This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Keeping an eye out for players climbing into scoring roles or power-play time because of injuries is important at this stage of the season. Teams looking ahead to the playoffs are going to be cautious with their top talents, and it's common for secondary contributors to capitalize on extra playing time.
On the flip side, eliminated teams are eager to extend minutes to younger players to provide them the opportunity to showcase themselves at the highest level.
In both cases, there can be sneaky value to be plucked off the waiver wire.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period, March 12-18:
Two games: Sabres, Penguins
Four games: Ducks, Hurricanes, Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings, Oilers, Kings, Canadiens, Senators, Flyers, Sharks, Blues, Golden Knights, Capitals, Jets
All other teams play three games
Remember to keep an eye on who is cut in your leagues because potential upgrades come in all forms. Also, note the players previously covered in this space listed below this week's recommendations.
Matt Duchene, OTT (Yahoo: 45%, ESPN: 52%, CBS: 65%): It took time for Duchene to find his game in Ottawa, but he's been scoring consistently over the past two months, and arguably playing his best hockey since the 2015-16 campaign. The 27-year-old center is up to 12 goals, 14 assists and 70 shots through his past 27 contests, and he's been especially valuable in settings excluding plus-minus rating.
Nick Bjugstad, FLA (Yahoo: 23%, ESPN: 19%, CBS: 22%): The Panthers are putting together a