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The Waiver Wire: Knocking Out Your Opponent

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Dan Waldner

Dan Waldner

Dan Waldner covers hockey for RotoWire, and has been involved in fantasy hockey pools for 15 years. He's a lifetime Toronto Maple Leafs fan, a passion his wife puts up with and his daughter is starting to emulate.

The Waiver Wire For the week of March 30 April 5

Because this is likely the finals for your head-to-head playoffs, were going to do something a little different for this weeks Waiver Wire were going to break down stat categories, and players you can likely grab that are going to be able to augment these categories. Most waiver adds at this point are to make up for short-comings in a particular area; this article will help you solidify these weaknesses.

Scoring (Goals and Assists)

Matt Stajan C, CGY With six points in four games, and an impressive +5 rating, Stajan is acting like he has something to prove of late. While hes never been a point beast, his ownership level is so low (1%) that hes widely available to add in just about every league. He has three games this week (one of which is against the drowning Toronto Maple Leafs) and should be able to pot you some needed points if he continues his hot streak.


James Sheppard C, SJ Even though his ownership level is currently at 0% - a wonderful rounding error, no doubt Sheppard has had a great run in the last five games, recording two goals and three assists for five points. In addition to lighting it up, hes also a plus-five with a pair of penalty minutes secondary categories which help GMs overall. With San Jose playing three games this week, he would be a great add if you need a quick boost in a deep league.

Power Play Points

Patrick Maroon LW, ANA Its astounding that a person whos on the first unit power play on a team like Anaheim, playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry is available in 99% of leagues. If youre deperate for opportunity to gain some ground, youre not likely going to find a better person right now than Maroon. Sure, he doesnt have that many power play points to show for it right now only three but your options are likely limited.

Eric Gelinas D, NJ Were confused he currently has 16 power play points, and is the best power play quarterback the Devils have, and yet, hes currently on the second unit. Hes typically good for just over 2 minutes of powerplay time a game, which equates to a power play point per 8 minutes of power play ice time over the course of the season. What does that mean? If you play him for the four games this week, he should be good for at least a point on the power play, and with some weaker opponents this week in Florida, Buffalo, Washington and Carolina, well guess at least three.

Plus-Minus

Ben Lovejoy D, ANA One of our favorite things about the Anaheim Ducks are their wonderful plus-minus scores, basically across the entire roster. Even their fourth line grinders are solid plus players, and the dedication to defensive hockey is evident. Ben Lovejoy is only owned in 7% of leagues, and yet, he is a +20 with a ridiculously easy schedule in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Nashville and Edmonton, which should be a handful of pluses.

Alec Martinez D, LA We havent followed LA enough this season to understand what changed March 1st, when Martinez apparently became Ray Bourque, but those GMs that were paying attention caught lightining in a bottle with him. Since the beginning of the month, Martinez has six goals and five assists for 11 points in 13 games, but his +6 has been a real help to solidifying a difficult category to lock down. LA plays four games this week, which will likely help all his categories, but you may want to bench him on Thursday when they play the Sharks if plus-minus is an issue, you want to avoid those types of matchups with your players wherever possible.

Penalty Minutes

Zac Rinaldo C/W, PHI Hes pretty much the epitome of goon three points on the season, a -14, but 132 PIM to go along with it. If you find yourself down late in the week, and need 10 or so PIM to catch up, add Rinaldo. Hes not good for much else, but hell singlehandedly take down that category.

Ryan Reaves RW, STL Just like Rinaldo, he only has six points this year, but hes also only a -1. His 117 PIM put him seventh in the league, but hes also less likely to hurt you if your plus-minus category is in jeopardy.

Shots

Patric Hornqvist RW, NAS If your team is constantly being outshot week after week, Hornqvist is a great add for this week HOWEVER you have to add him no earlier than Thursday for the optimum gain, as he has a back-to-back Friday/Saturday, but does not play during the week. His 41 points are not world beating, but with an ownership of 17%, and with 224 shots good for 21st in the league hes probably your best option to solidify that category.

Cam Atkinson RW, CLS We think this marks the third time weve recommended Atkinson this year in this article. With 191 shots, hes in the top 50 in the league right now, and he has an ownership of 11%. In addition to shots, Atkinson will be good across the board in just about all stat categories, and by virtue of the fact that Columbus is currently in a race for the wildcard spots in the East, you know the Blue Jackets will be firing on all cylinders.

Goaltending

Curtis McElhinney CLS With Sergei Bobrovsky on the shelf with the flu, McElhinney has really stepped up for the Blue Jackets, giving them every opportunity to win. This week, hell likely get a start against Philadelphia on Thursday, as the Jackets are playing back-to-back with Chicago the following night. With the way hes been playing of late, we would recommend keeping an eye on him and, if your goaltending is dire, adding him the morning of once hes the confirmed starter.

Thomas Greiss PHO Mike Smith is down for the foreseeable future, and its up to Greiss to carry the load for the Coyotes for at least this week. Phoenix is holding on to the last wildcard spot in the West, and it appears that the entire season will come down to the wire, with Dallas only three points behind and a game in hand. Greiss has been good so far for the Coyotes this year we expect him to shine this week. Add him if you get into early goalie trouble.

How did we do last week?

(When we judged our correctness, we looked at whether we were expecting performance or lack thereof.)

Mika Zibanejad OTT ADD 2GP 0G 0A -1 [Incorrect]

Gustav Nyquist DET ADD 4GP 5G 0A +5 [Correct]

Travis Zajac NJ DROP 2GP 0G 0A +0 [Correct]

Ales Hemsky OTT ADD 3GP 0G 1A -1 [Incorrect]

Milan Michalek OTT ADD 3GP 1G 1A +0 4PIM [Correct]

Steve Downie PHI ADD (Did not play Injury) [N/A]

Marc-Edouard Vlasic SJ SHORT-TERM ADD 3GP 0G 0A -1 [Incorrect]

Andrej Meszaros BOS ADD 1GP 0G 0A +0 [Neutral]

Chad Johnson BOS 1GP 1-0 2.00 GAA / .939 SV% [Correct]

Antti Raanta CHI 1GP 0-1 5.00 GAA / .828 SV% [Incorrect]

Alex Stalock SJ 1GP 0-1 3.00 GAA / .864 SV% [Incorrect]

Jeff Zatkoff PIT 1GP 0-1 3.00 GAA / .906 SV% [Neutral]

Carter Hutton NAS 1GP 1-0 1.00 GAA / .970 SV% [Correct]

So, by our count, we went 5-5-2 with one N/A. Historically, were 99-50-38 for the season.

Weekly Notes

Grab players from these teams this week, if you can (with an eye to the future weeks):

1. Columbus Blue Jackets Four games this week Colorado, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York Islanders

2. Philadelphia Flyers Four games this week St. Louis, Columbus, Boston and Buffalo

3. Ottawa Senators Four games this week Carolina, New York Islanders, Montreal and New York Rangers

Avoid players from these teams this week, if you can (with an eye to the future weeks):

1. Vancouver Canucks Two games this week New York Rangers and Los Angeles

2. Nashville Predators Two games this week Anaheim and San Jose

3. Minnesota Wild Three games this week Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh (ouch)

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