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The Gift of Wins

Mon Dec. 30 thru Sun Jan. 5, 2019

It is nearing “do or die” time in leagues where you are on the fringe of qualifying for the playoffs. Time to take some chances and clean off the dead weight on your roster. If you have players you have not been using in the last few weeks, you might want to consider some better alternatives that can help you work your way up the standings. One option is players returning from a recent injury that will carry value down the stretch. Another is cold players with a proven record of production. It is that time of year again where you should consider spicing up your options on your roster. Most league playoffs begin around the beginning of March, which leaves you two months to put together some much needed wins. Any edge you can gain now will give you the best chance to salvage your investment and climb up the leaderboard before you start running out of time.

Playing the waiver wire along with taking advantage of favorable schedules can boost your roster into the playoffs. Here are some free agent options that may be available in your pool:
(Own % as of Thursday Dec. 26th in Yahoo leagues)

Forwards Team % Own Notes
Erik Haula CAR 20 Back healthy and back nearly at a point per game pace
Amp Lee NYI 59 Forgotten forward can put a hot streak together
Alex Killorn TB 41 11 pts in last 9 games, steady scoring threat
Phil Kessel ARI 77 Veteran given up on, Hall renews his value
Oliver Bjorkstrand CBJ 18 Hold during IR stint, will be a strong play when back
Defense Team % Own Notes
Ryan Pulock NYI 67 Overlooked, having a good 2019-20 campaign
Dmitry Orlov WAS 8 Ownership growing with improved recent play
Sami Vatanen NJ 8 Devils showing signs of life, keep an eye on
Goalies Team % Own Notes
Anton Khudobin DAL 18 Strong value in Yahoo leagues, plug him in
Antti Raanta ARI 64 Add wins while Kuemper is out, watch his matchup
Joonas Korpisalo CBJ 65 No longer a secret, make sure he is owned

Schedule advantage Dec. 30 – Jan. 5:

  • 4 games, 4 teams: FLA, PIT, SJ, TB
  • 2 games, 3 teams: DAL, LAK, VAN
  • *only 1 game Mon Dec. 31 OTT @ PIT
  • *only 1 game Wed Jan. 1 NAS @ DAL
  • *only 2 games Fri Jan. 3 DET @ DAL, WAS @ CAR

Looking further ahead to Jan. 6 – Jan. 12:

  • 4 games, 8 teams: ARI, CBJ, LAK, MON, NJ, TB, VAN, WPG
  • 2 games, 1 team: MIN

Dave Schneider can be contacted by email at daveytrane1@yahoo.com.