Fantasy Hockey Buzz of the Week: Waiver Wire, Games of the Week, Players to watch

It is Wednesday now and the week is inching closer to the end, which means many are either scrambling for ways to win or just staying put waiting for their top guns to get after it. Unfortunately this week, we have not seen a packed week, where every team has played on a night and some teams this week will only play one or two games. For instance, tonight only features three games, and Thursday features seven games when it usually has all NHL teams playing. This fantasy week it is important for one to monitor the waiver wire and be careful with who we are picking up. 

Waiver Wire Adds: 

Yanni Gourde: At this time in the week Gourde plays tonight and one more time Sunday, so it may not be a bad idea to go out and stream him as you’ll get two games out of him. Also, Gourde has scored in his last three games and has added five points in five games. The Lightning forward has excelled well on the power play and in an increased role, his next two matchups are Los Angeles Kings tonight and Anaheim Ducks Sunday(John Gibson is out as of now).

Michael Grabner: Just due to the fact that Grabner plays an LW, RW role in fantasy is a good thing, he won’t cause too much mayhem to your line up. But Grabner also plays tonight and Saturday, so two games out of him is worth it, especially with his latest performances. Grabner has scored six goals in six games and has two multi games in those six games. Grabner does play the fourth line but the Rangers roll four lines pretty well and he also plays penalty kill which is a toss up and stretch for points.

Ondrej Kase: As of now with the Ducks injury-riddled offense Kase has stepped up into a top six and has excelled quite well. Being paired with the first power play also helps Kase too, but as of now he is listed as day-to-day, I will monitor the situation and let you know when he is playing. But in Kase’s last six games he has two goals, one assist, it is to note that he has not tallied a point in his last two games. Kase if available will play the 9th and 12th of November.

Josh Anderson: Since being paired in the top six Anderson has excelled immensely and is definitely worth an add this week as he plays the 10th and 11th of November. Aside from his two appearances this week, he has tallied three goals and four points in the last five games. His next two games come against Carolina and Detroit two teams that allow a decent amount of goals.

Artem Aminsov: To begin the year Anisimov was struggling and only slotted one goal through seven games, well fast forward to the last five games, Anisimov has scored in four games and had a goal in four straight games. It seems the veteran center is finding his place back on the Hawks roster. Also, Anisimov plays the 9th and 11th of November and those games come against the Flyers and Hurricanes.

Games of the week with the most potential reach, points and worth the gamble to stream players in? 

Wednesday, Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Two teams that have a powerful offense and both goalies struggling as of late, the Wild need to get a win or something going as well do the Leafs, chances of a high scoring game is likely.

Thursday, Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers: Definitely implications to be a high scoring game and have a lot of fantasy players in that game.

Friday, Ottawa Senators vs Colorado Avalanche: Only reason I say this is because Duchene is going to be playing his first game as a Senator vs his old team, possible fantasy value in both lineups.

Friday, Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres: Chances both top forwards on both teams break out and these games end up being a 4-3, 5-4 game, would not surprise me with the way these defenses have been playing.

Friday, Winnipeg Jets vs Vegas Golden Knights: The Jets offense has been on fire and the Golden Knights seem to never be out of a game, their work ethic and relentlessness is remarkable. This has implications to be a nice fantasy value game.

All of Saturday’s games, but the games I would stay away from Saturday are, Jets vs Coyotes, Penguins vs Predators, Leafs vs Bruins and Wild vs Flyers.

Sunday, Edmonton Oilers vs Washington Capitals, Oilers will be coming off a back to back and Capitals will be well rested, start Holtby for sure and the Capitals top six should have their way vs a struggling Edmonton team.



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