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Operator: “911 … what is your emergency?”

Caller: “I need some assistance – I am at risk of not making my fantasy hockey playoffs!”

Last week we talked about the frustrations felt by fantasy hockey coaches over the postponement of games due to the protocols associated with the Covid virus. Unfortunately, it is what it is, and we must move on with our fantasy season despite the cancellations. As we head into week six, hopefully you are staying positive and have had a decent start putting you in the playoff hunt. If not, there is still plenty of time to turn it around. Remember all you have to do is make the playoffs and then get hot a couple weeks and you can win it all!

Taking calculated chances playing the waiver wire while watching favorable schedules can win leagues. Waiver wire considerations: (Ownership in Fantrax leagues)

Forward Team Own Notes
Christian Dvorak ARI 69 Quietly racking up the goals
Dustin Brown LAK 57 Also quietly finding the net
Cam Atkinson CBJ 56 Big game shows his ceiling, spotty scorer
Jordan Staal CAR 46 Averaging crazy 6 fantasy points a game
Buffalo Sabres BUF * 5 game schedule adds points all over your lineup
Defense Team Own Notes
Pierre-Olivier Joseph PIT 42 Up and coming with offensive upside
Nicolas Hague VEG 31 Big blueliner showing he can also fill catagories
Kevin Shattenkirk ANA 44 Forgotten Dman for Ducks, can have value
Bret Pesce CAR 16 Signs of scoring more often, widely available
Goalies Team Own Notes
Ilya Samsonov WAS 96 Back from Covid, watch deployment, net share?
Mike Smith EDM 44 Scooped up after his shutout, no doubt

Schedule advantage for Week 6:
Mon 2-15 thru Sun 2-21

  • 4 games 15 teams: BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, DET, EDM, FLA, NYI, NYR, NAS, OTT, TOR, VAN, WAS, WPG
  • 2 games 5 teams: BOS, COL, MON, PHI, VEG
  • (All other teams 3 games) Postponed: NJ @ BOS

Schedule advantage for week 7:
Mon 2-22 thru Sun 2-28

  • *5 games 1 team: BUF
  • 4 games 13 teams: ARI, CAL, CAR, CHI, CBJ, DAL, DET, FLA, LAK, NYI, NAS, PIT, TB,
  • 2 games 4 teams: MIN, SJ, VAN, WPG
  • (All other teams 3 games)

Schedules including all postponed and rescheduled games as of this Saturday posting

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