The fantasy playoffs is upon us and teams are dropping players left and right. For those who are going to move to the next round, here’s an early look at some of the teams that I view with the best schedules. Hopefully you will be lucky enough to have some of these guys available and it really comes down to preference.
Anaheim Ducks – St. Louis, Vancouver, Detroit, and New Jersey
They are in the thick of the playoff race and are rolling right now with John Gibson back. Four games all at home and all winnable games. Very favourable.
Target: Adam Henrique, Jakob Silfverberg, Brandon Montour, and Josh Manson.
Boston Bruins – @Carolina, @Florida, and @Tampa Bay
The Bruins are taking some injury hits at the wrong time, but that means you get to reap the rewards. Even the injuries can’t slow down this team. This schedule is not frightening at all with all three games on the road.
Target: Riley Nash, Jake DeBrusk, and Nick Holden.
Carolina Hurricanes – @New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia, @New York Islanders
Carolina is reeling off some impressive wins lately. After the unfortunate events surrounding Jordan Staal, the team seems to have bonded in fighting for a wild card spot.
Target: Justin Williams, Jordan Staal, and Elias Lindholm.
Colorado Avalanche – @Minnesota, @St Louis, Nashville, and Detroit
The Avs are also fighting for a wild card spot and will only go as far as Nathan MacKinnon takes them. They are looking for some more depth scoring swapping Gabriel Landeskog off the top line with Tyson Jost.
Target: Tyson Jost.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Montreal, @Philadelphia, and Ottawa
They are holding onto the last wild card spot and have a good schedule to separate themselves from Florida and Carolina.
Target: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Boone Jenner, and Thomas Vanek.
Florida Panthers – Ottawa, Boston, and Edmonton
Florida have been red-hot since February and with Roberto Luongo back, this team is breathing down the necks of Columbus. This schedule is not scary with all games at home.
Target: Nick Bjugstad.
Los Angeles Kings – Vancouver, @Arizona, Detroit, and New Jersey
The Kings look like a new team with the return of Jeff Carter. Carter is slowly getting back his timing which is a great thing as they fight for a playoff spot. They also have a great schedule.
Target: Alex Iafallo, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, and Dion Phaneuf.
Minnesota Wild – Colorado, Vegas, and @Arizona
Like most of the teams that are on this list, they are playing some really good hockey as of late.
Target: Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, and Nino Niederreiter.
Nashville Predators – Winnipeg, @Arizona, and @Colorado
The Preds are playing their best hockey at the right time of the season. They are winning games and have overtaken Vegas for top spot in the West.
Target: Ryan Hartman and Craig Smith.
San Jose Sharks – Detroit, @Edmonton, @Calgary, and @Vancouver
San Jose is playing well with the addition of Evander Kane. Pair that with a great schedule and you could reap the rewards.
Target: Joonas Donskoi and Mikkel Boedker.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Ottawa, Boston, and Edmonton
Tampa is at the top of their game right now. Lots of players are scoring and there are a lot of players to be had this week. They have a pretty nice schedule with three games all at home.
Target: J.T. Miller and Alex Killorn.
Vegas Golden Knights – @Philadelphia, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Calgary
Vegas may be faltering a bit, but they are still leading the Pacific Division. With Reilly Smith out, Tomas Tatar gets a chance on the top line.
Target: Tomas Tatar, Erik Haula, and Alex Tuch.
Washington Capitals – Winnipeg, @New York Islanders, New York Islanders, and Philadelphia
The Caps are hoping that Braden Holtby ends his slump. The Western road trip will be over and will be back home for some favourable games.
Target: Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson.
Winnipeg Jet – @Washington, @Nashville, Chicago, and Dallas
With Mark Scheifele day-to-day there is no reason to rush him back. With the Jets playing really well, they have the depth to win without him.
Target: Paul Stastny, Jack Roslovic, and Kyle Connor.