NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 1/22

Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the January 22nd NHL games.

Please note that you should always start your star players. This list is here to help you if you have two similar players and are debating on which one to start.

While a player may be a “sit” recommendation, he should still be put in your lineup over a player without a game tonight. Accumulating stats takes priority over no stats at all.

Different factors go into picking start / sit candidates including strength of opponent, scoring categories, history vs opponent and sometimes, gut feelings. Take that into consideration before making your final decision.

Players are listed in no particular order.

NOTE: These recommendations are posted before the first game of the day. Some changes may be made if any major changes occur to NHL lineups such as injuries, scratches, or especially, starting goalies, once new information is received. Check back often for any changes, especially for late games.


File Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

File Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

  Start      Sit  
Milan Hejduk – COL Tomas Plekanec – MON
(20 goals (10 PPG), 51 points in 47 games vs LA) (Scoreless in last 5 vs FLA. 9 pts in 27 games vs Panthers)
Cory Conacher – TB Kyle Brodziak – MIN
(1 G, 3 A in his first two NHL games. Ride the hot hand) (Just 1 SOG in first 2 games. 4 pts., -11 in 21 gms vs NSH) 
Chad LaRose  – CAR Marcus Johansson  – WSH
(15 career goals vs TB. No more than 6 vs any other team) (3 points, -8 in 11 games vs WPG)
Simon Gagne – LA Brenden Morrow – DAL
(5 goals, 13 points in 11 games vs COL) (1 SOG in 2 gms this season. 20 points, -5 in 38 gms vs DET)
Dave Bolland – CHI Alex Steen – STL
(Centering line w/ Sharp & Kane. 2 G, 3 pts in first two gms) (7 points, -5 in 22 games vs CHI)


File Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

File Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

   Start      Sit  
Jeff Petry – EDM Braydon Coburn – PHI
(Leads tm in TOI. 2 pts, +4, 7 hits, 10 bk shots in 5 gms vs SJ) (Has yet to register a SOG this season. 6 pts in 39 gms vs NJ)
Matt Carle – TB Marc-Andre Bergeron – TB
(2 G, 8 Pts, +10, 34 blocked shots in 16 games vs CAR) (Will sit again for the second straight game)
Joni Pitkanen  – CAR Kyle Quincey – DET
(24 points, most vs any other team, in 28 games vs TB) (-2, no SOG in first 2 gms. 4 pts in 15 games vs DAL)
Alec Martinez – LA Trevor Daley – DAL
(Getting lots of ice time, and PP time) (-2 in first two games, -5 career vs DET in 27 games)
Kris Russell  – STL Dmitry Kulikov  – FLA
(3rd on team w/ 7 SOG. 9 pts, 24 bk shots in 26 gms vs CHI) (-2 in first game. 3 pts in 9 games vs MON)


File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

   Start      Sit  
Semyon Varlamov – COL Martin Brodeur – NJ
(3-1-0, 1.96 GAA career vs LA) (3-10-2, 2.94 GAA in last 15 regular season games vs PHI)
Scott Clemmensen  – FLA Mathieu Garon  – TB
(6-0-0, 1.68 GAA in 7 games vs MTL) (Gets the start, but is 3-3-0 with a 3.30 GAA vs CAR)
Ilya Bryzgalov – PHI Braden Holtby – WSH
(4-1-0, 1.28 GAA, 2 shutouts in 6 games vs NJ) (Gave up 5 G in 9 mins in only other start vs WPG)
Antti Niemi  – SJ Jimmy Howard – DET
(3-0-1, 2.21 GAA in 4 games vs EDM) (4-4-0, 2.55 GAA in 9 gms vs DAL. 2nd game of B2B)


Remember, use this list as a guideline if you are debating between a few players to round out your lineup. Just because a star player appears on the “sit” list doesn’t necessarily mean you should sit that player if your other options aren’t decidedly better.

If you have any questions about your fantasy lineup, don’t hesitate to ask.

Good Luck!

Carlos Figueiredo
NHL Rankings & Content Editor
Dynasty Sports Empire


About This Empire Soldier: Carlos is the NHL Rankings and Content Editor for Dynasty Sports Empire. He has been a hockey fan for as long as he can remember, and has been writing about hockey for over five years. He is the owner / writer / editor for SpeakingoftheDevils.com and has also contributed work for various other hockey websites. He has been playing fantasy sports since the days when you had to pull stats from USA Today the morning after games were played.

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