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NHL Plays: February 14

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: February 14, 2019, 2:19 pm ET

DRAFT is back for another season of quick and exciting daily fantasy action. Their DFS platform offers poolies with a chance to participate in a format that most of us have grown very accustomed to over the years. You can compete in a live snake draft in which the participants take a player with each pick. Unlike other DFS games, this gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge to craft a team that no one else will have because the players you select cannot be chosen by your competition.

 

The draft is quick as you are allotted just 30 seconds per pick and you take five players. Your team is comprised of three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.

 

Your strategy can be dictated by the positions being selected ahead of you. For instance, if you are going last and everyone else has a goaltender then you can wait until your last pick to make that selection. Of course, selecting players going up against weaker competition or players who are riding hot streaks are always popular strategies as well.

 

Remember, there are new pools available to play in but the players in my rankings will fall off the table as soon as the puck drops in their respective game.

 

 

Familiarize yourself with the rues and enjoy! It’s a great game! Thursday’s 11-game slate, features 10-person, eight-person, six-person and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads to participate in.

 

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Forward Rankings:

 

 

Kane and his 15-game point streak will be home to a New Jersey team that just allowed eight goals to the Blues on Tuesday night. DeBrincat, Toews and Dylan Strome could be options up front for the Blackhawks as well. Kucherov and Tarasenko have been red hot of late and either one of them is worth building a squad around for Thursday night. Kucherov pairs nicely with Point, while O’Reilly or Brayden Schenn could be joined with Tarasenko. The last time the Capitals and Sharks met the two teams combined for 13 goals in a 7-6 overtime win for San Jose. The top lines of Calgary, Nashville and Toronto should also be attractive options for Thursday’s slate.

 

Defense Rankings:

 

 

Burns has accumulated two goals and 11 points in the last seven games, which gives him the top spot. He also leads all defenders in multi-point games with 19 this season. Josi’s four-game point streak was snapped on Tuesday, but he remains a great option. There isn’t much separation after that, but Gustafsson has some under-the-radar value. He has four goals and two assists in the past six contests.

 

Goaltender Rankings:

 

 

Vasilevskiy and Hellebuyck have had some ups and downs of late, but they both have winnable home matchups and have won their last two games. Rittich, Binnington, Ward and Andersen face favorable opponents and they have been playing well recently with the exception of Rittich, who has had some tough outings lately. However, the Flames goalie has been superb on the road this year with a .931 save percentage and 2.15 goals-against average in 19 appearances.

 

Check with Rotoworld regularly today for confirmations on goaltender starts.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.