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NHL Plays: Thursday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 18, 2018, 10:16 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.


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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 nine-game slate features eight-person, six-person, four-person and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads and Dream Team formats to participate in.


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Forward Rankings:



McDavid is back on top after racking up four points (two goals, two assists) in a comeback win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night. He has amassed four goals and five helpers during a four-game point streak. Matthews has registered a multi-point performance in seven straight outings, which makes him worthy of the top selection as well. Boston will play for the second time in two nights, but the top line is always dangerous. Pastrnak, Bergeron and Marchand combined for three goals and one assist versus the Oilers on Oct. 11. Chicago and Tampa Bay have favorable matchups versus Arizona and Detroit, respectively.


Defense Rankings:



Burns is looking for his first goal of the season, but he has started to heat up with four assists and 12 shots during a three-game point streak. Hedman claims the second spot on the strength of his success in the past versus Detroit. He has one goal and 17 assists in 21 career contests against the Red Wings. However, it would be understandable to go with Rielly or Letang instead because they have been much productive than Hedman early in the year. The slow starts of Hedman and Karlsson could allow you to steal them later in the draft. There are other options if they go earlier, though.


Goaltender Rankings:



Vasilevskiy should be rested and ready to go against the winless Red Wings after getting Tuesday’s game off. He went 3-0-0 versus Detroit last year with a 1.68 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. Hellebuyck is a strong bounce-back candidate after the Oilers got to him on Tuesday. He went 3-0-0 against the Canucks in 2017-18 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .966 save percentage. Bobrovsky has had a sluggish start, but he has been outstanding against Philadelphia in his career, sporting a 10-3-1 record with a 1.91 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. If Crawford returns to action from a concussion then he is worthy consideration despite the long layoff. If you don’t want to take that risk then Kinkaid has been spectacular in four starts and could easily be selected higher. Quick is getting closer to a return and Campbell should be looking to prove himself. This could be his last start for a while if he struggles again and Quick is ready to play this weekend.




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Corey Abbott

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