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22 teams in action tonight with 11 NHL games. Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the February 28th 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: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

File Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Start Sit
Daniel Cleary – DET Alex Steen – STL
(6 pts, 17 SOG last 5 games) (Will miss tonight’s game)
Tomas Kopecky – FLA Ales Hemsky  – EDM
(Hat trick last game. Has 6 G, 7 pts in last 6 games) (0 points, -4 in last 4 games)
Chris Stewart – STL Steve Ott  – BUF
(9 pts in last 8. Should get more chances for banged up tm) (Will help with secondary numbers, but just 1 pt last 8)
Clarke MacArthur – TOR Tyler Bozak  – TOR
(3 G, 6 pts in his last 6 games) (3 points in his last 8. Not getting many chances)
Jeff Skinner – CAR Dany Heatley  – MIN
(Will return tonight. Get him back in) (Only 3 points in his last 13 games)

Defensemen

File Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

File Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Start Sit
Grant Clitsome – WPG Michael Del Zotto  – NYR
(3 pts during current 3 game point streak) (Monitor his status for tonight. Just 1 pt in his last 10)
Paul Martin – PIT Matt Carle  – TB
(Is a must start again lately. 3 G, 7 pts in last 5) (Just 3 points in his last 11 games)
Jay Bouwmeester – CGY Justin Faulk  – CAR
(Better lately. 3 pts during 3 game pt streak) (1 point, 5 SOG in last 6 games)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson  – PHX Andy Greene  – NJ
(Worth starting again with 4 pts in last 4 after long slump)  (No points in his last 8 after a great run)
Cody Franson  – TOR Dennis Wideman  – CGY
(Points still there and helps you in other categories) (No points in his last 5)

Goalies

File Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

File Photo: Al Bello/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
Ryan Miller  – BUF Robin Lehner  – OTT
(Has had a down season, but good matchup tonight) (Start tonight, but hard to recommend. Tough matchup)
Ondrej Pavelec  – WPG Cam Ward  – CAR
(Should give you solid numbers tonight) (Has had a down season. Tough game vs PIT)

 

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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