Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we’ll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who may be overvalued — in the short- or long-term — for one reason or another. Forwards EDITOR’S PICKS Fantasy NHL: Late-season specialists for a rotisserie run Victoria Matiash takes a look at waiver wire options for fantasy managers in rotisserie leagues who are looking for late-season help in one specific category. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Ottawa Senators (rostered in 32.4 percent of ESPN leagues): However few games the Senators win down the stretch, at least Tkachuk will ensure fans have something to watch and cheer for, during what has otherwise amounted to an ugly campaign in Canada’s capital. The leftover scoring engine on Ottawa’s top line and power play, this still-only 19-year-old has a couple of goals and assists in three recent games. He’s not tossing in the towel, which could help out a variety of managers across the fantasy hockey spectrum. Robert Thomas, C/RW, St. Louis Blues (1.8 percent): Make no mistake, the upper-body injury suffered by Vladimir Tarasenko on Thursday strikes a huge blow for a Blues team battling to maintain their grip on a playoff berth. However, the loss does open the gate for Thomas to make an immediate impact within the club’s top-six. The 19-year-old is expected to skate on a No. 1 line with Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly against the Coyotes on Tuesday. Drafted No. 20 overall in 2017, the gifted teen — with much dynasty/keeper upside — could also contribute nicely to deeper redraft leagues between now and early April. Tarasenko isn’t scheduled to be re-evaluated until Mar. 20, at the earliest. Troy Terry, C/RW, Anaheim Ducks (0.6 percent): Forging tangible chemistry with center Adam Henrique, and competing on the secondary power play, the 21-year-old rookie has two goals and five assists in his last four contests. With the Ducks essentially out of it in the West, such opportunities for Terry to contribute aren’t likely to dry up. He’s worth monitoring in deeper fantasy leagues, at a minimum. Christian Dvorak, LW/C, Arizona Coyotes (0.3 percent): Recently bumped up to the Coyotes’ top line and power play with Clayton Keller, Dvorak has three points in two games, including a pair of goals (one with the man-advantage) in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Los Angeles. With just six games under his belt, after losing most of 2018-19 to a pectoral injury, the 23-year-old versatile forward will be relied upon for more of the same if the Coyotes are to beat out either the Wild or Stars for a wild-card spot — especially with Derek Stepan projected to miss most, if not all, of the rest of this regular season. Carl Grundstrom, LW, Los Angeles Kings (0.0 percent): Stamping out a promising first impression, the 21-year-old scored in both of his first two games with the Kings over the weekend, following this winter’s trade from Toronto. Competing on a forward line and power play with Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli, Grundstrom also skated over 18 minutes in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Anaheim. Sitting miles outside the playoff margins, the Kings can well afford to offer the 2016 second-rounder such ongoing opportunities . Keep him in mind in ultra-deep leagues and GPP play in DFS. Defensemen The NHL on ESPN+ Catch more than 180 NHL games streaming live this season on ESPN+. Click here for the upcoming schedule and to learn how to subscribe. Filip Hronek, Detroit Red Wings (1.1 percent): We talked about him recently as a potential power-play specialist down the stretch. Hronek takes over for Mike Green, who is out for the rest of 2018-19, on Detroit’s top unit, where he’ll enjoy top-pair minutes at even-strength. The future of the Red Wings’ blue line has six assists in nine games. At a minimum, consider the 21-year-old for deeper keeper and dynasty competition, if not as an injury replacement in deeper redraft leagues. Goaltenders Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders (29.2 percent): While Robin Lehner nurses a suspected concussion, Greiss is the Islanders’ “go-to guy” in the here and now. Outside of his questionable performance in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Flyers, New York’s “other netminder” has been mostly good-to-great when called upon since mid-January. Ride him until Lehner returns, which could be quite a bit down the line. Mackenzie Blackwood, New Jersey Devils (3.7 percent): Splitting starts with Cory Schneider of late, the Devils rookie has performed superbly when offered the chance, rocking a .950 save performance through his four most-recent appearances. While the rookie netminder isn’t likely to win much for this injury-ravaged Devils squad to wrap up 2018-19, upcoming visits to Edmonton and Vancouver present as somewhat favorable matchups. DFS players take note. Lowered expectations Erik Karlsson, D, San Jose Sharks (98.3 percent): Nursing yet another groin injury, Karlsson isn’t projected to be back until the final week of the regular season, or thereabouts. With a successful playoff run on San Jose’s hoped-for agenda, there’s no chance the Sharks rush the star defenseman back prematurely. As such, we might not see him back at all this regular season. Make the appropriate fantasy arrangements. Dustin Byfuglien, D, Winnipeg Jets (93.6 percent): That injured ankle hasn’t healed at the clip we initially expected. Like Karlsson in San Jose, Byfuglien could be shelved until near-conclusion of the regular season, or even later than that. That’s when the playoff-bound Jets want the hulking defender at his fully-fit best. So again, with Byfuglien out since Valentine’s Day, no real rush here either. Contending fantasy managers in redraft leagues should mine for other blue-line options.
LAS VEGAS — After a loss nearly two weeks ago, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant yearned for a return of the misfits, the nickname the team adopted during its stellar inaugural season a year ago. Three days later the Golden Knights acquired Mark Stone in a blockbuster trade with Ottawa, and the misfits rediscovered their mojo.
Deryk Engelland scored his second goal of the season in the third period to lift Vegas to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
The Golden Knights have won five straight since acquiring Stone, and pulled seven points behind second-place San Jose in the Pacific Division and 10 behind first-place Calgary.
“There was a lot of things I liked tonight,” Gallant said. “I thought in the first period we weren’t as good as we were in the prior games. But after that I thought we played a great hockey game.”
Shea Theodore also scored for the Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots for his league-leading 33rd win of the season.
Fleury, who recorded back-to-back shutouts in his previous two starts, tied Jacques Plante for eighth on the NHL’s all-time wins list with his 437th victory. The 15-year veteran netminder has allowed just one goal in his last 228 minutes, 43 seconds.
“They’re one of the best in the league and a big challenge for us. I thought we rose to it,” Fleury said. “We’ve been playing good hockey lately. Just another example of beating a good team here. Those games are fun. They’re close, they’re intense and fun to win.”
Vegas improved to 14-5-2 against the tightly contested Pacific Division, and 3-0-0 in March. The Golden Knights are 5-2-0 against Calgary all-time, including a perfect 4-0-0 mark at home.
Engelland, who played 226 games for the Flames from 2014-17, scored his first goal since Dec. 6 when he beat Calgary goalie David Rittich with a tight fit into the corner.
“It’s always nice to chip in no matter when it is,” Engelland said. “It’s definitely a little sweeter against your old team.”
Travis Hamonic scored Calgary’s lone goal, while Rittich made 36 saves.
Calgary, which is 7-3-1 in its last 11 games, is now 0-3-0 in March. The Flames saw their four-game road win streak snapped.
Theodore put the defending Western Conference champs on top midway through the first, with a slap shot into the top corner that gave Vegas a 1-0 lead.
Calgary thought it tied the game when Johnny Gaudreau backhanded a rebound past Fleury. But after the goal was challenged for goaltender interference, officials ruled “the actions of (Matthew) Tkachuk impaired Fleury’s ability to defend his goal.”
Fleury’s career-high scoreless streak came to an end in the second period, when Hamonic lasered a slap shot from the point to tie the score at 1-all. Fleury hadn’t allowed a goal in the previous 200:41.
Tempers flared near the end of the second when Tkachuck backed into Fleury and Golden Knights defenceman Colin Miller took offence. After the two tussled, Tkachuck got in Fleury’s face, and was met by Vegas’ Cody Eakin and Nate Schmidt. Then it was Fleury laying his stick down and removing his right glove while staring down Rittich, who didn’t budge from his zone.
“He came to the blue line so you feel a little challenge,” Fleury said. “I don’t want to be chasing a goalie around though. That’s fine, I just thought he was gonna come. Nothing happened.”
Said Rittich: “I didn’t want to cross the red line and take a penalty.”
Calgary, which has outscored opponents 95-55 in the third period, was outshot 15-11 in the third period while being kept out of the net by Fleury.
Flames coach Bill Peters, who wanted a call on Eakin late in the third period, didn’t hold back with his displeasure of the referees. Peters said Eakin threw a hip into Gaudreau, adding it was “as obvious a penalty as anything that was called in the evening.”
“I didn’t like the fact the officiating standard changed,” Peters said. “I though the calls early were poor. Especially the call on Hathaway — a real poor call, real soft call this time of year. And then they put the whistles away in the third. So, in the first, everything is a penalty. And in the third, nothing is a penalty. … I thought that standard definitely changed, and it doesn’t help you when you’re either chasing the game or trying to score to get it tied up. It is what it is.”
Vegas visits Calgary on Sunday for the final meeting of the season.
NOTES: William Karlsson played in his 150th as a member of the Golden Knights. … Vegas forward Reilly Smith has a point in 10 of his last 13 games (four goals, nine assists). … The Flames came into the game 7-0-0 in the first game of a back-to-back this season. … Calgary’s Sean Monahan extended his point streak to five straight games after assisting on Hamonic’s goal.