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NHL Plays: Thursday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: March 28, 2019, 10:19 am 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 eight-game slate features 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:

Ovechkin is one goal away from 50 and he has produced nine points in his last eight outings. He also has four markers and two assists in three previous meetings versus the Hurricanes this year. Barkov has racked up four goals and one assist in three games against Ottawa this season. McDavid and Draisaitl have been red hot, but it’s worth noting that they haven’t lit it up against the Stars this season. Winnipeg, Florida, Dallas, San Jose and Vancouver should attract interest as well.

Defense Rankings:

Burns and Carlson have been great offensively this season and should be treated as the top options for Thursday night. There are very good options beyond them, though, with Edler registering 10 points in his last 11 outings. Chabot has four assists during a three-game point streak, while Weber has two goals and two helpers in his past five matches. Klingberg and Trouba haven piling up points as well lately. You can certainly afford to wait to select a blueliner.

Goaltender Rankings:

Holtby just stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 4-1 win over Carolina on Tuesday. He has a 3-0-0 record versus the Hurricanes this campaign with a 2.27 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Hellebuyck will look to bounce back from Monday’s loss to Dallas and he has played very well of late. He has a 4-1-0 record in his last six appearances with a .946 save percentage and two shutouts. Hellebuyck also stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 3-1 victory versus the Islanders back on Dec. 4. Columbus and Montreal will face in a key matchup in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race. Price and Bobrovsky have both been superb lately. Khudobin could get the second half of Dallas’ back-to-back situation. He has played well against the Oilers this year with a 1-0-1 record, a 0.98 goals-against average and .967 save percentage. Howard could have some under-the-radar value versus the struggling Sabres. The Red Wings goalie has won his last two games (against the Rangers and Vegas), while posting a .945 save percentage.

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.