This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Injuries can take a toll on any team. Just ask the Avs, who lost two of their Big Three forwards within two weeks. They subsequently readjusted their lines, but find themselves stuck on a five-game losing streak.
There's no way for Colorado to replace the 162 combined points Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog posted last season, but better fixes obviously exist in fantasy. After all, you can choose from any of the 31 NHL clubs.
One option is to focus on fill-ins who can fulfill the requirements lost through injury. So if the fallen player is known for scoring goals and recording shots on goal, look for someone on the wire who can at least perform both functions. Or go in another direction and load up on other needs, especially if you're in a league that involves weekly head-to-head matchups where category points determine the winner.
Check out the following candidates and see if any of them can be of service.
(Ownership rates/stats as of Nov. 7.)
Chris Kreider, NYR (Yahoo: 48%, ESPN: 40%, CBS: 67%): Kreider might be slightly off the point pace, but he's supplementing the scoring by contributing in other categories. In addition to the three goals and four assists, he's provided 27 shots and 29 hits — with 19 of the latter coming in the last seven games. Kreider mans the left side of the second line, but also averages 4:14 on the Rangers' top power play.
Eric Staal, MIN (Yahoo: 24%, ESPN: