Another week is behind us in the fantasy hockey season, and with the fantasy hockey playoffs quickly approaching, it is time to once again take a run through the fantasy hockey waiver wire. With the shortened NHL season, injuries are playing a bigger role than they normally would, and thus wreaking havoc on fantasy leagues. Who are the players you need to know about that could help you win your week and ultimately your league?
Ben Bishop, goaltender, Tampa Bay Lightning
Is there any better way to debut with your new team than a 45-save shutout against a division rival? That is exactly what happened for Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night against Carolina. As I discussed in my previous column, Bishop should get plenty of playing time down the stretch with Anders Lindback dealing with an ankle issue, and the Lightning still holding on to playoff hopes. Bishop is owned in just 42 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.
Derick Brassard, center, New York Rangers
The Rangers center had a terrific week, collecting three goals and three assists for a six-point week. Brassard appears to be on the type of run that could be huge for your fantasy hockey team as we head into the postseason in most formats next week. Brassard also contributed to the power play, with three points on the man advantage, so he can help you there, as well. Brassard is owned in only 14 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled, and if he can continue on his current streak Brassard is worth a look in deeper leagues looking for scoring help.
Sean Couturier, center, Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers center checked in with a five-point week, collecting a goal and four assists. Couturier has collected points in four straight games, which is a trend that is tough to ignore at this point in the season. He also has been getting time with the man advantage, adding a point on the power play. While the Flyers have struggled, Couturier is a player to keep an eye on in the final month of the season, as he should continue to get plenty of ice time as the Flyers try to develop their young star forward. Couturier is only owned in 5 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.
Brandon Saad, left wing, Chicago Blackhawks
Saad had a nice week for the Blackhawks, contributing four goals and an assist over that time. Saad also checked in with a plus-4 on the week. With the three-game point streak, Saad is a player you need to keep an eye on in the final month of the season. The Blackhawks have no trouble scoring goals, so the points should keep coming. Saad is owned in just 25 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.
That will do it for this week's edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Planner and look for Fantasy Hockey Trends next week as we help you win your fantasy hockey leagues.