DraftStreet Fantasy Hockey Picks – February 9

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For Saturday, Feb . 9, there are 12 games in the NHL. The Pittsburgh-New Jersey (NHLN, 1:00pm ET), Phoenix-San Jose (NHLN, 4:00pm ET) and Toronto-Montreal (NHLN, 7:00pm ET) games are televised nationally in the United States. The Winnipeg-Ottawa (2:00pm ET), Edmonton-Detroit (2:00pm ET) and Calgary-Vancouver (10:00pm ET) games are televised nationally in Canada.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils 1:00pm ET (NHLN)

Penguins LW James Neal carries a three-game point streak (2 G, 2 A) with eight SOG into play. He was scoreless with three SOG in 14:34 of TOI in the first meeting with the Devils, however. Devils RW Ilya Kovalchuk snapped a five-game scoreless streak with a goal, assist and plus-1 rating Thursday against Tampa Bay. Kovalchuk was scoreless with an abysmal minus-3 rating in the first meeting with the Penguins.

Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers 1:00pm ET

Hurricanes C Jeff Skinner carries a three-game point streak into play. While has hasn’t lit the lamp since Jan. 28, he does have five assists with 11 SOG and a plus-1 rating over the past three outings. He had an assist with three SOG and a minus-1 rating in 21:46 of TOI in the first meeting with the Flyers last Saturday. C Jordan Staal also has a three-game point streak, going for a goal, three assists and a plus-2 rating with 11 SOG during the solid stretch. Flyers RW Danny Briere has managed just one multi-point game in seven outings this season, but that came in the first meeting against the Hurricanes last weekend.

Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators 2:00pm ET (CBC)

Jets D Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) is nearing a return, and could very well play in this matinee affair. However, it’s a good idea to let him return and play one full game without any setbacks before plugging him into your daily lineup. RW Blake Wheeler is good for eight points (4 G, 4 A) over his past seven games. He would be a fantasy stud if not for a brutal minus-9 rating in his first 10 games. Senators RW Daniel Alfredsson has managed goals in back-to-back games. He was scoreless in the opener against Winnipeg back on Jan. 19.

Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings 2:00pm ET (CBC)

Oilers LW Taylor Hall has tailed off a little bit, going without a goal and just one assist with a minus-1 rating over the past three games. Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk is scoreless with a minus-2 rating over his past three games, which actually makes him a must-start. Seriously. It is hard to believe a player of his talent will go without a point in a fourth straight outing. He had three goals and 10 points in a six-game stretch from Jan. 21-Feb. 1. Oilers D Ladislav Smid is scoreless over his past eight games with a minus-6 rating. Avoid.

Phoenix Coyotes at San Jose Sharks 4:00pm ET (NHLN)

Coyotes LW Raffi Torres picked up his first goal of the season with five PIM and a minus-1 rating Thursday against the Blackhawks. After an unbelievable start to the season, Sharks LW Patrick Marleau has gone as cold as ice. He is scoreless in his past four games with a minus-3 rating, and he hasn’t scored a goal in five outings dating back to Jan. 27. D Dan Boyle hasn’t lit the lamp in six straight games dating back to Jan. 22, but he still has four assists with six PIM and 11 SOG over the past five games.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm ET

Saturday’s tilt between the Lightning and Bruins was pushed back from a matinee game to a 7pm start due to a epic snowstorm gripping the New England states. Bruins LW Milan Lucic has gone six straight games without a goal, and he has managed only seven SOG during the span. Lightning RW Teddy Purcell has managed two goals with 10 points through the first 10 games. After a red hot start, C Vincent Lecavalier is scoreless with a minus-3 rating over his past three outings.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm ET (NHLN)

Ducks RW Bobby Ryan got off to a very slow start, but he has picked up points in back-to-back games, and can once again be a dependable option. And, with his stumble out of the chute, he is cheaper than he might normally be. Wild LW Zach Parise is off to a tremendous start for his new team, posting five goals with nine points and a plus-2 rating. He is a solid buy in daily leagues, even on the road. RW Cal Clutterbuck has a goal and assist, but his real values comes in the hits department.

Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders 7:00pm ET

Sabres LW Thomas Vanek continues to produce. He had two goals in the last outing against the Canadiens, and he has managed 10 goals with 21 points through the first 10 games. He is an absolute must-have in all fantasy pools until he slows down. He is showing no signs of letting up, and it’s hard to believe the Islanders will offer much resistance. Islanders C John Tavares snapped a two-game scoreless streak with a goal at N.Y. Rangers Thursday. He has managed four or more SOG in each of his past four games.

Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals 7:00pm ET

Panthers LW Tomas Fleischmann will get his first crack of the new season against his old team. Fleischmann has been hot lately, posting six points (2 G, 4 A) with a minus-3 rating and 12 SOG over his past five outings. Capitals D Mike Green has managed at least one point in three of his past four games, posting a goal, assist and a minus-1 rating during the span. C Nicklas Backstrom has a goal and five assists over his past six games, posting a plus-1 rating with 12 SOG during the solid span.

Anaheim Ducks at St. Louis Blues 8:00pm ET

Ducks C Nick Bonino accounted for the only scoring in a 3-1 loss Friday at Dallas. He has four goals and five points over his past four games. Despite the fact he gets about 12-13 minutes per game, he has been a cheap and useful option in daily formats. Blues D Alex Pietrangelo has lit the lamp in each of the past two games, but that has almost been offset by the fact he has a minus-2 rating in each of his past three games. C David Backes is scoreless over the past two games with a minus-2 rating, four PIM and just three SOG.

Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild 8:00pm ET

High-priced Wild D Ryan Suter was big offseason addition, but he has been awful to date. Suter hasn’t scored a goal while managing just four assists and a minus-7 rating through his first 10 games. He meets his old team for the second time this season. Suter was scoreless with a minus-2 rating and one SOG in 26:56 of TOI in the first meeting with Nashville Jan. 22. Predators D Kevin Klein has managed a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating over his past two games. RW Martin Erat is scoreless in five of his past six games, although he was the hero in the first meeting with the Wild back on Jan. 22 tallying a game-winning goal.

Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks 10:00pm ET

Canucks LW Mason Raymond has managed a goal, two assists and a plus-2 rating with four SOG over his past two games. He has an even or plus-1 rating in each of his past nine games. Flames LW Curtis Glencross has managed just one point, a goal, over his past four games. D Mark Giordano has struggled this season, going for just one goal, one assist and a minus-5 rating through his first eight games. His salary is too high for what he is producing.

Daniel Dobish

Daniel Dobish

Daniel has contributed columns on anything from all of the four majors sports, as well as Golf and NASCAR. Daniel is a back-to-back winner of the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award (2011-12), he won the Racing Writer of the Year (2011), and was nominated for Hockey Writer of the Year honors (2011). He is a veteran of the industry, starting out in 1999 and working eight years with CBSSports.com. Daniel has contributed to various Fantasy magazines, including the annual hockey yearbook with The Sports Forecaster in Canada. Daniel lives in the Raleigh, N.C. area with his wife and two sons, both of which appear to be poised to follow right along in Daniel's footsteps to become avid sports fans as well. He is also a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and all teams from Cleveland.
About Daniel Dobish

Daniel has contributed columns on anything from all of the four majors sports, as well as Golf and NASCAR. Daniel is a back-to-back winner of the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award (2011-12), he won the Racing Writer of the Year (2011), and was nominated for Hockey Writer of the Year honors (2011). He is a veteran of the industry, starting out in 1999 and working eight years with CBSSports.com. Daniel has contributed to various Fantasy magazines, including the annual hockey yearbook with The Sports Forecaster in Canada. Daniel lives in the Raleigh, N.C. area with his wife and two sons, both of which appear to be poised to follow right along in Daniel's footsteps to become avid sports fans as well. He is also a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and all teams from Cleveland.

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