Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man expert all season long.
It seems like the National Hockey League season just got under way, but we are nearing its conclusion.
NHL teams are looking at 10 or less games to go on their schedules, which means that the fantasy hockey playoffs are under way or will be starting soon.
During the playoffs, especially in head-to-head leagues, every category gets magnified significantly. Suddenly, a player who specializes in winning faceoffs or logs a ton of hits can mean the difference between winning and losing not only a category but a match.
Two categories that tend to be ignored, at least until an owner realizes that he is trailing during a scoring period, are PIMs and shots on goal.
Here are a handful of options that are available in most Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey leagues that can bolster your PIMs or shots on goal, while at the same time contribute to other areas that help make them more viable for a roster.
These players are also great candidates to pick up for a game or two during the scoring period to play on nights when more productive options are idle.