This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
As if the holiday break didn't throw enough of a wrinkle into the NHL schedule last week, well over half the league plays two games or fewer in the upcoming scoring period.
Middling fantasy clubs in dire need of a win in weekly settings could gain an immediate advantage by adding players in line to take the ice three or four times this week. Additionally, because of the light upcoming schedule there will be fewer backup goalies in action, and there are also only 12 matchups where a team is playing the second leg of a back-to-back set.
This is also the point of the season where savvy owners can gain some man games for the stretch drive. Ottawa and San Jose have only played 37 games to this point, whereas St. Louis has already hit the ice 42 times.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from Jan. 8-14:
One game: Ducks, Bruins, Avs, Stars, Kings, Canadiens, Predators, Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Sharks, Blues, Golden Knights
Two games: Coyotes, Sabres, Red Wings, Panthers, Rangers, Senators, Penguins, Lightning, Maple Leafs
Three games: Blue Jackets, Oilers, Canucks, Capitals, Jets
Four games: Flames, Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Wild
Make sure to keep tabs on who is cut in your leagues, and also remember to check the handful of players previously covered who are listed below.
Nico Hischier, NJD (Yahoo: 30%, ESPN: 45%, CBS: 71%): Since the holiday break, the rookie has posted three goals, four points and 12 shots through four games,