In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll discuss a few players riding hot streaks that could help you secure your fantasy hockey championship this year. At this point in the fantasy campaign, it doesn't matter if a player on your roster finishes the season with five points in 82 games. If those five points come this week, it could make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy championship. Essentially, don't worry too much about name value anymore. Additionally, don't be afraid to take a chance on lesser-known player who's in a prime situation to succeed over the next few games.
Charlie McAvoy – Since February 1st, McAvoy has 15 points in 17 games. Only two defensemen – Quinn Hughes and Torey Krug – have more points in that span, and they're each just one point ahead of McAvoy. The 22-year-old defenseman could see an increased role in the short term as the injury bug has hit Boston's blueline, with both Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Flyers. His ownership is high at 80-percent, but he might be available on the waiver wire in shallow leagues.
Mikhail Sergachev – Another player who might not be available on your waiver wire (75-percent owned), but if he is, you should definitely take a chance on him. Victor Hedman is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Leafs with a lower-body injury, and Sergachev should see an increased role with Hedman sidelined. Now, it doesn't sound like Hedman will miss too much time as a result of this injury but seeing as Tampa plays four games between Tuesday and Sunday, Sergachev should still provide some production for your fantasy roster.
Jaccob Slavin – Since Dougie Hamilton went down with a fractured fibula, Slavin has put up 14 points in 20 games. He's been averaging 25 minutes of ice time per night and went from seeing virtually no power-play time, to manning the team's top unit. The Hurricanes play four games between Tuesday and Sunday, three of which are against non-playoff teams in Detroit, New Jersey and Buffalo. He's available in 34-percent of Yahoo leagues and could boost the offensive output of your fantasy roster this week.
Tyler Bertuzzi – In Tuesday's Rambilings, Mike highlighted how well Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin<