Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

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Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

In the 51st episode of the Fantasy Hockey Hacks Podcast, the FHH team discusses week 21 in the NHL – John’s List & Fantasy Lock Of The Week, Headlines With The Hacks, Ask The Hacks, and Edge Work (Schedule Notes, Week 21 Waiver Wire Picks). Subscribe to our podcast on all major directories; and stay up to date with the latest in fantasy hockey news and fantasy hockey advice. Be sure to visit, the best source for fantasy hockey intelligence; and The Hockey Podcast Network for more great hockey-related content.

  • Jason Robertson scores hat tricks in consecutive games
  • Nick Schmaltz scores 7 point game against the Ottawa Senators
  • Vitek Vanecek is taking over the crease in Washington
  • Goaltending struggles continue in Toronto
  • Jake DeBrusk nets his first career hat trick
  • Cale Makar extends his point-streak
  • Michael Bunting a serious contender for the Calder
  • Igor Shesterkin the Hart Trophy favourite?
  • Roman Josi hits 500 points for his career
  • Mason Marchment over a point per game
  • Will Markstrom, Kuemper, and other workhorse goaltenders get a rest down the stretch?
  • John’s List/Fantasy Lock Of The Week (1:20/4:08), Headlines With The Hacks (7:07), Ask The Hacks (42:00), Edge Work – Schedule Notes (1:01:25), Edge Work – Waiver Wire (1:08:00)

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John’s List

If you have been listening to our podcast for a while, you’ve undoubtedly heard about “John’s List”; which is basically John’s $h!t list of players past and present. We’ve decided to make this a regular segment on the podcast and will include it in the blog for fun as well. If you have any suggestions for players we should add to the list, let us know!

Daniel Briere

Fantasy Lock Of The Week (February 28 – March 6, 2022) | Presented by Left Wing Lock ()
🔥Jason Robertson, LW, 90% Rostered (Yahoo)

7 Points, 7 Goals, 2 GWG, 1 PPP, 18 SOG, +3, 61% PP Share, 18:55 ATOI in 3 games played. Robertson has now scored 100 career NHL points in 101 games. 

Honorable Mention: Nick Schmaltz (8 points – 3 goals, 5 assists, 1 GWG, 2 PPP, 8 SOG, +6, 66% PP share in 2 GP). Schmaltz became just the second active player (Sam Gagner is the other) to score 7 or more points in a single game.

Headlines With The Hacks (News & Injuries) | Feb 28 – Mar 6, 2022

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February 28
  • Sidney Crosby scored the GWG for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday against Columbus, now sits 25th on the NHL’s all-time points leader list.

  • Auston Matthews, J.T. Miller, and Steven Stamkos were named the 3 Stars for the week ending February 27th. 

  • Vitek Vanecek was recalled from his AHL conditioning stint. 
  • Anthony Mantha took part in on-ice drills on Monday; it was the first time since shoulder surgery that Mantha was cleared for contact. 
  • Brendan Perlini was placed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers. 

  • Peter DeBoer told the media on Monday that Robin Lehner will be back in the crease on Tuesday; but also that Max Pacioretty and Mattias Janmark are both expected to miss the game, and neither player is particularly close to returning. 

  • The IIHF has suspended Russia and Belarus from IIHF competitions until further notice. The 2023 World Juniors have been pulled from Russia as well.

  • The NHL announced that they are suspending all business relationships with Russian partners; and they have halted any Russian language websites and digital media. 
  • Jake Debrusk scored his first career NHL hat trick on Monday night against the Kings! 

  • Tom Wilson became the Capitals 3rd player in the past 10 years to score a PPG and SHG in the same game. 

March 1
  • Kyle Davidson named the new GM of the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned to Edmonton, considered week-to-week with an upper-body (shoulder) injury. Duncan Keith returned to play against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

  • Jeremy Swayman is the NHL’s Rookie of the Month. Posted a 5-1-1 record in February with a 1.13 GAA, .960 SV% and 2 shutouts! 

  • Zach Weresnki was on the ice for the morning skate. 
  • Adam Boqvist is DTD with an upper-body injury. 
  • The NHL and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have partnered to offer “Face-off Probability”, an in-game NHL stat that will be displayed live during games to show player odds on winning face-offs. 

  • Mitch Marner (23 points, 9 goals in 12 GP), Jacob Markstrom (8-1-0, 2.04 GAA, .929 SV%, 1 SO), and Patrik Laine (15 points, 9 goals in 10 GP) are your 3 Stars for the month of February. 

  • Mathew Barzal (lower-body) and Zdeno Chara (upper-body) were both still DTD on Tuesday, and did not play against Vancouver.

  • CCM has decided not to use Alex Ovechkin, along with all other Russian players, in their global marketing.  

  • Predators GM David Poile recently told a local radio show in Nashville that he is NOT attempting to trade Filip Forsberg as rumours would suggest. 

  • The Winnipeg Jets thrashed the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 8-4. Winnipeg scored 4 goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. 
  • Josh Anderson scored a hat trick against the Jets Tuesday. 

  • Jack Johnson played in his 1000th NHL game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. 
  • Patrik Laine undressed a Devil’s defender and scored a beauty in a 4-3 win. 

  • Max Domi reached 300 career NHL points. 
  • Brayden Point had a 4 point (1 goal) game against the Ottawa Senators, factored in on 4 of Tampa’s 5 unanswered goals. The Bolts took over 1st place in the Atlantic Division. 
  • Detroit Red Wings rookie defenceman, Moritz Seider, set a franchise record for longest point streak by a defenceman (7 games). 

  • James Reimer left Tuesday’s contest against Vegas with a lower-body injury. 
  • The Colorado Avalanche were the first team to hit the 40 win mark this season; and required the second-fewest number of games in league history to do so. 

March 2
  • The CHL will soon announce that Russian players will not be eligible for the import draft. 

  • Ottawa Senators head coach DJ Smith told reporters that Josh Norris will be ready to play on Thursday. 
  • Carl Hagelin is expected to be out long-term due to an eye injury. 
  • Joe Snively is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Snively was pointless in his last 3 contests, but still managed to post 7 points in 12 games to date this season. 
  • Ilya Samsonov left practice on Wednesday after taking a puck up high. 
  • The CHL will announce that Russian players will not be eligible for the import draft. 
  • Mitch Marner played in his 400th career NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres. Marner collected an assist in the game. 
  • Chris Kreider scored his NHL-leading 18th PP Goal against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. 

  • Juuse Saros played in his 200th NHL game – a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Kraken. 

  • Roman Josi reached the 500-point plateau (732 games); only Erik Karlsson achieved the milestone faster (613 games). The 2008 draft class has now produced 5 NHL defencemen who have recorded 500 points or more – Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, John Carlson, and Alex Pietrangelo. 

  • Alexander Radulov played in his 500th NHL game; and scored just his second goal since October 27th. 
March 3
  • Matt Dumba and Jordan Greenway did not play on the team’s recent road trip. Possible to play on Sunday. 
  • Nikolaj Ehlers was on the ice on Thursday, and was wearing a regular contact jersey. According to Sara Orlesky, Ehlers should return on Friday.

  • The Chicago Blackhawks received some good news on Thursday – Jonathan Toews, Tyler Johnson, and Calvin De Haan all returned to the lineup against the Edmonton Oilers. 
  • Anthony Mantha made his return to the Washington Capitals lineup for the first time this season. 
  • Vitek Vanecek made 36 saves for his 3rd shutout of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes. Vanecek appears to be taking over the crease for the Caps.

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 33rd goal of the season, and 763 in his career. Ovi sits just 3 goals back of Jaromir Jagr (766) for 3rd most goals in NHL history. 
  • James Reimer is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

  • Cody Ceci played in his 600th career NHL game on Thursday night. It was also Duncan Keith’s first game back in Chicago since being traded to Edmonton. Tyson Barrie left with an upper-body injury and did not return. 

  • Craig Smith scored a hat trick for the Bruins in a 5-2 win over the Golden Knights. 

  • David Pastrnak scored twice to reach the 30-goal plateau for the 5th time in his career. Pasta has 11 points and 7 goals in his last 7 games played. 

  • Cale Makar extended his assist streak to 10 games (15 assists), now the longest such streak by a defenceman in franchise history. 
  • Sidney Crosby scored his 75th career game-winning goal, surpassing Mario Lemieux (74), and tying Evgeni Malkin for second in franchise history. 

  • Jared Spurgeon set a new franchise record for games played by a defenceman for the Wild with 744. 

March 4
  • Zach Werenski returned to the Columbus Blue Jackets against the LA Kings on Friday night. 
  • Adam Boqvist was placed on IR retroactive to February 27th. 
  • Erik Karlsson is aiming to return to the lineup on Thursday this upcoming week. 
  • Andrew Hammond suffered an upper-body injury on Thursday against Calgary and has been placed on IR. Look for Sam Montembeault to see even more action. 
  • Nikolaj Ehlers was activated from IR on Friday against the Dallas Stars. It was Ehlers first game since January 18th; he posted 1 A, 6 SOG in 16:04 TOI. 
  • Cole Perfetti was placed on LTIR. 
  • Rasmus Dahlin extended his home point-streak to 8 games – the longest by a Sabres defenceman since Phil Housley (1989-1990).
  • Both Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen missed Friday’s game versus Winnipeg due to non-covid illness. 
  • Joe Pavelski recorded his 900th career NHL point (an assist).

  • Jason Robertson scored a hat trick after netting the game-winning goal in OT – all in his 100th career NHL game!👀 

  • Ondrej Palat played in his 600th NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings. 

  • Moritz Seider became just the 4th NHL rookie in league history to record a point-streak of 8 games or longer!

  • Viktor Arvidsson also scored a hat trick after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime! 
March 5
  • Jaden Schwartz and Jared McCann were both activated from IR on Saturday. 
  • Kraken captain, Mark Giordano, played in his 1,000th NHL game. 
  • Kevin Hayes was activated from IR, did play against the Chicago Blackhawks in Saturday’s 4-3 win. 
  • Tyson Barrie did not play in Edmonton’s brutal 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Mike Smith was not particularly good – 4.02 GAA, .857 SV%, -1.51 GSAA. 
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets retired Rick Nash’s jersey on Saturday night – the first jersey to be retired by the franchise. Rick Nash was the Blue Jacket’s goals leader for eight consecutive seasons, a streak which began in 2003-04 when he had 41 goals en route to winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.

  • Robby Fabbri scored his 16th goal of the season in his 300th career NHL game. 
  • With 7 points (2 goals), Nick Schmaltz set a new franchise record for points in a single game. 

  • Wayne Simmonds played in his 1,000th NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks, a 6-4 loss. Simmonds became the 5th black player to reach 1,000 games. Jarome Iginla (1,554 GP), Mike Grier (1,060 GP), Trevor Daley (1,058 GP), and Donald Brashear (1,025 GP) were the first 4. Jack Campbell continues to struggle, he has allowed 19 goals in his last 4 games played. 

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 764th career NHL goal – 2 goals away from tying Jaromir Jagr for 3rd all-time on the NHL’s goal-scoring list. 
  • Roman Josi collected 4 assists in an 8-0 shutout over San Jose. It was the second time in his career that Josi recorded 4 assists in a game. 

  • Cale Makar extended his assist streak to 11 games (16 assists), the second-longest streak by an Avs defenceman in franchise history. 
  • With the OT winner on Saturday against Colorado, Johnny Gaudreau tied Sean Monahan for most overtime goals in Flames history. 
March 6
  • Evgeni Malkin was not on the ice for practice on Sunday, but it was due to maintenance. 
  • Frederick Andersen is considered DTD with an undisclosed injury, according to Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour. 
  • Petr Mrazek is scheduled to start for Toronto on Monday against Columbus. 
  • Jason Robertson recorded another hat trick on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild, becoming just the 4th active player to record hat tricks in consecutive games. Robertson now has 100 career NHL points in just 101 games played. 
  • Alex Tuch is listed as “out” after colliding with the net on Sunday. 

  • Mike Smith missed practice on Sunday due to illness, Stuart Skinner was recalled and will backup Koskinen on Monday against Calgary.
  • Jordan Kyrou scored a goal and an assist on Sunday to record his 100th career point in just 150 GP. 

  • Dougie Hamilton scored his 7th overtime goal against the St.Louis Blues, only 4 active Dmen have recorded more – Brent Burns, Seth Jones, Kris Letang, and Victor Hedman. 

  • John Gibson will missed Sunday’s game with an upper-body injury. 

  • Matt Murray was placed on IR. Out at least a week. 

  • Igor Shesterkin has never lost a game in his career when making 40+ saves.

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy made his bid for save of the year! Absolutely robbing Patrick Kane.

Ask The Hacks

  • Andrew Mangipane was just dropped in my league. I noticed he also recently got moved to the 3rd line. Should I drop Matt Boldy or Viktor Arvidsson for him?
  • Is this a good trade? I traded away Roope Hintz and Carter Verhaeghe to get Mikka Zibanejad. 
  • Mark Scheifele or David Perron for the rest of the regular season and playoffs? 
  • I have Mackenzie Weeger and Jacob Trouba on my defense. Dougie Hamilton is on waivers. According to my research, he has been pretty good in recent seasons. Should I drop either Weeger or Trouba for him?
  • What’s your opinion on dropping Troy Terry and picking up Michael Bunting or Matt Boldy? 
  • I have Mathew Barzal & Tony DeAngelo (both Out). I can’t put them on IR because my league doesn’t let us. It’s frustrating. I’m holding DeAngelo, he’s too good to drop. I’m losing my week. Do I drop Barzal?
  • Hey guys. I’m in a 12 team H2H Bangers league (5 keepers). I use the LWL draft data kit & see Mark Scheifele higher than Nicklas Backstrom. I’m dropping in the standings, and now in 5th. Would you take this offer: 
    • SEND: Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson 
    • RECEIVE: Mark Scheifele, Tyler Bertuzzi, Shea Theodore
  • Do you think some of the workhorse goalies (i.e.Markstrom, Kuemper etc) may get rested down the stretch leading to their value being at its highest right now? I appreciate your response! (Nick T)

Edge Work | NHL Schedule, Week 21

Need To Know: 

NHL Week 21 is packed, with 55 total games on the slate for the upcoming fantasy hockey week. Wednesday and Friday are particularly “light” days (50% or less NHL teams in action) with just two games being played on Wednesday and 4 games on Friday. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday are very busy around the NHL, with at least 10 games being played each day. The Calgary Flames have a rare 5-game week, and should definitely be on your radar for the upcoming week (despite a challenging schedule). Note, Calgary has 2 back-to-backs next week, so Daniel Vladar should see a start, possibly even 2. Columbus, New York (Islanders), Washington, Edmonton, and Vancouver all play 2 of their games on “light” days, the most among all teams for the upcoming week. Dallas and San Jose have just 2 games on the upcoming schedule, the least among all NHL clubs next week. 

  • Monday – 5 Games
  • Tuesday – 11 Games
  • Wednesday – 2 Games
  • Thursday – 13 Games
  • Friday – 4 Games
  • Saturday – 10 Games
  • Sunday – 10 Games
Teams With 5 Games: 
Team Of Interest | Calgary Flames (Strength of Schedule: 18) 
  • The Calgary Flames get the rare 5-game week, and they offer plenty of fantasy value from players that are widely-available. The problem for the Flames (and fantasy managers) is that the upcoming schedule is not particularly friendly with matchups against Edmonton (6-3-1 last 10 GP), Washington (4-6-0 last 10 GP), Tampa Bay (7-2-1 last 10 GP), Detroit (5-5-0 last 10 GP), and Colorado (7-3-0 last 10 GP). With that said, the Calgary Flames led the entire NHL in points percentage (P%) during the month of February with a rate of .917%. Record Against Upcoming Opponents This Season: 2-3-0  Players To Consider: Tyler Toffoli (59%), Andrew Mangiapane (70%), Blake Coleman (34%), Sean Monahan (20%), Rasmuss Andersson (48%), Noah Hanifin (19%), Daniel Vladar (7%). 
Teams With 4 Games: 
Team Of Interest | Toronto Maple Leafs (Strength of Schedule: -42) 
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have a great schedule this week with games against Columbus (5-3-2 last 10 GP), Seattle (2-7-1), Arizona (5-5-0 last 10 GP), and Buffalo (4-6-0 last 10 GP). The Leafs were tied for 11th in points percentage (.625) during the month of February, but sat 3rd in goals for per game played (4.25 GF/GP), and had the 7th best penalty kill at 86.8%. Jack Campbell has struggled of late, which has opened the door for Petr Mrazek to get more starts – should your fantasy roster be in need of some help in goal. Rookie Michael Bunting was fantastic during February with 14 points (7 goals) in 12 games, and remains available in nearly 50% of Yahoo leagues. Record Against Upcoming Opponents This Season: 3-3-0 | Players To Consider: Michael Bunting (51%), Ilya Mikheyev (4%), Nick Robertson (2%), Ondrej Kase (3%), Alex Kerfoot (15%), Justin Holl (4%), Petr Mrazek (48%).
Teams With 3 Games: 
Team Of Interest | Boston Bruins (Strength of Schedule: -37) 
  • According to Left Wing Lock, the Boston Bruins have the most favourable schedule among teams that play 3 games next week with matchups against the LA Kings (7-3-0 last 10 GP), Chicago Blackhawks (4-5-1 last 10 GP), and Arizona Coyotes (4-6-0 last 10 GP). The Bruins were the 12th best team during the month of February in terms of points percentage (.625); but their special teams were average at best with an 18th ranked PK (78.4%) and PP (20%). Boston shelled the LA Kings recently in a 7-0 win, Jake DeBrusk collected his first career hat trick; and Erik Haula chipped in with 2 goals of his own. DeBrusk remains widely available and should be considered for the coming week. Record Against Upcoming Opponents This Season: 2-0-0 | Players To Consider: Jake DeBrusk (20%), Erik Haula (5%), Charlie Coyle (9%), Craig Smith (5%), Grzelcyk (20%). 
Teams With 2 Games:
Team Of Interest | San Jose Sharks (Strength of Schedule: 8) 
  • The San Jose Sharks are a team staring down a rebuild after so many years of success in southern California. San Jose has a -25 goal differential and are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games played. We’re only suggesting San Jose here because they play the Kings twice next week, a team they steam-rolled on January 17th by a score of 6-2. Meier scored 5 goals that game, and Rudolf Balcers chipped in with a tally as well. It should be noted, the Sharks had the 11th best PP during February, converting at a rate of 25%; and the PK was incredible at 96.3%, the best in the league. James Reimer is week-to-week, so look to Adin Hill to take over in the crease, assuming he is healthy. Record Against Upcoming Opponents This Season: 1-0-0 | Players To Consider: Rudolf Balcers (1%), Ryan Dzingel (1%), Alex Barabanov (3%), Nick Bonino (1%), Adin Hill (17%).

Edge Work | NHL Week 21 Waiver Wire Targets

Waiver wire targets will be focused on players with ownership ~50% or less. 

Top Waiver Wire Targets

📈 Tyler Toffoli (LW/RW), CGY | Rostered: 55% (Yahoo) | GP: 5 (Vs.EDM, Vs.WSH, Vs.TB, Vs.DET, @COL) | Line: 2 (w/ Lucic & Monahan, PP1) 
  • In Tyler Toffoli’s first 3 games with the Flames he received a total of 6.5% PP share; but since then he has received an average of 58% PP share, posting 7 points (4 goals, 3 PPP) in 6 GP. Toffoli is now on-pace for 61 points this season, playing with one of the league’s hottest teams. If he is still available in your league, go grab him now. It should be mentioned that Toffoli’s iSH% (11.4%) is below his 3-year Avg. (13.6%); and his team’s even-strength shooting percentage (tEVSH%) with him on the ice (5.5%) is well below league-average (8.5%). Also: Blake Coleman (LW/RW, 34%) – 6 points (2 goals) in his last 5 games played
📈 Jake DeBrusk (LW/RW), BOS | Rostered: 20% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.LAK, Vs.CHI, Vs.ARI) | Line: (w/ Marchand & Bergeron) 
  • Jake DeBrusk has been fantastic for the Bruins recently, and given his deployment on the top line with Marchand and Bergeron, there is no reason that his production can’t continue. DeBrusk has posted 10 points (8 goals) in his last 8 games played, while shooting at a rate of 3.25 SOG/GM. The only drawback with DeBrusk at this point is his lack of power play time (25% PP share). 
📈 Michael Bunting (LW), TOR | Rostered: 52% (Yahoo) | GP: (@CBJ, Vs.SEA, Vs.ARI, @BUF) | Line: 1 (w/ Matthews & Marner, PP1) 
  • As mentioned previously, Bunting had a very effective February, with 14 points and 7 goals in 12 games played. The former Coyote is tied for the league-lead in rookie scoring with 43 points, and leads all rookies in goals with 19. Playing with Matthews and Marner at even-strength would obviously provide a boost for any player; but Bunting has established a real chemistry on that line, and that bodes well for his fantasy prospects for the rest of the season. It’s worth mentioning that Bunting is currently on-pace for 64 points and 28 goals!  
📈 Mason Marchment (LW/RW), LAK | Rostered: 26% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@BUF, @PIT, Vs.PHI, @LAK) | Line: 2 (w/ Barkov & Verhaeghe, PP2) 
  • Mason Marchment has simply been incredible for the Florida Panthers this season, posting 31 points and 13 goals in 30 games this season, while playing an average of just 13:27 per game. One BIG red flag is Marchment’s iSH%, which is currently at 21% – well above his career average of 13%. Marchment’s team even-strength shooting percentage (tEVSH%) is also a real concern at 14.3%. With that in mind, Marchment has been promoted to the top line to play with Alexander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe, so he should be rostered until his production dries up or his deployment changes drastically. 14 points and 7 goals in his last 10 games played. Also: Anton Lundell (25%) – Florida rookie is 5th in the Calder trophy race with 38 Pts (14 G); leads all rookies in +/- at +30! 11 Pts (4 G) last 10 GP, on-pace for 61 Pts.
📈 Ryan Getzlaf (C), ANA | Rostered: 21% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@CHI, @NSH, @NJD, @NYI) | Line: 2 (w/ Terry & Henrique, PP1) 
  • The Ducks captain is having a bit of a bounce-back season; currently on-pace for 54 points, which would be his highest total since 2018-2019. Getzlaf carries additional value in leagues that count hits, PIMs, and face-off wins (FOW). Getzlaf has improved on draws this year, up to 53.4% to this point in the season; 458 total face-off wins! Also: Trevor Zegras (52%). The Anaheim rookie has collected 42 points in 51 games to date this season; on-pace for 68 points and 24 goals. Zegras should be rostered in far more leagues than he is currently.
📈 Philip Danault (C), LAK | Rostered: 22% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@BOS, Vs.SJS, @SJS, Vs.FLA) | Line: 2 (w/ Arvidsson & Moore, PP2) 
  • The former Hab drew a lot of interest around the league in the off-season for defensive play, but nobody really expected to see him excel offensively in Los Angeles. Well, through 54 games this season Danault is on-pace for nearly 50 points and 25 goals! Danault is shooting at a career-best 2.3 SOG/GM, receiving a career-high 1:46 PPTOI/GM, and is particularly useful in leagues that count FOW (53.8 FOW%). 9 points and 6 goals in his last 10 games played! With 4 games on the schedule for the upcoming week, the stingy center could be a valuable addition in deep leagues and/or select formats. 
📈 Ivan Barbashev (C/LW/RW), STL | Rostered: 45% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.OTT, Vs.NYR, @NSH, Vs.WPG) | Line: 2 (w/ Schenn & Kyrou, PP1) 
  • Ivan Barbashev was one of the hottest waiver wire additions back in early December, then for almost an entire month (January 21 – February 19) failed to register a single point. Fantasy managers that were patient with Barbashev are now being rewarded as the young Russian has 7 points and 2 goals in his last 5 games played. The Blues have 4 games for the upcoming week, and we really like Barbashev’s deployment with Schenn and Kyrou, as well as time on the PP. 
📈 Calle Jarnkrok (LW/RW), SEA | Rostered: 1% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@TOR, @OTT, @MTL) | Line: 1 (w/ Eberle & Geekie, PP1) 
  • Definitely more of a deep-league add, but Calle Jarnkrok has managed to put together a reasonable campaign for Seattle, and is currently on-pace for 42 points and 20 goals. The former Pred is playing top line minutes with Eberle and Geekie, and has received some time on the power play as well. 
📈 Alexis Lafreniere (LW/RW), NYR | Rostered: 28% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@MIN, @STL, @DAL) | Line: 2 (w/ Kreider & Zibanejad, PP1) 
  • The first overall pick from 2020 has struggled to live up to expectations, but he has posted 6 points (5 goals) in his last 10 games, playing alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. That line has been effective 5v5 – 55 CF%, 68.75 GF%, 54.94 SCF%, 57.14 HDCF%. Keep tabs on Lafreniere, particularly in deep or dynasty leagues. 
📈 Rasmus Andersson (D), CGY | Rostered: 48% (Yahoo) | GP: 5 (Vs.EDM, Vs.WSH, Vs.TB, Vs.DET, @COL) | Pair: 1 (w/ Hanifin) 
  • Rasmus Andersson has seized the power play quarterback role for the Calgary Flames this year, and has proven to be a valuable fantasy defenceman at times – mostly in a points only league. On-pace for 47 points, and with 5 games on the schedule for Calgary next week Andersson could be worth a stream. Also: Noah Hanifin (20%).
📈 Luke Schenn (D), VAN | Rostered: 20% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.MTL, Vs.WSH, Vs.TB) | Pair: 2 (w/ Hughes) 
  • For leagues that count hits, blocks, and PIMS, Schenn absolutely deserves some consideration, at least as a short-term streaming option. Schenn has already racked up 172 hits through 41 games (4.2/GM); and over his last 10 games has averaged 1.5 PIMS, 4.5 Hits, and 2.8 Blocks. With just 3 goals and 11 points in 41 games, Schenn leaves lots to be desired in terms of point production. 
📈 Mikko Koskinen (G), EDM | Rostered: 47% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@CGY, Vs.WSH, Vs.TB) | Role: Tandem (55% Net Share)
  • Mikko Koskinen is finally showing some consistency in-goal for the Edmonton Oilers; and not a moment too soon, given the recent play of Mike Smith (3-5-0, 3.35 GAA, .889 SV%, -4.77 GSAA). Since January 22nd, Koskinen is 7-0-2 with 1 SO, a 2.50 GAA, .922 SV%, and 3.39 GSAA. The big Fin has started 7 of the last 10 games for the Oilers, and he will need to continue with his recent level of play if the Oilers intend on making the playoffs. A UFA after this season, it will be interesting to see what the Oilers do in the crease next year. 
📈 Vitek Vanecek (G), WSH | Rostered: 58% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@CGY, @EDM, @VAN) | Role: Tandem (45% Net Share)
  • Vitek Vanecek is taking over the crease in Washington (when healthy). Since Jan. 15, Vanecek has posted a 5-3-0 record, along with 3 SO, a 1.55 GAA, .946 SV%, and 8.75 GSAA! Conversely, Ilya Samsonov (now DTD) over the same stretch has been nothing short of awful:  4-6-0 record, 3.26 GAA, .899 SV%, -3.76 GSAA.🤮 Vanecek further solidified his case to be the starter with a 36-save shutout against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday this week. 
📈 Daniel Vladar (G), CGY | Rostered: 7% (Yahoo) | GP: 5 (Vs.EDM, Vs.WSH, Vs.TB, Vs.DET, @COL) | Role: Backup (24% Net Share)
  • The Calgary Flames play 5 games for the upcoming week, including 2 sets of back-to-backs. Expect Vladar to play at least 2 games next week behind an elite team that just beat the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night. Vladar’s peripherals have been about average this year (2.87 GAA, .904 SV%, , but he certainly wins more games than he loses, posting an 8-3-1 record with 2 shutouts this season. 
📈 Adin Hill (G), SJS | Rostered: 17% (Yahoo) | GP: 2 (@LAK,Vs.LAK) | Role: Tandem (45% Net Share)
  • With James Reimer considered week-to-week, Adin Hill will be in-line for the bulk of the starts for the San Jose Sharks. Hill is still on IR at the moment, but he did participate in practice with the team on Thursday. The former Coyote had a couple of rough outings before going out with injury; however, he was brilliant in his previous 5 starts – 3-1-1, 1.99 GAA, .932 SV%, 2.99 GSAA.

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