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The Wire Troll: Brayden Point Piling Up Points

March 27, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments (0)
Brayden Point is enjoying life on the top line for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Brayden Point is red hot for the Bolts. (NHL.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. We’re down to less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, so time to make your final push.

This week, the IIHF-NHL impasses over the Olympics continues to ratchet up; Logan Couture could miss some time after taking a puck in the face on Saturday; and Florida Coach/GM Tom Rowe admits he may have rushed Aaron Ekblad back to the lineup.

Now let’s get to our Fantasy hockey waiver wire picks of the week…

Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia Flyers (ESPN: 10.3 per cent; CBS: 18 per cent): Couturier has found his scoring touch as of late. He began his run in a home win against Pittsburgh, in which he had a goal and an assist, while going +2. Then, in another home win against Carolina, Couturier had three assists and went +3. Finally, in a win in Minnesota, he scored a goal (which was either fluky, or incredibly skilled; see video below) and went +2. In March, Couts has 10 points (three goals, seven assists), has gone +10 and is really showing some improved playmaking ability. For the season, he’s averaging about 2.5 shots.

Brayden Point, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (ESPN: 17.7 per cent; CBS: 20 per cent): In the last seven games, Point is living up to his name and then some by averaging over a point. Some recent highlights include a two-goal game, one of which came on the power play (that was also the game winner), in a road win over the Rangers. In the next game, Point scored a goal against Ottawa, then, after a two-assist performance, he had a goal and assist and was +2 in a big win in Boston. He kept the party going by setting up the overtime winner in Detroit. Point has moved to the top line, so with the Lightning making a run for the playoffs, he is someone to consider scooping up.

Michael Del Zotto, D, Philadelphia Flyers (ESPN: 10.5 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): After a long pointless drought, Del Zotto has stepped up his play of late, including a two-assist performance and a +5 ranking in a win in Buffalo. Then, against the New Jersey Devils, he scored his first goal since December, and picked up an assist. Finally, he picked up a short-handed assist in Winnipeg. So far this month, MDZ is +8 and is averaging nearly 2.5 shots while playing his usual 20 minutes per game.

Eddie Lack, G, Carolina Hurricanes (ESPN: 3.9 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Lack has won each of his last three starts, beating Minnesota, Nashville and Montreal — all teams that will be heading to the postseason. Lack’s GAA over this stretch is 1.33. Need a DFS play? Lack is expected to start Monday against Detroit.

Jaroslav Halak, G, New York Islanders (ESPN: 13.8 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): After being called up from the minors last week, Halak stopped 37 shots in a win in Pittsburgh. After going 17-7-3 with a .925 save percentage in the minors, he’ll be counted on to help the Islanders push towards the playoffs, even if he is a backup to Thomas Greiss. Still, the team might put Halak in to face some tough opponents, especially with his confidence back. Clearly, Halak is happy to be back in the NHL, so expect the veteran to do everything in his power to remain there.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy hockey waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Michael Frolik Sparking Flame in Calgary

March 20, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Bozak is another player that has has stepped up his game this month. He’s a streaky player in terms of +/-, going +2 in some games and then -4 in others, but he’s put up eight points in March, highlighted by a two-assist night against Detroit, and a goal and an assist in a victory over Philadelphia. Bozak does not shoot the puck much, but does average about 16 minutes of ice time.
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The Wire Troll: Alex Burrows Providing Punch in Ottawa

March 14, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
In the last five games, Ceci has a goal and three assists. His recent highlight came against Dallas, as he scored a goal, recorded an assist, and was a +2. Ceci is not a +/- asset, but depending on the game he will average between 21 and 27 minutes.
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The Wire Troll: Travis Zajac Heating up for Devils

March 5, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
The former first round pick has been a force over the last month, putting up points in six of his last eight games. Some of the highlights include a short-handed goal and two assists combined in a back-to-back against the Islanders. Zajac also enjoyed a power play goal in the following game against Ottawa, a two-assist effort versus the Rangers, and finally a power play goal and an assist against Montreal. It doesn’t matter what the situation on the ice has been, Zajac can be counted on for the power play, even strength and shorthanded, and it shows with ice time as he averages between 21-22 minutes.
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The Wire Troll: Richard Panik Attacking the Net

February 26, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Despite only playing 10 games this season for Toronto, Leivo is already helping to produce for the Leafs. He started his scoring against the New York Islanders, enjoying a three-point night (one goal, two assists) with a +2 mark in the victory. Then, over the next four games Leivo picked up five assists. After starting with only around 10 minutes of ice time, he is now up to 15 minutes a game and is averaging about three shots. Leivo has earned himself a nice role for the Leafs for the time being, so give him a look in deep leagues.
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