Another week down, another week closer to the fantasy hockey postseason.
With the trade deadline a no so distant memory, it is now time to put your focus squarely on your roster and getting into the postseason on a high note. So let's take a look at some players that could bolster your roster as we head toward the finish line in this week's edition of the waiver wire.
Catch lightning in a bottle? Mathieu Garon is heating up at the right time
Josh Bailey, Left Wing, New York Islanders - Bailey, who is owned in only one percent of all fantasy leagues polled, has scored three goals in the last two games. While he is not a player known for being gifted offensively, he appears to be making a bit of a run for the Islanders. If you are looking for scoring in deeper leagues, monitor Bailey over the next couple games. He could be worth an add.
Steve Sullivan, Left Wing, Pittsburgh Penguins - Sullivan, who is only on seven percent of all fantasy rosters polled, may be one of the hottest players in the NHL right now. There is only one problem: He is currently listed as day to day with an undisclosed injury. In the past week, Sullivan checked in with a goal and five assists. While there is some risk in adding him, it's worth considering adding him and hoping he gets back into the lineup quickly.
Gabriel Bourque, Left Wing, Nashville Predators - The Nashville rookie, who is available in nearly all fantasy hockey leagues, has recorded points in three straight games, with a goal and three assists in that time span. While he has not shown any real consistency before this recent run of points, keep an eye on him moving forward. Sometimes the best thing that can happen to a rookie is to gain more game experience; if Bourque can continue to add points, he is definitely worth a look in deep leagues.
Jason Arnott, Center, St. Louis Blues - Arnott, only owned in 11 percent of all leagues polled, checked in with two goals and an assist this week, all on the power play. One of the reasons we like Arnott here is because of the team he plays on. The Blues are one of the pleasant surprises of the NHL this year. While Arnott does not contribute offensively the way he once did, he still has 29 points in 56 games this season. As the Blues continue to position themselves for the post season, expect veteran players like Arnott to lead the way.
Mathieu Garon, Goaltender, Tampa Bay Lightning - Based in Tampa, we see a lot of Garon regularly. He has solidified his standing as the number one goaltender for the Lightning, and he has not disappointed. Owned in only 33 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, he is still available in two thirds of leagues. If you need depth in goal, pick up Garon as he has been outstanding. In a 2-1 win over Montreal earlier in the week, Garon made several spectacular saves. He has won four of his last five starts going into play Friday night.
Fantasy hockey news and Notes
Will he return soon?
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson continues to recover from surgery after cutting himself in a cooking incident last week. Anderson has had a great year for the surprising Senators, posting a 29-19-6 record and 2.85 goals against average. Keep him buried on your bench and hope he can make it back into the lineup before the fantasy postseason begins.
Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has returned to lineup after missing an extended period of time with an upper body injury, and has picked up right where he left off, scoring in two of his first three games back. Get him back into your lineups moving forward.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to miss both of the Red Wings games this weekend with what is being called a deep bone bruise. Multiple X-Rays have not revealed a fracture. Even though Lidstrom is still missing more time than was originally expected, it still does not sound like anything that is too serious at this point. Put him on your bench and monitor his status when he is re-evaluated early next week.
That will do it for this week's edition of the waiver wire, make sure you check back early next week when we start to focus on the fantasy hockey postseason.
About Mike Corcoran
Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.
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