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NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 2/17

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Seven NHL games today. Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the February 17th 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. It can also help when deciding on whether or not to pick up a certain FA on days with a light schedule.

The list will also include key players who may miss a game due to injury or healthy scratch and/or a player who is returning from injury.

While a player may be a “sit” recommendation, he should still be put in your lineup over a player without a game. 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.

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: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

File Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Start Sit
Carl Hagelin – NYR Zack Kassian – VAN
(4 G, 6 pts, 14 SOG last 3 games) (Just 1 pt, 6 SOG in last 5 games)
Michael Cammalleri – CGY Pavel Datsyuk – DET
(8 points, 4 on the PP, during current 3 game pt streak) (Questionable for tonight. Monitor his status)
Alex Steen – STL Alex Tanguay – CGY
(Ownership finally growing. 4 G, 9 pts in last 5 games) (Just 2 pts and ZERO SOG in last 4 games)
Eric Fehr – WAS Nathan Horton – BOS
(3 G, 5 points in his last 3 games) (Just 1 point in his last 5)
Andrew Ladd – WPG Valtteri Filppula – DET
(3 G in last 2, 5 G in his last 6 games) (Runs hot and cold. Cold now with just 3 pts in last 8)

Defensemen

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File Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Start Sit
Dennis Seidenberg – BOS Ryan McDonagh – NYR
(All 4 pts this yr in last 3 gms. Helps in most categories) (Scoreless in 11 of 13 games)
Dan Girardi – NYR Mike Green – WAS
(4 points, 7 SOG last 3 games) (Will miss tonight’s game)
Anton Babchuk – CGY Drew Doughty – LA
(Picked up his 1st point in his first game played) (Pts in just 3 of 12 games, and 0 pts last 5 games)
Brenden Dillon – DAL Jason Garrison – VAN
(Good spot start. 2 G last 3 gms, big numbers all around) (Points aren’t there yet. Not putting up other numbers)
Marc Staal – NYR Ian White – DET
(4 points in his last 4. Helps with most categories) (Hasn’t gotten going yet. Sit if you have better options)

Goalies

File Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

File Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

NOTE: Some goalies for the later games have not been confirmed yet. Check back later as the Start / Sit for the goalies will be updated once goalies have been confirmed.

Start Sit
Ray Emery – CHI Ryan Miller – BUF
(Good start today against LA) (Hasn’t been great. Worth sitting if better options)
Petr Mrazek  – DET Richard Bachman  – DAL
(Was good in 1st start. Good matchup tonight) (Has not been good. Not worth a start, even vs CGY)
Braden Holtby  – WAS
(Has been “better” lately, but tough matchup)

 

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 overwhelmingly 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 The Author:   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 hockey since the days when you had to pull stats from USA Today the morning after games were played.

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