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Daily Fantasy NHL 2/15/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Trending Players for After the Olympic Break

February 15, 2014

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With the NHL on an extended break due to the Olympics, it’s a good time to peruse your fantasy hockey lineup and see if there are any improvements to be made. We’ve seen some pretty interesting up-and-comers on the waiver wire radar recently, so let’s take a look at a few trending players and see if anyone’s worth adding to your roster and stashing until play resumes.

Olli Maatta, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: These Olympic games offer a nice opportunity to check out Maatta, who is one of the young stars for team Finland this year. Likewise, he’s a young star for the Penguins as well, racking up 23 points in 57 games thus far--a number which includes seven in his last 10 outings.
Maatta has a nice plus-minus of plus-12 on the season and hit the break very strong. He makes an obvious add for those in need of D help on their rosters.

Daily Fantasy NHL 2/15/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Mats Zuccarello, LW, New York Rangers: Over on team Norway is another interesting fantasy asset to check out in Zuccarello. He comes into the Olympic games absolutely tearing it up for the Rangers, with two goals, six assists and a plus-8 rating in his last six games.
Even more impressive is the fact that Zucarello is getting his points recently in a relatively short amount of ice time--somewhere in the mid-teens to be exact. He’s got 15 goals and 28 assists so far on the year, and will come out of the break against the Blackhawks on Feb. 27 trying to extend his six-game points streak.

Andrej Sekera, D, Carolina Hurricanes: Here’s another D name you should kick the tires on if you’re in need. Sekera had a bad outing in his final pre-Olympics game, logging no points and a minus-3 rating against Montreal. Even with that hit, he’s still got a plus-5 on the season, which goes along with nine goals and 23 assists so far.
You can catch Sekera on the Slovakian team during these Olympics if you want to check out his game in person. When he returns, he and the ‘Canes will hit the road for a lengthy trip starting Feb. 25 in Buffalo.

Ryan Johansen, C/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets: Here’s another versatile name we like as a waiver wire add during the break. Johansen comes into the Olympic period on a five-game points streak. During that span, he’s racked up five goals, three assists and a nice plus-8 rating (which puts him into the positive side on the year at plus-2).
On the season, Johansen has some pretty good-looking stats, logging 24 goals and 22 assists in what’s been a balanced campaign so far. He’ll be back in action with the Jackets on Feb. 27 in New Jersey.

Antoine Vermette, C/LW, Phoenix Coyotes: Vermette rides into the break as one of the hottest players in the league. He’s currently on a 10-game points streak, with eight goals and five assists during that span. He also has his plus-minus back in the black, with a plus-1 on the season all together.
Vermette didn’t do very well toward the beginning of the season, but it seems he’s found his stroke now. Look for him to be a big special teams contributor as the season picks back up. He’ll be in Winnipeg on Feb. 27.

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