Fire on Ice

03/27/2011 4:50 PM -  Evan Reynar

David Legwand, C, NAS (58GP-17g-24a-41pts, with a +17 and 22 PIMs)

Legwand has generally been a fairly streaky option over his career as far as fantasy production is concerned, but if you’re looking for a consistent threat for the next two weeks, he may just be the best option you can find off the waiver wire. He’s been incredibly reliable since the Preds’ have needed him the most, and you can expect that to continue as the playoff race should likely come right down to the wire. Even though he isn’t really used on the power-play, Legwand has failed to find the scoresheet just three times in the last month. He’s tallied 18 points (8g-10a) and a + 10 in 15 games over that stretch.

Michael Handzus, C, LA (75GP-11g-18a-29pts, with a (-3) and 10 pp points)

With the devastating news of Anze Kopitar’s broken ankle suffered on Saturday night, a huge amount of ice-time is going to open up down the middle in Los Angeles, most notably, on the power play. Handzus is a reliable veteran forward, but his value has been hampered by his lack of minutes with the man-advantage. Of all the Kings’ centers, he stands to benefit the most from the Kopitar injury. With a boost in power-play time, there’s no reason to think Handzus can’t flirt with point-per-game territory for the remainder of the season.

Mattias Tedenby, LW, NJ (51GP-7g-13a-20pts, with a +3 and 5 pp points)

This one is a bit riskier with the Devils struggling to score goals of late, but with their playoff chances pretty much toast, look for them to focus on developing Tedenby, who’s quietly put together a respectable rookie year. The Devils’ first round pick in the ’08 entry draft, Tedenby has the type of speed and skill that demands to be noticed. Expect him to get the green light to show off that over the final two weeks.

Joey MacDonald, G, DET (13GP-5-4-2, with a 2.05 GAA and .928 SV%)

MacDonald was probably a decent pickup before Jimmy Howard got injured on Saturday night with the Red Wings firmly entrenched in the Western Conference playoffs and top spot in the Central. Howard’s injury isn’t considered too serious, but expect the Wings to use baby gloves with him as they try and get a full, healthy squad back before the playoffs. MacDonald has shown to be capable enough to win games, and no matter what type of injury situation the Red Wings go through, they never seem to suffer too much in the win column.

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