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Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the February 7th 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. It can also help when deciding on whether or not to pick up a certain FA on days with a light schedule.

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: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

File Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Start Sit
Tomas Kopecky – FLA Kyle Brodziak – MIN
(1G, 4 points, 10 SOG last 3 games) (1 pt this season. 0 pts, -6 last 8 gms)
David Desharnais – MON Dave Bolland – CHI
(Has picked it up lately. 3G, 8 SOG last 3 games) (0 pts, 0 SOG in his last 4 games)
Justin Williams – LA Dainius Zubrus – NJ
(Struggled early, but 1 G, 4pts, 13 SOG last 2 gms) (Will miss tonight’s game)
Benoit Pouliot – TB Drew Stafford  – BUF
(Everyone scoring for TB. 2 G, 5 pts, 8 SOG last 4 gms) (Just 4 points in 10 games this season)
Martin Hanzal  – PHX Mikael Granlund  – MIN
(Points in 5 of 6 gms. Helps in multiple categories) (Will be a healthy scratch tonight)

Defensemen

File Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

File Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Start Sit
Andy Greene – NJ Tyler Myers – BUF
(All 4 pts this season, 2 on the PP, in last 3 games) (0 pts, -7, 8 SOG last 9 games)
Dennis Wideman – CGY Ryan Suter – MIN
(2G, 4 points, 10 SOG last 3 games) (Still struggling. Sit of you have better options)
Simon Despres – PIT Ryan Whitney – EDM
(Playing better. 3 points last 4 games) (Not putting up numbers yet)
Justin Faulk – CAR Paul Martin  – PIT
(Getting chances with 11 SOG last 3 gms) (Slowed down after hot start. 0 SOG last 3 games)
Fedor Tyutin – CBJ Mark Giordano  – CGY
(8 pts in 10 games. Helps in multiple categories) (Hasn’t gotten it going yet. Play other options first)

Goalies

File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Start Sit
Marc-Andre Fleury – FLA Michal Neuvirth – WAS
(Has struggled, but good last gm. Faces struggling tm) (Tough opponent. 0-3, 3.05 GAA last 3 games)
Leland Irving – CGY Jose Theodore – FLA
(Worth a start vs CBJ if you need a goalie) (Gets the start for a struggling team. #’s aren’t great)
Sergei Bobrovsky – CBJ Evgeni Nabokov – NYI
(Hasn’t played in a week, but faces a weak CGY tm) (Has been good, not great. Tough game at MSG)
Ilya Bryzgalov – PHI Cam Ward – CAR
(Just 4-5, but 2.24 GAA & .923 Sv%. Good matchup) (Much better lately, but faces tough tm on the road)

 

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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