This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Another NHL season is almost in the books, and it's particularly important to pay attention to the latest news this time of year. Teams are shutting down injured players, youngsters are receiving extended opportunities and there will be plenty of mismatches to capitalize on over the next week.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from April 2-8:
Two games: Penguins
Four games: Sabres, Panthers, Wild, Senators, Blues, 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.
Kyle Connor, WPG (Yahoo: 38%, ESPN: 57%, CBS: 72%): Aside from a road game against Toronto, the Jets have five cushy matchups to wrap up the season. Connor has caught fire again with seven goals, nine points and 25 shots through his past seven outings. He's also connected with linemates Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler for a strong 3.82 goals per 60 minutes over 659:52 of shared ice time.
Nick Bjugstad, FLA (Yahoo: 39%, ESPN: 51%, CBS: 42%): The Panthers have seven games remaining on the schedule, which gives Bjugstad some extra value. He continues to skate on the No. 1 line with Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov, and the 25-year-old winger has remained dangerous with 15 shots through his past four contests.
Boone Jenner, CLM (Yahoo: 20%, ESPN: 30%, CBS: 21%): The 24-year-old winger