Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire for NHL Week 26

It’s mid – April and there are only two and a half weeks left of the season. You are probably in the playoffs of your league where a knowledgeable dropout claim can affect the match to your advantage. Or if you are not in a head-to-head league, it may help to get the extra points from an exemption line to separate you from the herd.

Week 26 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire

Usually, my dropout reports are performance-based, keeping an eye on the schedule at this time of year. This time, however, it will be very strongly affected by the schedule. NHL schedules typically include multiple games Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This week, it was taken to the extreme, as evidenced by this schedule breakdown:

  • Monday, April 11 – 1 match
  • Tuesday, April 12 – 14 matches
  • Wednesday, April 13 – 3 matches
  • Thursday, April 14 – 12 matches
  • Friday, April 15 – 2 matches
  • Saturday, April 16 – 14 matches
  • Sunday, April 17 – 6 matches

Good chances that you will have a full lineup on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with the number of matches these days. Healthy players may need to be put on the bench, forcing you to decide who to activate. It’s one of the most painful decisions in fantasy, especially when you have relatively straight players to choose from.

Therefore, my advice is to target players with games on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Keep up with favorable schedules:

  • Columbus Blue Jackets – Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Florida Panthers – Friday, Sunday
  • Montreal Canadiens – Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
  • New York Islanders – Thursday, Friday, Sunday
  • Philadelphia Flyers – Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

Teams to avoid:

  • Seattle Kraken
  • Vancouver Canucks

Both teams have only one game left and that’s one of those busy days.

Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens (40% listed)

Gallagher has been limited to 47 appearances this year. He has picked up six goals and 19 points along the way. Not large totals, even by Gallagher’s standards. However, he has five points in his last four outings and he has also sent seven shots, five hits, 14 PIM and a plus-6 rating. He is a player who can provide category coverage to compensate for the lack of scoring. Even then, he is still able to get a point or two in a given competition. RW Josh Anderson (45% lined up) would be another decent option for very similar reasons to Gallagher.

Brandon Montour, D, Florida Panthers (39% listed)

The Panthers continue to roll and are winners of eight consecutive games. With that comes more goals, with Florida’s 305 goals leading the league. Montour has been involved in the offensive more often lately and has produced five points in his last six competitions. He is up 31 points in 72 outings this year. Montour plays on the second defensive pair and the second power-play unit, averaging 17:28 per. game. LW Mason Marchment (52% listed) is another good option if you can find him on your league dispensation transfer.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, New York Islanders (34% listed)

It feels like there has been an ongoing rotation for the most productive center on the Islanders. It’s Pageau’s turn to go on a hot streak and score seven points in his last five matchups. Five of those points have been goals, including a hat-trick, four-point performance. During this stretch he also has 13 shots, 12 hits and a plus-5 rating. RW Kyle Palmieri (22% rostered) and D Adam Pelech (17% rostered) are also worth considering, though they are better suited for deeper leagues.

Jack Roslovic, C, Columbus blue jackets (28% listed)

Roslovic had endured a drought of six game points prior to his offensive outburst. His most recent competition featured a hat-trick, an assist, six shots on goal and a plus-4 rating. He played 24:45 including 4:51 on power play. He centers the Jackets’ top line with Patrik Laine, giving him ample opportunity to provide offense. Another option would be winger Gustav Nyquist (25% lined up), who flanks the two on the first line.

Kevin Hayes, C, Philadelphia Flyers (26% listed)

Since the Flyers are without people like Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier, Hayes becomes the club’s most important forward. He has missed much of the season, but he has 27 points in 39 games played. Hayes has taken on the extra responsibility in a positive way and scored six points in his last six meetings. He shoots the puck more and takes at least four shots in each competition during that time. D Travis Sanheim (19% listed) should also be considered if you need to add more games to your blue line.

Of course, base it on your league. There may be a player of very high quality who is dropped because of his schedule that you can scoop up. Be sure to load on Sundays and do not withhold any waiver requirements. Good luck!

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