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NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

Neil Parker

A loyal Cubs, Cowboys and Maple Leafs fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports.

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
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The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Neil Parker plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: naparker77, DraftKings: naparker77.