The final week of the NHL season. NHL teams are clinching playoff spots and even specific slots. That means their deployment of personnel will vary more than other weeks of the season. Players who are more than the usual "banged up" may be given a game (or more) off. Additionally, few teams put players on IR at this time of year. All of these things complicate the final week of the season--and are good arguments in favor of a 24-week fantasy season.
For those of you in 25-week leagues, in an abbreviated format, I have some suggestions below. I stuck with ESPN leagues because ownership is lower there. If a player is available in ESPN he is very likely to be at least as available in Yahoo!
Variously owned LWs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade:
David Perron (90%), Ryane Clowe (86%), Steve Ott (77%)
Mike Cammalleri (61%), Ryan Malone (60%), Tyler Ennis (50%), Andy McDonald (44%), R.J. Umberger (30%)
Matt Cooke (26%), Todd Bertuzzi (15%), Viktor Stalberg (11%)
Marcus Foligno (8%), Chris Higgins (4%)
Variously owned Cs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade:
Mikko Koivu (86%), Vincent Lecavalier (83%), David Legwand (80%)
Nicklas Backstrom (59%), Kyle Brodziak (41%), Sam Gagner (36%), Frans Nielsen (32%), Dave Bolland (32%)
Chris Kelly (28%), Cody Hodgson (23%), Brayden Schenn (14%), Andrew Shaw (12%)
Martin Hanzal (8%), Mark Letestu (5%), Kyle Turris (3%), Derick Brassard (1%)
Variously owned RWs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade:
Drew Stafford (92%), Radim Vrbata (88%), David Clarkson (80%), Martin Havlat (78%)
Patric Hornqvist (67%), Alexander Radulov (65%), Matt Read (46%), Ales Hemsky (43%), Steve Sullivan (32%)
Jakub Voracek (32%), Kyle Okposo (22%), Derek Dorsett (11%)
Tyler Kennedy (7%), Chris Neil (5%)
Variously owned D-men worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade:
Mark Giordano (94%), Alex Goligoski (91%), Lubomir Visnovsky (79%), Duncan Keith (74%)
Dmitry Kulikov (63%), Zach Bogosian (54%), Ryan Whitney (43%), James Wisniewski (41%)
Victor Hedman (26%), Nikita Nikitin (25%), Jeff Petry (23%)
Willie Mitchell (6%), Braydon Coburn (5%), Eric Brewer (4%).
Variously owned Gs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade:
Semyon Varlamov (92%), Craig Anderson (86%), Cory Schneider (79%)
Niklas Backstrom (65%), Devan Dubnyk (65%)
Sergei Bobrovsky (25%), Braden Holtby (11%)
Allen York (4%)
Now check your wire, good luck, and enjoy the games!
Also, if you have any suggestions for how to improve our weekly recommendations, please post below.
*Availability data from ESPN leagues.
**Player analyses are based on their projected value in standard scoring categories: Goals, Assists, Power Play Points, Shots on Goal, Plus/Minus, Penalty Minutes, and Average Time on Ice.