In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll discuss players on teams with favourable schedules for this week's fantasy playoff matchups.
The Sabres are one of nine teams that play four games between Tuesday and Sunday. More importantly, three of those games will be played against teams that have given up a lot of goals lately. On Tuesday, Buffalo faces off against Toronto, a team that's allowed 3.55 goals per game since February 1st. Across the league, only eight teams have averaged more goals against in that span. The Sabres will close out the week with a back-to-back set against the lowly Flyers, who have the league's sixth-worst defense over the past couple months, allowing 3.75 goals per game. Here are a few Sabres worth targeting from the waiver wire:
Alex Tuch (22% rostered): He's a key member of an underrated top line, which also includes two 30-goal scorers in Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner. Tuch is scoring at a 64-point pace this season and should get on the scoreboard this week. Even if he doesn't post huge offensive numbers, you can count on him for solid shot totals.
Victor Olofsson (16% rostered): Has been hot recently after injuries hindered his play early in the season. Over the past two weeks, Olofsson has managed six goals and three assists through eight games.
Owen Power (12% rostered): The first overall pick of the 2021 draft is set to make his NHL debut on Tuesday. Predicting a player's output for a weeklong sample is hard enough, but that task becomes even harder when we're talking about a rookie with no NHL experience. If you're looking for a high-risk/high-reward defenseman this week, I'd say Power is your guy.
The Panthers only play three games this week, but the team's high-powered offense should thrive against three opponents who aren't great defensively. On Tuesday, the Panthers face the Ducks, who have a bottom-three defense since February 1st, allow