Looking Ahead: Petersen the Odd Man Out?

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Please note that stats are up to and including Wednesday's games.

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Matt Duchene, C/RW, Nashville Predators (Available in 85% of ESPN leagues, 53% Fantrax, 65% Yahoo)
I'm sure some of the folks in your league right now are scrolling the waiver wire looking for a quick add and look at Duchene's name and continue to scroll right past. Sure, one of the first things that comes to mind is him involved in a three-team trade that left Colorado with an embarrassment of riches, but Duchene is a player that I've always felt has been a good NHLer and this season his stats are starting to show it.

So let's look at the line first, he's currently on Nashville's top line with Mikael Granlund centering and Filip Forsberg on his opposite wing (Luke Kunin was slated there yesterday with Forsberg day-to-day) and is also playing on Nashville's top power play. So far this season Duchene has four goals and five assists and has eight points in last five games, all while leading all Nashville forwards in points (nine) and second on the club in shots (33). Nashville has busy schedule upcoming and this offensive output continues it may be the perfect time to get additional value for any fantasy team in need of forward help.

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Alex Iafallo, LW, Los Angeles Kings (Available in 79% of ESPN leagues, 23% Fantrax, 65% Yahoo)
– Iafallo extended his current point streak to four games during LA's shootout win versus the Blues, and I think this is more than just a player that has had a hot week on the score sheet. It's not outlandish to think that Iafallo could be a 25-30 goal scorer and if he's going to do that this season, you'll want that offensive production on your team.  

I have to say, I like the spot he is at on the King's roster opposite Adrian Kempe but what really gives them a boost is the offseason acquisition of Phillip Danault centering the line. It's not a small sample size either for this line, in ten games played with j