Every Monday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey contributor Matt Sitkoff will provide you with fantasy hockey advice in his weekly piece: "Fantasy All-Access." From the waiver wire watch to roster trends and prospect rumblings, Sitkoff is here to help you all season long.
GAA: 2.44 | SVP: 0.904
One player we are watching closely is Roberto Luongo -- not just for his hilarious would-be tweets during the deadline, but a Luongo deal could be the difference in a fantasy championship at two different ends. Cory Schneider is finally playing like the goalie that was taken on average 32nd overall in Yahoo! drafts; although he had a clunker on Saturday, he had won six consecutive starts, registering two shutouts, a .964 save percentage and an 0.99 goals-against average in that span.
This is music to the ears of owners that stuck with him as he only started 10 of the 19 games in January and February. On the flip side, fantasy owners that took the risk of taking Luongo in hopes he would be starting somewhere else could finally be rewarded. If you are one of the lucky ones that have both you could gain a top-flight starting goalie on your squad just in time for the playoff push.
WAIVER WIRE WATCH
SOG: 48 | +/-: -7
Roman Josi (owned in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues) -- A team looking to make a move for offense is the Predators, but they have been getting production from their 22-year-old rearguard. Asked to fill the role of Ryan Suter, he struggled in the first two months but has found his groove with seven points in his last seven games. The Bern, Switzerland native has been a workhorse for the Predators, playing over 809 minutes this year -- and with five games scheduled this week (@CHI, COL, CBJ, CHI, @CHI) we expect the rise in points to continue.
Nikolai Khabibulin (owned in 9 percent of Yahoo! leagues) -- Another goalie to keep on your radar as Wednesday approaches is this former Stanley Cup champion. The 40-year-old Khabibulin is in the last year of his current deal and could be available for a team looking for a goalie with playoff experience. This season has been a tough one for the veteran, as he started the season on IR, has only started seven of the 34 games this season for Edmonton, and missed eight games due to a groin injury. Healthy now, he could be a factor for a contending team as he has a respectable 2.30 GAA and .930 save percentage.
SOG: 87 | +/-: -7
Nathan Beaulieu -- The Canadiens have rotated their sixth defenseman lately with the injuries to Raphael Diaz and Yannick Weber and the ineffective play of veteran Tomas Kaberle. In steps the 17th selection of the 2011 NHL Draft. The 20-year-old Beaulieu played 18 shifts for 17:17 of ice time, including 1:04 on the man advantage, in his first NHL game on Saturday. The time on the power play is something to keep an eye on; since the injury to Diaz, who has seven power-play points in 19 GP this season, the Canadiens have been searching for an answer on the blue line to follow the talents of P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov on the second unit. Beaulieu, who had 10 power-play points in 62 games played for Hamilton in the AHL, now gets a chance, and that makes him worthy of keeping an eye on in deep leagues if this trend continues.