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NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 1/25

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Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the January 25th 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.

Forwards

File Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

File Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Start Sit
Tyler Kennedy – PIT Tyler Ennis – BUF
(Will play with Malkin and Neal. 11 pts in 14 gms vs WPG) (Off to a slow start. 0 G, 2 pts in 7 gms vs CAR)
Jiri Tlusty – CAR Kyle Brodziak  – MIN
(Increased TOI in every game. 8 SOG in 3 gms) (1 SOG in 3 gms. 2 pts, -8 in 21 gms vs DET)
Brad Boyes – NYI Guillaume Latendresse  – OTT
(Good game last night. 4 G, 6 pts in 11 gms vs BOS) (Minor injury. Will miss tonight’s game)
Damien Brunner – DET Marcus Johansson  – WAS
(15 SOG in 3 games. Points will come soon) (Scoreless, -3, 2 SOG in 3 gms. 3 pts in 8 gms vs NJ)
Cory Conacher  – TB
Mark Scheifele – WPG
(Off to a great start w/ 5 pts in 3 gms. Ride the hot hand) (Will be a healthy scratch tonight)

Defensemen

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File Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Start Sit
Marc Methot  – OTT Kyle Quincey – DET
(3 pts in 3 games, leads the league with a +6 rating) (Scoreless, -4 in 3 games this season)
John Carlson – WAS Victor Hedman  – TB
(Plays well against NJ. 2 G, 8 pts, +8 in 8 career games) (Scoreless this season. Scoreless, -7 in 11 gms vs OTT)
Dougie Hamilton – BOS Jason Garrison  – VAN
(2nd on team with 9 SOG. Getting lots of ice time) (Not off to a good start in Vancouver)
Jakub Kindl – DET Simon Despres  – PIT
(Makes season debut tonight. Should get plenty of ice time) (Off to a slow start and will sit tonight)
Matt Niskanen  – PIT Joe Corvo  – CAR
(1 G, 2 pts, 7 SOG in 3 games) (Scoreless, -2 in 2 games)

Goalies

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File Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Start Sit
Tomas Vokoun  – PIT Rick DiPietro – NYI
(14-10-4, 2.46 GAA in 30 games vs WPG) (1st gm, on the road, in BOS. 6-8-2-1, 2.47 GAA vs Bruins)
Josh Harding  – MIN Dan Ellis – CAR
(Gets the start tonight. Looked good in his 1st start) (Tough matchup. 3 GA in 25 mins only time facing BUF)
Cory Schneider  – VAN Ondrej Pavelec  – WPG
(Looks to bounce back after 5 G in 27 mins vs ANA last time) (1-10, 4.81 GAA in 11 games vs PIT)
Anders Lindback  – TB Jonas Hiller – ANA
(Has faced 74 shots in 2 games. Will post solid numbers) (9-4-3, 3.03 GAA in 17 games vs VAN)

 

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
@SpeakoftheDevs

 

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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