NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week
NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Only three weeks remain in the regular season, so leaving no stone unturned is all the more important at this stage of the game.

It's an interesting time of year because a number of teams have their postseason seeding all but locked up, and ensuring their key players are healthy for the playoffs trumps all.

This currently appears to be particularly relevant for workhorse goaltenders, as Braden Holtby, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Ben Bishop (knee) and Frederik Andersen (upper body) are all either playing poorly or nursing injuries. Add Carey Price (concussion), Matt Murray (concussion), Corey Crawford (concussion), Brian Elliott (lower body) and Carter Hutton (neck) to the injured list, and there is a lot of uncertainty at the position.

Those chasing in the goaltending categories should be aggressive and try to pinpoint favorable matchups two or three days in advance to stay ahead of the competition. Additionally, owners who handcuffed their top goalies well in advance deserve a hat tip.

Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from March 19-25:

Four games: Coyotes, Bruins, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Panthers, Kings, Canadiens, Predators, Penguins, Canucks

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 players previously covered in this space listed below this week's recommendations.

Forwards

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (Yahoo: 27%, ESPN: 50%, CBS: 57%): With three goals and two assists through six games since returning from a rib

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