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Fantasy: Silfverberg no stranger to late heroics

Ducks wing only 21 percent owned; more waiver wire options

by Sean McCullen @McBrooklyn77 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg is developing a reputation as a player who steps up when it matters most.

His goal with 59 seconds left in overtime Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets was the latest example of the 25-year-old's penchant for being a difference-maker in big moments.

It was also Silfverberg's fourth goal and sixth point of the week; he got his first NHL hat trick and had an assist in a 7-1 win against the New Jersey Devils last Monday, then had an assist in a 4-0 win against the Boston Bruins on Friday.

Video: NJD@ANA: Silfverberg hammers his third of the night

After 39 points in 81 games in the 2014-15 regular season, Silfverberg had 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 16 games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He scored the winning goal with 21 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Jets.

The 2015 postseason was viewed as a coming-out party for Silfverberg, who is LW/RW eligible and owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues, with many predicting the talented Swede was in for a breakout season -- one the Ducks expected when they acquired him from the Ottawa Senators in the Bobby Ryan trade in July 2013.

That breakout didn't quite materialize for Silfverberg, who has 13 goals, 16 assists and 185 shots on goal (49th in the NHL) in 71 games, but he appears to be starting his late-season hot streak earlier than he did in 2015, and that makes him worth watching in fantasy. He also had a stretch of five multipoint outings in eight games from Jan. 8-26, so he's been much more productive since the turn of the calendar year.

Video: ANA@WPG: Silfverberg buries his own rebound for GWG

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WAIVER-WIRE WATCH

Devante Smith-Pelly, RW, New Jersey Devils (10 percent owned) -- Smith-Pelly has eight goals in his past 10 games, including seven in his first nine with the Devils after being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 29. The 23-year-old, who is with his third NHL team in the past 13 months, has at least a point in seven of his nine games with New Jersey.

Jamie McGinn, LW/RW, Anaheim Ducks (8 percent owned) -- McGinn has a goal in each of the past three games and five in 10 since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 28. His 135 hits are 56th among NHL forwards. His next goal will tie his career high of 20, which he had in 2011-12, in 61 games with the San Jose Sharks and 17 with the Colorado Avalanche.

Antoine Vermette, C/LW, Arizona Coyotes (20 percent owned) -- Vermette has five goals and five assists in his past eight games after he had 10 and 14 in his first 58.

Michael Frolik, C/RW, Calgary Flames (12 percent owned) -- Frolik has four goals and three assists in his past seven games. Frolik, Mikael Backlund (C, 10 percent owned) and Joe Colborne (C/LW/RW, 2 percent owned) combined for seven points in a 4-1 win against the Jets on Wednesday.

Michael Raffl, C/LW, Philadelphia Flyers (4 percent owned) -- Raffl has found the scoring touch playing on a line with center Sean Couturier (C, 6 percent owned) and right wing Sam Gagner (C/RW, 1 percent owned). The 27-year-old left wing had two goals in a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. He has four goals and four assists in the past seven games after he had eight and 10 in his first 63.

Radko Gudas, D, Philadelphia Flyers (25 percent owned) -- A valuable player in hits and penalty minutes leagues all season, Gudas has also been contributing offensively of late. After ending a 66-game goal drought March 5, when he scored twice, he has four goals and two assists in the past seven games. The 25-year-old's 267 hits are fourth in the NHL and his 108 PIMs are tied for sixth.

LINE CHANGES

-- Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa switched lines for two games last week. Kane was at right wing on the Chicago Blackhawks' top line with center Jonathan Toews and left wing Andrew Ladd against the Flyers on Wednesday and Jets on Friday before being moved back to his regular spot with center Artem Anisimov and left wing Artemi Panarin against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

-- With Tyler Seguin out 3-4 weeks with a cut to his Achilles tendon, Cody Eakin (C, 7 percent owned) and Brett Ritchie (RW, less than 1 percent owned) are playing in the Dallas Stars' top-six forward group. Eakin centered the top line, with Patrick Sharp at right wing and Jamie Benn at left wing. Ritchie, who was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League on March 3, was at right wing on the second line with center Jason Spezza and left wing Valeri Nichushkin (RW, 7 percent owned).

-- After getting time on the Stars' top power-play unit when Sharp was injured earlier this month, Patrick Eaves (LW/RW, 2 percent owned) was back on it Saturday in a 3-0 win against the New York Islanders. He played with Sharp, Spezza, Benn and defenseman John Klingberg on the first two man-advantage opportunities. Defenseman Kris Russell (13 percent owned) replaced Klingberg on Dallas' third power-play chance of the game.

-- Jeff Carter is no longer skating on the Los Angeles Kings' top line with center Anze Kopitar and left wing Milan Lucic. He's back to center, this time on the second line with left wing Kyle Clifford and right wing Dustin Brown.

SCHEDULE NOTES

-- The Flyers, Islanders, Kings, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks each will play four games this week.

The Sabres and Avalanche each have two games on the schedule, and the remaining 22 teams each day play three.

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