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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Teams to Stream & Best Pickups – Week 22

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Teams to Stream & Best Pickups – Week 22

Welcome back to the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Teams to Stream & Best Pickups article! Week 22 is another busy one with three double-digit days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday), eight games on Sunday, five games on Friday, and four games on Monday and Wednesday. I’ll be your guide to help you win your fantasy hockey matchup this week with the best pickups, goalie options, teams to stream, and teams to avoid.

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Given this week’s schedule, we’ll primarily be focusing on the nights with four or five games (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) with Sunday’s eight-game slate getting some play as well.  I’ve taken a closer look at some of those teams with players to watch on the waiver wire, claims to make off waivers, and the best pickups for the week. I’ll be highlighting some teams that have favorable schedules in Week 22.

If you are in a shallower or deeper league –– or just have a question or comment –– feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@RGilbertSOP), in the Reddit comments, or in the SGPN Slack!


Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Teams to Stream & Best Pickups – Week 22

Colorado Avalanche

Schedule: Monday (4), Wednesday (4), Friday (5), Sunday (8)

The Avalanche are the best team in the league and they have the best schedule this week as well, playing on all four of the lighter nights.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Watch

Valeri Nichushkin (W – 28% Rostered) – L1, PP1

Nichushkin has stepped up with Gabriel Landeskog injured. He has moved up to the top line and that’s paying dividends for the Avalanche. He has four points (2 G, 2 A) in his last two games and that should continue with four games this week. Pick up Nichushkin before someone else in your league does.

Depth Players

Unfortunately with a team like the Avalanche, a lot of their best players are rostered in most leagues. In deep leagues, I’d consider taking a flier out on Logan O’Connor (2% Rostered) as an opportunity play on the second line or J.T. Compher (3% Rostered), who plays in all situations and scored a power-play goal two games ago.

Fantasy Hockey Goalie Watch

Pavel Francouz (G – 38% Rostered)

The Avalanche don’t have any back-to-backs this week, but they could turn to Francouz with four games in seven days. He’s been solid this season with a .919 SV% and 2.50 GAA.


Pittsburgh Penguins

Schedule: Tuesday (11), Wednesday (4), Friday (5), Sunday (8)

The Penguins also play four times this week, including on two of the lightest nights and also on Sunday with eight games.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Watch

Evan Rodrigues (C, W – 28% Rostered) L1, PP2

Rodrigues helped the Penguins early in the season when they were dealing with injuries, but he’s fallen off a bit in the second half. Having said that, he’s now getting a chance on the top line with Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby and we could see an uptick in production. He has three points (1 G, 2 A) and 20 shots on goal in his last five games.

Kasperi Kapanen (W – 8% Rostered) L3, PP2

For deeper leagues, Kapanen is a guy to look at. He’s picked up points in each of his last two games and had five shots on goal last time out. Kapanen can help you pick up points on those lighter nights.


Buffalo Sabres

Schedule: Wednesday (4), Friday (5), Sunday (8)

The Sabres only play three times this week, not four, but all three games are on the lighter half of the schedule. Buffalo has gone cold with one goal or fewer in four of its last six games, so it’s slim pickings for the Sabres.

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Watch

Alex Tuch (W – 26% Rostered) L1, PP1 

If the Sabres pick things back up offensively, Tuch is going to be a part of it. He plays on the top line and power-play unit. Tuch had 23 points (7 G, 16 A) in his first 23 games but has just a single goal since in seven games. That’s bound to pick up and it could happen this week.

Jeff Skinner (W – 21% Rostered) L1, PP1

It’s a similar story for Skinner. He has no points in his last six contests after recording 24 points (14 G, 10 A) in the first 24 games of 2022. Still, Skinner has been shooting a bit with 11 shots in his last three games. He’s bound to get back on the scoresheet soon.


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Fantasy Hockey Week 22: Teams to Stream

On top of the Avalanche and Penguins, there are 11 other teams playing four times this week.

Four games, two on light nights: Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers, Winnipeg Jets

Four games, one on light nights: Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights

If you have any questions about players to pick up on these teams, or any players in general, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@RGilbertSOP), in the Reddit comments, or in the SGPN Slack for any questions!


Fantasy Hockey Week 22: Teams to Avoid

The Seattle Kraken only play twice this week, both on busy nights. The Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, and St. Louis Blues play three times this week with all three games coming on double-digit nights.


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