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24 teams in action with 12 NHL games today. Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the February 23rd 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.

Overall Yahoo! league numbers used for any ownership percentages referenced.

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: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

File Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Start Sit
Benoit Pouliot – TB Cal Clutterbuck – MIN
(7 points in his last 5. Getting top line time) (Misses today’s game)
Scott Hartnell – PHI Dustin Brown – LA
(Will return for today’s game) (Hasn’t really gotten it going yet. 2 pts last 7 games)
Antoine Vermette – PHX Travis Zajac – NJ
(3 pts, 7 SOG last 2. Great if your league uses faceoff wins) (Only 4 games this season where he’s recorded a pt)
Danny Briere – PHI Vladimir Tarasenko – STL
(3 G, 3 A last 4 games. Just 65% ownership) (Has been placed on IR)
Gabriel Landeskog – COL Brad Richards – NYR
(Will play today. Get him back in) (Struggling with just 2 pts in his last 6)

Defensemen

File Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

File Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Start Sit
Cody Franson – TOR Mike Green – WSH
(Points and chances still coming) (Out again last gm, game-time decision today. Monitor)
Marek Zidlicky – NJ Jay Bouwmeester – CGY
(4 pts, all on the PP, 19 SOG last 6 games) (You can probably do better on day like today)
James Wisniewski – CBJ Michael Del Zotto – NYR
(Has a point in 7 of his last 8 games) (Just 1 point in his last 10)
Raphael Diaz  – MON Sergei Gonchar  – OTT
(Points are starting to come again) (Scoreless in last 4 for a team that’s banged up)
Luke Schenn – PHI Tyler Myers  – BUF
(Playing better lately. Light on pts, but other numbers big)  (Hasn’t done much all season)

Goalies

File Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

File Photo: Jared Wickerham/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
Johan Hedberg – NJ Ondrej Pavelec – WPG
(Not a bad spot start if you need it) (Faces a team that’s getting healthy again and scoring)
Semyon Varlamov – COL Dan Ellis  – CAR
(Has played much better lately. Good matchup) (Starts today but has a tough matchup)
Ben Scrivens – TOR
(Not a bad start today vs Ottawa)

 

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 sports since the days when you had to pull stats from USA Today the morning after games were played.

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