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NHL Plays: Thursday

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The new game in town is called DRAFT (Draft.com) and the DFS game is something most poolies have grown up on, drafting a team, allowing each participant to take a player with each pick. Unlike the other DFS games, if for instance you draft Connor McDavid in your pool, no one else can take him.


The draft is quick as you are allowed only 30 seconds per pick and you take five players, three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.


You can use some strategy. Let’s say there are five participants in your pool and you are picking last. If the first four take goaltenders, then pick your goalie in the final round as you are going to get him anyway.


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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 rules and enjoy! It’s a great game! Thursday’s 10-game slate features drafts for three people, six people and 10 people as well as plenty of head-to-heads.


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Forward Rankings:



McDavid has already surpassed 100 points and has been the hottest player in the league. He has amassed 12 goals and 27 points in the last 14 games. Trying to stack McDavid with Nugent-Hopkins would be ideal. Hall claims the second spot because of offensive consistency, his five-game point streak and his success versus Pittsburgh this year (two goals and four assists in three games). Kopitar has been red hot as well and he as a good matchup versus Arizona (two goals and two assists in three meetings with the Coyotes this year). Winnipeg and Columbus will play against favorable opponents on Thursday night against Chicago and Calgary, respectively.


Defense Rankings:



Karlsson has been out of the lineup for three of the last five games due to a personal issue, but he has contributed one goal and one assist in the matches he has played to continue his hot play down the stretch. Burns has a tough matchup at Nashville, so it wouldn’t be wrong to target Krug, Hedman or Josi instead. Jones remains a solid option, but he has been dealing with a rib injury, which is why is further down in the order. Doughy has reached the scoresheet in his previous three outings against Arizona this campaign, with four assists and 10 shots.


Goaltender Rankings:



Calgary is missing plenty of key players and they have scored just three goals in the last five games. The Flames have been blanked three times during that span and Bobrovsky already has a shutout against them back in November. Quick has been superb this campaign and he’s been especially strong this month with a 7-4-0 record, a .2.07 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts. Reimer has been great in March as well with a mark of 5-0-0, a 1.00 GAA, a .970 SV% and two shutouts. He also has two wins against Ottawa this year and he has turned aside 71 of 73 shots, with one shutout. Rask has a 2-0-0 record against Tampa Bay in 2017-18 with a 1.00 GAA and .955 save percentage. Comrie and Kinkaid have good sleeper value. Talbot stands a chance of working out as well, but his inconsistent play in the crease should make some wary of using him even versus Vancouver. He has allowed five goals in each of his last two starts.  Remember to check Rotoworld's daily blurbs for confirmations on starters.




Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

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