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Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 2:03 PM

By Eric Goodman -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Waiver wire pickups for playoff push

With the head-to-head fantasy hockey playoffs in full swing this week, it’s time to consider some players available on the Yahoo waiver wires who can help push you over the edge in your current and, hopefully, upcoming playoff matchups. As with all head-to-head leagues, a few extra goals, plus-minus points, or goalie wins can make the difference between moving on toward fantasy hockey glory, or an early playoff exit.

The following five players can provide value as additions to your respective teams if you have a roster spot free or can afford dropping someone in favor of getting a boost in categories that you may be lacking:

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Posted On Friday, 03.06.2015 / 4:18 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Best bets to replace Avs' MacKinnon

Just when Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was beginning to turn the corner, it all came crashing down.

The Avs announced Friday that MacKinnon will miss 6-8 weeks because of a fractured foot, likely ending what has been one of the most disappointing seasons League-wide based on fantasy expectations. The dual-eligible (C/RW) forward won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 with 63 points in 82 games and was drafted on average this season with the 36th pick in Yahoo leagues. But he took a sizable step back this season with 38 points in 64 games (82-game pace: 47).

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 11:32 PM

By Sean McCullen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Keep tabs on Red Wings' Zidlicky, Cole

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky (30 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) made a big impact in his debut with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, scoring a power-play goal 1:09 into overtime in a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers.

Zidlicky, who had 23 points (four goals) and was minus-7 in 63 games with the New Jersey Devils, played 17:44, including 2:28 on the power play. He was paired with Brendan Smith and had two shots on goal, two penalty minutes, one hit and an even rating.


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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:32 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Trying to replace Mark Giordano

Mark Giordano's injury was somewhat of a mystery for the past week. On Monday, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving cleared it up, and it wasn't good news, announcing the defenseman has a torn biceps tendon.

"He'll be done for the season," Treliving said. "The surgery we are talking, it's 4-5 months in terms of the rehab process. … He was devastated by the news. … This is not what he wanted, but this is what it is, so we will deal with it."

Fantasy owners of Giordano will have to deal with it too. You can't replace a defenseman who has 11 goals, 48 points, a plus-13 rating, 14 power-play points and 157 shots on goal. But with the fantasy playoffs a few weeks away, unless you're in a keeper league, you likely have to drop him and acquire another player to help your blue line.

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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 5:38 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Vermette, Cole now fantasy relevant

On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings acquired Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars. Each player has a tremendous fantasy upside.

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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:33 AM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Yandle gets tremendous value boost

Keith Yandle's fantasy owners likely are jumping for joy after learning the defenseman was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

In September, Yandle was selected on average with the 59th pick in Yahoo fantasy drafts and he was the seventh defenseman off the board. Yandle currently ranks 101st among all players, 14th among defensemen. Heading to New York could result in Yandle finishing closer to what his fantasy owners were expecting at the start of the season.

When looking at Yandle's stat line, the first thing that jumps out is his minus-32 rating, which is last in the NHL. But he has 41 points in 63 games, which ranks 10th among defensemen. And he has 26 power-play points, most among defensemen and tied for fourth among all players. Yandle also has 185 shots on goal, sixth among defensemen. Those point and shot totals make you forget about that rating just a little bit, right?

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Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 1:51 AM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Panthers like Jagr on power play

Jaromir Jagr has had a remarkable NHL career, but he has not played well this season.

Jagr, 43, was traded to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, perhaps making him fantasy relevant again. His ice time with the New Jersey Devils was diminishing and he didn't have a point in eight games with the Devils before the trade.But a fresh start with new linemates could help him become productive yet again.

In a 5-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Jagr (50 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, RW) skated on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau (37 percent owned, C, LW) and Aleksander Barkov (8 percent owned, C). He had 17:09 of ice time, which is more than he had played in his previous 12 games with the Devils, including a whopping 5:24 on the power play.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 11:51 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Smith-Pelly, Tlusty get new chances

Two forwards debuted with new teams Thursday, and as expected were given some good opportunities.

Devante Smith-Pelly (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW/RW) played his first game for the Montreal Canadiens, a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After starting on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Jacob De La Rose, Smith-Pelly played most of the final two periods with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 6:07 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Jagr can blend with Panthers' youth

Jaromir Jagr's ice time and production diminished in his final months with the New Jersey Devils, but no one thought for a second that the 43-year-old was finished.

Sure enough, the veteran forward is changing addresses in time for the stretch run and his new sunny destination could turn out to be a fountain of youth for his fantasy stock.

Jagr (50 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) was traded to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, instantly giving him added fantasy value and igniting their Stanley Cup Playoff push. Whether Jagr ends up playing alongside emerging goal-scorer Nick Bjugstad (21 goals, 36 percent owned) and Jussi Jokinen, or with Aleksander Barkov (eight percent) and Jonathan Huberdeau, he is a lock for a top-six forward role with his new team, that much we know.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 11:56 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Tlusty has opportunity with Jets

Jiri Tlusty (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW) was traded to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday and deserves a look now that he's no longer on the offensively challenged Carolina Hurricanes.

Reports are Tlusty will skate on a line with Drew Stafford and Mark Scheifele, meaning Dustin Byfuglien can again move back to his natural position of defenseman. Winnipeg is without injured forwards Mathieu Perreault and Blake Wheeler, meaning Tlusty will play in the top six, at least at the start.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Tlusty could see time on the power play, which would increase his value.

"He's got the ability to play on the power play, he can score some goals. …Tlusty is a versatile player and can play as a left or right winger," Cheveldayoff said, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

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