Fantasy hockey preview: Adds, drops for championship round


Victoria Matiash, Fantasy HockeyApr 3, 2024, 02:40 PM ET Fantasy Contributor since 2010Part-time anchor at NEWSTALK1010

Whether you’re battling through your penultimate playoff round, or already sit entrenched in the early stages of’s championship matchup, there’s no more appropriate time to take the most callous approach to your fantasy roster.

If that means dropping an unproductive/now-ill Tyler Toffoli for, say, Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz, or showing a currently quiet Noah Dobson the fantasy door, so be it. After serving as one of this season’s finest fantasy surprises, Frank Vatrano is now struggling further down Anaheim’s lineup. Time to call it and dip into the free-agent pool for more productive options.

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Of course, as always, the schedule plays into making such calculated decisions. Some highlights from this somewhat balanced Wednesday (five games), Thursday (nine), Friday (six) stretch includes a back-to-back set for the Avalanche, in which we’ll likely see Justus Annunen play in net versus either the Wild or Oilers. Colorado’s No. 2 has been generally solid in relief of Alexandar Georgiev. The Kings appear in position to get back on track with a set against the Kraken and Sharks, Wednesday and Thursday. More on one goalie you might like to stream in that miniseries below.

The Lightning could make a fair bit of productive noise in Toronto and Montreal, Wednesday and Thursday, while the Rangers might also put up serious fantasy points in tilts with the Devils (Wednesday) and Red Wings (Friday). If Alexis Lafreniere remains available in your league, now would be a fine time to bring him aboard.

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Nick Bjugstad, F, Arizona Coyotes (Available in 92.8% of leagues): Centering a top line with Clayton Keller and the aforementioned Schmaltz, Bjugstad has scored in four-straight, and eight goals altogether (plus five assists) in his past 12. The Coyotes play the wobbly Canucks Wednesday and Vegas on…

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