The fantasy hockey playoffs are here! Well, in most leagues, at least. If not, it’s the final countdown to make a push for that last playoff spot or better seeding.
We have a fairly typical week with four lighter nights on Monday (5), Wednesday (2), Friday (3), and Sunday (5). Those are the days to focus on to get an edge in your matchups, while you should already be covered on Tuesday (13), Thursday (12), and Saturday (15).
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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 23: Teams to Stream
The Colorado Avalanche are the lone team to play on all four light nights this week. The Arizona Coyotes are right behind them with three games on lighter nights (four overall).
- Monday vs. CHI
- Wednesday vs. PIT
- Friday vs. ARI
- Sunday @ ARI
Not only do the Avalanche play on all four light nights, but they should be huge favorites in three of the four games — and decent favorites at home against Pittsburgh.
Bowen Byram (D – 65% Rostered)
Byram doesn’t fit the “less than 50% rostered” criteria, but he’s worth mentioning. Cale Makar has dealt with injuries over the past few weeks and is out on Monday night. Byram will likely play on the top power-play unit in his place.
The young defenseman missed three months due to injury but has 12 points in 20 games since returning, including three points in his last four games.
J.T. Compher (C, W – 38% Rostered)
It feels like I’ve written about Compher every time the Avalanche have a favorable week. He’s stepped up as their second-line center to the tune of 44 points (14 G, 30 A) in 68 games.
Compher was hot towards the end of February but has just three points (two goals) in 10 March games. The good news is that two of those points came in his last four games, including an assist on Saturday.
He can fill in at center or winger and should be able to produce against some lackluster competition this week.
Evan Rodrigues (C, W – 33% Rostered)
Rodrigues is another Colorado role player that offers versatility at both center and winger. He’s currently slated on the Avs’ top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.
EVAN RODRIGUES GOES TOP SHELF TO RESTORE THE TWO GOAL LEAD #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/xpUsGRxhKO
— RetroColorado_ (@retro_colorado) March 17, 2023
E-Rod has points in two straight games and a total of six points (3 G, 3 A) in his last nine contests. He’s going to continue to get opportunities to put up points this week and should be rostered in more leagues.
Denis Malgin (C, W – 1% Rostered)
For our deeper leagues out there, what about Malgin? He’s playing on the second line due to the injury to Artturi Lehkonen after a stretch of scoring six goals in 13 games. He’s not going to light the world on fire or likely put up more than a few points this week, but every point counts.
- Tuesday @ WPG
- Wednesday @ EDM
- Friday @ COL
- Sunday vs. COL
The Coyotes are one of the worst teams in the league and traded away their best fantasy assets at the deadline, but there are some options beyond Clayton Keller.
Nick Schmaltz (C, W – 33% Rostered)
Schmaltz returned from a three-game absence with an assist on Saturday. He’s been a consistent producer for the Coyotes this season, and that’s only picked up as the season moved along.
The winger has 26 points (14 G, 12 A) in his last 21 games and is nearly up to a point-per-game on the season (47 points in 51 games). The Coyotes may not score many goals, but Schmaltz should be involved if they do.
Barrett Hayton (C – 31% Rostered)
Right up there with Keller and Schmaltz on the top line is Hayton. The youngster is finding his way in the NHL with 37 points (14 G, 23 A) this season.
8 points in the last 4 games?
Barrett Hayton. 😎 pic.twitter.com/ugKLmpjfxh
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) March 19, 2023
After a slow start with just nine points in his first 35 games in the 2022 calendar year, Hayton has 28 points in 35 games in 2023. He’s on fire in March with 13 points (5 G, 8 A) in 10 games.
Juuso Valimaki (D – 19% Rostered)
With both Jakob Chychrun and Shayne Gostisbehere dealt at the deadline, Valimaki has taken over as Arizona’s top defenseman. He plays on the top pair and quarterbacks, the top power-play unit.
Valimaki only has 31 points in 66 games on the season, but 11 of those have come in 10 March games with five multi-point contests this month.