Another week is behind us in the fantasy hockey season, and it is time to once again take a run through the fantasy hockey waiver wire. With the shortened NHL season, injuries are playing a bigger role than they normally would, and thus wreaking havoc on fantasy leagues. Who are the players you need to know about that could help you win your week and ultimately your league?
Marcus Johansson, center, Washington Capitals
Johansson has had three goals and two assists over his past four games for a Capitals team that has struggled for most of the season. Johansson also was a plus-4 over that span. After missing a month as the result of a concussion, Johansson appears to have put the injury woes behind him, and his fantasy stock is starting to rise as a result. If you are looking to add scoring to your roster at this crucial point in the fantasy hockey season, Johansson could be the perfect fit for your roster, assuming he can continue to stay healthy. Johansson is currently owned in 2 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.
Justin Peters, goaltender, Carolina Hurricanes
It is extremely rare to find a goaltender that can contribute to your fantasy roster at this point in the season the way that Peters can. With Dan Ellis, who was filling in for the injured Cam Ward (knee), going down with a leg laceration that is expected to keep him out for at least one to two weeks, Peters is expected to be the guy to carry the load for a Hurricanes team that is still in the playoff hunt and trying to win the Southeast Division. While it may not last for more than a couple weeks, if you are looking for goaltending help, or are an Ellis owner, don't be afraid to take a chance on Peters moving forward. Peters is owned in just 10 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.
Roman Josi, defenseman, Nashville Predators
Josi had a terrific week for the Predators, collecting a goal and six assists in four games. Josi also contributed three points with the man advantage. The only down side to Josi's game was that he still checked in with a minus-2 in that span of games. As it has been documented in previous Waiver Wire analyses, we are strong believers of going with the hot hand when it comes to defensive players, and Josi is a perfect example of that this week. As long as the scoring run continues, he has fantasy value. Josi is owned in just 10 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.
Curtis Glencross, left wing, Calgary Flames
Glencross has broken out offensively for the Flames over the past four games, collecting four goals and three assists in that span. Glencross has also contributed on the power play, collecting two points with the man advantage over that time. With seven of the of his 20 points coming in the last week, it is fair to say Glencross is on a bit of a scoring streak, and as long as he can continue to collect points near his current pace, he is worth a look if you need scoring depth in deeper leagues. Glencross is currently owned in just 20 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.
That will do it for this week's edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Planner and look for Fantasy Hockey Trends next week as we help you win your fantasy hockey week and leagues.