This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Deals are beginning to trickle in ahead of the NHL trade deadline, and while there's been more bark than bite in recent years, it's still an exciting time of year.
The swap between Arizona and Los Angeles was interesting and could provide a notable boost in value for Tobias Rieder. On the flip side, considering how many netminders are nursing injuries and the number of teams in need of an established goaltender, the Coyotes might have gotten ahead of the market and landed a coveted asset.
For fantasy purposes, staying ahead of your opponents is the name of the game. It's time to take a long look at the strengths and weaknesses of your competition; remaining active on the waiver wire is one means of preventing competitors from improving.
This can be particularly important in goal. Similar to last week's recommendation of Anton Khudobin, handcuffing your own top goalie's backup and/or another solid No. 2 is in play at this stage of the season. Additionally, looking two or three days ahead at potential streaming options is also a sneaky way to take advantage of the free-agent pool.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from Feb. 26-March 4:
Two games: Ducks, Coyotes, Sabres
Four games: Hurricanes, Avalanche, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Kings, Wild, Canadiens, Predators, Devils, Flyers, Lightning, Golden Knights
All other teams play three games
Remember to keep an eye on who is cut in your leagues because potential upgrades come in all forms. Also, note the