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Weekly waiver wire picks

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If you need help in a particular category, or if you just need to maximize your number of games played, just about any player on your league’s waiver wire can provide help for your fantasy team. This is especially important with all the injuries to fantasy contributors, particularly those on teams that won’t be participating in the playoffs. Whatever it takes if you’re still competing, right?

With that in mind, this week’s waiver wire report will be the last one of the season, so good luck and see you next year!

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Scott Darling, G, CHI

Because of the injury to Corey Crawford, Darling has now started seven consecutive games for the Blackhawks, including back-to-backs on the road in Calgary and Vancouver last weekend. Although he has lost more games than he has won during that stretch for the struggling Hawks, Crawford likely won’t be rushed back now that the defending Stanley Cup champions have now clinched a playoff spot. Because of the team he plays for, he should be considered a preferred option over many starters on non-playoff teams.

Trevor Daley, D, PIT

Daley is logging some major minutes now that Olli Maatta is sidelined. Over his last three games, Daley has played no fewer than 24 minutes, including nearly 29 minutes against the Rangers on Sunday. He is making use of that icetime, recording two assists while taking ten shots on goal over that stretch. Daley showed offensive flair with the Stars last season (38 points), so there is real opportunity to make something happen for your team over the final week and a half.

Nick Bonino, C, PIT

Bonino is another Penguin who has benefitted from an injury to a teammate. With a goal on Tuesday, Bonino has scored goals in two of his last three games and is up to 11 points in 15 games this month. Because of the Evgeni Malkin injury, Bonino has been playing on a line with Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin. That line exploded for 12 points in a win over the Red Wings on Saturday. Speaking of which, Hagelin is another Penguins forward to consider with 12 points in 13 games this month.

 

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Dion Phaneuf, D, OTT

Phaneuf’s fantasy owners will lose out on his combination of points and penalty minutes, now that Phaneuf has been shut down for the season with a hairline fracture in his foot. In Phaneuf’s absence, Cody Ceci should see an increase in overall icetime, although Erik Karlsson will continue to eat up the key even strength and power play minutes for the Sens.

Anton Stralman, D, TB

Stralman’s absence will hurt the Lightning as well as fantasy owners, as his fractured leg will sideline him into the playoffs. Like Karlsson in Ottawa, Victor Hedman will log all the key first-unit power play minutes for the Lightning. However, Jason Garrison has four points over his last three games and may be worth a look if you need a Stralman replacement.

Michael Stone, D, ARI

Stone was having a quietly effective season, as he was on pace to reach 4o points for the first time ever. Not only is Stone a point producer, but he is also a multi-category contributor in shots on goal (161), hits (137), and blocked shots (143). Oliver Ekman-Larsson will no doubt continue to receive top even-strength and power-play minutes. But one Coyote to look at on the waiver wire in deep leagues is Kevin Connauton, who has shown flashes of offensive brilliance throughout his career.

 

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