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Scott Cullen Analytics


Late in the fantasy hockey season, finding value can come down to finding players on teams that have motivation. This week, there are a couple of Florida Panthers pushing for the playoffs, a rookie coming into his own, a centre making the most of his new team and more.

Here are some of the players to consider on the fantasy hockey waiver wire, owned in less than 60% of TSN leagues:

Nolan Patrick, C, Philadelphia – The Flyers rookie is taking on a bigger role, and thriving with Jakub Voracek on his wing. He has 11 points (7 G, 4 A) in the past 17 games, while playing nearly 16 minutes per game. Owned: 21.8%

Nick Bjugstad, RW, Florida – He’s not playing centre as much these days, but that’s okay because the 6-foot-6 forward has moved to the right side on the Panthers’ top line, where he can probably stick if he keeps producing, and Bjugstad has 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in the past 11 games. Owned: 15.1%

Max Domi, LW, Arizona – It’s been a miserable season for the Coyotes winger, but he’s had some positive moments recently, contributing eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games. Owned: 21.0%

Ryan Spooner, C, N.Y. Rangers – Moving to the Blueshirts has been a nice opportunity for Spooner, who is getting more ice time and has seven points (1 G, 6 A) in four games with his new team. Owned: 17.7%

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Sami Vatanen has been a productive addition to the Devils defence.

Sami Vatanen, D, New Jersey – The Devils blueliner has been playing big minutes, more than 24 minutes per game in the past dozen games, putting up 11 points (1 G, 10 A) in that time. Owned: 35.5%

Matt Niskanen, D, Washington – A steady influence on the Capitals blueline, Niskanen has 10 points (1 G, 9 A) while logging more than 23 minutes per game, in the past 15 games. Owned: 31.7%

Roberto Luongo, G, Florida – Since returning from injury, the 38-year-old goaltender has a .935 save percentage in seven starts. The Panthers are in the playoff race and need their netminder to continue playing at this high level. Owned: 50.8%

Players suggested last week that are still under 60% ownership: Riley Nash, C, Boston (5.6%); Tomas Tatar, LW, Vegas (25.5%); Nico Hischier, C, New Jersey (46.0%); Derick Brassard, C, Pittsburgh (53.8%)

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