This article is part of our From the Press Box series.
There are less than two weeks left in the NHL's regular season, so crunch time is now for fantasy owners.
If you're looking for a late surge from your roster, there are surely free agents available for you, just as there are going to be players on contending teams who are going to be resting up and players on cellar-dwelling teams giving way to prospects.
At this stage of the year, the number of games each team has remaining becomes a much more important fantasy factor. The nature of these games does as well – players with nothing left to play for are naturally less motivated unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Let's take a look at some reasonably available players who can help fantasy teams down the stretch.
Brian Elliott, STL – The Blues are battling for the Central Division title and the advantage of facing a wild-card team as opposed to finishing second and drawing the defending-champion Blackhawks in the first round, so they'll want their hottest hand in goal for most of the remaining games. Right now, that's Elliott, who has recorded four wins while allowing just one goal in his four games since returning from an IR stint.
While he's owned in 68 percent of CBS leagues, Elliott's only starting in 38 percent; that number should be much higher, in my opinion.