8 since Luongo’s injury.